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Ashlynn's Dreams ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Ashlynn's Dreams Author Julie C. Gilbert – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 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 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 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.


10 thoughts on “Ashlynn's Dreams

  1. Sunshine Somerville Sunshine Somerville says:

    This is one of my favorite YA books I ve read in a while I ve read some other reviews that say the book might be confusing for some readers because of the journal format used, but I feel certain it won t confuse anyone used to reading Really, there are only two character perspectives used, and the author clearly says which character s journal we re reading at the beginning of each section I thought it was a very unique and daring way to tell this story It allows for the best possible first This is one of my favorite YA books I ve read in a while I ve read some other reviews that say the book might be confusing for some readers because of the journal format used, but I feel certain it won t confuse anyone used to reading Really, there are only two character perspectives used, and the author clearly says which character s journal we re reading at the beginning of each section I thought it was a very unique and daring way to tell this story It allows for the best possible first person account of the story, and the journal format also allows for hindsight commentary and foreshadowing The voices of the two main characters are well crafted, fun, and witty Ashlynn Jillian starts out as a seemingly normal, spunky, smart girl Danielle is an equally likable, smart, snarky teenage babysitter I found myself smiling multiple times within the first few pages because the language sounds exactly like a young girl while also infusing some adult humor This book is often quite funny even if it has darker subject matter, i.e kidnapping, human experimentation, drugs, etc which I found very refreshing with so much YA Science Fiction often being very dark and bogged down in melancholy I also think the lighter tone helps this book to be suitable for kids of pretty much any age This is exactly the kind of thing I would ve liked as a kid Even when there s a big word used, the author cleverly has an older child explain what it means It also helps that the kids are all different ages, so this didn t feel like just an older teens kind of book Anyway, on top of the writing style and storytelling methods used, the story is really good Between Jillian and Danielle, we get the full picture of what happens to them after being kidnapped and taken to a strange facility with scientists, doctors, and a bunch of other kids It actually takes quite a while before you realize anything Science Fiction y is going on Then, once you meet the other children, the Sci Fi element gets really interesting The multilayered bonds between the characters add a very heartwarming touch, and the danger and action kept me turning pages because I cared about what happened to these kids.I don t want to spoil anything, but the ethical dilemmas involved in the story are very interesting and I suspect will continue to be explored in the sequel While the book has a very satisfying ending, there s also clearlyin store for Jillian and her friends in the future


  2. Rebecca Bryant Rebecca Bryant says:

    I enjoyed this book somewhat The basis of the story is about a girl who is kidnapped that has special powers I love this idea as I enjoy a good paranormal book Her powers are reveal while she is being held captive and all manner of things are revealed.I could tell the author enjoyed writing this book but what I didn t like was it way of unfolding It read as though you had several journal in front of you and you were getting all these different views which at times confused me I would have p I enjoyed this book somewhat The basis of the story is about a girl who is kidnapped that has special powers I love this idea as I enjoy a good paranormal book Her powers are reveal while she is being held captive and all manner of things are revealed.I could tell the author enjoyed writing this book but what I didn t like was it way of unfolding It read as though you had several journal in front of you and you were getting all these different views which at times confused me I would have prefer a single view or even a two sided view without all the other input.that all said the storyline itself was a good and I love the whole paranormal sci fy aspect of it I can t say I highly recommend it but if your looking for a good read that quick this fits.Disclaimer I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my review No other compensation was given


  3. Katy Katy says:

    This is a stunning debut novel cleverly told in journal entries, which adds to its authentic feel even though it s science fiction in a contemporary setting If the story had been written as atraditional narrative, the horror of the situation and the terror experienced by the genetically modified children would have been difficult to present as a clean read In this format, the suspense and drama is actually heightened and made this an unforgettable read.The title character, Ashlynn, has This is a stunning debut novel cleverly told in journal entries, which adds to its authentic feel even though it s science fiction in a contemporary setting If the story had been written as atraditional narrative, the horror of the situation and the terror experienced by the genetically modified children would have been difficult to present as a clean read In this format, the suspense and drama is actually heightened and made this an unforgettable read.The title character, Ashlynn, has been raised as Jillian and had no idea she was created in a test tube until she was kidnapped at age 12, along with her babysitter Danielle, by the scientists who designed her and her siblings The details are realistic, and the reader feels tremendous empathy for Jillian, Danielle, and the other children Moral issues are brought to light and make the reader wonder what would YOU do in a similar situation Though not a comfortable story, it resonates deeply and will make me think for a long time Although it s the first of a series, it does have a resolution, but the knowledge that Dr Devya is still out there and Jillian probably hasn t seen the last of him will make this reader want to continue and find out what happens next.Recommended to readers who like thoughtful science fiction will find this story compelling


