Reverie by Ryan La Sala Bok Review & Blog Tour

Title: Reverie
By: Ryan La Sala
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Pages: 416

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. 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 an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.

When I first read the synopsis to this story I thought, oh this sounds really good. That was putting it mildly because this was a fantastic story from beginning to end. Ryan La Sala did a fantastic job creating a captavating story surrounding a gay teen named Kane who wakes up not knowing how or why he was found half dead in the river next to a burned down house. He can't remember what happened or how he got there. In fact, his teenage memories have been wiped away from him leaving him not knowing who he can trust. Especially when he gets a visit from three other teens who claim to be his best friends. 

Not only does this book follows a gay teen trying to put the pieces together to what happened to him, but there's also magic involved! Kane has superpowers and we're taken into the world of fantasy that, as a reader, could picture it so clearly! Ryan La Sala does an amazing job at describing the magical worlds and captivating us by going into great details so that it's so easy to picture in your mind what it looks like. His descriptions of not only the world, but of the characters that we meet in this story is amazing. He goes into depth with each character so that you can understand and get their personality and boy are there some characters with some bold personalities.

As Kane tries to put together the pieces of what happened to him, he gets sucked into magical worlds that appear out of nowhere and run into some interesting people. On a mission to figure out who he is, was and what he was involved with, Kane, with the help of the others, are on an adventure of a lifetime.

This story kept me entertained and I couldn't put the book down as I flipped through page after page and kept telling myself, "just one more chapter." It took me about two days to read the book and it only took me that long because I have little people to feed and take care of and at some point I had to sleep. If you're looking for a new fantasy book to dive into, let me just say Reverie has it all! I absoutely love the fact that there's an amazing fantasy story where the main character is a gay teen. Being a mom of a teen who is in the LGBTQ+ community, it's great to read a book about a character that my child can relate to in some way. I'll be giving this to my oldest to read next. Reverie comes out and is available in stores tomorrow, December 3rd everywhere books are sold! 

I am really excited to be apart of the Reverie Blog Tour hosted by our friends over at Raincoast! We are one of two first stops and I encourage you to check out Joyce at The Beachy Reader to read her review as well. 
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Reverie at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


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