Reverie
Inception meets The Magicians in the most imaginative YA debut of the year!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.

Reverie Details

TitleReverie
Author
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
ISBN-139781492682660
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, LGBT

Reverie Review

  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    "Just because something is imagined doesn't mean it isn't dangerous."tbh all you need to know is that the main character is so gay his superpowers manifest as rainbows.I did not see that coming. The charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of it all. Reverie is a force of nature and you have no idea what epic kind of fantasy you're wading into. Moreover, it's unapologetically queer and magical as fuck. But the most important thing: this is fantasy at its finest. Imaginative, original, real.Let's "Just because something is imagined doesn't mean it isn't dangerous."tbh all you need to know is that the main character is so gay his superpowers manifest as rainbows.I did not see that coming. The charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of it all. Reverie is a force of nature and you have no idea what epic kind of fantasy you're wading into. Moreover, it's unapologetically queer and magical as fuck. But the most important thing: this is fantasy at its finest. Imaginative, original, real.Let's talk about the characters. Kane, a gay high school student, has issues. Mostly it's because he woke up in a river next to a burned-down house and he has no recollections of how he got there. And that's not the only thing he forgot. All of his teenager years have been erased from his mind. Additionally, he's being haunted by a creepy, murderous creature and he's got...superpowers? It's a lot to handle. Kane is not the most likeable character at times. He often treats the people around him like crap, and sometimes you want to punch him for doing the exact thing he was not supposed to do but even so, he never fails to be relatable. But the side characters, they're the real deal. It's amazing to see an author find a way to write a great number of characters that all have depth and are unique in their own way. Ursula definitely was one of my favourites. She was vulnerable and strong at the same time and she has the biggest heart of them all. Adeline had this fantastic no-bullshit attitude. Dean was hot, but he also was this cute little puppy that needs to be protected at all costs. But the best thing about this cast is that I just found my favourite villain. There are two kinds of favourite villains: one that is pure evil and makes your gut boil with rage (also known as Dolores Umbridge), and one that is flawless and fierce. It took me more than a decade to find a worthy candidate for the latter but Ryan La Sala finally granted me that gift.Next, the world-building. I mean, that's what fantasy depends on. If you cannot convince your readers that the world you've created is real, why even bother. Reverie does everything right. Better than right! Ryan created several fantasy worlds in one big fictional universe. And it worked. Even when it was chaos, it was solid, convincing, believable chaos. Moreover, it was entertaining and funny. Ryan draws from so many clichés that we see in other fantasy novels but he gives them his own twist and the result is magical. It's astonishing how creative these worlds are. I wish I could pull that off.The writing was outstanding. Compelling and emotional, but also extremely funny. One of my favourite scenes has Ursula in a wedding gown and I almost fell off the couch from laughing so hard.This book is the gay fantasy novel I've always wished for. It's not like I've never read a gay fantasy book before, but most of them were either extremely disappointing or mediocre. They always lacked something. Reverie has it all. Queer representation, thrill, fun, fantasy, friendship. I did want to see more of the romance, though. That might be the only criticism I have. I wanted more time to see the romantic relationship unfold...and more making out. Apart from it being super queer, this novel is a gift to fantasy writing. I would be sad to see this book only be celebrated in the queer community when it has this powerful and spellbinding story to tell that any lover of stories about superpowers and enchanted artefacts and evil sorceresses would enjoy.When I tell you that this missing out on this book is depriving yourself of the ultimate fantasy experience, you better listen. So preoder the hell out of this novel. Ask your library to buy it. Read it. Recommend it.Find more of my books on Instagram
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to love this one SO badly because Ryan is an absolute gem on twitter, but this just did not work for me. I had such a hard time wrapping my brain around the reveries and an even harder time connecting to the characters. Everything just felt disjointed and messy and I am SAD. Brb while I cry myself to sleep bc I didn't love this book like I thought I wouldBuddy read with Julie <3
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  • Phil Stamper
    January 1, 1970
    dragqueensorceress I AM SO READY FOR THIS
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    "Inception meets The Magicians, except with better wigs and a maniacal drag queen sorceress attempting to unravel the reality of Connecticut (yes, the state) and replace it with something…well something better than Connecticut. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Ryan Sala
    January 1, 1970
    Quality, gay drivel! A+ queer nonsense!
  • Fabian
    January 1, 1970
    DAMN GURL DAMN! This book is even gayer than I thought it would be. Like imagine Elton John dragging up as Cher in a rainbow sequin leotrad, singing a rendition of Judy Garlands greatest hits, at the Fire Island pride parade. That kind of gay.Full review to come...But lemme just say, y'all have to read this book! It's the queer YA fantasy novel we're all been waiting for.