  4. M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews says:

    I ve always enjoyed books in this genre, and I found this one to be a unique and refreshing take on the oft used story of genetic engineering, children with special powers, and so on.What made this story stand out is that it is told in entirely first person perspective, via letters journals Most of them are from Jillian Ashlynn , with some from her babysitter Danielle who was kidnapped with her and occasionally another POV like Nadia.Thus, we see the story through Jillian s eyes, and since I ve always enjoyed books in this genre, and I found this one to be a unique and refreshing take on the oft used story of genetic engineering, children with special powers, and so on.What made this story stand out is that it is told in entirely first person perspective, via letters journals Most of them are from Jillian Ashlynn , with some from her babysitter Danielle who was kidnapped with her and occasionally another POV like Nadia.Thus, we see the story through Jillian s eyes, and since she is relatively young adolescent pre teen she understandably has a hard time handling things at first or why this is being done to her In most stories of this genre, it s usually told from an adult and or omniscient perspective, so it was refreshing to see the story told this way, from the perspective of a subject of the experiment.This is the first book in a series, which makes me happy, because while this ending was appropriate for this book, there are several unanswered questions, and the reader is left wanting to knowof the overall story and about the other children, as well as Jillian s own future


  5. Janie Janie says:

    This is my first read by this author I liked the book, but it was hard for me to start reading it The subject of kidnapping hits close to home as I had a friend who went missing in 1988 and was never found, but this story intrigued me and I am so glad that I continued on my reading journey.Jillian Marie Antel Blairington is a normal 12 year old girl with some extraordinary powers When she was kidnapped and brought to a facility her inner powers were brought forth and here starts her adventure This is my first read by this author I liked the book, but it was hard for me to start reading it The subject of kidnapping hits close to home as I had a friend who went missing in 1988 and was never found, but this story intrigued me and I am so glad that I continued on my reading journey.Jillian Marie Antel Blairington is a normal 12 year old girl with some extraordinary powers When she was kidnapped and brought to a facility her inner powers were brought forth and here starts her adventure There is so muchto the story about Her journey and it kept me reading to find out what was going to happen You will enjoy this read and Jillian s story too


  6. J. Ewbank J. Ewbank says:

    This book by Gilbert was an interesting one for me The gifts of the heroine were a little unusual, at least I have not read of them before The plot was sound and the way language was handled was very well done If you like a story that is just a little out there, this one is for you Not difficult but you want to read to see what happens.J Robert Ewbank author John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms Wesley s Wars and To Whom It May Concern


  7. Britt Britt says:

    I don t know why I read so many kidnapped tales Most of the ones I find tend to be so cliche and repetitive off of one another but Ashlynn s Dreams, a story about a girl who is kidnapped due to value in her subconscious powers, definitely strayed away from that sort of norm and definitely restored my faith in the kidnapped plotline which means I m probably not going to be able to resist the next one that comes my way, either ah, what a vicious cycle I wasn t quite sure what to expect I don t know why I read so many kidnapped tales Most of the ones I find tend to be so cliche and repetitive off of one another but Ashlynn s Dreams, a story about a girl who is kidnapped due to value in her subconscious powers, definitely strayed away from that sort of norm and definitely restored my faith in the kidnapped plotline which means I m probably not going to be able to resist the next one that comes my way, either ah, what a vicious cycle I wasn t quite sure what to expect going into this story, but it ended up being a lotsuitable for young adults than I originally thought while first starting it First thing s first, I love how Julie Gilbert chose to orchestrate this story I m usually not one for alternating POVs in young adult, but both voices were very distinctive and I think the third person POV works better for alternating storytelling than first person I also quite liked how the story was told as well through journal entries and letters, most of them post kidnap The formatting and organization was so well done definitely one of my favorites amongunique ways to narrate in indie works.However, upon saying that each character Jillian and Danielle has her own unique voice, I sort of feel like that Jillian reads a slight bit off She s supposed to be 12, but I feel like she reads a little older not too much older, maybe 14 15, but definitely not like a 12 year old Also, I kind of felt like her voice changed somewhere around midway through this book Like, she started reading as a different character almost and her narration in general seemed a bitdifferent I didn t have this problem with Danielle who I liked just as much, maybe even a bitthan Jillian or any of the minor characters that took over temporary control in narration, though, so I feel like it s related to the Jillian character herself However, I WILL say that, slightly wishy washy or not, the narration especially Jillian s is definitely relatable and, I think, would be plenty easy to read for several audience levels Now, the entire plot revolves around the fact that Jillian is kidnapped because of a power that she s not even aware she has Her dreams were perhaps my favorite things to read during the entire story and I like the scientific twist that s mixed in to an already pretty intense interesting plot However, I did start to mix up the characters a little bit once we started meeting everyone involved in the kidnapping and experiments I had a general idea of who was who, but there were definitely a lot of characters and their names were a bit difficult to juggle Also, I don t know if it s just me being Not The Smartest and just not picking up on Important Things or what, but I can t tell if, like, Dr Devya is supposed to be a villain with Bad Intentions or what I mean, obviously, he kidnaps kids and that is Not Good, but then it started delving into things like their family and trying to retrieve Benjamin, the kidnapped boy oh, the irony and I just feel like his character gave offweird mixed vibes Again, it could just be me being an oblivious idiot, but I wasn t so sure about his character.Overall, if you want to read a kidnapping mystery with sci fi twists, I think you would definitely enjoy this book It s very unique in handling the whole kidnapped plotline and it s filled with lots of twists that, I think, makes this book a total page turner I definitely recommend it


