Dreamland (Riley Bloom Series #3)

Dreamland (Riley Bloom Series #3)

by Alyson Noël

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In Dreamland, the third book in Alyson Noël's beloved young adult series, Riley Bloom's finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work. So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a way to contact her sister, Ever. She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams. As a Dream Jumper, a person can jump into a dreamer's dream, share a message, and participate. As a Dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer. But Dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up. Thinking it's her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio. There she finds a ghost boy, who's been creating and sending nightmares to people for years. In order to stop him and reach out to Ever, Riley is going to have to confront and overcome her own fears.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312563752
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Series: Riley Bloom Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 318,335
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss & Blog, Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer, and The Immortals series including Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, and Night Star, as well as the Immortals spin-off series beginning with Radiance. With over 2 million copies in print in the US alone, her books have been published in 35 countries and have won awards including the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, and Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, and have been chosen for the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick. She lives in Laguna Beach, California.

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The second I laid eyes on Aurora my shoulders slumped, my face unsquinched, and I heaved a deep sigh of relief knowing I had an ally, a friend on my side.
I was sure it would all be okay.
It was in the way her hair shimmered and shone--transforming from yellow to brown to black to red before starting the sequence all over again.
Her skin did the same, converting from the palest white to the darkest ebony, and every possible hue in between.
And her gown, her gorgeous yellow gown, sparkled and gleamed and swished at her feet like a crush of fallen stars.
Even though I no longer mistook her for an angel like I did the first time I saw her, still, the whole glistening sight calmed me in a major way.
But, as it turns out, I'd misread the whole thing.
As soon as I took one look at her aura--as soon as I notedthe way its usual bright, popping purple had dimmed to a much duller violet--well, that's when I knew we were on opposite sides.
It was just like Bodhi had said: I had a heckuva lot to explain. My last Soul Catch hadn't exactly been assigned.
I stared at my feet, head hanging in shame, scraggly blond hair hanging limply before me as I forced myself to shuffle behind him. Using those last remaining moments to run a frantic search through my best, most plausible excuses--mentally rehearsing my story again and again like a panicky actor on opening night.
Even though I'd only been doing my job as a Soul Catcher when I coaxed and convinced a whole lot of ghosts to cross the bridge to where they belonged, there was no denying the fact that I'd been told to look the other way--to mind my own business. To not get involved by sticking my semi-stubby nose in places where it most certainly didn't belong.
But did I listen?
Uh, not exactly.
Instead I charged full speed ahead into a whole heap of trouble.
I followed Bodhi to the stage, his back so stiff and his hands so clenched I was glad I couldn't see his face. Though, if I had to guess, I'd be willing to bet that his mouth, free ofthe straw he usually chomped when the Council wasn't around, was pinched into a thin, grim line, while his green eyes, heavily shadowed by his insanely thick fringe of lashes, were sparking and flaring as he thought of ways to rid himself of me once and for all.
I peered under my bangs, watching as Aurora took her place next to Claude, who sat next to Samson, who was right beside Celia, who was so tiny and petite she was able to share an armrest with Royce without either one of them having to compromise or fight for equal space. And seeing them all assembled like that, waiting to hear just how I might go about explaining myself, well, that's when I remembered the most important evidence of all.
The one undeniable thing that required no verbal explanation, as it was right there smack dab in the front and center, visible for all to see.
I had my glow on.
Actually, scratch that. It wasn't just my usual glow. It was far more impressive than that.
As a reward for all I'd accomplished my glow had significantly deepened. Going from what started out as a barely there, pale green shimmer straight into a ... well ... a somewhat deeper green shimmer.
Okay, maybe the change wasn't all that drastic, but the thing is, what it lacked in drama it made up for in substance.
Let's just say that it couldn't be missed.
After all, I'd seen it.
Bodhi had seen it.
Even Buttercup had looked right at me and barked a few times as he wagged his tail and spun around.
All of which I took as a pretty good sign that the Council would see it too--from what I knew of them, they didn't miss a thing.
I relaxed, pushed my hair off my face, and thought: How bad can it be when my glow is so clearly minty green?
But then I remembered what Bodhi had said about consequences and actions--about the Council's ability to give and take at will. Insisting that because of my failure to follow orders, it was really quite possible that by the time we were done, neither of us would ever glow again.