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  • Cardan Greenbriar
    January 1, 1970
    did somebody say "better wigs"and "queen sorceress "and "lgbtq"and do judge a book by its cover?
  • Amy Imogene Reads
    January 1, 1970
    3 confused starsI feel like I simultaneously understood this novel and completely lost the plot.Writing:Plot: 1/2Pacing:I wanted so, so badly to love this queer-driven novel that marketed itself as a Inception meets The Magicians. Some of the reviews of Reverie are works of art in their own right, they read like this book is a thrill-ride, a rollercoaster of imagination, and a complex story filled with heart.I both understand where they are coming from and wish that I had read THAT novel, the 3 confused starsI feel like I simultaneously understood this novel and completely lost the plot. Writing: ★★★★Plot: ★★ 1/2Pacing: ★★★I wanted so, so badly to love this queer-driven novel that marketed itself as a Inception meets The Magicians. Some of the reviews of Reverie are works of art in their own right, they read like this book is a thrill-ride, a rollercoaster of imagination, and a complex story filled with heart. I both understand where they are coming from and wish that I had read THAT novel, the one they're describing. I feel like we're reading different things. Reverie follows the story of Kane Montgomery, a gay high school student who was involved in a mysterious flaming car crash that somehow led to his long-term amnesia. Our entrance to Kane's world is, in essence, Kane's entrance into his own world as he's not sure what's going, on while we're not sure what's going on. (Can you feel the Inception vibes?)Oh, and things are getting pretty trippy around him, including shadows coming for him in the real world and shady police action. One of Reverie's selling points is its intense visual imagery and descriptions. I could feel every emotion, and vividly see each setting. Sentences were clearly constructed with care, and oftentimes distracted me from the plot of the novel as I read a sentence that was so unique ("Kane thought of the frustration that boiled through him--fine and corrosive, like soda bubbles") that I paused in my read to get a grip on its imagery. It was beautiful, but distracting. And indicative of a larger problem for my reading experience--I found too many things distracting, which really hampered my ability to get into the plot because the distractions obscured the plot, and then when I did get into it the plot itself was extremely confusing. What, exactly, are the boundaries of a reverie and how do they work, logistically? I'm still not sure. They were visual masterpieces, an artistic playground for verbal description, but overall I was asking myself the why and the what way more than necessary.Overall, I think Reverie is a singular novel, and an important touchstone in the realm of YA queer fantasy. I wish it had been more grounded and filled with scene transitions that explained some of its ethereal concepts, but as some readers loved that quality, it might be a me problem. I can guarantee this: you'll never read a book quite like it!Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley for an eARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ivana - Diary of Difference
    January 1, 1970
    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest I wanted to love Reverie by Ryan La Sala so much! Reverie has a wonderful cover that draws you in immediately. The plot mentions a boy and a fantasy world that revolves around dreams. Everything I hoped this book would be – it wasn’t.Kane is a gay teenager who is trying to pick up the pieces of his life back together after an attack leaves him with no memories of the past. He is in the search of who he is and who he was, and he discovers an Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest I wanted to love Reverie by Ryan La Sala so much! Reverie has a wonderful cover that draws you in immediately. The plot mentions a boy and a fantasy world that revolves around dreams. Everything I hoped this book would be – it wasn’t.Kane is a gay teenager who is trying to pick up the pieces of his life back together after an attack leaves him with no memories of the past. He is in the search of who he is and who he was, and he discovers an alternate reality that he was involved in.Reveries are worlds born from a person’s private fantasies, and once they manifest they can only be unraveled by bringing their conflicts to a resolution. Reveries have rules and plots, magic and monsters – anything you could wish for. And one wrong step can twist the entire thing into a lethal nightmare maze.Sounds complicated already?What if I told you that this is only from the blurb and the book doesn’t really explain these things at all?Kane is an unraveler, together with The Others. Or at least he was, until one of The Others purged Kane of his memories. And here we are now, with Kane trying to solve the mystery and fight against evil.I jumped into this book very eagerly, and was disappointing immediately, within the first couple of pages. The reveries and their whole concept were quite confusing, to the point of me not knowing whether the characters are now in a reverie, or in their real world.Reverie had an amazing concept and it could’ve been done way better than this. I am just disappointed. It all seemed a bit messy and felt like it wasn’t thought through…I didn’t connect with any of the characters, except for Kane, for the below reasons. And that was it… I didn’t care about any of the others, and there were quite a few characters. One thing that annoyed me about Reverie, was the exaggeration of the #OwnVoices. I am not against it, on the contrary! I love equality and I love diversity, and I share love everywhere and to everyone, and if you know me in real life, you will