BOOK TOUR: Review: “Dreamscape: Saving Alex” by Kirstin Pulioff

Dreamscape by Kirstin PulioffA review by Domoni.

I would like to thank the author for the chance to read their book in exchange for an honest review.

Alex is angry. Just when she feels like everything is going right, her parents are making her move. Not in three months like they had planned, but tomorrow. The plan was to wait until Winter break. Her dad moved first to set things up and Alex and her mom were going to follow later. Now she has one last night at home and she isn’t ready. It isn’t fair. She doesn’t want to leave her friends and to make things worse, Brian, the boy she is crazy about finally noticed her and asked her to the dance.

When Alex’s best friend Natalie comes for a sleep over to help her pack her room they unearth an old video game in Alex’s closet. Dreamscape used to be their favorite game. They have all the cheat codes and shortcuts memorized. After playing the game through, Natalie falls asleep but a groggy Alex wants to have one more go at it. Her overtired brain hits a wrong button and suddenly a golden glow is sucking Alex into the game. Cheat codes won’t help her here as the only way to get home is to join the rebellion, save the queen and beat the game.

I really enjoyed this book. The writing was excellent and the flow kept me interested. Alex is a typical teen who is angry at her parents and that made a few recurring appearances throughout the story though I felt the author could have managed it more consistently. There are scenes that happen in Dreamscape that help Alex begin to understand some of the choices and reactions her parents have had, but I feel if the author had given those scenes a little more information and added a couple more it would have made more sense. As they were entered few and far between they almost became pointless.

The romance aspect was well done. Arrow is a well-developed character. His role could have become cliché but I feel as though he played the perfect mixture of leader and companion without relying too heavily or negating the “hero” role Alex is to play. The scenery and challenges the characters had to travel through were well written and easily came alive in my mind.

The only thing keeping me from giving this story five stars is the ending. It was very abrupt. Yes, the story wraps up but I wanted a little more to happen to make the whole adventure in Dreamscape relate to Alex’s life outside the game.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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Welcome to the tour for Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff. This is a young adult contemporary fantasy.
 
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Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff
Sixteen-year-old Alexis Stone is used to getting away from life’s frustration with Dreamscape, a video game she’s loved since childhood. As her family prepares to move, a sleepy night of gaming pulls her into the world like never before. Trapped in Dreamscape’s realm, Alex is about to learn that being a hero has consequences… and this time, the stakes are deadly. Will helping the rebellion cost her everything she knows and loves? Or will she betray them to save her own life?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in the foothills of Colorado, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing an adventure, she’s busy living one.She loves to hear from readers and fans. Please connect with her on any of her sites:
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The author will be giving away the following to 11 winners of the below Rafflecopter.  The giveaway ends May 27th.

  • $50 Amazon or Paypal gift card (INT)
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  • 3 custom Dreamscape bookmarks
  • 2 custom Dreamscape zipper pulls (US)

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2 thoughts on “BOOK TOUR: Review: “Dreamscape: Saving Alex” by Kirstin Pulioff

  1. Domoni – Thanks for your thoughtful review of “Dreamscape: Saving Alex”. The concepts in the story sound very appealing – getting sucked into a game and having to join a rebellion and save a queen – all to just be able to return home. I liked getting your feedback before trying it out. I especially liked your comment about how the descriptions of the scenery and challenges were well written. I really like the books I read to flow – the words to not distract from my reading. Thanks for your review. 🙂

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