ARC Review: Reverie by Ryan La Sala

“Witches interest me,” Dr. Poesy said. “If you look at most female archetypes-the mother, the virgin, the whore- their power comes from their relation to men. But not the Witch. The Witch derives her power from nature. She calls forth her dreams with spells and incantations. With poetry. And I think that’s why we are frightened of them. What’s scarier to the world of men than a woman limited only by her imagination?”

I feel as though I just played through an indie rpg and now the end credits are rolling and I’m happy, sad, and thoroughly perplexed at what the HELL just happened.

Am I…is this world I’m in right now, even real? 
*news notifications roll in* Yup, unfortunately way too real.
Reverie, beautiful title with a beautiful cover is the debut book by author Ryan La Sala and it packs a punch and I’m still figuring things out. I’m still trapped in all of these worlds. I’m still in love with all of these amazing characters I was introduced to. I just want to say that I am so happy this book exists, it blew me away.

Synopsis:

Ryan La Sala’s debut fantasy is an #OwnVoices story following Kane Montgomery, a gay teenager piecing his life back together after an attack robs him of his memories. As Kane searches for who he was, he uncovers a war for the creative rights to reality itself, each battle played out in an imagined world turned real: a reverie. 

Reveries are worlds born from a person’s private fantasies, and once they manifest they can only be unraveled by bringing their conflicts to resolution. Reveries have rules and plots, magic and monsters, and one wrong step could twist the entire thing into a lethal, labyrinthine nightmare. Unraveling them is dangerous work, but it’s what Kane and The Others do. 

Or did, until one of The Others purged Kane of his memories. But now Kane is back, and solving the mystery of his betrayal is the only way to unite his team and defeat reality’s latest threat: Poesy, a sorceress bent on harvesting the reveries for their pure, imaginative power. 

But what use might a drag queen sorceress have with a menagerie of stolen reveries? And should Kane, a boy with no love for a team that betrayed him, fight to stop her, or defect to aid her? 

Reverie means to be lost in one’s thoughts; to daydream. Bitch, can I relate more than ever. I wasn’t even halfway into this book when I realized what it reminded me of in a great way. The synopsis states that Reverie is Inception meets The Magicians but what is really reminded me of was Persona 5, a fantastic jrpg. Teens traveling to worlds to save people from their dreams and kick ass. You just have to love it.

Characters:

The main cast are called…The Others which is very mysterious.
Kane is our lead and he’s gay, recently has lost all of his memories, and has no idea what the hell is going on or why he ended up half drowned in the river by the old mill.

Ursula is a literal badass who loves baking and is as sweet as can be.
Adeline is a cold black beauty who takes no shit.
Elliot is a handsome, nerd who will not shut up.
Dean is Mr. Mysterious and gorgeous, you know he has a dark past.
And the best, my favorite, the absolute most amazing character is Dr. Poesy, a stunning drag queen who exudes beauty and class and has a love for tea. As soon as her character was introduced I fell in love.

My Thoughts and Rating:

I am not a fantasy reader. I think I’ve mentioned this before but I’m just not and I think this was one of my first fantasy reads in a long long time. Some of it confused me and I had to re-read it again. The main character was…annoying. I’m just going to say it, he spent more time running away than anything and it irked my soul.

I enjoyed the ride however. I laughed a lot during it and the little pop references such as Sailor Moon and Avatar Korra. I loved the diversity in this. Gay characters, lesbians, drag queens, different races.

As a bi black woman it feels so good for the default to not just be white. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. I’m looking forward to more stories like this altogether from the book world!

💜 💜 💜 3/5 Rating!

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Thank you very much to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and Netgalley for this Arc. All opinions are my own. 

Coming out January 7th, 2020

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