Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review - Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby


As long as Tess can remember, she has always had the same nightmares, where the girl is running for her life with an unknown force chasing her. Each time, right before the girl is caught, Tess awakens, shaken with fear and confusion. Who is the girl? What do these dreams mean?

Getting through the growing pains of high school with her best friends Jack and Kylie, and then being accepted into her dream college, Tess is excited to start her life of independence. There, she meets the mysterious trainer and mentor, Chris, and she instantly feels a strong connection with him. Unfortunately, he wants nothing to do with her. Although Chris continues to give her the cold shoulder, his overprotectiveness and the occasional slips of sensitivity confuse her. The more Tess tries to connect the missing pieces of her life, the more obscure her past and future appear. To make matters worse, she realizes she has fallen hard for a man who may be her worst enemy. She is unexpectedly exposed to a world of deceit and danger, causing her to be running for her life. Can Tess escape and save not only herself, but also her loved ones? Or, will she be caught, leaving her no choice but to face her worst nightmare?

Chaysing Dreams is the ultimate love story, full of suspense, friendship, betrayal, tragedy, and sacrifice. In this epic tale, you will laugh and cry with Tess - a story full of twists and turns, keeping you guessing until the end.

~ Kelli's Review ~

Unfortunately, I'm going to have to keep this review short and sweet. I can't really go into too much detail about this book due to the fact that I can't describe the storyline without revealing its mystery. This is just one if those stories that you'll have to experience for yourself.

I must admit, when I first began reading Chaysing Dreams I almost wanted to give up. However, something kept pushing me to give it a chance and see where it takes me. Luckily I listened to that pesky little voice because I was rewarded with a really interesting story in the end. I encourage readers to give this an honest chance because although it starts off slow and slightly annoying for lack of a better word, everything makes sense as the story develops.

When I first met Tess, my first impression was that she was extremely naive and not someone I'd get along with in real life. She is 15 at the beginning of the story and her whole demeanor and perception of life is that of someone who has been fed with a silver spoon and has never had to endure any sort of suffering. Everything comes easily to her and she's never had to work at anything she has achieved in her short life. She has the picture perfect, loving family and has always excelled both academically and athletically. Her overly happy and positive attitude seemed too fake at first and I often found myself rolling my eyes while reading.

However, like I said, for some strange reason I had to give her the benefit of the doubt and continued to follow her through her journey to adulthood. As the story progressed, I found myself glued to the story and wanting to find the answers behind the unique situations that came to light. I know this is really vague, but trust me when I say that it will all make sense in the end. The writing will eventually mature along with Tess and the characters are constantly being developed. Give it a chance, I really don't think you'll be disappointed.

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