John Dreamer

John Dreamer

by Elise Celine

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BN ID: 2940045681902
Publisher: Elise Celine
Publication date: 02/07/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

I'm no princess. I never played with dolls. Climbing a tree was my idea of fun.When I was a little girl I lived on an estate owned by my maternal grandparents where all my aunts and uncles lived. The garden was immense with no boundaries other than a wire fence that we kids easily jumped over. It wasn't fancy, but it was gorgeous. My best friend in the world was my cousin who lived a close walk away. Between oaks and walnuts and roses and pets and bugs, I had the idyllic childhood. The possibilities were endless, the adventures new every day.That changed when I turned 9 and my grandfather sold his property. Everyone had to leave, except for my family.A big, ugly fence was constructed to separate us from our new neighbors. In a moment's notice, the view from my window changed from a beautiful green field to a poorly-made concrete wall. I used to climb this wall and just sit there, looking for the childhood I had lost on the other side.This is when I became a writer. Fantasy became my way of escaping the grey, so I could continue to live in a world full of color and beauty.Then fantasy became life and life became writing

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John Dreamer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Little_MissDQ More than 1 year ago
I can see why people might not like it. It's pretty original; which can also sometimes be considered as "out there." And this book could definitely be described as out there. The idea and it's premise are like no other. And the best part about it's originality is that it's characters are pretty much anything but original. They're basically the same old characters we meet in most YA novels: the nerdy guy, the bully, the shy quiet almost invisible girl, the pretty-slightly insecure- girl, the basically all-around good looking guy and our main character who doesn't really know what she wants. Except for the all-around good looking guy; because who doesn't want him? This is one of those stories where you can find a character to relate to and be a part of. I love the world of the Great White Room and the idea of being able to make all your dreams come true is amazing. It's like something else for everyone. I can not wait to read more books in it's series.
Little_MissDQ More than 1 year ago
I can see why people might not like it. It's pretty original; which can also sometimes be considered as "out there." And this book could definitely be described as out there. The idea and it's premise are like no other. And the best part about it's originality is that it's characters are pretty much anything but original. They're basically the same old characters we meet in most YA novels: the nerdy guy, the bully, the shy quiet almost invisible girl, the pretty-slightly insecure- girl, the basically all-around good looking guy and our main character who doesn't really know what she wants. Except for the all-around good looking guy; because who doesn't want him? This is one of those stories where you can find a character to relate to and be a part of. I love the world of the Great White Room and the idea of being able to make all your dreams come true is amazing. It's like something else for everyone. I can not wait to read more books in it's series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth I found this book intriguing to say the least. Seven people put into a room together. All need to learn a lesson to better their lives, to find their dreams and make them real. How they learn their lessons are different and unexpected. Elise Celine has managed to create a book so uniquely beautiful that I couldn’t help but read it in one sitting and then pause and think about what I had read. I felt like I had learned a little lesson from it. Beautifully written this is a wonderful book. I loved it and will read it again.  Opening Scene: I found myself in the middle of a great white room. The Review: Andy finds herself in a white room with seven chairs. Each completely different, and each with a name on it. As six other people slowly enter the room, she realizes that each chair resembles a part of their personalities. No one knows where they are, and none can leave. Each has a lesson to learn, but the how and when they will learn it, they have no idea. If that wasn’t strange enough, the man called The Guardian gives the word ‘strange’ a whole new meaning.  Being stuck in a room with six strangers is bad enough, but the intense look in the eyes of the man named John, every time he looks at her is odd enough, let alone the fact that she can’t help but want to know him better. He makes her feel protected and safe. But who is he and what is the lessons they all have to learn? Notable Scene: “Do you know where we are?” I asked, and he turned surprised at the sound of my voice. It was then I got the first glimpse of his beautiful green eyes. There was so much emotion, I could hardly hold his gaze. I felt electricity run through my spine as I dove into this stranger who was inviting me in. He kept looking at me without answering, making my insides aflutter. This had never happened to me before. So I stood there, frozen solid, averting my eyes from his, but coming back to them. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, eight and a half. Scientists state that it takes only eight and a half minutes to fall in love at first sight. So there it was. I started to get flustered and felt like a little girl, how could this be? It was just a stare from a man standing on the other side of the room, but I felt drawn to him like gravity pulling me to a sun I knew could burn me. Why did this feel so familiar? Had I seen him before? After a minute that felt like a lifetime he started to walk toward me, his eyes still fixed on mine. So I grabbed a hold of myself. Stoic mode, on. “Who are you?” he asked taking another step. Now it was I who couldn’t find words, so he said, “I’m John.” FTC Advisory: AuthorBuzz through Net Galley provided me with a copy of John Dreamer by Elise Celine. Published through AuthorBuzz. