Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby

Chaysing Trilogy Book #1: Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Full Length Story
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Sorrel

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.

An interesting twist to an everyday YA contemporary romance.  Tess is almost like any other college student. But there is one difference. This one difference will put a 360 degree spin on her life.

I have always been very particular about the Young Adult books I read.  There were things in Chaysing Dreams that I liked and disliked.

First of all I think it has a very good plot. It was really interesting to see bits and pieces add into the overall plot and enhance it.

But the story felt a little too long because not enough happened at the start.  I wasn’t getting those tidbits and clues I crave in a good mystery.  I love mysteries. But to keep me interested, I need to have answers to questions given throughout the story, not just near the end.  Also I struggled a bit with the point of view choice. The writing style and the POV didn’t mesh together as well as it could have.

However, the premise, the mystery and suspense and a touch of romance played a big part in keeping me engaged. The lead characters had a lot of chemistry and passion between them. Chris understands Tess and is willing to do anything to protect her. The love he has for her does not allow him to be away from Tess for long.  I do think this is a book that would appeal to many YA readers.

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