Ashlynn's Dreams

Ashlynn s Dreams An alternate cover edition can be found here Before she was kidnapped Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright brave headstrong child She was excited for life in a new house with

  • Title: Ashlynn's Dreams
  • Author: Julie C. Gilbert
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • An alternate cover edition can be found here.Before she was kidnapped, Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright, brave, headstrong child She was excited for life in a new house with her Momma and new Daddy Afterward, she s all that and so much Held in a scientific facility, Jillian discovers her past a family she never knew and a power she doeAn alternate cover edition can be found here.Before she was kidnapped, Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright, brave, headstrong child She was excited for life in a new house with her Momma and new Daddy Afterward, she s all that and so much Held in a scientific facility, Jillian discovers her past a family she never knew and a power she doesn t understand With her ability now activated, she can enter and even shape a person s dreams Jillian s been kidnapped, and her Gift has been triggered, so she can locate and save Benjamin Connelly, a brother she never even knew she had She d better master this strange ability quickly, though, because her life isn t the only one at stake Her babysitter, Danielle Matheson, is being held as a hostage to ensure Jillian s full cooperation Slowly, Jillian begins to learn about her captor and the other genetically altered children held at the facility Join Jillian as she tries to survive the training being forced upon her, find her unknown brother, escape with Danielle, and work her way back to a normal life once .

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    1. This is one of my favorite YA books I’ve read in a while. I’ve read some other reviews that say the book “might be confusing for some readers” because of the journal format used, but I feel certain it won’t confuse anyone used to…reading. Really, there are only two character perspectives used, and the author clearly says which character’s journal we’re reading at the beginning of each section. I thought it was a very unique and daring way to tell this story. It allows for the bes [...]

    2. I enjoyed this book somewhat. The basis of the story is about a girl who is kidnapped that has special powers. I love this idea as I enjoy a good paranormal book. Her powers are reveal while she is being held captive and all manner of things are revealed.I could tell the author enjoyed writing this book but what I didn't like was it way of unfolding. It read as though you had several journal in front of you and you were getting all these different views which at times confused me. I would have p [...]

    3. This is my first read by this author. I liked the book, but it was hard for me to start reading it. The subject of kidnapping hits close to home as I had a friend who went missing in 1988 and was never found, but this story intrigued me and I am so glad that I continued on my reading journey.Jillian Marie Antel Blairington is a normal 12 year old girl with some extraordinary powers. When she was kidnapped and brought to a facility her inner powers were brought forth and here starts her adventure [...]

    4. This book by Gilbert was an interesting one for me. The "gifts" of the heroine were a little unusual, at least I have not read of them before. The plot was sound and the way language was handled was very well done. If you like a story that is just a "little out there," this one is for you. Not difficult but you want to read to see what happens.J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"

    5. Don’t let he cover put you off of this book. When I first saw it, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it because of the cartoon-type cover. I guess I just associated it with comics, not serious literature. Well, I was wrong!I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought the way the book was written, as correspondence and journal entries was a very unique way to present the novel. It enabled us to see into the mind of the writer of the letters and journal writings.I enjoyed the humour sprinkled through [...]

    6. ** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **CoverThis is a pretty cool cover. I like that’s it hand drawn, very nice.Initial ThoughtsSo this book is written using journal entries and letters. I was really nervous going into this book because usually I find it hard to follow journal entries. I was also nervous because it’s in the perceptive of a little girl and I thought that it might make it even harder to understand. Luckily it wasn’t as bas as I thought it w [...]

    7. 4.5 STARS!!!!So I don’t normally read too many Young Adult(YA) novels but when given the opportunity to read Ashlynn’s Dreams I thought it might be interesting, and indeed it was.Ashlynn’s Dreams is a very unique, intense and exciting story. It’s filled with intrigue and twist and turns you never see coming. Jillian is a normal-twelve year old girl, with a normal twelve year old life. A loving Momma and Nana and a new second Daddy; Jillian’s life has never been more exciting until the [...]

    8. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie C. Gilbert presents itself in one way in its covers but is something else entirely in the story it tells. I’ll talk about the two covers later in the review.The story itself is well written, It’s apparent the author loved penning this. She peppers the story with intricacies and peels back the layers of mystery in her story with an adept hand. I like the character of Dr. Dreya, finding his development worked for me. I looked forward to his exchanges with his subjec [...]