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I loved it! From the beginning to the end. I love how it started; right from the beginning there was mystery, and it grabbed my interest right away. I liked how the author got right into the story, although a bit more character development would have been nice, but I suppose not knowing added to the mystery. John Dreamer was very fast paced for me and I read it in no time. I can't wait for the next book! I'm really looking forward to it, and with that bit of a cliffhanger, I hope it comes out very soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Here is my honest review. This book is written in first person which is not usually my favorite perspective when reading a book. It does work well in the Young Adult genre and certainly is fitting to this story. Celine's prose is very simple and straightforward. At first, this bothered me: it felt so simplistic and rather stereotypical (which I saw another reviewer point out). After reading several chapters, it struck me that the writing had beauty in its simplicity. At one point I remember thinking that the story was reminiscent of The Breakfast Club, one of my favorite movies growing up. So, about the stereotypical comment made by another reviewer: at first glance, yes, the characters do seem to be without depth and they certainly fit into common stereotypes: the nerd, the princess, the loner, et cetera.  But that is what makes this story so compelling. On the surface, every one of us would fall into one stereotype or another. But that is only the surface - there is so much more to us than how others perceive us. More than how we sometimes perceive ourselves. It is this universal truth that Celine hits on and exposes.  I won't spoil anything - I hope - but the ending...I can't decide if it is frustrating (no clear resolution but done so well that it is pretty much okay) or perfection (because how often is life tied up in a perfect package?) After looking up the book on Amazon, I realized that it is listed as part of a series. Hmm. I almost like wondering what next for Andy and John. But I confess that I would seek out the next book. Another element I enjoyed are the photographs in the book; they are beautiful and haunting. A lovely addition.  I would recommend that parents of teenagers read this book. It would work beautifully into a high school literature selection (and probably be far more enjoyable for freshman than Romeo & Juliet). I can certainly see the book leading to great discussion on how we view and treat each other. 
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
"The only thing in this place that's true: You will not return to the life you knew." Seven individuals suddenly appear in the Great White Room without knowing how they got there or what their purpose was for being there. Andy, John Dreamer, Olivia, Matty, Marcus, Linda and Roy soon discover it's all about fulfilling their greatest dream and bringing about a change in themselves. Learning strength, self-acceptance and confidence, among other things, each person must face the one thing they haven't been able to conquer. I felt this book was enjoyable and entertaining. In the beginning I was wondering where it was all leading but once I started to see the meaning behind it all I thought it was a great concept. Individual dreams to help each character face their biggest challenge. I really feel this book would be a light for young readers who might be facing the same issues in their lives. It's fantasy with a touch of romance and I thought the concept and plot were unique. It does contain mild language but would be acceptable for a PG-13+ audience. The only thing I can find to complain about is the ending but, hopefully, that's a sign of another book to come. If you like fantasy books with a strong message you'll love a John Dreamer! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kelsey McBride for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
A book with a whole lot of potential that to me fell short multiple times right when things started getting interesting again.  The premise of the book is original and unique.  Seven people, their own identities down to their style of chair, wind up in the White Room together with no rhyme or reason at the start.  There’s about every type of person represented and the reader gets to see them as they truly are, not by what is just on the outside.  I must say, when the Guardian appeared it reminded me of the musical number from Grease, Beauty School Drop Out. The story itself does not move very fast.  I was bored by the second page but just knew things had to get better.  I went back and checked on review sites to see that the ratings of this book are all over the chart, so it’s definitely not a book for everyone but there is a niche that it fits well into.  I don’t have a problem with a book that isn’t a good fit for everyone, because nothing has a place in the world like that.  So I continued on to see what the story would bring me. The place the group was in was constantly changing.  Items would appear out of nowhere and disappear without warning.  As the room changed, so did the situations the seven would experience.  The author picked up on the anxiety of everyone well, the nervous bickering, name calling, image slamming, etc.  The way the human brain puts up a defense mechanism when dealt with stimuli that is unknown, scary and bewildering. The chapters each start off with a heading and a picture.  Some of the pictures really make you think, wondering what it means and others just seemed to be a bit out of place.  The Guardian is a bit over the top but brings the readers interest back to him to try to help put some pieces of the puzzle together.  Many times he talks in riddles, but knowing that you start analyzing what he says and does a bit more. The end brings some resolution and understanding but at the same time leave you with questions.  Being this is the first book in a series, doing so makes perfect sense.  As I said before, this isn’t a book for everyone, but I really can’t gauge who would like this book and who wouldn’t.  It’s definitely worth finding out on your own.  Speaking for myself, it was an interesting read but I really don’t have the urge to read further with the series.  I might later on though, I guess I’ll have to wait and see.
