Book Review: Ashlynn’s Dreams

ashlynnsdreams Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie C. Gilbert

Before she was kidnapped, Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright, brave, headstrong child. She was excited for life in a new house with her Momma and new Daddy. Afterward, she’s all that … and so much more.

Held in a scientific facility, Jillian discovers her past-a family she never knew and a power she doesn’t understand. With her ability now activated, she can enter and even shape a person’s dreams. Jillian’s been kidnapped, and her Gift has been triggered, so she can locate and save Benjamin Connelly, a brother she never even knew she had. She’d better master this strange ability quickly, though, because her life isn’t the only one at stake. Her babysitter, Danielle Matheson, is being held as a hostage to ensure Jillian’s full cooperation. Slowly, Jillian begins to learn more about her captor and the other genetically altered children held at the facility.

Join Jillian as she tries to survive the training being forced upon her, find her unknown brother, escape with Danielle, and work her way back to a normal life once more.

Jillian Marie Antel Blairington never thought of having a life different from what she grew up in. But when she was kidnapped, she discovered that there was more than met her eye, there was more to life than what she had perceived. She discovered her powers beyond her comprehension, and learned of other children with unique gifts. Her babysitter, Danielle, was also kidnapped and kept as collateral damage so that Jillian could fulfill her end of the bargain, that is to manifest her talent by entering and changing people’s dreams. Although she was poked here and there and was forced to locate someone who was somehow related to her, Jillian soon became the Ashlynn she once was.

I really liked how the story started, progressed and ended. Danielle and Jillian shared their past experiences with the kidnapping, and I liked how Jillian became more mature and understanding towards the end. While it is a common fact that kidnapping would put a dent to a child’s mind and behavior, it somehow helped her shape her own future and discovered more about her talent. The author’s writing was exceptional in this book, she readily captured my interests with fantasy and science-fiction, that made the story ain’t boring at all. While I may not be used to Jillian’s twang and other choice of words, I had a great time reading her letters and actually brought me closer to the subject. I actually felt like watching a teen version of the defunct TV series Heroes and craved for more when the book ended. Surely, this amazing story has me excited for the second book!

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