    9. I received the book from the author for an honest review. Really a interesting book, not at all what I expected from the book; and I don't mean it negatively. A good story, well constructed plot that had your interest from the start with interesting characters that made this a very good read.Written from 3 different POV, you really got a good idea of the story. Written in letters to the good Dr. S, each telling us their own experiences, fears and struggles in this specific time of their lives. T [...]

    10. Ashlynn’s Dreams is about a twelve year old girl, Jillian, who is kidnapped along with her babysitter, Danielle. They are taken to a facility where Jillian learns that she is not who she thought she was. Created to shape dreams, her captors have tasked her with finding Benny, the twin she never knew she had.Being a YA Sci Fi, i wouldn’t generally be interested in reading this kind of book, however i found i quite enjoyed it. I would almost call it a YA Psychological Sci Fi.The story was very [...]

    11. A solid 4 1/2 stars if would actually let me use half stars!Told in a series of letters from the victims to a therapist, this is the story of Jillian, aka Ashlynn. After finding herself and her babysitter both kidnapped and held in the clutches of a group of potentially mad (but brilliant) scientists, Jillian discovers that she is one of Devya's Children, a bioengineered and genetically-manipulated child born in a fake womb. No details are given about how she becomes part of the family she grow [...]

    12. ‘Do we need a motive beyond trying to do the impossible?Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was an average 12 year old girl: she’s living in a new house with her Momma and a new Daddy, looking forward to all those things that 12 year old girls enjoy. Then, one day, Jillian and her babysitter Danielle Mathieson are kidnapped and Jillian’s world is turned upside down.‘Think of her as an overgrown lab rat, ‘Darren said soothingly. ‘The experiment failed and we’re here to clean up the mess [...]

    13. The author, Julie Gilbert, gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my review.“Ashlynn’s Dreams” is Judy Blume meets Orphan Black. Jillian is an average kid who is extremely precocious. She’s clearly been indulged and is happy and confident and is concerned with results instead of planning. Jillian kind of runs like an overwound toy at first happily coming off quite a bit younger than her stated age but not unrealistically so. “Ashlynn’s Dreams” is a story told to a therapist in [...]

    14. As usual I received this book free for a review. Also as usual I'm absolutely candid about it despite that kindness. The synopsis is a simple amalgamation of previous concepts. Just think of the TV show "Heroes" but with kids and some "Flowers for Algernon" thrown in for good measure. It's also worth mentioning that the text is written in an epistolary style which will likely confuse younger or inexperienced readers.On the positive side, the author can certainly paint a vivid character. The sout [...]

    15. My favorite part of this book were the characters. Especially with the main one, Jillian, the author manages to portray some very distinct characteristics and some impressive character growth. With unique voices (oh reading Jillian's was a peach!), the author pulls you into a world of shadowy organizations, exploitation, and survival. The reader gets a real sense of Jillian's change from carefree child to a more mature individual who isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes right. I could [...]

    16. Jillian Marie Antel Blairington never thought of having a life different from what she grew up in. But when she was kidnapped, she discovered that there was more than met her eye, there was more to life than what she had perceived. She discovered her powers beyond her comprehension, and learned of other children with unique gifts. Her babysitter, Danielle, was also kidnapped and kept as collateral damage so that Jillian could fulfill her end of the bargain, that is to manifest her talent by ente [...]

    17. This book is very different from what I've been reading lately and I really liked that! Jillian is 12 years old and she and her babysitter, Danielle, were kidnapped. It's written through letters written by Danielle and journal entries written by Jillian. Jillian first reveals that she has two mommas and four daddies and yes, that sentence alone was intriguing enough to me to keep reading. Jillian has no idea at first why she's been kidnapped. She learns more about her surprising past and the peo [...]

    18. Having just finished, this is not a genre I would normally choose, but direct communication from Julie had me intrigued.Son in response to her generous offer to read this book, for an honest review, here goesThis books takes us through the few weeks of Jillian and Danielle's kidnapey are both at home when some guys break in and take them hostage.We begin to learn about Jillian/Ashlynn. We learnt that Jillian was part of a larger family all unknown to her.Danielle was Jillian's babysitter and was [...]

    19. *This review can also be found at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers. I as provided with a review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*Ashlynn’s Dreams was one peculiar read but I really enjoyed it. I liked the way it was told, through letters from Jillian and Danielle towards their counselor/therapist. What I thought was going to be a problem, quickly became one of my favorite aspects of the book. Each of their letters offer a unique point of view about the events that take place [...]

