Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.
But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.
Disclaimer: We received a digital copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Why we chose it: Being fictional characters we loved the premise of this novel. The originality it seemed to possess and also the cover is quite pretty.
Review: The book started off okay, it wasn’t anything exceptional, but it was enough to keep us occupied so we continued and delved into the life of Victoria Dinham. Without a father and with a brother in a coma Victoria is struggling to accept the new reality of life. She feels detached.
Then she meets a girl. Ashlinn. Ashlinn isn’t just any girl however, she’s magical and she is where our problems started. It’s not because this book depicts an all female relationship in fact we’re all for more LGBT characters in YA. It’s the way it was done that bothered us. Ashlinn drops large amounts of information in a single paragraph which is in all honesty a bit overwhelming. The way she and Victoria interacted seemed a bit forced – the same can be said for Victoria’s interactions with all the other characters in the novel. We were unable to build an emotional attachment to either Victoria or the secondary characters because of this. We also disliked Victoria’s inner monologue more and more as we progressed through the book.
The final factor that made us ultimately decide to not finish the book (even though we hate leaving books unfinished) was how the high stakes promised to us in the synopsis didn’t seem to appear in the book and eventually we stopped reading just over halfway.
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