know this about me. We are all equal and different at the same time, and that is the unique thing that connects us all.However, this book keeps mentioning that Kane is gay. And Kane is a lovely character. He is smart and he is brave. His memories were lost and is desperately trying to find out who he is, who he was, who are his true friends, who is good and who is evil. He doesn’t take for granted on what people tell him. He is AMAZING. Kane was so much more than just gay. But the author kept trying so hard to put an #OwnVoices hashtag on this book, that is was quite aggressive and off-putting. I love books that feature #OwnVoices, but Ryan, please – a little bit of modesty would’ve been nice.I keep feeling this pressure of trying to write a book review that will not offend anyone, and I don’t mean to offend anyone, but I need to say that sometimes, there can be such a thing as “too much OwnVoicing” in a book. And we shouldn’t be afraid to point it out! I am really sad about this one, guys. Honestly, I expected it to love it so bad, and now I feel down. I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you think you will love it, please pick it up. You are valid! Thank you to the team at Netgalley and the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, for sending me an ARC e-copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
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  • Umairah | Sereadipity
    January 1, 1970
    This book was the embodiment of a rainbow Plot: 4/5Characters: 4/5Writing: 4.5/5Reverie was one of the most imaginative, chaotic and unique novels I've ever read. It was a wild, wild roller coaster ride of a book but also one that I feel will resonate with many readers and I enjoyed it very much. "We are all people between worlds." The protagonist was Kane Montgomery, a boy who woke up half-dead in a river nearby a burnt down mill with no memory of how it happened or most of his life before. This book was the embodiment of a rainbow Plot: 4/5Characters: 4/5Writing: 4.5/5Reverie was one of the most imaginative, chaotic and unique novels I've ever read. It was a wild, wild roller coaster ride of a book but also one that I feel will resonate with many readers and I enjoyed it very much. "We are all people between worlds." The protagonist was Kane Montgomery, a boy who woke up half-dead in a river nearby a burnt down mill with no memory of how it happened or most of his life before. However, slowly by surely he began to put the puzzle pieces together by finding his friends from before the accident and uncovering the sinister truth of what really happened.Kane and his friends (who called themselves 'the Others') all had various superpowers and they used these to control and unravel 'reveries' wherever they arose. Reveries were manifestations of a person's deepest hopes, fears and dreams that leaked into reality and ensnared anyone in the vicinity of their source. They normally came with an elaborate plot that the people caught inside would unconsciously act out but the Others all possessed the ability to remain lucid in a reverie and could make sure it stayed safe and didn't go out of control. "Sealed off things that steep too long in the human mind are doomed to grow bitter" The reveries were all well fleshed out and intriguing and the author integrated these magical micro worlds into the real world very skillfully. I thought it was an extremely creative magic system but I would have liked it to be more explained as there are still aspects of reveries that I don't understand like the triggers, limits and rules of them. Also, I don't think Kane and his friends' purpose was well explained because most of the time, they seemed to make the reveries more dangerous than they were supposed to be.Kane was caring, thoughtful and funny but his accident and the consequent amnesia made him feel like an outsider from himself. Also, his uncertainty in who to trust made him push away those trying to help him and he ended up feeling alone. He was the only openly gay person in his school and he keenly felt the pressure of people's judgement upon him, always feeling out of place. However, as Kane discovered details about his life the reader did too, making his confusion really relatable. He rediscovered his previous friends and it was lovely to see how, after a bit of miscommunication, he started to rebuild his relationships with them once more. His whole character arc was about self-discovery, about giving himself a second chance and using it to save the world. "Dreams can be the artifacts we excavate to discover who we really are" The other characters were all nicely layered as well. I loved Ursula's calm yet strong nature and Adeline's steely no-nonsense attitude. Dean had a mysterious, aloof exterior but was actually really adorable and I'm glad that him and Kane had each other. I wish we got to see their relationship develop more. I also liked how Kane's relationship with his younger sister was portrayed. It was turbulent at times but during hardships their unconditional love and support shone through. The villain of the story was a drag queen sorceress called Poesy who, as the book states many times, was 'power personified'.  While her motivations and decisions were very questionable she was a sassy, trinket gathering villain who was hard to always hate.At its core, beneath the chaos and rainbows, Reverie was a story about how people, especially those ostracized by society, create refuges in their own minds and what happens when these go out of control. With its heartfelt LGBTQ+ representation, beautiful prose and loveable characters, Reverie is most certainly a worthwhile read. I had a few issues with the magic system but it was overall an enjoyable story. Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinion expressed are my own.
