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Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.
But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed this book for all the things that it wasn’t. What do I mean by that, well let me break it down for you. It is not an insta-love YA Romance, it’s a book that deals with someones disease not only for them, but for there family and loved ones, and it’s about a girl who knows her past boyfriend isn’t good for her and instead of making excuses she faces facts and doesn’t let him get a way with it.
Out side of her dream world when she is going thru an episode, Bryn is like any typical high schooler. She just wants to finish up and go away to college. She wants to be normal. She wants to stop having the episodes (which if you read up on Klein-Levin Syndrome in most cases stops by the time the patient is around 30).
In her dream world Bryn experiences memories from her past. Places she visited, homes she has lived in, anything good that might have happened to her at some point in her life. That is until a mysterious boy washes up on shore. Who is he and how has he entered her dream world. As he and Bryn start to investigate who he is and why he is there the dream world starts to change. Mysteries things happen to Bryn when she is awake as well. And her and her mystery man start to form a strong bond.
The end is something worth waiting for and all together this is a powerful, emotionally charged and captivating story. Laeken Zea Kemp has done a wonderful job keeping the reader interested and portraying characters that everyone will love and some love to hate. Drew you are a down right…..if we were not a clean blog there is a good word for you, but I won’t say it.
About the Author:
I’m a writer and explorer extraordinaire and author of the multi-cultural New Adult novels The Things They Didn’t Bury, Orphans of Paradise, Breathing Ghosts, and the upcoming The Girl In Between, the first in my new Young Adult paranormal series!
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