Review: John Dreamer (John Dreamer #1) by Elise Celine

Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her.

When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined, and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I finished reading this book three days ago and I am still not sure if I liked it or not. The whole setup is a bit weird. Seven young strangers are stuck in a white endless room, each has their individually designed chairs and they are told by this mysterious "Guardian" that as soon as they fulfil their dreams they get to go home.

So things start happening and it seems that they all need to overcome their fears in these dreams. Though they know it is not real, they do perceive it that way and get dragged in every time. There is also no sense of time, no idea how long they have been there. To me it seemed this all happened in a few hours, while they had the feeling to have been stuck there for days. I liked the idea of gaining confidence and overcoming one's fears, it was just so in your face, nothing subtle about it. 

Besides the pretty predictable story line, the characters were also lacking. They were so stereotypical; fatty with low confidence, bitchy and spoiled, shy and quiet, loud and obnoxious, geeky and then cute and kind. There was not much depth to these people. I had real difficulty connecting with them, you know so little about them. It goes almost from one dream to the next, so we don't really get the chance to get to know these characters.

The story is told from Andy's perspective and she experiences love at first sight with John. I am really not a big fan of instant love and this time it took only eight-and-a-half seconds. She has this whole idea of him in her head and everything he does is swoon worthy in her eyes. This gets tiresome very quickly.

It had an interesting setting and a good message, but that was about it. I will not be reading the second book.

The Author
Born storyteller.
Lover of nature.
Reader of everything and anything. When in absence of book, even encyclopedia will do.
Prefer the book to the movie.
Photojournalist (there is no such thing as too many pictures).
Archiver of infinite useless facts (can't help it, but it's great when playing trivia games).
Fantasy and romance will make my day.
Endless daydreamer.
Road trip fanatic.
Happy-go-lucky kid turned sudden adult.
Music is the soundtrack to my movie, I mean, life.

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1 comment:

  1. I have this book from NetGalley, but haven't read it yet. Too bad it didn't work for you. Hopefully I'll like it better (you never know, right?).

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction