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{January 28, 2012}   {Review} Dreamland by Alyson Noel (Riley Bloom #3)

From Goodreads: Riley’s finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work. So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a way to contact her sister, Ever. She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams. As a Dream Jumper, a person can jump into a dreamer’s dream, share a message, and participate. As a Dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer. But Dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up. Thinking it’s her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio. There she finds a ghost boy, who’s been creating and sending nightmares to people for years. In order to stop him and reach out to Ever, Riley is going to have to confront and overcome her own fears.


This novel is more closely connected to the first book in the series, Radiance, though it picks up right where Shimmer left off.  Now, while I liked this novel more than Radiance, Riley seems to have taken one step forward and two steps back in the maturity realm.  Riley has always been obsessed with her inability to age, but she takes it on tenfold in this story, and I found it to be extremely repetitive.  She  gripes about having a flat chest too many times to count, and she again decides to defy all authority around her and do her own thing.  However, Noel puts a spin on this novel, and it has a much darker quality to it, especially in terms of the ending.  I was glad for the way Noel chose to end this novel, especially as I think it might benefit Riley greatly, and she might mature enough to realize that the world doesn’t revolve around her.  Bodhi has matured a lot in this novel, and so I have high hopes that our little heroine might do the same in the next novel, Whisper. Three stars.


Beautiful cover, I definitely need to read this when I get the chance

Espana says:

It is actually interesting how Riley is slowly becoming more central in the books. In the first one she and Bodhi and Buttercup had a very co-star kind of relationship. Not only did Bodhi also Dream Catch a soul but we just meet him in the first book. In the second book Bodhi is mostly only in the beginning and a bit in the end where we finally learn a bit more about his past. In the third book we don’t really see him except for in the first few and last few chapters and he is only slightly there.

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