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7.24.2014

The Dreamosphere ~ Review

The Dreamosphere
By Laura Stoddard

Gwen (Gwenevere) Stoker is haunted by her sister's death, a death for which she feels responsible.  She is not the same person that she was two years ago.  But something is about to happen that could again forever alter Gwen's life.

Gwen has always had dreams that are vividly eclectic, but recently her dreams have been almost non-existent.  But Tabitha is about to change that.  Someone or something is destroying Gwen's dreams and the memory of her dreams.  And Tabitha is determined to help Gwen stop this threat to her very experience.

But to save her dreams Gwen must enter her Dreamosphere - the place where every dream she's ever dreamed exists.  Can the very act of saving her dreams restore to Gwen what she has lost?  Enter The Dreamosphere to discover the truth for yourself.

I think this is a story that is very timely in looking at how grief is dealt with on an individual basis and how the affects on various family members can be so different.  This book could be valuable in helping pre-teens (tweens) and teens to understand the various changes that a friend may be going through during times of grief while at the same time providing an entertaining reading experience.

I was provided a digital file of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review and tour participation.

It should be noted for all dreamers - Beware of Edgar Allen Poe's poetry - it could be detrimental to your dream health.


Book Synopsis: 
What if dreams don’t disappear when we wake up? Haunted by her younger sister’s death, and her unwitting role in the incident, 11-year-old Gwenevere Stoker takes solace in the Dreamosphere—a dimension where all dreams still exist. But when someone begins destroying her dreams, Gwen must find the culprit—or risk losing all her happiness forever. Bask in the mystery and imagination of dreams in this touching, funny, mind-bending children’s tale that encompasses themes of grief, friendship, family, healing, and grand adventure!

EXCERPT:

What do you think happens to your dreams after you wake up?"


Gwen shrugged distractedly, too disoriented by her sudden arrival in the remarkable setting to focus. "I dunno. They disappear?"

The unblinking gray eyes of her young companion flashed as she leaned forward. "Incorrect. Every dream you've ever had still exists. All of them. They reside in a dimension called the Dreamosphere. It's where we are right now, as a matter of fact. Each dream basically exists as its own world, or dream-orb. There are thousands and thousands of them, connected like drops of dew on a gigantic spider web. Every dream you've ever had, Gwen. They're all up here. And you can visit them any time you want."


More about the Book:
Tabitha, the enigmatic child who shares this information, has some even more shocking news. Gwen’s dreamosphere is in danger. Someone has been hacking into it—destroying her dream orbs, erasing pieces of her past, and affecting Gwen in more ways than she realizes. Together, Gwen and Tabitha travel through the outlandish landscape of Gwen’s dream worlds to find the person responsible. What will happen to Gwen when all her dreams are gone? What critical clues lie within the pages of her dream journal? And what does Edgar Allan Poe have to do with it all?

Author Bio: Laura Stoddard was born in Idaho and spent her formative years running amok in the great outdoors. She received her bachelors degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. After being rejected from the masters program for creative writing she decided that she didn't need a masters degree to tell her she could write, so she started really dedicating her time to finishing the story she'd started months earlier, with the goal of writing a complete novel, and getting it published. The result is her debut novel, The Dreamosphere, for which her own vivid, bizarre, and incomprehensible dreams provided the inspiration. Laura is an adrenaline junkie and will try anything once--or twice--or maybe three times. She can already check whitewater rafting, going down in a shark cage, and skydiving (three times) off of her list. Oh, and getting Lasik. It was five minutes of terror. She enjoys hiking, rowing, reading classic literature, embarking on new adventures and hobbies, volunteering regularly, and spending time with family. She currently resides in Phoenix, Ariz.

Visit Laura online: www.laura-stoddard.com