*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has in no way influenced my review.*
I think this is one of those books that will be great for some people but simply wasn’t for me. So to explain, here are some lists!
Things I Liked:
– Ariel, the protagonist, was a good character in that I could root for her even though I didn’t fully connect with her. I was expecting her to be one of those tough, emotionless, bad*ss female stereotype characters, but she was actually just a kind of quirky girl who had lost a lot in life and liked ladybugs and squirrels and was picked on in school for being “weird.”
– The concept was an interesting one. And once I understood what was going on, it made some sense (not, like, scientific sense, but sense within the realm of fantasy/horror).
Things I Disliked:
– Half the characters talked in riddles. I could understand characters in the nightmare dreamscape talking like that, but even Ariel in real life talked like that. It really frustrated me when Perry wanted to know what was going on, and she wanted him to believe her, but she didn’t actually explain anything. She just kept saying these short, chopped-off, riddle-like things that wouldn’t have made any sense to anyone who didn’t just experience what she did.
– There was a lot of description of things, like the settings.
– The things that happened in the nightmares seemed kind of random. I don’t do well with random in books. Thankfully most of the book took place in the real world though.
– Instalove, at least on Perry’s part. I don’t think Ariel mentioned love.
Things I Neither Liked nor Disliked but Are Worth Mentioning:
– The writing style was kind of different. It had this desolate and ethereal undertone, and in the beginning especially it reminded me of a voiceover you’d hear at the beginning of a horror movie, the kind that would have a washed-out filter and just be kind of unsettling and weird rather than scary. But either that kind of faded or I just got used to it as the book went on.
– Lots of blood-and-gore-filled monster battles.
So overall I didn’t like all the riddle-speak and descriptions, but Ariel was a good character I think people will appreciate and the concept was unique.
Young adult horror fans. Anyone who likes books that involve dream/nightmare worlds and themes of good vs. evil.
Ariel Chylde is haunted by horrible dreams, and on her eighteenth birthday sheds her skin as the nightmares emerge to act out her deepest, darkest impulses.
But before Ariel can save her small town from the terror of her dreams,
she must first save herself from the sinister secret of her subconscious.
A secret guarded by unspeakable evil.