Author: Jacquelyn Sylvan
Genre: YA Paranormal Thriller
Reviewed for a book tour.
Eighteen-year-old Alice has spent the last year of her life in a hospital bed, held hostage by pain from a freak accident. Doctors can neither explain nor cure her condition, and her medical insurance is about to run out. Then, she’s offered one last chance—inclusion in a study for a revolutionary new pain medication.Miraculously, the medication works. There’s only one side effect—vivid, terrifying nightmares, of imprisonment in a pitch-black cell, with no memory of her identity or how she got there. At least, she thinks that’s all they are, until someone from her dreams shows up in real life.
When other sinister happenings cross the boundary between dreaming and waking, Alice must choose: return to a half-life of isolation and agony, or confront the malevolent force behind the dreams, before she and those she cares about are trapped in their nightmares forever. But by the time she makes her choice—it may already be too late.
I don’t often review books. I try to do more reviews, but they’re very time-consuming. However, when I read the words “YA Paranormal Thriller”, I was hooked. I love YA. I love thrillers, and I absolutely love anything paranormal. Plus, the synopsis sounded insanely good as well.
I wasn’t dissapointed. Alice, our MC, is 18, which is quite old for a young adult character. At times, she appears younger than her age, and at times quite a lot older – probably like most teenagers, I guess. She’s been in a horrible accident and ever since, her entire life is being controlled by pain. This pain causes her to stick to a hospital bed for the last few years. Then a revolutionary new pain medication gives her a chance to opt out of the pain. The medication works, its only sight effect terrifying nightmares.
Alice can handle the nightmares. They’re not as bad as the pain. But when someone from her nightmare world shows up in real life, she realizes something eerie is happening, crossing the borders between the world of dreams and nightmares, and the real world.
Alice was an interesting, pleasant character. She was very level-headed and intelligent, with some stubbornness to add. I loved her personality, and how she never wanted to give up. I liked the plot itself as well, it was refreshing and new, and it held my interest. Well written, fast-paced, suspenseful read that left me on the edge of my seat.