Knowing I had to act fast, do whatever it took to get them to see my side of things, I charged straight ahead.
I had no time for trouble. No time to waste.
Just moments before I'd learned something extraordinary--had heard about some mysterious dimension where all the dreams take place--and I was determined to find it.
Besides, I was pretty sure Bodhi couldn't be trusted. The fact that he found me a burden wasn't a secret.
When it came right down to it, it was every man, er,make that ghost, for himself. So I squeezed him right out and took center stage.
He gasped in astonishment. Tried to push me away. But he was too late, and I was too fast, and before he could do anything more, I was already standing smack dab in front of the Council, pushing aside any lingering fear.
Fear was for sissies. Of that I was sure.
It was time for me to tell them my side of things.
My story. My way.
And I was just about to begin, when I noticed the way Aurora's aura grew dimmer, as the rest of the Council's followed suit. Darkening in a way that made my mouth grow so dry, and my throat go so lumpy, the words jammed in my throat.
I stood shaking. Mute. Watching as Bodhi--my guide--the one person whose job it was to help me--shook his head and smirked. Leaving no doubt in my mind just how much he'd enjoy watching me burn.
DREAMLAND. Copyright © 2011 by Alyson Noël, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have kept up with this series and I am loving it! I can not wait for Whisper to come out! But, as for this book, I love all of the drama and how Riley figures out how to be 13. She continues to break rules by trying to help a ghost named Satchel for her own selfish reasons, and so you will see how that plays out. She also goes through some issues with Bodhi that are, in my opinion, very harsh. But if you loved Radiance and Shimmer, you will love Dreamland, too. Also if you love this series you MUST read the Immortal series, which is about Riley's sister, Ever, and all of her adventures. Keep reading!
Naj More than 1 year ago
Dreamland picked up where the last book left out. Riley's being stubborn as usual tries to break the rules all over again. This 3rd installment is as good as the other 2. Eventful, clean, and page-turning. The writing is written simply in 1st person and is perfect for younger readers and its extremely easy and quick to read. This is my favorite out of the 3 books in the series. Riley continues to throw tantrums and acts like your usual 12 year old girl and is determined to figure out how to turn 13, but thats tricky since she's dead. She was beginning to get on my nerves but then she finally learns a huge life lesson. Which she found through great characters like Balthazar, a former Hollywood director who now directs dreams. Her sister Ever, who goes through huge challenges because of the loss of her family and Bodhi, Riley's guide in her afterlife, who told her off and gave her the biggest eye-opening and hurtful speech ever. This is a step up from the last 2 books and a wonderful read for younger readers from ages 11 onwards. Dreamland is a perfect combination of flawless writing and a great light plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I forced my librian to get this book ,and gladly it was worth it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg suh a wonderful book i love the riley bloom seriles cant wait for the next 1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read!! Now i wanna read the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the least interesting book in the series. This book also had VERYscary parts and happy parts. I really like this series and the author is a wonderful writer too. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes tis is a good book but u should read the first one btw she died in a car crash
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think she stuck up because she just wants to glow but stll ifs a good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. Highly recomend for 4-6 graders. Is AR (accelerated reader)
my2citygirls More than 1 year ago
Not as exciting as the first 2 in the series. Miss having more interaction with Bodhi.
thebookwormsorg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is no doubt about how well written the Riley Bloom series is! That is the main thing I loved since the first book. Unfortunately this series has a track record (in my opinion) of being a little boring. In terms of creativity, Dreamland exceeded the previous books and I was really happy about that!Riley Bloom is stuck at 12-years-old and she wants nothing more than to accomplish something great in hopes of "growing up" and finally turning 13. With her continued rule-defying attitude, she sets off on yet another adventure, this time weaving dreams for those still alive. Again, she bites off more than she can chew and this time she's all alone in getting herself out of trouble.Riley is still very childish in this book, although there are hints that she's ready to "grow up". She needed to realize there's some things she can't change and to allow herself mature and go with the flow. She's still very funny and keeps that spontaneous nature that is loveable about her.The dreamweaving concept was so unique, I just adored it! It was a fun way to put it and I think younger readers will get absorbed into the staging and filming and crew members. Noel knows how to write in such vivid detail, that its really a Dreamland, ha! :POverall, much better than the first book and along the same lines as book two. The adventure is not as constant in this book, but the reader's attention is easily grabbed by other creative and fun happenings. Definitely a book I would recommend to younger readers and/or to anyone looking for a quick read.For those who like: Fantasy, middle grade, cute storylines, the afterlifeSource: Publisher - thank you!
