Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ashlynn's Dreams (Devya's Children Book 1)

Ashlynn's Dreams (Devya's Children Book 1) by Julie C Gilbert

Twelve-year-old Jillian Blairington is just an ordinary girl — bright, brave, and sometimes a bit too headstrong for her own good. She never thought she was particularly special or different than anybody else. 

She was wrong. 

Everything changes the day she and her babysitter, Danielle, are kidnapped and taken to a secret scientific facility. There Jillian learns she has a new name, Ashlynn, and a strange connection to the other children at the lab. They each have powerful abilities, Gifts that Jillian doesn’t quite understand. As if that wasn’t enough to absorb, Jillian discovers she has a Gift of her own — the power to enter other people’s dreams. 

Jillian’s task seems simple enough: the scientists want her to use her ability to find another Gifted child who has disappeared. But the longer Jillian stays in the facility, the more she realizes that nothing is as it seems ... and everybody has secrets. Besides, the boy's life is not the only one at stake. The scientists will stop at nothing to force Jillian's cooperation, even if that means threatening Danielle. 

Jillian knows they have to get free. But after all they’ve seen, will they ever truly escape? 

2.0 out of 5 stars DisappointedApril 17, 2015
This review is from: Ashlynn's Dreams (Devya's Children Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
*I received this book free in exchange for an honest review*
I was excited at the "idea" of the book. But the way it was written drove me nuts. It's set up like a journal, or letters from the girls that were kidnapped. This book just wasn't done in a way that held my interest. I got sick of the writing style. The "entries" from Jillian/Ashlynn were juvenile. Yes I understand she's young, but there was nothing to hold my interest. Between the journal and letters, you can never get a full image of the scene or what's happening. I never felt connected to the characters. At times I felt the thought process of the characters was so all over, it just didn't work for me.

The book description is so detailed, that I had hoped that the book would have more to it, but it doesn't. The blurb gives away the whole story. Why bother spending my time reading this book? Well, because I was asked for a review and had to. If I was out looking for a book, and bought this, I would have been really upset. I was extremely disappointed reading this as it is. Maybe it was too juvenile for me. There's potential, but I felt it wasn't executed well.
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