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June 21, 2014

Ashlynn's Dreams by Julie C. Gilbert

Devya's Children's Book 1
Julie C. Gilbert
  Ashlynn's Dreams
 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 more.

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 Mathews, is being held as a hostage to ensure Jillian's full cooperation. Slowly, Jillian begins to learn more 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 more.

Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published February 18th 2013
edition language English

I was rather disappointed when I read the back cover.  Almost the entire story is given away.   Way too much detail.  I wasn't sure I wanted to read it since I already knew much of what was going to happen.  One thing I did like was, No romance.  I found that refreshing for a change.  The book is actually written for 11 and 12 year olds.  That isn't to say that adults can't read and enjoy it.   The book is an adventure, thriller, suspense novel  that is written about kids. The children that the book is written about find themselves being victims of some awful scientists.   They are some strong minded kids. They won't give in.  They are bent on saving themselves.  You would think there might be a couple of adults who might help them, but think not.
 The characters were described quite vividly.  I liked the fact that the author brought out some rather complicated issues.  She was exposing the readers to new ideas, new things to think about and explore. There was one thing that I really didn't care for.  The self promotion of her book "The Anotech Chronicals".  The book hasn't been published yet. I thought that was in poor taste.  "The Anotech Chronicals" could have been promoted at the end of the book as other authors do. The book is a good mad scientist book.  Just don't read the back cover because if you do,  you already know what will happen.    I believe if the self promotion of her next book and the back cover synopsis, wwere changed,it would make a difference. The book itself was a good read for young readers.

I was given a complimentary copy of Ashlynn's Dreams from the author, Julie C. Gilbert for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.  

I would give this book 3 STARS.

Julie C GilbertJulie Gilbert drinks lots of tea and decaffeinated coffee, plays RPGs, reads incessantly, and writes in several genres, including general science fiction, fantasy, Christian, and sci-fi space opera. She has taught biology, chemistry, and 5th grade science. She lives in the money sign state (New Jersey), as Jillian would put it. 

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