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  • Isabella
    January 1, 1970
    to sum it all up: drag queens, dreams, magic and gays
  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    This may have been the most campy and ridiculous story I've ever read (in the best way possible), but I loved Ryan La Sala's debut fantasy novel, Reverie ! It was such an original story that gave me Inception and X-Men vibes and I was immediately put in a trance by the story. Reverie will be released December 3, 2019—thank you Sourcebooks Fire for my review copy in exchange for an honest review. This young adult novel focuses on high school teenager Kane Montgomery and how he maneuvers This may have been the most campy and ridiculous story I've ever read (in the best way possible), but I loved Ryan La Sala's debut fantasy novel, Reverie ! It was such an original story that gave me Inception and X-Men vibes and I was immediately put in a trance by the story. Reverie will be released December 3, 2019—thank you Sourcebooks Fire for my review copy in exchange for an honest review. This young adult novel focuses on high school teenager Kane Montgomery and how he maneuvers through his high school after a car accident has left him with amnesia. Kane can remember who he is, but is having trouble remembering how to navigate through school, who his friends are, and what his hobbies include. It's hard enough being gay in his small town—bullied by the jocks during class and feeling like an outcast—let alone having complete amnesia. Kane starts noticing peculiarities in his day-to-day that are just not adding up. I will not explain what these peculiarities are, because that's the fun part! Kane starts realizing that he's part of a group called The Others and this group battles together to protect innocent people from these fantasies that turn into alternate realities, called reveries. Think like Inception, but people aren't sleeping. In these reveries, The Others unravel the situation in order to protect everyone involved—just because they are fantasies come to life, you could still be in danger. While Kane starts uncovering the mystery of his suspicious accident, he also tries to figure out who's a friend, and who's a foe. Without going into further detail, I just want to say I'm OBSESSED with Reverie and I want to know more about how Ryan La Sala came up with this imaginative story. I was glued to the pages, flipping effortlessly while I ignored work responsibilities and life. I am NOT a fantasy reader by any means, so this four-star review is quite actually surprising for me. I loved every character, even the drag queen sorceress—WHICH I WILL NOT GIVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT—FIND OUT YASELF! I really was engulfed by this story, and allowed for my inner fantasy nerd to take over. I will be talking about Reverie for awhile.
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  • Bee
    January 1, 1970
    Whew, this was very very gay. It's like a magical drag queen vomited rainbows and cupcakes all over this book. And you know what? It was absolutely fantastic. Reverie has been one of my most anticipated reads ever since I first heard about it and it did not disappoint. It was beautiful and magical and not like anything I've read so far.I really felt for Kane as he tried to put his life back together after a strange accident. He's lost a lot of memories and everything feels strange. I was right Whew, this was very very gay. It's like a magical drag queen vomited rainbows and cupcakes all over this book. And you know what? It was absolutely fantastic. Reverie has been one of my most anticipated reads ever since I first heard about it and it did not disappoint. It was beautiful and magical and not like anything I've read so far.I really felt for Kane as he tried to put his life back together after a strange accident. He's lost a lot of memories and everything feels strange. I was right there with him as he uncovered every last bit of the truth and it left me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. I also loved the romance, though I felt a bit disconnected from it because of how it starts. I can't say more without spoiling, you'll have to read the book. Mhuahaha. In short, Reverie is an amazing story that you absolutely have to check out when it finally releases.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Love the synopsisbutthe cover is crooked af
  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    Reverie is a story about the importance that dreams and fantasy have in people's lives, and how balancing them with reality is just as necessary. It's a story that gets on a deep level why the idea of escaping to a kinder world is so tempting to queer teenagers, but one that is also about learning to not run away from reality.I think it's important to state that a significant part of my problems with this book come from me wanting it to be something different than what it was. At first, I Reverie is a story about the importance that dreams and fantasy have in people's lives, and how balancing them with reality is just as necessary. It's a story that gets on a deep level why the idea of escaping to a kinder world is so tempting to queer teenagers, but one that is also about learning to not run away from reality.I think it's important to state that a significant part of my problems with this book come from me wanting it to be something different than what it was. At first, I thought that Reverie was all flash and no substance, but I was wrong, because it can clearly drive a point home when it wants to. It's just than more often than not, it seems to not want to, and I kept hoping it would.So many topics, so many ideas are just touched upon, and I highlighted many parts, always hoping that I would get more about self-inserts, who gets to tell stories, belonging and not-belonging in reality, the reality of the unreal - specifically from a queer PoV, because all these things are important to me and I would love a book to actually go there. This isn't that book, and I've always been more for the introspective kind of weird (for a queer book that is introspective and talks about not losing yourself into fantasies in a similar yet completely different way, I recommend