did somebody say better wigs and queen sorceress and lgbtq and do judge a book by its cover When you read as much as I do, at times you wonder whether there are still books out there which are totally original, because quite often books tend to feel similar And then a book like Ryan La Sala s Reverie comes along, which truly knocked me on my ass with its originality, camp, and downright craziness I marveled at La Sala s storytelling and the creativity of this story, which is billed as Inception meets The Magicians Reveries are what happens when a person s imagined world becomes real They re like miniature realities, with their own plots and rules and perils Kane Montgomery is a high school student who has amnesia following a car accident He can t remember much, which makes his day to day existence even difficult than it has been, given the fact that he s a gay student in a small town As he deals with bullying by his classmates and trying to figure out whom to trust, he starts to notice that things in his life don t seem to be adding up He realizes that among the many things he s forgotten about his life before the accident is that he was part of a group called The Others, who are supposed to help save people from reveries, which are fantasies that become alternate realities.This is one of those books that is enjoyable when you don t know much about the plot, and instead you let La Sala transport you into a whole different world of sorts The characters are truly unforgettable, none so much as Poesy, the drag queen who may or may not be a villainness She s a sorceress, prone to lofty speech and trickery, and I was utterly FASCINATED every time she appeared in the story As crazy of a fantasy as Reverie is, it also deals with some pretty weighty issues, including bullying and homophobia It s nice to have a book like this in which LGBTQIA issues and characters are at the forefront.I love the way La Sala writes, but at times there was so much going on it was a little difficult to keep focused I can t even imagine where he came up with these ideas, but this is one of those unforgettable stories that will stay in my mind for a long time This isn t a book for everyone, but if you like a mash up of fantasy and camp, Reverie might be right up your alley NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire gave me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making it available See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.You can follow me on Instagram at Inception Meets The Magicians In The Most Imaginative YA Debut Of The Year All Kane Montgomery Knows For Certain Is That The Police Found Him Half Dead In The River He Can T Remember How He Got There, What Happened After, And Why His Life Seems So Different Now And It S Not Just Kane Who S Different, The World Feels Off, Reality Itself Seems Different As Kane Pieces Together Clues, Three Almost Strangers Claim To Be His Friends And The Only People Who Can Truly Tell Him What S Going On But As He And The Others Are Dragged Into Unimaginable Worlds That Materialize Out Of Nowhere The Gym Warps Into A Subterranean Temple, A Historical Home Nearby Blooms Into A Victorian Romance Rife With Scandal And Sorcery Kane Realizes That Nothing In His Life Is An Accident And When A Sinister Force Threatens To Alter Reality For Good, They Will Have To Do Everything They Can To Stop It Before It Unravels Everything They Know This Wildly Imaginative Debut Explores What Happens When The Secret Worlds That People Hide Within Themselves Come To Light Inception meets The Magicians, except with better wigs and a maniacal drag queen sorceress attempting to unravel the reality of Connecticut yes, the state and replace it with something well something better than Connecticut Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. 3 confused starsI feel like I simultaneously understood this novel and completely lost the plot Writing Plot 1 2Pacing I wanted so, so badly to love this queer driven novel that marketed itself as a Inception meets The Magicians Some of the reviews of Reverie are works of art in their own right, they read like this book is a thrill ride, a rollercoaster of imagination, and a complex story filled with heart I both understand where they are coming from and wish that I had read THAT novel, the one they re describing I feel like we re reading different things Reverie follows the story of Kane Montgomery, a gay high school student who was involved in a mysterious flaming car crash that somehow led to his long term amnesia Our entrance to Kane s world is, in essence, Kane s entrance into his own world as he s not sure what s going, on while we re not sure what s going on Can you feel the Inception vibes Oh, and things are getting pretty trippy around him, including shadows coming for him in the real world and shady police action One of Reverie s selling points is its intense visual imagery and descriptions I could feel every emotion, and vividly see each setting Sentences were clearly constructed with care, and oftentimes distracted me from the plot of the novel as I read a sentence that was so unique Kane thought of the frustration that boiled through him fine and corrosive, like soda bubbles that I paused in my read to