Title: Dreamland (Riley Bloom #3)
Author: Alyson Noël
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: 13 September 2011
Edition Language: English
Pages: 210 pages
Genres: Children, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
Riley’s finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work. So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a way to contact her sister, Ever. She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams. As a Dream Jumper, a person can jump into a dreamer’s dream, share a message, and participate. As a Dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer. But Dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up. Thinking it’s her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio. There she finds a ghost boy, who’s been creating and sending nightmares to people for years. In order to stop him and reach out to Ever, Riley is going to have to confront and overcome her own fears.
Dreamland is the third book in Riley Bloom series. I am quite excited about it because I’ve been looking for this book in bookstores but never found one. I intended to buy online, but then, one day I saw this book in Kinokuniya bookstore and what’s exciting is the book was on sale! Anyway, Riley Bloom series may not be one of top favourite, but I definitely enjoy the books for light reading. Dreamland is no exception. It’s still light with a not too complicated background story. Although I must say, there are many scenes that I wish could be made faster. I know the story is necessary, but somehow it’s just slow. Like the previous books, Radiance and Shimmer, Dreamland also has a slow pace story. Although Shimmer is quicker, but still. As always, the climax of Dreamland—I think it’s the climax, but sorry if I’m wrong—also happened later on, like nearly the end of the book. I mean, the problem rises up like after three-quarters of the book. So, yeah, it has a slow beginning, but at least the ending is good.
To tell you the truth, I don’t particularly like Riley Bloom. I don’t hate her, but I just don’t like her like the way I used to like the main characters. But in Dreamland, let’s just say I become not liking her even more. I thought after three books, at least she’s grown up, not literally, but more of mature. But no, she is not and I don’t like her for it. However, I am very interested in the relationship between her and Bodhi. I think they make an interesting couple—or partners, to be exact. Well, I look forward to it in the last book.
“Appearances are really just manifestations of how we see ourselves. Thoughts create, right? And so, with that in mind, the way you see yourself, well, it has a direct effect on what you become, and how others see you.” – Bodhi
Regardless of how Riley Bloom acts, I still like and interested with this series. Dreamland is no exception at all. It is still a light reading and if you’re looking for a complicated story, this might not be a good choice. But if you want some light reading for a change, well, I think Dreamland—or Riley Bloom series—is good and enjoyable to read.
I give Dreamland 3 out of 5 stars.