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  This book is so difficult for me to rate. At times, I thought it deserved nothing less than five stars. At other times, I was tempted to post my first DNF. But I finished it, so here we are. The message that Elise Celine puts inside of John Dreamer is a poignant one that I think readers should pay attention to. Yet I feel like the actual story hindered her efforts more than it helped. The plot was very intriguing, but I don't think the main character and love interest were well developed enough to deliver the story in the way they were meant to.   Andy falls flat as a main character. As a character, she never interested me. It wasn't because she was horrible or anything. She just wasn't anything. She was absolutely bland. John Dreamer, the love interest, was no better. If this story had been told by a different character, I would have enjoyed it so much more. There was one chapter that was this way, and it was easily my favorite. And I won't even mention the insta-love. Eight point five seconds, people.   But there is no denying that Elise Celine is a talented writer. She is very good at building her world and selling you on it. Her idea for this plot is something that piqued my interest, and I felt like she stayed true to it. The underlying messages in this book are a welcome change to the themes in so many other young adult books. I was impressed with how Elise Celine handled them.   If you can look over the boring main character and insta-love, this book is a very good fit for young adult fans. It has a striking plot that flows well. A second book in the series is being written, so lets hope that Andy becomes more developed and interesting as her story progresses.  Cliff hanger warning: This book ends on quite a large cliff hanger. There is at least one sequel being written for this book, though.  **I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to NetGalley, AuthorBuzz, and Elise Celine.
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
John Dreamer is a book unlike any you have read before. Part classic Sci-Fi / Fantasy riddle, part psychology case record, parable,  All amazing! John, Andy, Matty and the rest suddenly appear in a featureless white room with a chair.  Each one's chair is particularly suited to them. Each chair different, unique, personal. None of the know why they are there. Everyone is apprehensive, afraid of why they have been brought there. Things begin to happen and the others start to disappear.  Their chairs disappear too. Slowly Andy begins to realise what is happening. And then there were 2, just Andy and John Dreamer. I won't spoil the story for you. It is sweet and tender and scary and you will not want to put it down!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
John Dreamer is an exemplary and unique story line that packs a punch. What would you do if you were suddenly pulled into a white room with six other teenagers and told you were there to realize your dream? John Dreamer takes us into the psyche of these six teens. There is more focus on Andy, a young girl that has stopped being an active participant in life long ago and John, the patient watcher.  All six of the teens have something in common, to realize their dream something has to change. Each must face life alternating circumstances. Circumstances that make them face their deepest insecurities and personal flaws or failures. The Guardian, who over sees these dream challenges, says it best, “Well, change is hard.” I was pulled in almost instantly by the depth in which Elise Celine writes each character. She captures the essence of humanity in this small group of teens and gives us hope for possibilities of change...the small steps to realizing your dreams. I was completely taking by surprise by this shorter length novel. By the way we were left hanging I'm anxious to get my hands on John Dreamer #2. I received this copy of John Dreamer from Elise Celine - AuthorBuzz in exchange for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. It explores all types of people, with different types of pain. It teaches people how to let go of their pain, and find their passions and to live their life. It's so powerful and touching- it speaks to a part of you you never knew you had. I could relate with every character in the book, and feel the strength of the self-realization they came to. It's just infinitely touching. The characters were beautifully woven into the plot/dreams, and the emotions are just so raw and heart-wrenching. I loved it. I even loved the romance- which is rare, because it was one of those "we met in the past for a while/love at first sight" ideas. This book was just so exquisitely written- I really need to go buy the book. 
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to AuthorBuzz and Netgalley.) 7 teens wake up to find themselves in a white room, with 7 chairs. How did they get there? Why are they there? And what must they do to get home again? Well, once again I shouldn’t have been swayed by a pretty cover, because I didn’t enjoy this book at all. I didn’t like any of the characters in this book. They were all stupid, irritating, and liked to argue, and didn’t endear themselves to me at all. The storyline in this was a fairly old idea, and reminded me a bit of the film ‘Cube’ and the series of books - ‘The Forbidden Game’ by L. J. Smith. However, while I liked both of the afore mentioned film and books, I didn’t like this. I found the whole thing utterly boring, and irritating, and could not finish this fast enough. I didn’t want to listen to the arguments these kids had, I didn’t want to listen to their theories or sob stories, and I didn’t want to read this book past the first chapter really. There was some romance, and it was very poor. The girl fell in love with the guy on sight, she even admitted it, and it just got worse from there. The ending was also pretty darn poo, and I was really glad that this was over. Great, they all learned something about themselves and faced their fears, only I have to say that I really didn’t care at all by that point. Overall; dull, with irritating characters, 3 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andy walks into a great white room. She doesn’t know where she is or why. There are seven chairs lined in a row, all with names on them. Soon they become seven, and she could swear she has seen John before, the guy with the gorgeous green eyes. A strange man in a silver suit appears and... The book is Creative, very well written, emotional, simply a good read. An inspiring romance story about realizing your dreams, a story that will stay with you for a long time. This is the type of book that you will like to share with someone you love. Looking forward for the next book of the series!