Title Ashlynn's Dreams
Series Devya's Children, book 1
Author Julie C. Gilbert
Release Date February 18, 2013
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.
Told in letters and journal entries from different people, Ashlynn's Dreams is an interesting book. It's the first book about kidnapping that I've read in this unique format. While I'm not sure every author could pull off this way of telling the story, it works well here.
I really enjoyed the characters. They are certainly what made the story for me. First, there's Jillian. Immediately, she captured my heart with her Southern drawl (which was done well) and humor. I loved learning more about her and her siblings. Speaking of siblings, I was fascinated with them and their different "gifts." Danielle was an interesting addition to the story and I liked the insight she provided on the things that happened.
Overall, the story captured my attention easily and this was an enjoyable read. The story flowed steadily without lulls or drags, but the majority of the action happened in the second half of the book. This is a pretty good example of the type of sci-fi books I enjoy and it was done very well.
4 out of 5 stars
* This book was received in exchange for an honest review. *