Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff

Saving Alex

Kirstin Pulioff

YA Fantasy
April 12, 2015

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Sixteen-year-old Alexis Stone is used to getting away from life’s frustration with Dreamscape, a video game she's loved since childhood. As her family prepares to move, a sleepy night of gaming pulls her into the world like never before. Trapped in Dreamscape’s realm, Alex is about to learn that being a hero has consequences… and this time, the stakes are deadly. Will helping the rebellion cost her everything she knows and loves? Or will she betray them to save her own life?

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

When I read the blurb for Dreamscape, I knew I had to read it. I'm a video game addict, have been for years, and as a kid I dreamed of being sucked into my favorite game. This is one of the fastest paced novels I've read in a long time, which is great for those with shorter attention spans. I always appreciate a fast pace, but sometimes I felt like I jumped on a rollercoaster and didn't have time to fasten my seatbelt before it took off.

Alex started off as an angry, petulant teenager. Really who could blame her. Her parents moved up the date of their move by several months, making Alex miss Homecoming with her dream guy. Of course, he sounded like a real loser, so no loss there. One of the things I enjoyed most about the novel was Alex's growth through the course of the story. I'm on the fence about the romance between Alex and Arrow. You'll have to read it for yourself and form your own opinion.

I think Ms. Pulioff did a wonderful job with the imagery in her fantasy world. Though I was a bit confused when Alex landed in her favorite game and was completely lost. She and her friend comment about how they know the game by heart, but Alex is so lost. I can only assume that the game world she landed in was more complex than the actual game. Perhaps the author was thinking old school games, back when there wasn't as much backstory and character development. It just struck me as odd.

If you enjoy a fast-paced YA fantasy with lots of action-- especially if you're a gamer-- I think you'll enjoy Dreamscape.

About the Author

Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in the foothills of Colorado, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing an adventure, she’s busy living one.
She loves to hear from readers and fans. Please connect with her on any of her sites:
Webpage | Facebook | Twitter @KirstinPulioff | Goodreads

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  1. Thank you for the wonderful review. I'm glad you enjoyed the wild ride and nostalgic fun ;)

  2. So glad you enjoyed!
    Here's my thoughts about why she felt/was lost in the game. I'm thinking it was kind of old school but she's not really that old (I mean compared to us, her old school isn't as old school as we'd think). I was picturing that old style pixelated and maybe that's not quite right. But I was also thinking that it's a lot different to be physically there. Like directions would be different and everything. I guess that's how I felt and it never really bothered me.
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

    1. Yeah, I suppose it's one thing to move the character around on a map and another to suddenly be that character. The newer games I've been playing over the last decade are so much more detailed than the older NES and Super NES games. It's almost like acting out a novel.

  3. What a great review! I was also sent a copy for review, but haven't gotten around to it yet, due to not having a kindle of my own. Hopefully I can use my mom's so I get to reading it because your review has got me a lot more interested! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

    1. Thanks! I' hope you enjoy it. I'm lost without my Kindle Paperwhite :)

  4. Very nice review and the novel sounds like an interesting read. Thank you for the giveaway.

    1. Thanks! It was a great read for gamers like me :)

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  6. Pretty lady on your cover. :D Thank you for this giveaway! <3

  7. Thank you for this giveaway!

  8. Beautiful cover, thanks for the giveaway :)

  9. Trapped in a video game? For some it would be a dream come true For others not so much. Intriguing excerpt and I will be looking out for the book

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