Blue Aspen by Tenaya Jayne
Tenaya Jayne is currently on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Blue Aspen. The first half of this book gripped me. We start by getting a quick snippet from a psych doctor and learn that she is reading the journal of a patient, then the story begins. The main character is seventeen year old Dulcee Elders, who gets dropped off at her uncle’s house after her mother decides she doesn’t want her anymore. It’s clear Dulcee has suffered some abuse, and lived in what I would guess to be a hostile environment. It’s at her uncle’s house that Dulcee starts having strange dreams, dreams where she is visited by a Vincent Sands. When her dream-world and reality collides, Dulcee and Vincent are inseparable. But when Dulcee’s uncle starts to wonder about her mental health, Dulcee is taken to psych hospital, and ripped away from Vincent. Only a drastic measure will bring the two together again.
There were parts I really enjoyed in this novel, particularly the beginning. I liked that we knew right off the bat that Dulcee was a psych patient; that really heightened the storyline for me. It was really interesting watching her get sucked into Vincent’s world. As the book continued on, I do wish we could have figured out a few more stories – such as the death of Dulcee’s dad or her uncle’s wife. The ending also had me a touch confused; I think maybe there was too many characters competing for a voice, and that was throwing me off. But if you are a fan of paranormal or fantasy type books, I think you would like this one!
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