Sunday, December 1, 2013

Book Review: Nadia's Tears by Julie Gilbert

Nadia’s Tears
By Julie Gilbert
Publisher: Julie Gilbert
Published: July 31, 2013
ISBN: 1490586229

Amazon Synopsis:

Jillian must enter Nadia's dreams to wake her from a mysterious coma. In Nadia's dreams, Jillian meets several versions of her sister, including the elegant Queen Elena, fierce Naidine, and heartbroken Nadie. Meanwhile, Danielle must save her friend Christy from making choices that could get them both killed.

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My Thoughts:

Nadia’s Dreams is book two in the Devya’s Children’s series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.  Nadia is one of the children than was created by genetic 

manipulation/combination to create children with specific gifts and abilities by Dr. Dean Devya. Dr. Devya keeps most of his “projects” living in his scientific compound where he raises them and trains them to use their gifts. Nadia keeps in almost daily contact with her sister Jillian, one of the two fortunates of Dr. Devya’s creations that do not live on his compound. They communicate by talking to each other in their dreams; Nadia can project her thoughts and Jillian can manipulate dreams. Then suddenly, Nadia stops communicating.

Jillian becomes concerned about Nadia and contacts their brother Varick to find out what is wrong. That’s when the adventure starts. This time Jillian, with the help of Danielle, arranges the time and place of her own kidnapping – to keep her family safe, races to save Nadia from a coma and then helps Nadia put the final touches on the escape plan when Danielle rescues her friend Christy.

This was another busy adventure for Jillian and Danielle. Though separated by distance, they were never far from one another’s thoughts and each worked to help rescue a friend from mortal danger, putting themselves at great risk. This book speaks a lot about the value of family and friendship.

Written in the same quirky style as Ashlynn’s Dreams, we again read through the letters to Jillian’s psychologist as written by Jillian and Danielle about the experiences that they had through this adventure.  This style lends itself nicely to following the two different situations going on at the same time. It made it easy to follow both.

This book also had the theme of slavery throughout. I liked that the author was willing to bring up such a topic in a teen/young adult book in order to get them to think about serious issues of this type. It isn’t a topic we think much about in North America, but is does exist, even here. Kudos, Julie!

I found this to be a very entertaining, interesting book to read. Though it deals with the serious issues of slavery, prostitution, and drugs, the book neither made light of the issues nor made the book depressing to read. Jillian and Danielle seemed to have matured in their desire to help others from the previous book, but they still maintain some of that teenage “stupidity” that comes from inexperience by trying to take dangerous situations into their own hands.

I would recommend this book to all teens and young adults who like mystery, adventure and fantasy. I gave it a rating of four stars.

Thank you to the author Julie Gilbert who provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not required to provide a positive opinion. My thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Julie writes, reads, reviews, plays video games, and teaches chemistry. She’s mildly disturbed by the fact that 10 words can sum up her life. Her stories have fallen into many categories, including Christian, science fiction, YA, and fantasy (not all at the same time!). She enjoys detailed letters, snail mail style, as well as emails but cannot quite grasp this texting thing.

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