Review: “Reverie” by Ryan La Sala


Release Date: December 3, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


“All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember anything since an accident robbed him of his memories a few weeks ago. And the world feels different―reality itself seems different.

So when three of his classmates claim to be his friends and the only people who can tell him what’s truly going on, he doesn’t know what to believe or who he can trust. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere―the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery―Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident, and only he can stop their world from unraveling.”

My Thoughts

Reverie-coverReverie is one of the queerest young adult fantasies I’ve ever read. It is unabashedly, gloriously, demandingly queer. The story goes beyond merely having characters canonically on the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum. Queerness permeates both the surface and the subtext. It’s how being the only out person in a sea of heterosexual and closeted people changes you for the better and the worse. It’s seeing queer characters in positions of power without feeling shame or attempting to assimilate into the majority. It’s finding your strength in who you are and embracing your truth even as it marks you as different…

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Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy.

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