Chaysing Dreams Book reviews


Author(s): Jalpa WillibyDownload  


Life…secrecy, deceit, danger…No, no! Run, escape! “Run!” Her inner voice is shouting. She has to run faster! She’s about to get caught! No, no! She has to get away. Please, she must escape! “Run faster!”As long as Tess Sanoby can remember, she has always had the same nightmares, where the girl in her dreams is running for her life with an unknown force chasing her. Each time, right before the girl is caught, Tess awakens, shaken with fear and confusion. Who is the girl? What do these dreams mean?Getting through the growing pains of high school with her best friends Jack and Kylie, and then being accepted into her dream college, Tess is excited to start her life of independence. There, she meets the mysterious trainer and mentor, Chris, and she instantly feels a strong connection with him. Unfortunately, Chris wants nothing to do with her. Although Chris continues to give her the cold shoulder, his overprotectiveness and the occasional slips of sensitivity confuse Tess. Not understanding Chris or their relationship, she is on a constant emotional roller coaster with him. Could her best friends be the stable force that she desperately needs? Unfortunately for Tess, the more she tries to connect the missing pieces of her life, the more obscure her past and future appear to her. To make matters worse, she realizes she has fallen hard for a man who may be her worst enemy. As passion ignites between the two, she can’t help but surrender her heart and soul to him. Tess is unexpectedly exposed to a world of secrecy, deceit, and danger, causing her to be running for her life, chased by the unknown. Can Tess escape and save not only herself, but also her loved ones? Or, will she be caught, leaving her no choice but to face her worst nightmare?Chaysing Dreams is the ultimate love story, full of suspense, friendship, betrayal, tragedy, and sacrifice. In this epic tale, you will laugh and cry with Tess–a story full of twists and turns, keeping you guessing until the end.

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Celia Kennedy

Celia Kennedy rated it     

In Chaysing Dreams we meet fifteen year old Tessnia. A natural athlete and intelligent girl, we quickly learn that she has been plagued by the same nightmare for years. In it, she runs through a forest, and hears the word “Run!” being shouted at her, as the sounds of heavy breathing and pounding feet are just behind her.

This book follows Tessnia’s life from high school through to the end of college. During these years Tess chooses to shelf her social life and focus on her studies and running track for her college. Consequently she is undeveloped emotionally and socially, so when confronted with aggressive or highly emotional situations Tessnia lacks the ability to cope. Fortunately for her, she has lifelong friends Kylie and Jack to pick her up and dust her off.

Chaysing Dreams is challenging to review because the arc of the book flattens into a long and riveting plateau. The last third is particularly captivating.

Ms. Williby began writing with the notion of crafting a trilogy. Chaysing Dreams does not read as a stand alone novel, BUT that is alright because Chaysing Memories is available, and the final book in The Chaysing series will be published in the winter of 2014.

Originally from India, Ms. Williby’s writing voice has the definite linguistic overtones of someone who is not a native North American. It adds an unexpected quality to the book, one that helps Tessnia evolve from a young girl into an exotic woman.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and cannot wait to read Book Two, Chaysing Memories.

Maria Hoye

Maria Hoye rated it      

When I read the Chaysing Dreams ARC, I read it straight through the day and night, from 9AM til 3AM I didnt want to stop reading even to go to the bathroom. After I finished it, I was dying for the sequel. DYING!!!!
My heart was racing the whole time I was reading it and I simply couldn’t put it down. I believe Jalpa Williby has masterfully written this book and has you wanting more. Every chapter ends with almost a cliffhanger feeling. It compels you to keep reading. It physically traps you into the book so that you just can’t put it down. The house could have been on fire and I doubt I would have noticed.

From the start of the book I was immediately intrigued by Tessnia as she encounters her life from a young girl to a woman. I was immendiately pulled into Tessnia life and her adventure. The story is full of anxious uncertainty about what may happen. I right away adored her best friends and family. There is also a male character in this book that is strong, mysterious, handsome and has so many other features that your captivated by his character as well. At many points in the book I literally sat up in bed and shouted “Oh NO! I can’t believe they are doing this to them!!!” Yes I was talking to my book.