The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz).But this is weird, don't doubt that for a minute. After all, it is about an amnesiac teenage boy and the powerful drag queen sorceress who is attempting to unravel the reality of Connecticut. Just not the kind of weird I like the most, and I didn't fully get what this book actually wanted to be. For a story about something as intimate as dreams and fantasies, the unusually distant third person narration was a really unusual choice, and one I didn't particularly like. Its penchant for telling and summarizing things (Kane did this and Kane did that and sense of passage of time, I don't know her), which might have worked in another context, didn't help here.And apart from the angle about the meaning of dreams, I just don't think this is a particularly good story. The side characters are kind of stereotypes - lovable for the most part, yes, but they still didn't feel like they were people, especially the love interest - and the way this book starts with an amnesiac character rediscovering his friends muddled things instead of helping. I thought that being (re)introduced to these characters along with Kane would help me get to know their history, but I couldn't even get a grasp on how much Kane remembered at different points of the story, much less on the characters themselves. All the friendships, sibling bonds and relationships felt shallow as a result.What I liked about the characters was the casual queerness. There are two side f/f couple (the subplot about the two elderly women in love is the sweetest part of this book), and what stood out the most was the character of Dr. Posey. She is fascinating and completely unlike every other antagonist you'll ever read about, the out-of-the-box heart of this unconventional book, and can I just say how great it is to read queer people's takes on the feminine gay villain trope? A homophobic archetype that readers were meant to be disgusted by, or laugh at, becomes someone that is meant to be admired and feared at the same time, powerful and dangerous.Ultimately, Reverie wasn't really for me, but I think there's still a lot to appreciate about it, and I'm so glad that a YA book that is as unapologetically weird and gay as this one got published.
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  • Lost in a Book
    January 1, 1970
    I’m unable to resist this descriptor...Drag. Queen. Sorceress.Yasssss. *grabby hands*
  • Lance
    January 1, 1970
    "He thought of the gloomy, covert life so many queer people were forced to live as they found another one in time and a world that could not adjust to them. He thought of secret meetings and secret names, and the secret sadness that grew like mold in the humidity of a life kept closed." "The reverie was not just dreams and whimsy, like Kane had thought. It was a person's psychology, rendered in vivid fantasy." ARC obtained at the Sourcebooks Booth at Bookcon 2019. 4.5 Stars rounded up, but "He thought of the gloomy, covert life so many queer people were forced to live as they found another one in time and a world that could not adjust to them. He thought of secret meetings and secret names, and the secret sadness that grew like mold in the humidity of a life kept closed." "The reverie was not just dreams and whimsy, like Kane had thought. It was a person's psychology, rendered in vivid fantasy." ARC obtained at the Sourcebooks Booth at Bookcon 2019. 4.5 Stars rounded up, but fuck Reverie was such an amazing book that honestly the biggest complaint I have is I need more. Honestly, it's kind of a tragedy that this was one of only a handful of queer books I read during Pride Month; however, I am immensely glad that I did read this book during the last few days of it. This book surpassed all of my expectations. Every single part of this book was masterfully done, from the prose to the world-building to the characters and more. The best part of it all? It was so delightfully gay: this story was about a teen with magical powers piecing together his lost memories, dealing with fantastical dreams that can be potentially fatal, battling a powerful drag queen sorceress, and all the while dealing with his personal issues? And he's gay? Like wow? I am shook.Let's start with world-building. The whole concept of Reveries is so compelling. La Sala makes usage of this unique phenomena in this book in order to not only further plot, but also develop character psychology. Early on, the reader learns that Reveries are the product of the psychology of the person having it: thus, each of the Reveries are unique and follow a specific plot, which can twist and turn with deadly consequences. I fucking loved it. Not only do they add to the aesthetic, dreamy quality of this book, but there's something so meta and compelling about the way it makes Reverie a story about stories. This isn't a new topic to YA or books in general, but this is one of the most unique takes I've seen on it in recent memory. In addition, I appreciate how each of The Others' powers are (view spoiler)[manifestations of the person's fears/unfortunate circumstances. (hide spoiler)]Characters? Iconic. Absolutely iconic. Kane Montgomery as a protagonist was a delight to read from, mostly because of how... unique he is? He's a character who is trying to retrace his steps, figure out who he was, and try to see how that fits with who he is now. I also love how his power is basically the gayest thing ever. Like shooting multicolored energy blasts? Love that for him. As for the Others, they're all unique, layered, and lovable characters in their own right but I just love how untrustworthy they were through most of the book? They (Elliott, Ursula, and Adeline) were friends with Kane in the past... but after his memory loss, Kane can see that they might have their own agenda. It was fascinating, and the push-and-pull between them and Kane was one of the highlights of this book. But of course, it would be remiss not to talk about the iconic manical drag queen sorceress that is Poesy. One of the best villains I've read this year. She's overwhelmingly powerful, cunning and crafty, and serves as a legitimately terrifying threat all while looking fabulous. I also greatly appreciate the dynamic between Kane and Poesy, and how (view spoiler)[the way she brings up that the two of them are more similar than Kane would like to see. (hide spoiler)] Also Dean? Love him. I'd say more but spoilers. Now plot, which surprise, is right below characters as the third best aspect of this book. One of the first things I'd like to note is that is quite literally the best book I've seen in terms of using amnesia as an effective plot device. Amnesia is one of those plot points, that unless done well, can serve to not only bore the reader but also frustrate them. However, in this book it served as one of the driving forces that kept this story compelling. Kane is piecing together his memory alongside the reader, trying to form the picture of who he was and what that means in relation to who he is now. What's especially interesting about this is the more is revealed, the more you're unsure if Kane was a morally "good" person prior to his memory loss. This of course, was fascinating. Apart from the memory mystery, I like how several Reveries were explored and how fast the pacing was. Prose. For a debut, this book's writing reads like a seasoned author's. It flows well, is poetic without diving into pretentious territory, and serves to accentuate Kane's character voice as well as this book's aesthetic. La Sala's writing isn't quite on the level of Leigh Bardugo or Laini Taylor, but it is clear, powerful and beautiful in its own right. Looking through my ARC, I feel like I should have tabbed the book. Overall, amazing writing that befits an amazing story. The only two things I have minor quibbles with: the fact that I felt bamboozled because I thought this was as series and the romance, both of which are indicative of me wanting more. I just want more of this world and more of (view spoiler)[Kane and Dean. (hide spoiler)] A boy can dream wink-wink. Conclusively: all of you, read this book! Not only is this book amazing, but when I actually met Ryan at Bookcon, he encouraged me to write the queer fantasy I want to see. And after reading his book, I can say that he is not only inspired me with what he said to me, but inspired me with his book by carving out a space for the type of books I want to see on shelves. Highly recommended.
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  • ↠ dan ↞
    January 1, 1970
    inception meets the magicians WHEN I TELL YOU I SCREAMED-oh my god this book comes out IN MY BIRTHDAY I'M inception meets the magicians WHEN I TELL YOU I SCREAMED-oh my god this book comes out IN MY BIRTHDAY I'M💞💗💓
  • Silvia
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. DNF @ 60%, no ratingI don't think I can get through the rest, the book isn't bad but it's my fault for not reading it for two months and now that I picked it up again I'm not invested anymore. But I can also say it's definitely not the type of book I enjoy so maybe there was a reason for me to not want to continue it all these months. There was also a comment that didn't I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. DNF @ 60%, no ratingI don't think I can get through the rest, the book isn't bad but it's my fault for not reading it for two months and now that I picked it up again I'm not invested anymore. But I can also say it's definitely not the type of book I enjoy so maybe there was a reason for me to not want to continue it all these months. There was also a comment that didn't sit well with me about a side sapphic character. I decided it's best that this book and I part ways now rather than later, but I definitely think there are people out there that this book is for and will enjoy it.
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  • sandeep
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, NetGalley and SourceBooks Fire, for sending me an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review! :)
  • Anja H.
    January 1, 1970
    "Maniacal drag queen sorceress"???Oh boy count me in.
  • Rec-It Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    HELL FREAKING YEAH
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!DNF at 32%Honestly, I just couldn't get into the book. The world never captured me and I found it pretty confusing. I loved the writing and the characters interested me, but I was too confused to keep going. I'll definitely try another book by this author, but this one wasn't for me.
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  • Amybibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to love this book but it didn't click for me. It felt like bits were missing so that I'd be reading along and think to myself, 'hold up, how did we get to this?'. It also took me a very long time to get through, and although some of those reasons were personal and nothing to do with the book, the story just didn't hold my attention enough to make me want to jump back into this world.Some of the issues were that I don't actually understand a Reverie. I know they are a dream-like I really wanted to love this book but it didn't click for me. It felt like bits were missing so that I'd be reading along and think to myself, 'hold up, how did we get to this?'. It also took me a very long time to get through, and although some of those reasons were personal and nothing to do with the book, the story just didn't hold my attention enough to make me want to jump back into this world.Some of the issues were that I don't actually understand a Reverie. I know they are a dream-like state where the person whose reverie it is plays the main role and the group of kids that call themselves 'the Others' are part of the story and have a part to play. I was confused about how reveries actually exist? The person isn't asleep, at least it didn't seem so, I felt that part needed fleshing out more.I knew before reading that this was going to be vibrant, fun and very queer which is totally what drew me towards it. However I just didn't feel like anything fit together, things weren't explained memorably enough so I became confused as I read on further about why things were a certain way and if a character was a hero or villain (Posey).I didn't think I'd say this but overall it felt a bit messy! Saying that somebody else reading Reverie could (and many do) have a completely differing view. I just advise you give it a go and see for yourself!
