Reverie by Ryan La Sala
Format: ARC provided by Raincoast books
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult, Magical Realism, LGBTQ
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey guys! I’m here today for the last day of the blog tour for Reverie by Ryan La Sala, a magic realism book that came out just two days ago. Thank you to Raincoast books for getting me on board!
All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember anything since the accident robbed him of his memories a few weeks ago. And the world feels different… reality itself seems different.
So when three of his classmates claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on, he doesn’t know what to believe or he can trust. 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 in accident, and only he can stop their town from unraveling.
Contemporary meets fantasy meets LGBTQ
Ryan La Sala wrote for us an interesting and quite innovative novel, where a group of teens – The Others – must unravel people’s Reveries (aka their dreams coming true and putting their life in danger). Problem is, their leader, Kane, lost all memories related to the Reveries and his friends. Through the book, we follow him as he untangles truths and lies and figures out what really happens. I thought that the magic system here, through the Reveries was very interesting and unique, it made me think twice about the expression « dreams come true » 😛 The LGBTQ representation was also very well done, we had LGBTQ characters but it was not a coming out story, and if it played a part in the book, it was simply because it was who the person was, like any other characteristic they could have. Well done on that!
I had more problems though with the main character Kane (this is a recurring theme in my latest YA reads though) that I found a bit stupid at time, doing exactly what everybody told him not to, and then regretting it, pushing everyone away and then regretting it, or simply taking the worse possible decision again and again. The plot itself was also a bit wobbly at times, and I couldn’t get fully behind it…
In a few words
Despite some weak points in the unraveling of the story (!), this book offers a captivating magic system and inserted very well its LGBTQ characters. I leave it with mixed opinion, but it was definitely an interesting read!
See you for a cup,
PS: You can discover an excerpt from the book here