Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.
But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published September 30th 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, YA
“People don’t exist in just the light or the dark. They exist in the contrast. In the shadows where the two overlap.”
Author Laekan Zea Kemp adds her own twist to the complex neurological disorder, KLS, in this fascinating young adult urban fantasy about a real life sleeping beauty.
Teenager Bryn Reyes spends more than half of her life asleep. When her eyes shut, she wakes up in an alternate dreamland reality where she navigates through a world of her own mixed memories. During one of her episodes, a real boy washes up on the shore in her dreams with no memory of how he got there, or of who he is.
I loved the nostalgia Bryn experienced as she navigated dreamland. Bryn’s dreamlike states felt dreamlike to me. When Bryn was in her alternate reality, the story unfolded much like a dream would — kind of confusing, hazy, mixed memories of the past. Basically, it was very convincing.
I loved the twist with the boy who washed up on the shore. The discovery of his former self was heartbreaking.
I enjoyed the race against time and the super sweet ending.
BUT I HATED THAT CLIFFHANGER! 🙂 because I wanted more! Holy wow, what a place to conclude the book!
Five stars, loved it.
About the Author
I’m a writer, explorer extraordinaire, and author of the multi-cultural New Adult novels The Things They Didn’t Bury, Orphans of Paradise, Breathing Ghosts, and the YA Paranormal series The Girl In Between!