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The world of dreams is something intriguing and mysterious, but for Janie Hannagan is their biggest problem.

Lisa McMann introduces us to the beautiful Janie, she’s a very independent girl, who attends school and has only a sincere and unconditional friend, Carrie, well only until a popular girl’s calls her.

Janie’s gift or as she calls it, her curse is to enter the dreams of anyone, only that it is against her will. When she is trapped in a dream, Janie is blinded and is fully absorbed by her ability.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can’t tell anybody about what she does — they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant….

It is very shocking to know in detail how the gift of Janie works, as well as the physical impact that literally has on her, is also a bit traumatic but at the same time is relevant in the personal development of Janie.

In the drama there are boys, they cannot fail to create a conflict, that’s why Cabel Strumheller is introduced into Janie’s life, which by the way is truly beautiful. First she gives him a ride and then he returns the favor, which I think is super cute, a first approach very sincere, honest and completely pure, love it.

On the other hand, being inside the nightmares of Cabel is not cute or romantic at all, even though Janie and Cabel get to complement each other. Besides their romance is very much out of the ordinary and their relationship is very mature, but both are just high school kids, though their family situations and circumstances have made them both grow up too soon.

As always in each book, I end up suffering with the characters, I get angry every time they fought for the most ridiculous things, but I love every line of dialogue, when Cabel is willing to let his only job and self-support, just to be able to finally be with Janie, that was really a success in the dramatic line of the story.

Janie and Cabel is a unique couple, they reminded me of Clare and Henry from the novel by Audrey Niffenegger “The Time Traveler’s wife“, as they both achieve to complement each other perfectly. The couple leaves several questions in the air, so I had to continue the series and read Fade.


PS Here are my FADE and GONE reviews.