Before she was kidnapped, Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright, brave, headstrong child. She was excited for life in a new house with her Momma and new Daddy. Afterward, she’s all that … and so much more.
Held in a scientific facility, Jillian discovers her past-a family she never knew and a power she doesn’t understand. With her ability now activated, she can enter and even shape a person’s dreams. Jillian’s been kidnapped, and her Gift has been triggered, so she can locate and save Benjamin Connelly, a brother she never even knew she had. She’d better master this strange ability quickly, though, because her life isn’t the only one at stake. Her babysitter, Danielle Matheson, is being held as a hostage to ensure Jillian’s full cooperation. Slowly, Jillian begins to learn more about her captor and the other genetically altered children held at the facility.
Join Jillian as she tries to survive the training being forced upon her, find her unknown brother, escape with Danielle, and work her way back to a normal life once more.
Ashlynn’s Dreams was one peculiar read but I really enjoyed it. I liked the way it was told, through letters from Jillian and Danielle towards their counselor/therapist. What I thought was going to be a problem, quickly became one of my favorite aspects of the book. Each of their letters offer a unique point of view about the events that take place during the kidnapping and also manage to convey their personality. It felt much more personal and it made me connect with the main characters.
Besides Jillian and Danielle, we also get to meet different characters with so many layers to them. Some are good, some are bad and some I would classify under the bipolar or “with so many secrets” category. However, they all were equally interesting.
Despite the serious theme in Ashlynn’s Dreams, I didn’t feel it to be a dark or heavy read. There were lots of other things to focus on, mainly on the special abilities of Jillian and her other new-found brothers and sisters which I enjoyed reading about. There isn’t lots of action, but the last part of the book goes on a faster pace and I liked that.
So overall, Ashlynn’s Dreams turned out to be an interesting story I think many will enjoy!