Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Lucid by Jay Bonansinga Book Review

Jay Bonansinga

Genre: Young Adult Horror
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Permuted Press

ISBN: 978-1618685315

Pages: 246

Goodreads Rating: 4.38
My Rating: 4.58

Book Description:

 Lori Blaine is not your average seventeen-year-old high school student. Cool and iconoclastic in her dread-locks and natty thrift shop garb, with an IQ that’s off the charts, she is the ersatz leader of a pack of Goth kids that circle around her in the halls of Valesburg Central like a school of pilot fish. Lori speaks softly, but when she does speak, people have a tendency to listen.

But Lori Blaine has one problem: The door.

Lori’s dreams are haunted by this strange, recurring symbol. The door is always there on the periphery… beckoning to her, daring her to see what might be waiting for her on the other side. Finally, at the urging of an overzealous school psychologist, Lori Blaine decides to face her fears. The next night, she goes through the dream door… and immediately plunges into a shattered looking glass world in which nothing is as it seems and evil awaits around every corner.

But when Lori fights back, all hell breaks loose.

Created by the New York Times bestselling author of THE WALKING DEAD: DESCENT…. LUCID is a mind-bender of a contemporary supernatural thriller for Young Adults.


My Take:

Holy Fluffy Marshmallows!
I'm kinda at a loss for words so that was all I could come up with. 
This was definitely one heck of a book and I'm seriously hoping that its part of a series cause I would love to learn a bit more about Lori. Lately I've been hoping to find something different when reading, a different kind of character and I think I got that from this book. Lori is a heroine in every aspect of the word but she seems to have an anti-heroine feel to her. She's way different from your typical lead and the romance is even more unconventional. 
I enjoyed that while Nick was very important to Lori, he wasn't the most important person and didn't deter her from what she had to do. If anything, he was her biggest supporter. And while I would have enjoyed reading a bit more of their interactions I'm ok with what I got because the rest of the story was just that good.
Lucid dreaming in a book isn't a new concept to me BUT this was done in a completely different way that incorporated demons.... this book gives a whole new meaning to the term inner demons and actually had me stopping to consider my own dreams lol.
I was really intrigued with the concept of this story and I feel like the execution was on point. It was quick with the action and didn't leave you struggling through chapters upon chapters of character info before it got to the good stuff. My only peeve was the way it was written with a sense of precognition and shifting to a form of telling a past event. I enjoy finding out about characters and the story as it unfolds. There where a couple of scenes in particular where I felt annoyed with the continued reference to an event that had yet to occur.

4.5 Quills
I really hope this is the start of a series because while there is a definite end to this book there is a sense of open ended-ness that begs the question.... what is her destiny. There was a resolution to the main problem but no answers given to the others. As I said above, I really would like to learn more about Lori and I relish the chance to delve back into this world of lucid dreaming and demons.

About The Author
The national best-selling author of ten acclaimed books – both fiction and non-fiction -- Jay Bonansinga has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the Chicago Tribune.

Jay is the holder of a master's degree in film from Columbia College Chicago, and currently resides in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife and two sons. He is also a visiting professor at Northwestern University in their Creative Writing for the Media program.

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