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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Book Review: Gateway to Dream World by Brenda Estacio

Gateway to Dream World by Brenda Estacio
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Eloquent Books
Pages: 360
Received From: Author

Summary: On a hot, ordinary day in August, one family's world was turned upside-down. On their way home from baseball tryouts, Brad Colby and his two sons are involved in a terrible car accident that leaves six-year-old Pete in a coma. When Pete awakens, the family is crushed to learn that he is paralyzed. Meanwhile, Pete's eight-year-old brother, Jason, has been having powerful dreams that lead him to a mysterious realm known as DreamWorld. Jason discovers that all of his desires can come true in DreamWorld, but the time is fast approaching when he will have to choose between his two worlds. And when more devastating news strikes at the heart of the Colby family, Jason and Pete set out on a desperate attempt to find the Gateway to DreamWorld and save their family. With time running out on their dangerous path, will Jason and Pete's fear of the Unknown keep them from reaching the paradise of their dreams?

My Review: I was asked to review Gateway to Dream World and unfortunately I was left with mixed feelings. The first couple of chapters seemed rushed and amateurish. It was like, "I moved to California, I got married, had babies...blah..blah." I understand Brenda wanted to introduce us to her characters but their is a way of writing it where it doesn't come across as unnecessary facts. I didn't fully get into the story until I reached the middle. Once the attempt to find the Gateway to Dream World started, the novel took a turn for the good. The writing got better and it compelled me to read it straight to the end. I just wish the beginning started out like that in order to keep the reader interested. However, I did enjoy the characters and loved how family was the driving force in their lives. Overall, a decent storyline but mediocre writing.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Author's Info:

Brenda Estacio lives in Atwater, California with her husband. She is currently working on a science fiction trilogy and a mystery-thriller novel. Gateway to DreamWorld is her second novel. In 2008 she released her first novel, "The Sagris."


choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Nice review--I've never heard of this book, but it sounds interesting, especially the Dream World part :)

Mitz said...

Hey Eleni,
This sounds pretty good, count me in.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

You did a good honest review. Fantastic. Thanks!

Sarbear said...

Thanks for the review -- honest and tactful. Good job.

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