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Riley's adventures in the Here & Now continue. In this third installment, Riley is suffering the repercussions of having helped restless souls into crossing over without the Council's permission (see Shimmer). The Council has spoken and the verdict was harsher than expected. They've decided that Riley needs time to "grow" and the best way to accomplish that is for her to take a break from soul catching. With no friends aside from Bodhi and Buttercup, Riley feels alone and lost. Luckily she learns about dreamweaving and finds herself on her next adventure... this time, trying to make contact with her sister, Ever.The thought of being 12... forever, is a hard one to come to grips with, and Riley is having a hard time dealing with it. She wants to turn 13, to finally be a teenager, and when she learns that that is a possibility for her, she wants nothing more than to "grow"... but turning 13 is harder than it seems, especially since she's dead. Riley is the still the carefree and brave young woman we have all come to know and love. While she still acts like her 12 year old self - throwing trantrums and not giving much thought to consequences beyond the moment, she is finally coming into herself. I loved seeing how she matured as well as the many life lessons she learned throughout the story.I thought this was a great installment to the series. Not my favorite in the series but a good one nonetheless.
MaryinHB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
**slight spoilers**Riley Bloom has a habit of overstepping boundaries, finding herself in places she doesn't belong or shouldn't be. None of that has stopped her before and in the third installment of Riley's adventures in the Here and Now, she finds herself trying to reach out to her sister, Ever. She desperately craves becoming a teen and wishes she still had Ever in her life to guide her and offer advice. In some ways, Riley has matured incredibly, yet she still thinks impulsively, acts without thinking things through and speaks exactly what is on her mind. Not bad traits, but all together, they tend to push people away. Slowly, Riley is finding her place in the after life.This series is really special and I love recommending it to younger readers. It hits on a lot of topics like self acceptance, the ability to learn from your mistakes, as well as the important concept of maturity. I loved the fact that Riley realizes her mistakes and learns from them. She finds herself drawn to Dreamland, a place where people can connect with the earth bound and finds her wishing she can communicated and get advice from his sister. She is still craving that all important birthday to become a teenager. She accidentally wanders into Dreamland, which she is told to avoid, and finds a hurt boy that really needs help letting go of that hurt, but finds her temper gets the best of her in trying to help him. I really can't wait until the next installment.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The last time we left Riley she got involved in a case that wasn't hers to deal with. Bohdi and Riley have faced the council and are shocked by the verdict they received. With Bodhi off doing his own thing Riley feels really lonely with no friends of her own, she's feeling pretty lost. Soon she learns about dreamweaving and is off on her next adventure... in hope to make contact with her sister, Ever.Good story! I love that each book brings a new element to Riley's world. I did enjoy this story more than the one featured in Shimmer. Riley's loneliness is heartbreaking. She longs for change. Being forever 12 years old isn't the greatest notion to deal with. Ever and Riley have a beautiful scene in this book, that I think fans will love. Dreamland is a fast adventure, a fun read. Fans of this author will have no trouble enjoying this new story.Kathleen McInerney is the narrator of Dreamland. I enjoyed her voice. Sweet like Riley. Sweet but not to the point of annoyance.
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Moncheri More than 1 year ago
Love These Books Just Like I lived  all Her Ever Books now its her sister Love it 
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I love dis book!!! Thank you many authors who have inspired me to make my book ( well im making it) the book title is Unlucky about a 14 year old girl in the fight of her life( or should i say ANGEL life)
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Dreamland Book Review Are you looking for a book about communication, family, and love? If so, then read Dreamland by Alyson Noel. This novel tells the story of a young girl named Riley, and her struggle to communicate with her sister. I enjoyed reading this book because of its fast moving nature. I would recommend it to anyone who likes stories about chasing a dream. Maddie K.