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  • Julie Zantopoulos
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fast and imaginative debut fantasy novel! It read a lot like a mix of The Raven Cycle & Wayward Children series. It's got portals to dream worlds (reveries) and a group of kids who can help unravel them before they get out of control (the Others). It's full of queer teens, an eccentric drag queen villain, and lots of adorable romances (that are not the focal point but do add to the story). It's a story about finding yourself in others and how that can be a great thing but also This was a fast and imaginative debut fantasy novel! It read a lot like a mix of The Raven Cycle & Wayward Children series. It's got portals to dream worlds (reveries) and a group of kids who can help unravel them before they get out of control (the Others). It's full of queer teens, an eccentric drag queen villain, and lots of adorable romances (that are not the focal point but do add to the story). It's a story about finding yourself in others and how that can be a great thing but also blind you to people's flaws and real motives. It's about changing the world to include you instead of running from a reality that can't accept you. It's about power and choice and the grey areas of life. It's about the strength of sibling bonds, friendship, and love in the face of betrayal, hurt, and mistrust. The themes discussed in this novel are wonderful and for that, I was thrilled. However, the characters lacked real exploration, the magic system (while unique) was flawed, and the resolution came way too easily. There's a complex world of magic, a parallel where people's unconscious desires are made real and to "unravel" them you clap? I just...what? Also, for as cool as the reverie scenes were (seriously, so unique and richly written) they were really confusing. Each reverie has its own rules and by the time you figure them out, it's gone. I believe that Ryan has so much potential for future books, even in this novel there are quotable beautiful lines and writing, but it felt unpolished. With a few more rounds of edits this could have been seriously amazing but it didn't work for me the way I hoped it would. Still, I have a feeling this is going to tick all the boxes for and really impress some readers.
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasha LeighOkay, Reverie was frankly my most anticipated novel of this year except for maybe Darkdawn by the King of Stab himself, Jay Kristoff. But that’s neither here nor there. Reverie starts off with Kane, a gay teenager, and his sister Sophia attending a crime scene because Kane lost his memory after stealing and crashing his father’s car into a building and then a creek. Sibling sarcasm ensues and everyone annunciates with jazz hands, Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasha LeighOkay, Reverie was frankly my most anticipated novel of this year except for maybe Darkdawn by the King of Stab himself, Jay Kristoff. But that’s neither here nor there. Reverie starts off with Kane, a gay teenager, and his sister Sophia attending a crime scene because Kane lost his memory after stealing and crashing his father’s car into a building and then a creek. Sibling sarcasm ensues and everyone annunciates with jazz hands, while not so subtly throwing shade at everything. Also, decoupage. After a while of being there, a dark ‘thing’ appears in the nearby mill, they go to investigate and eventually get arrested.This is where Kane meets Dr Poesy, a lovely and poised psychiatrist who just happens to be a man in mascara. She will sass you into submission if you think there is anything wrong with that. She is coiffed and eloquent, inserting herself into Kane’s life so as to attempt to uncover what he has forgotten, while also kind of providing a role model for him in his currently confused state. After this chance encounter however, everything goes to shit. But not the type that is sad and morose. This one is flamboyant, and sparkle covered with a touch of sarcasm and endless shade.So, the synopsis describes it as Inception mixed with The Magicians which I sort of agree. But it’s also like if Miss Peregrine had a baby with an episode of Ru Paul’s Drag Race (both the presence of queens and the infinite supply of shady entertainment it provides). Throw in some teenage angst, a little bit of a Carry On feel, and a buttload of glitter and you kind of have Reverie. Honestly it is comparable to none that I have previously read.Now I spoke before about the various characters initially. The main character is a teenager named Kane who was, in his own words, outed at a young age. He has his issues and definitely cops flak from so many people about his sexuality. I feel like, however, he endures it all to save those around him who haven’t yet told their loved ones about their orientation. He is strong and sassy with a kind of tough outer shell, but also caring and a little squishy in the middle. Basically, he will do anything for anyone so long as they treat him with respect. If you don’t, he will shoot fantastic rainbows out of his hands to put you in your rightful place.The secondary cast involves a group of friends who have proclaimed themselves ‘The Others’ because of their various differences from the rest of society. The have their own role to play within the world of Reverie directly relating to the reveries themselves. Although I was initially suspicious of their motives, most turned out to be good eggs (or did they?). Of these I think my favourite was probably Adeline in all her know-it-all glory, but the others don’t fall far behind. Just a word of advice, look out for Helena, she’ll mess you up.Here is where I feel like I need to make special mention of a person we shall call Mr Seafoam for the purposes of this review (spoilers). This guy made my heart melt by the end. The subject of cruel circumstance, he ends