Author: Calista Lynne
Publisher :Harmony Ink Press
Published: 14th July 2016
Genre: YA, LGTBQ
Source: E-ARC from the Author
Date read: 27th July 2016
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.
But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.
I am going to struggle reviewing this book, it’s so different from things that I have read before.
I was emailed by Calista and asked if I would read and review this book…obviously I said yes. The blurb had me intrigued and that cover is just absolutely stunning.
I have the most random of dreams,I actually love dreaming and enjoy relaying them back to friends so this book spoke to me, plus there is the main topic of course which is asexuality which I have never read about before and knew little about.
Asexual; a person who is not interested in or does not desire sexual activity, either within or outside of a relationship. asexuality is not the same as celibacy, which is the willful decision to not act on sexual feelings. asexuals, while not physically sexual-type folks, are none the less quite capable of loving, affectionate, romantic ties to others.
I think the topic was interesting to read and is indeed needed as not written in a lot of YA novels, asexuality had me confused when I was reading this I felt there should be sexual tension, for a heterosexual it would have been there, but these girls were happy just holding hands and cuddling. It feels to me like asexuality is just like loving your best friend. You could definitely tell that Victoria loved Ashlinn but in a very different way.
This book was very character driven rather than plot and I found it to be somewhat slow, even though it’s only 180 pages long it still took me over a week to read this. As for the blurb it basically sums up the whole book, it doesn’t really leave anything out. Victoria’s father died and her brother is left in a coma after a car crash, I wish it had delved into this more and an explanation behind it and maybe victoria’s life before the accident. The writing in this book was beautiful, however I think some of the wording that was used was a little to old-fashioned for a YA book.
I found the characters to be a bit bland, Victoria is struggling to find her true identity, she thinks she might be a lesbian but hates the thought of intimacy. She is also working hard to get into college to become a ballerina. Then she meets Ashlinn and starts to be obsessed with this beautiful woman in her dreams, it is a bit insta – lovey tbh .I didn’t feel any connection with Victoria and couldn’t really relate to her.
We also have a character called Samira who is the creator of nightmares and would have enjoyed to learn more about her as she seemed a very interesting character
The character I related to most was Ellie. She is Victoria’s only real friend and a raving heterosexual. She speaks her mind and is trying to grasp an idea of her friends sexuality by asking personal questions, She too is confused at the start like myself but comes to realise what it means to be asexual.
This is definitely a book that people should read for an introduction into asexuality as it is portrayed really well and gives you a better understanding.
I rated this 2 out of 5 stars