  8. Kathryn Svendsen Kathryn Svendsen says:

    Don t let he cover put you off of this book When I first saw it, I wasn t sure I wanted to read it because of the cartoon type cover I guess I just associated it with comics, not serious literature Well, I was wrong I thoroughly enjoyed this book I thought the way the book was written, as correspondence and journal entries was a very unique way to present the novel It enabled us to see into the mind of the writer of the letters and journal writings.I enjoyed the humour sprinkled throughout Don t let he cover put you off of this book When I first saw it, I wasn t sure I wanted to read it because of the cartoon type cover I guess I just associated it with comics, not serious literature Well, I was wrong I thoroughly enjoyed this book I thought the way the book was written, as correspondence and journal entries was a very unique way to present the novel It enabled us to see into the mind of the writer of the letters and journal writings.I enjoyed the humour sprinkled throughout the book Two examples would be Jillian s first two lines in her journal, I m Jillian, and Momma says I m smart as a whip I saw a picture of a whip once it didn t look too smart It sounds like something as twelve year old would say, and that s exactly how old she is The author took the time with little details as well Danielle writes one of her journal entries on 54 Post it notes I can just imagine the pile of papers that was to sort out.The plot was very intriguing Jillian whose original name was Ashlynn is kidnapped by her creators, Dr Devya and his associates She was genetically engineered and incubated until birth, then placed in a normal family until they the kidnappers wanted to train her Gift Ashlynn s gift is to see into other people s dreams and interact with them The story suggests that this gift, and the gifts of the other children in the facility where she is being held were genetically engineered into them It s a bit far fetched, but this book is in the fantasy genre, so really, most anything is possible.What I did find hard to swallow was that one of her captors was able to write a computer program to show on a map where the individual whose dream she was in was located Ashlynn wasn t where the dreamer was since she was sleeping in the laboratory where her captors were holding her Only her sleeping consciousness was somewhere else.The author did an excellent job of writing the letters and journal articles using the grammar etc that a person of the age of the character would have You can almost hear Jillian s Southern accent compared to Danielle sNorthern speech patterns.The novel is very fast paced and definitely keeps your attention The complexity of the situation built as new characters were introduced Each of the children in Dr Devya s facility has a unique ability, created for a specific purpose The characters are written with depth and personality to them, so that as a reader, I came to like most of them the children, not the adults.I liked how the book required that all the children had to work together with all their different abilities in order to escape I felt sad for Nadia when her selflessness caused her to have to remain behind in order for the others to excape.This was a delightful Young Adult Teen novel in the Fantasy Science Fiction genres It was well written and fun to read I would recommend this book to adults too because many of the themes are adult themes man playing God, which isimportant how we achieve a goal or the goal itself I gave this book a rating of 4 stars I m looking forward to reading the sequel, Nadia s Tears.Thank you to the author Julie Gilbert who provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review A free product does not influence my opinion All thoughts are my own


