Thursday, January 19, 2012

REVIEW: The Stream: Discovery by Bill Jones, Jr.

book cover of The Stream: Discovery by Bill Jones, Jr.
Title: The Stream: Discovery
Author: Bill Jones, Jr.
Date Published: September 19, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: e-book
Challenge: E-Book Challenge 2012
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

**I received this book from the author in exchange for a completely honest review.**

Goodreads Synopsis: Charlie Patterson is an exceptionally bright, twelve-year-old boy, with no close friends. He spends most weekends in the company of his great-grandfather, G'pa Joe, and most weekdays trying his best to be invisible. This year, however, promises to be different. This year, all of Charlie's dreams will begin to come true - in more ways than he had hoped.
Charlie's entire summer has been filled with increasingly disturbing dreams. Most feature a strange, dark-haired girl, who watches, but does not speak. Her name is Robin LeBeaux, a lovely seventh grader from New Mexico with a tragic past, and she is quite real. Despite Charlie's insistent logic, and Robin's enthusiastic illogic, they become fast friends. Together, guided by Robin's deceased sister, they discover a singular talent - the ability to walk into and influence others' dreams.
Lurking amidst fanciful images of fur-covered dragons, deserts of colored glass, distorted history, and strange beings, there is a growing darkness in the dream world, the Stream. Within that darkness, G'pa Joe has become the Stream's latest victim, lost in a confusing world of nightmares masquerading as memories. Charlie and Robin are determined to find G'pa Joe and bring him back, no matter the cost. There is but one small problem: the dark Lord Siri, ruler of the Stream, has other plans for the dream world … and Charlie.
I feel like I spent forever reading this book because I had to stop and start it so many times, not because I didn't like it, but I started it right before I fell off the face of the planet around November. So let me get into what I thought.

I liked this book, quite a bit. I admit that it did take me a little bit to get into it, but after Charlie and Robin met and things started happening with G'pa Joe, that's when it got really interesting.

One of the things that I loved about this book was the attention to detail, the dreams described were really vivid, I had no trouble at all envisioning the creatures or the settings, and that was one of the great things about it.
The dynamic of the relationship between Charlie and Robin was another one of the things that I loved. Their dialogue was usually pretty funny, and it was interesting to see how their relationship really evolved over the course of their adventures. But one of the things that really got me was the emotion that was portrayed through the children, especially Robin, having to deal with her sister's death and dreaming about her accident. You really felt the emotion that she felt at times.

I think my only complaint, and its not even really a complaint, it was just something that I noticed. Robin and Charlie didn't exactly feel 12 and 13 to me. They did feel slightly older, maybe 14 and 15. I don't know, maybe that's just me.

 Overall, I like the book. If I hadn't had to stop and start, it would have been a quick read. If you like YA and Fantasy, you would like this. 3.5 out of 5 stars!

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