Today, I’m here to tell you all about the book, Between Dreams by Cynthia Austin. My good friend Tanya Kaanta has read this novel, and here’s what she has to say about it.
Between Dreams by Cynthia Austin
Review by Tanya Kaanta
Between Dreams is a YA romance with quite an interesting love triangle. Sidney Sinclair moved to LA with her rocker boyfriend after high school. Yet, when her grandmother becomes ill, she leaves her boyfriend and returns home. While at home, she comes across a pendant that belonged to her mother, who committed suicide when Sidney was a baby. After she finds the pendant, she decides to wear it. This is when her world alternates between dream and reality
Though she has moved home, she’s still in love with her boyfriend who now lives in LA, living the dream with his band. She stays together with her boyfriend, despite an extremely dysfunctional relationship, that is emotionally manipulative. On the other hand, she meets a mysterious man who has returned to her hometown to settle-up on his former home. We’re also unsure if he’s someone worthy of Sidney, with his rebel-type persona. What’s for certain, is that he’s mysterious, and somehow connected to her dreams.
As soon as Sidney starts wearing her mom’s old pendant, she has vivid dreams that take her back to biblical times of Adam and Eve. And Sidney starts to wonder what is reality and what is a dream? And how is her new mysterious friend, whom she also seems to develop feelings for, connected to the fantasy of her dreams?
This is the first in a series and be forewarned, the ending is abrupt. Either you’re a fan of these endings or not. Either way, you’ll have to read the next book in the series to find out what happens with all of the plot points.
Also of note, there are a lot of Christian and biblical themes to the story.
All in all, it’s an interesting take on the story of Adam and Eve, fantasy, relationships, and the notion of time.
Back of the Book
Sidney Sinclair was living the dream of any eighteen year-old girl… A handsome rock star boyfriend, a closet full of designer clothes, a limousine service at her beck and call, and a mansion in the hills of Los Angeles. Even with all that glamour and excitement at her fingertips, she still feels as if she’s been missing something in her life so she decides to leave. While trying her best to put her dysfunctional romantic relationship aside and tend to her beloved Granny, Sidney unexpectedly stumbles upon an intriguing emerald pendant boxed away in her grandmother’s closet. Soon she learns it once belonged to her long-lost mother who committed suicide when she was just a baby. Suddenly feeling emotionally connected to the woman who had birthed her, Sidney begins to wear the necklace. This sends her on a whirlwind journey that alternates between fantasy and reality… Almost immediately, she starts having dreams linked to the mysterious pendant. As danger begins to seep into her life, Sidney refuses to remove the necklace and instead documents each dream to help her further understand them. However, she soon begins to wonder if they are dreams meant to bond her to a mother whom she never knew? Or a subconscious warning that threatens her very life?
It sounds like Between Dreams is an incredible story with many themes and lots of depth. If you’re looking for a powerful read, definitely give it a try. Thanks for the review, Tanya!
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