  9. Chelsea Chelsea says:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review CoverThis is a pretty cool cover I like that s it hand drawn, very nice.Initial ThoughtsSo this book is written using journal entries and letters I was really nervous going into this book because usually I find it hard to follow journal entries I was also nervous because it s in the perceptive of a little girl and I thought that it might make it even harder to understand Luckily it wasn t as bas as I thought it would b I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review CoverThis is a pretty cool cover I like that s it hand drawn, very nice.Initial ThoughtsSo this book is written using journal entries and letters I was really nervous going into this book because usually I find it hard to follow journal entries I was also nervous because it s in the perceptive of a little girl and I thought that it might make it even harder to understand Luckily it wasn t as bas as I thought it would be.My New BFFNadia I really liked how grown up she had to be because of her situation She was also really smart and just wise in general Her little gift was really cool but her story was really sad She was a character that was kind of just always around I really liked her.My CrushNo crush in this book The characters were all pretty young and that would be weird There were a lot of characters though so if that s something you like, check out this book They were all pretty young though but very interesting.Writing StyleSo this book is classified as a YA but I also think it s a children s book and an adult book at the same time I feel like it s meant for the 11 12 age group but an adult will enjoy it at the same time It has something to do with how it was written There s journals from a younger child and some from a teenager and even some adult letters It s a pretty big mixture Closing ThoughtsI really enjoyed all the topics in this book There was the kidnapping which was a thriller and then there was a lot of genetics involved which was kind of science like There was just a lot of things happening to keep you entertained I really liked the idea of the book I thought that what the scientists were doing was pretty cool Completely wrong and bad, but cool I enjoy genetics though so this book was a littleappealing to me.I ended up really liking the journal entries It made it so you could see the story in a couple different perspectives I do wish that we could have seenabout what happens after they got home though Like their reactions or something I m not even sure what I m talking about I just wish there wasI guess.There wasn t a whole lot of action in this book I found It waslike mental action There was some things that messed with you a little bit but there was no huge showdown or something There was a little action scene near the end that was pretty cool but that was the only action I found Not that it was bad, justof a warning for anyone who wants to read this book.At the end it was a really interesting read It wasn t something I could read in one sitting and I couldn t read it very fast either I had to really concentrate to read it If you like intense thinking books, this is the book for you


  10. JC82 JC82 says:

    4.5 STARS So I don t normally read too many Young Adult YA novels but when given the opportunity to read Ashlynn s Dreams I thought it might be interesting, and indeed it was.Ashlynn s Dreams is a very unique, intense and exciting story It s filled with intrigue and twist and turns you never see coming Jillian is a normal twelve year old girl, with a normal twelve year old life A loving Momma and Nana and a new second Daddy Jillian s life has never beenexciting until the day she ge 4.5 STARS So I don t normally read too many Young Adult YA novels but when given the opportunity to read Ashlynn s Dreams I thought it might be interesting, and indeed it was.Ashlynn s Dreams is a very unique, intense and exciting story It s filled with intrigue and twist and turns you never see coming Jillian is a normal twelve year old girl, with a normal twelve year old life A loving Momma and Nana and a new second Daddy Jillian s life has never beenexciting until the day she gets kidnapped Soon Jillian s life is turned on its head and everything she thought she knew has never beenfurther from the truth You see Jillian isn t ordinary and Jillian isn t normal She is so muchthan that because she has a very special gift she can walk through and shape dreams, not just her own but others as well.Forced to help search for a sibling she never knew about, Jillian is tested inways than one As her abilities grow stronger so does her will to survive and return to her family But something else begins to grow inside Jillian throughout the story, her strength, her courage, her capability to understand the responsibility that comes with her gift and her desire to save her new family This book explores several themes that pushed all my mental thought buttons There was the loss of childhood innocence, the responsibility of great power, the act of playing god and altering nature and when to concede that sacrificing the will of one is justified if it saves the masses There were so many good aspects of this story the dialogue throughout the book is so thought provoking that you may find yourself conflicted as to whose side you re on I know I did And then there is the character development during the story, the changes that some of the character s go through are nothing short of admirable Jillian especially, she starts off as this very simple girl and by the end of the story she just blows you away with her wisdom and maturity I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the plot was inventive and imaginative, the characters were exceptional and compassionate and the writing was smooth and descriptive There was action, intensity, mystery, immense love of family, sadness and triumph in this story With every chapter I read I becameimmersed in this book.I will note that some events in the book can get confusing, there is a multitude of characters but Gilbert was kind enough to put a sort of character list in the beginning of the book that certainly helps the reader If you are looking for a change of pace to your normal genre of choice or just a good YA novel, pick up this book It will have you thinking long after you have finished it


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