contemporary · fantasy · young adult

John Dreamer

Author: Elise Celine
Series: John Dreamer #1
Summary from Goodreads:
Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her.

When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined, and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.

“John Dreamer” is the first in a series of books set in the confines of the Great White Room.

Date finished reading: March 10, 2014


I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

I was disappointed with this book because I initially thought that the story idea had a lot of potential. Seven teenagers just woke up to find themselves in a strange room without any recollection of how they got there. Each was unique in personality, but they soon found out that there were challenges to surpass and lessons to learn in order to achieve their potential.

The characters were underdeveloped. They were described by the narrator based on her opinions but we weren’t given any idea as to who they really were. They were each given an ordeal that they have to undergo and as they successfully face their fears, they disappear. It turned out that they accomplished something great because of these elaborate setups. They were fully aware though that this was imaginary in a way, yet they fall for it every time. Seriously? And then the stories seemed to revolved around Andrea or Andy, who was by far, the most annoying character in the book. She fell in love with John in just 8.5 seconds? I couldn’t believe that her perception of love was that shallow! Her thoughts – I let him take over my heart, my mind, my soul while they were kissing. Holy creepers!

And the other thing that I don’t get was Andrea’s ability to change the past. She was able to go back to her childhood regret and set things right. How lucky for her then! If only all of our regrets could be taken care of the same way.

The ending was so bad that I was shaking my head in frustration. John chose Andy over his father. He’d rather carry that grudge and be led to believe that his father didn’t care about them just so he can be with his dream girl. This whole book feels like a prologue rather than actually starting the story. I hope that the future books would contain more depth, better plot twists, and a better connection to the readers.

My Rating: ★★


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