get a grip on its imagery It was beautiful, but distracting And indicative of a larger problem for my reading experience I found too many things distracting, which really hampered my ability to get into the plot because the distractions obscured the plot, and then when I did get into it the plot itself was extremely confusing What, exactly, are the boundaries of a reverie and how do they work, logistically I m still not sure They were visual masterpieces, an artistic playground for verbal description, but overall I was asking myself the why and the what way than necessary.Overall, I think Reverie is a singular novel, and an important touchstone in the realm of YA queer fantasy I wish it had been grounded and filled with scene transitions that explained some of its ethereal concepts, but as some readers loved that quality, it might be a me problem I can guarantee this you ll never read a book quite like it Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley for an eARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. Quality, gay drivel A queer nonsense DAMN GURL DAMN This book is even gayer than I thought it would be Like imagine Elton John dragging up as Cher in a rainbow sequin leotrad, singing a rendition of Judy Garlands greatest hits, at the Fire Island pride parade That kind of gay.Full review to comeBut lemme just say, y all have to read this book It s the queer YA fantasy novel we re all been waiting for. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest I wanted to love Reverie by Ryan La Sala so muchReverie has a wonderful cover that draws you in immediately The plot mentions a boy and a fantasy world that revolves around dreams Everything I hoped this book would be it wasn t.Kane is a gay teenager who is trying to pick up the pieces of his life back together after an attack leaves him with no memories of the past He is in the search of who he is and who he was, and he discovers an alternate reality that he was involved in.Reveries are worlds born from a person s private fantasies, and once they manifest they can only be unraveled by bringing their conflicts to a resolution Reveries have rules and plots, magic and monsters anything you could wish for And one wrong step can twist the entire thing into a lethal nightmare maze.Sounds complicated already What if I told you that this is only from the blurb and the book doesn t really explain these things at all Kane is an unraveler, together with The Others Or at least he was, until one of The Others purged Kane of his memories And here we are now, with Kane trying to solve the mystery and fight against evil.I jumped into this book very eagerly, and was disappointing immediately, within the first couple of pages The reveries and their whole concept were quite confusing, to the point of me not knowing whether the characters are now in a reverie, or in their real world.Reverie had an amazing concept and it could ve been done way better than this I am just disappointed It all seemed a bit messy and felt like it wasn t thought through I didn t connect with any of the characters, except for Kane, for the below reasons And that was it I didn t care about any of the others, and there were quite a few characters One thing that annoyed me about Reverie, was the exaggeration of the OwnVoices. I am not against it, on the contrary I love equality and I love diversity, and I share love everywhere and to everyone, and if you know me in real life, you will know this about me We are all equal and different at the same time, and that is the unique thing that connects us all.However, this book keeps mentioning that Kane is gay And Kane is a lovely character He is smart and he is brave His memories were lost and is desperately trying to find out who he is, who he was, who are his true friends, who is good and who is evil He doesn t take for granted on what people tell him He is AMAZING Kane was so much than just gay But the author kept trying so hard to put an OwnVoices hashtag on this book, that is was quite aggressive and off putting I love books that feature OwnVoices, but Ryan, please a little bit of modesty would ve been nice.I keep feeling this pressure of trying to write a book review that will not offend anyone, and I don t mean to offend anyone, but I need to say that sometimes, there can be such a thing as too much OwnVoicing in a book And we shouldn t be afraid to point it out I am really sad about this one, guys Honestly, I expected it to love it so bad, and now I feel down I wouldn t recommend it, but if you think you will love it, please pick it up You are validThank you to the team at Netgalley and the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, for sending me an ARC e copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest I wanted to love this one SO badly because Ryan is an absolute gem on twitter, but this just did not work for me I had such a hard time wrapping my brain around the reveries and an even harder time connecting to the characters Everything just felt disjointed and messy and I am SAD Brb while I cry myself to sleep bc I didn t love this book like I thought I wouldBuddy read with Julie 3 dragqueensorceress I AM SO READY FOR THIS
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