Reverie

Reverie

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...

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Title:Reverie
Author:Ryan La Sala
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Reverie Reviews

  • Phil Stamper

    drag

    queen

    sorceress

    I AM SO READY FOR THIS

  • Ryan Sala

    Quality, gay drivel! A+ queer nonsense!

  • Fabian

    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 come...

    But lemme just say, y'all have to read this book! It's the queer YA fantasy novel we're all been waiting for.

  • Kai

    tbh all you need to know is that the main character is so gay his superpowers manifest as rainbows.

    I did not see that coming. The charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of it all.

    is a force of nature and you have no idea what epic kind of fantasy you're wading into. Moreover, it's unapologetically queer and magical as fuck. But the most important thing: this is fantasy at its finest. Imaginative, original, real.

    Let's

    tbh all you need to know is that the main character is so gay his superpowers manifest as rainbows.

    I did not see that coming. The charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of it all.

    is a force of nature and you have no idea what epic kind of fantasy you're wading into. Moreover, it's unapologetically queer and magical as fuck. But the most important thing: this is fantasy at its finest. Imaginative, original, real.

    Let's talk about the characters. Kane, a gay high school student, has issues. Mostly it's because he woke up in a river next to a burned-down house and he has no recollections of how he got there. And that's not the only thing he forgot. All of his teenager years have been erased from his mind. Additionally, he's being haunted by a creepy, murderous creature and he's got...superpowers? It's a

    to handle. Kane is not the most likeable character at times. He often treats the people around him like crap, and sometimes you want to punch him for doing the exact thing he was not supposed to do but even so, he never fails to be relatable. But the side characters, they're the real deal. It's amazing to see an author find a way to write a great number of characters that all have depth and are unique in their own way. Ursula definitely was one of my favourites. She was vulnerable and strong at the same time and she has the biggest heart of them all. Adeline had this fantastic no-bullshit attitude. Dean was hot, but he also was this cute little puppy that needs to be protected at all costs. But the best thing about this cast is that I just found my favourite villain. There are two kinds of favourite villains: one that is pure evil and makes your gut boil with rage (also known as Dolores Umbridge), and one that is flawless and fierce. It took me more than a decade to find a worthy candidate for the latter but Ryan La Sala finally granted me that gift.

    Next, the world-building. I mean, that's what fantasy depends on. If you cannot convince your readers that the world you've created is real, why even bother.

    does everything right. Better than right! Ryan created several fantasy worlds in one big fictional universe. And it worked. Even when it was chaos, it was solid, convincing, believable chaos. Moreover, it was entertaining and funny. Ryan draws from so many clichés that we see in other fantasy novels but he gives them his own twist and the result is magical. It's astonishing how creative these worlds are. I wish I could pull that off.

    The writing was outstanding. Compelling and emotional, but also extremely funny. One of my favourite scenes has Ursula in a wedding gown and I almost fell off the couch from laughing so hard.

    This book is the gay fantasy novel I've always wished for. It's not like I've never read a gay fantasy book before, but most of them were either extremely disappointing or mediocre. They always lacked something.

    has it all. Queer representation, thrill, fun, fantasy, friendship. I did want to see more of the romance, though. That might be the only criticism I have. I wanted more time to see the romantic relationship unfold...and more making out. Apart from it being super queer, this novel is a gift to fantasy writing. I would be sad to see this book only be celebrated in the queer community when it has this powerful and spellbinding story to tell that any lover of stories about superpowers and enchanted artefacts and evil sorceresses would enjoy.

    When I tell you that this missing out on this book is depriving yourself of the ultimate fantasy experience, you better listen. So preoder the hell out of this novel. Ask your library to buy it. Read it. Recommend it.

  • Larry H

    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

    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

    meets

    .

    "Reveries are what happens when a person’s imagined world

    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

    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

    meets

    .

    "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 more 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 more 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

    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,

    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!

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  • Amy Imogene Reads

    3 confused stars

    I feel like I simultaneously understood this novel and completely lost the plot.

    1/2

    I wanted so, so badly to love this queer-driven novel that marketed itself as a

    meets

    . Some of the reviews of

    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

    3 confused stars

    I feel like I simultaneously understood this novel and completely lost the plot. 

     ★★★★

     ★★ 1/2

     ★★★

    I wanted so, so badly to love this queer-driven novel that marketed itself as a

    meets

    . Some of the reviews of

    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. 

    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.

    (Can you feel the

    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

    's selling points is its

    . 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.

    , 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, it was extremely confusing. 

    They were visual masterpieces, an artistic playground for verbal description, but overall I was asking myself the

    and the

    way more than necessary.

    Overall,

    . I wish it had been more 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.

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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    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 would

    Buddy read with

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  • Ivana - Diary of Difference

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    Reverie 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

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    Reverie 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.

    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.

    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 more 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!

    Thank 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.

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  • Cardan Greenbriar

    did somebody say "better wigs"

    and "queen sorceress "

    and "lgbtq"

    and

    judge a book by its cover?

  • Chelsea Humphrey

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