Sunday, September 29, 2013

REVIEW: Chaysing Dreams by: Jalpa Williby

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Synopsis:  Life…secrecy, deceit, danger…No, no! Run, escape! 

“Run!” Her inner voice is shouting. She has to run faster! She’s about to get caught! No, no! She has to get away. Please, she must escape! “Run faster!”

As long as Tess Sanoby can remember, she has always had the same nightmares, where the girl in her dreams is running for her life with an unknown force chasing her. Each time, right before the girl is caught, Tess awakens, shaken with fear and confusion. Who is the girl? What do these dreams mean?

Getting through the growing pains of high school with her best friends Jack and Kylie, and then being accepted into her dream college, Tess is excited to start her life of independence. There, she meets the mysterious trainer and mentor, Chris, and she instantly feels a strong connection with him. Unfortunately, Chris wants nothing to do with her. Although Chris continues to give her the cold shoulder, his overprotectiveness and the occasional slips of sensitivity confuse Tess. Not understanding Chris or their relationship, she is on a constant emotional roller coaster with him. Could her best friends be the stable force that she desperately needs? 

Unfortunately for Tess, the more she tries to connect the missing pieces of her life, the more obscure her past and future appear to her. To make matters worse, she realizes she has fallen hard for a man who may be her worst enemy. As passion ignites between the two, she can’t help but surrender her heart and soul to him. 

Tess is unexpectedly exposed to a world of secrecy, deceit, and danger, causing her to be running for her life, chased by the unknown. Can Tess escape and save not only herself, but also her loved ones? Or, will she be caught, leaving her no choice but to face her worst nightmare?

Chaysing Dreams is the ultimate love story, full of suspense, friendship, betrayal, tragedy, and sacrifice. In this epic tale, you will laugh and cry with Tess--a story full of twists and turns, keeping you guessing until the end.


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Review:  Dreams.  They come to us in the night taking us to places both familiar and foreign.  They have the power to give us both delight and horror.  Dreams free us and bind us all at once.  Those of us who remember each and every nightly adventure see it as either a blessing or a curse.

     For as long as Tess can remember she has had the same reoccurring nightmare.  Despite her best efforts she can not shake the same scene from playing night after night.  Each morning she awakes with the same feeling of anxiety and confussion.  What does it all mean?  Are they random images stuck on repeat or is there something more behind them?

     The author begins Tess's journey as a teenager and develops her story over the course of a few years.  It was great to see Tess grow from a typical teenage girl, to a hardworking college student, to a remarkable young woman.  As the reader watches Tess grow up they get to witness key moments that will change her life forever.  The 'normal' Tess thought she knew isn't so normal after all.

     The author's writing was great!  Her story development was spot on.  She efficiently brought the characters to life. The dialogue among the characters was smooth and realistic.  The one element of a novel I always take notice of is the authors use of words and their descriptions.  Sometimes this can make or break a book for me.  Jalpa nailed it for me with lines like, "The sky is the color of a robin's egg with tufts of small, white clouds on the horizon."  Perfection!  Also, I enjoyed the soundtrack of this novel.  It brought the story to life and added a few new favorite songs to my iPod.

     I am Jalpa Williby's newest fan and I hope after reading Chaysing Dreams you will be too.  Look for Chaysing Dreams on and also be on the look out for the next book in this trilogy.

Happy Reading!!

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