A Reader Opines: John Dreamer by Elise Celine

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John Dreamer by Elise Celine
Published: February 12th 2014 by AuthorBuzz (first published February 1st 2014)
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars

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*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

When I begin reading a book I compare it to opening a bank account. The promise made by the author with an interesting blurb/synopsis is the initial deposit. What follows determines how many deposits and debits are made. Sometimes the debits outweigh the deposits. That’s what happened while I read John Dreamer.

Blurb taken from Netgalley:
“The only thing in this place that’s true: You will not return to the life you knew”

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—where anything is possible—and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.

So the blurb put this book’s initial deposit well into the black. The mystery, the premise…it definitely grabbed my attention. Since finishing the book I’ve mentally composed and discarded my thoughts, trying in vain to say something positive. It’s not like the book is bad, it was just ok.

What kept me turning the pages was a desire to know Andy’s secret. I knew I had to witness the other characters grow before I reached full understanding. Bits and pieces of the other characters were revealed along the way, but very little became clear about Andy. The mystery surrounding her was heavily cloaked and it became increasingly difficult to care. I continued only because the writing wasn’t terrible; the rhythm faltered at times and more often than not I felt I was reading a third draft of a writing group selection. Mildly disappointing.

I could have overlooked disappointment, but the author broke a rule that I’ve found myself quite touchy about. You could even go so far as to say it’s a pet peeve of mine. She abruptly switched point of view. Don’t get me wrong, if she had established from the beginning that the story would be told from multiple points of view I would have accepted it. However, Andy had been telling the story from the beginning. Then chapter nine starts from the point of view of another person. When chapter ten begins the point of view returns to Andy. What?

Overall, the debits to this book’s bank account with me put it in the red. John Dreamer is the first in a three part series. I doubt I’ll bother to read the next two.

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