up thrust into the path of another character and the resulting relationship just gave me butterflies. He is soft and marshmallowy while with the person he loves, while being hard and prickly around everyone else. He is charismatic and funny and honestly, I am so glad he was in this novel because I just wanted to squeeze him by the end.So, what are reveries you ask (the thing in the book, not the book itself)? Basically, they are a kind of interdimensional portal into someone’s dreams and when let to play out can either lead to bliss or ruinous damnation. They come directly from certain people and engulf everyone and everything around them. Also, they have varying circumstances and settings which really draw the reader in. And, as a side note, they are sources of power for reasons that I shall not divulge.Which brings me to the villain of the piece. As you would know if you have read the synopsis, she is an evil drag queen sorceress who is intent on stealing all the power for herself. I mean what girl doesn’t love having all the power of the universe at her fingertips, amirite? I absolutely positively LOVED any time this evil witch queen came onto the scene. She is a trinket licking, wig wearing, fabulously sarcastic manipulative old (kind of) wench of a character. Downside was there wasn’t enough banter, but the upside was the lack of presence made her appearances all the more riveting.When I previously mentioned reveries and their origins, I also commented that their contents were vast and varied. All this worldbuilding (that’s what it is even though it’s not a permanent state) is expertly pieced together with Reality scenes flawlessly blending into those of the reverie. When worlds collide, they seamlessly connect to bring the reader all the fantastical joy of even the most highly touted fantasy. One could easily escape through these portals into the souls of their owners, simply to be forced back into the real world scenarios of Connecticut, USA.On the surface, it is a shiny, glitter, and sarcasm filled romp that is all about taking names and saving the world while looking fabulous doing it. Underneath however, it contains an eye-opening commentary into how the world views those of an orientation other than heterosexual. Kane is ostracised for being gay by literally every single boy on the football team. A cute little lesbian is assumed to want to run away with the prince because well, all women love men, right? All through Reverie references are made about characters being less than others because they are gay, with a certain character even remarking he would be dead in his homeland. While this could have been confronting and really bring down the entire vibe of the novel, La Sala inserts these political statements with such genius and timing that the narrative as a whole remains upbeat but also makes the reader assess their own views on these critical issues.So, it comes down to this. Reverie was fantastical and flamboyant, drawing in the reader with its wit and sarcasm along with its expertly built mish mash of the real and the imagined. The characters are fully developed, making the reader involuntarily fall in love with all their facets and flaws. With its rich scenery and undertones of current commentary, La Sala brings the whole thing together into one shining opus (or glittery Fabergé egg if that’s your thing) of a novel that is guaranteed to warm even the coldest of hearts.
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  • Taylor Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    I read an early draft of this book and it blew my mind. Riveting, gorgeous prose. Relatable, complex characters. Vivid imagery. So, so lush. Everything an urban fantasy should be. I can't wait to get my hands on the final version!
  • Cody Roecker
    January 1, 1970
    The most perfect, queer, original, mindfuck of a book. Watch dreams become nightmares, nightmares become dreams, and everything in between in this truly phantasmagoric debut that plays with reality throughout every page. Unforgettable and not one to miss.
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    NETGALLEY CAME THROUGH WITH ALL THE BLESSINGS AND PROVIDED ME WITH AN ARC,,, THANK YOU NETGALLEY CAME THROUGH WITH ALL THE BLESSINGS AND PROVIDED ME WITH AN ARC,,, THANK YOU 🙌🙏
  • Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    I've not read a debut this good in such a long time!Reverie follows Kane Montgomery after a car accident left him with amnesia. He's just trying to get his life back together and get through high school but he starts to notice that something just isn't right... I won't lie this is one of the gayest novels that I've ever read and it was pretty dang magical. The world is rich and reminds me of a rainbow but only with words. The characters are well developed and the idea for this novel... I love I've not read a debut this good in such a long time!Reverie follows Kane Montgomery after a car accident left him with amnesia. He's just trying to get his life back together and get through high school but he starts to notice that something just isn't right... I won't lie this is one of the gayest novels that I've ever read and it was pretty dang magical. The world is rich and reminds me of a rainbow but only with words. The characters are well developed and the idea for this novel... I love anything with alternative timelines or reality and this really fits that with the reveries. I loved the Others and learning more about how all this works and the world-building.I won't give away anything so it's hard to gush about all the stuff that I want to talk about but this book is amazing! If you were on the fence about it just jump over and buy the book, you'll be so pleased with this story. I was given this novel in exchange for an honest review - Thank you! P.S. That cover is so beautiful that I can't even!
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