    20. Jillian Marie Antel Blairington (which is a super long name for any kid) is kidnapped and held in a strange facility where she's taught to use her talent of entering and changing people's dreams that she never knew she had. If that isn't freaky enough, she's introduced to a whole new family and is tasked to use her talent to find her missing brother. The story is written in a series of letters or journals from Jillian and her baby sitter, Danielle, who was kidnapped along with her, with a few le [...]

    21. I kind of liked and disliked this book because it felt incomplete in a lot of ways. Because this was an audio book I got to get a better feel for the characters since the narrator was excellent and gave voice to the characters in such a way that you always knew who was speaking. But even with that added help the characters still felt a little flat and not real enough. The story was good but could have been so much better if it didn't feel like there were holes in the background information that [...]

    22. A child kidnapped is a horrible thing. Children are helpless and depend on adults to take care of them. Some adults cannot be trusted, however. In fact, some adults may not be who/what we think they areHLYNN’S DREAMS, by Author Julie C. Gilbert, is the story of twelve-year-old Jillian Marie Antel Blairington (AKA Ashlynn) who is kidnapped. In a journal she records her life about her daddies one, two, three, and her new daddy, and about her kidnapping. Danielle, her babysitter, is also kidnappe [...]

    23. Unlike any other book I've read, Ashlynn's Dreams grabs your attention. With Jillian and her southern drawl, Danielle's growing character bond, and Nadia's protectiveness. Southern drawl is the only way I can describe how Jillian talks, and to be honest it took me a bit to grasp reading such a strong southern accent. Which by the way shouldn't have been difficult since I used to have a heavy southern drawl myself.The story is told in a few different characters' point of view though it was not ha [...]

    24. Admittedly, this book starts out with one of my biggest pet peeves: Reading dialect dialogue (ain't, fer, nothin', etc). It also gambles on the choice of delivery. The story is told through journal entries from various characters. I've seen this done well, as well as, horribly awful and confusing. I will freely admit to having to reference the list of characters that Gilbert deftly includes after the TOC early in the read.However, you can tell I rated this book high, and here are the reasons: Gi [...]

    25. The synopsis was enough to make me want to read this book. If I was standing in a bookstore with one of my students I would not have chosen the book based on the cover, but I can guarantee you than my student would. That is why I will purchase a physical copy of this book for my shelves at school. Twelve-year-old Jillian is just like any of my students. She is down to earth, has a southern twang, as do many of my students. She differs in the fact that she has a special gift she never knew about. [...]

    26. This story is about a kidnapping of a girl named Jillian and her babysitter, Danielle. Jillian soon discovers she has the ability to connect to, alter, and shift dreams. She better find out how to master this ability and fast because Danielle is being held hostage to ensure Jillian’s cooperation. If she fails, there is no telling what will happen to Danielle. Will she survive the vigorous training to locate and save someone who she has been told is her brother? Will she be able to do what she [...]

    27. I've always enjoyed books in this genre, and I found this one to be a unique and refreshing take on the oft-used story of genetic engineering, children with special powers, and so on.What made this story stand out is that it is told in entirely first-person perspective, via letters (journals). Most of them are from Jillian (Ashlynn), with some from her babysitter Danielle (who was kidnapped with her) and occasionally another POV like Nadia.Thus, we see the story through Jillian's eyes, and since [...]

    28. I was lucky to receive this book for free, in exchange for a honest and fair review. With that said, I'm very glad to have received it. Ashlynn's Dreams, is about a child, Jillian, a smart, brave, strong-willed girl, who is kidnapped along with her babysitter. Both are held in a scientific lab for reasons neither understand. Now, we all know that I don't like spoilers, so I promise not to give to much away. But, I can honestly say that this is the first book I've read that has almost no romance [...]

    29. No romance theme! How cool is this to you, I do not know. But this is the first book this year I have read, in the young adult genre that did not have a hint of romance.Jillian, the heroine is so strong yet fragile. She is my hero at the moment =)The villain that you love to hate, yet somehow you cannot seem to disagree with some of the arguments. Makes it really hard to like him, yet you can see where the craziness comes from.The story and theme is awesomely unique. I just created a new adjecti [...]

    30. The story is crafted in an unusual format, it’s written in different points of view and in the form similar to a diary. This was something very different for me and I really enjoyed the unconventional style. Ashlynn’s Dreams is a Young Adult story with elements of mystery, suspense and science fiction.I found Ashlynn’s Dreams to be a very fast read. Immediately, I was so engulfed into the story, I seriously couldn’t put the book down. Which is exactly what I want from a story.Watching As [...]

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