One thing I have to say, I was deeply satisfied with the ending of this book. This book ended in such a way that I was bothered by it and itchy for the next book. But I’m still DYING for the next book !!

Linda Watkins

Linda Watkins rated it      

Jalpa Williby’s CHAYSING DREAMS is a fabulous read and the lead-in to what I suspect will be an epic romance series!

It is the story of a beautiful young girl, Tessina Sanoby who, on the outside, appears to be leading a charmed life. An only child, doted on by her parents, she excels in academics and sports. She has strong and enduring friendships with two of her high school classmates and gives back to the community by volunteering at The Angels, a center for challenged youths.

But behind this perfect facade, Tess is troubled. For as long as she can remember she has been plagued by a terrifying nightmare in which she sees a girl, whom she can’t identify, running – running as if her life depended upon it. Each time this dream recurs, it leaves Tess shaken and confused.

Then Joe enters her life. She meets him at The Angels where he is playing guitar and singing for the patients. His voice touches her very soul and in their brief encounter, they seem to forge a lasting connection. But then he is gone….

The plot of CHAYSING DREAMS builds slowly, allowing the reader to become fully invested in Tess’s fate and the mysteries surrounding her. The writing is crisp and clean and the characters leap off the page. The ending will leave you thirsting for more and I have already purchased the second novel in this trilogy!

This is an award-winning novel and once you read it, you will see why. Thank you Ms. Williby for the wonderful read! Highly recommended.

Joey Paul

Joey Paul rated it      

CHAYSING DREAMS is the first in the Dreams trilogy. It was my first time reading from this author and I have to say that she is worth all the hype about her books! I was drawn into the story from the first page and each page afterwards kept me turning despite needing to sleep. Tessina is an amazing character who has strange dreams that she has never, yet, been able to decipher. We see her graduate from high school with snippets about her life being dropped here and there and follow her onto college where the real story starts. It is well written and you will feel as if Tess herself is telling you the story of her life. Of falling in love, of losing, of winning, of always excelling at everything she does.

This book made me laugh, smile, cry and read on in wonder at what could possibly happen next in Tess’ story. Jalpa Williby has quite the way with words and has a knack for taking you so deep into the story that you have to take a few seconds to adjust when you close the book and begin your return to the real world. I found myself trying to guess how things would go and I was pleasently surprised that Williby was able to keep twisting and turning the plot, taking the story places I would not have dreamed of. I have brought the second in the series and will be reading that shortly as I am thirsty for more from this wonderful young adult author. HIGHLY recommended to those who love the supernatural
and paranormal elements, told in a unique way.

Abby Vandiver

Abby Vandiver rated it      

4 1/2

This is not a romance book, although that’s what it’s hyped up to be. It is so much more.

Willibys’ story follows Tess from a sixteen-year old, starry-eyed teenager to a woman of twenty-one. During that time Tess lives through triumph and heartache, and each trial seems to make her stronger. She’s a young caring girl with a good head on her shoulders, and grows to be smart but feisty woman. Yes, there is a love interest in this story and some “oh my goodness” steamy sex scenes, but seen as a whole, this is a novel full of suspense, intrigue, deception, lies and survival.

Initially, the story moves slowly, finding Tess living an idyllic life, a “too good to be true” coming of age yarn, but halfway in the book, as Tess reaches adulthood, you’ll find that it was all a set-up for what was to come. At this point the story really starts to move. From there on out it is a page turner, one the reader won’t want to put down. There is tension, romance, action and a twist that you don’t see coming, but one that the reader will love. And the ending will take you, excitedly and anxiously, into the next book.

Williby has crafted an excellent, original story that will captivate the reader and make them want more. A great author, a great book and highly recommended.


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