by Jay Bonansinga

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Lori Blaine is not your average seventeen-year-old high school student. Cool and iconoclastic in her dread-locks and natty thrift shop garb, with an IQ that’s off the charts, she is the ersatz leader of a pack of Goth kids that circle around her in the halls of Valesburg Central like a school of pilot fish. Lori speaks softly, but when she does speak, people have a tendency to listen.

But Lori Blaine has one problem: The door.

Lori’s dreams are haunted by this strange, recurring symbol. The door is always there on the periphery… beckoning to her, daring her to see what might be waiting for her on the other side. Finally, at the urging of an overzealous school psychologist, Lori Blaine decides to face her fears. The next night, she goes through the dream door… and immediately plunges into a shattered looking glass world in which nothing is as it seems and evil awaits around every corner.

But when Lori fights back, all hell breaks loose.

Created by the New York Times bestselling author of THE WALKING DEAD: DESCENT…. LUCID is a mind-bender of a contemporary supernatural thriller for Young Adults.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150306172
Publisher: Permuted Press
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 298,063
File size: 915 KB

About the Author

Jay Bonansinga is a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two books, including the Bram Stoker finalist THE BLACK MARIAH (1994), the International Thriller Writers Award finalist SHATTERED (2007), and the wildly popular WALKING DEAD novels. Jay’s work has been translated into thirteen languages, and he has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Jay has won major film festival awards, including a Gold Remi at the Houston International WorldFest and a Best Comedy Feature at the Queens International Film Festival, and his 2005 novel, FROZEN, is in development as a major motion picture starring Dennis Haysbert (THE UNIT). Jay’s 2004 non-fiction debut, THE SINKING OF THE EASTLAND, won the Certificate of Merit from the Illinois State Historical Society, and is currently the primary source for the acclaimed musical “EASTLAND” at the Tony award-winning Lookingglass Theater. Jay’s recently released non-fiction work, PINKERTON’S WAR, out from Lyons Press in 2011, is a true historical thriller about the creator of the U.S. Secret Service. And Jay is currently writing a quartet of original novels based on the universe of Kirkman’s brilliant graphic novel, THE WALKING DEAD (the inspiration for the mega-hit AMC series of the same name). Jay is also a Visiting Professor at both Northwestern and DePaul universities where he teaches screenwriting. You can find Jay on-line at WWW.JAYBONANSINGA.COM

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LUCID 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Tipsy-Ink More than 1 year ago
Holy Fluffy Marshmallows! I'm kinda at a loss for words so that was all I could come up with. This was definitely one heck of a book and I'm seriously hoping that its part of a series cause I would love to learn a bit more about Lori. Lately I've been hoping to find something different when reading, a different kind of character and I think I got that from this book. Lori is a heroine in every aspect of the word but she seems to have an anti-heroine feel to her. She's way different from your typical lead and the romance is even more unconventional. I enjoyed that while Nick was very important to Lori, he wasn't the most important person and didn't deter her from what she had to do. If anything, he was her biggest supporter. And while I would have enjoyed reading a bit more of their interactions I'm ok with what I got because the rest of the story was just that good. Lucid dreaming in a book isn't a new concept to me BUT this was done in a completely different way that incorporated demons.... this book gives a whole new meaning to the term inner demons and actually had me stopping to consider my own dreams lol. I was really intrigued with the concept of this story and I feel like the execution was on point. It was quick with the action and didn't leave you struggling through chapters upon chapters of character info before it got to the good stuff. My only peeve was the way it was written with a sense of precognition and shifting to a form of telling a past event. I enjoy finding out about characters and the story as it unfolds. There where a couple of scenes in particular where I felt annoyed with the continued reference to an event that had yet to occur. I really hope this is the start of a series because while there is a definite end to this book there is a sense of open ended-ness that begs the question.... what is her destiny. There was a resolution to the main problem but no answers given to the others. As I said above, I really would like to learn more about Lori and I relish the chance to delve back into this world of lucid dreaming and demons.
Aurelia_Literary_Reviews More than 1 year ago
This book ended up being a little bit like that uber cool and trendy new pair of black leather studded boots you bought that languish in the back of your closet, because you prefer the beat-up comfy Converse that you've had for five years, that remind you of climbing fences and kissing in the rain. In other words...does it deliver on the cool factor? Hell yes. On the feels? Not so much. This was definitely an outside the box read for me. I was intrigued by the synopsis and the awesome cover…I’ve been having a problem in one of my stories addressing a shared dream world so I wanted to get a glimpse at how some other author’s have tackled that subject, and the character of Lori really just sounded cool and different and fun to hang out with. I failed to look too closely at the genre classification that put this into horror. I usually run from horror. It keeps me awake. It gives me nightmares. It gets under my skin and makes me uncomfortable, and not in a good way. I’m not one of those people that enjoys being scared. But really until some of the more graphic scenes at the end (which I haven’t been to sleep yet, I’m praying don’t give me nightmares) this one wasn’t as much of a horror vibe as it was just creepy and mostly in a pretty cool way. The beginning of the book had more of a very dark and twisted Alice and Wonderland vibe to me. I loved the concept of the lucid dreaming world as the inciting incident to opening these other worlds to Lori. It’s a concept I’ve always been a little bit fascinated with, and one that I’ve never really seen explored in fiction. But, I was a little disappointed to see that the author went with the whole demon and angel mythology. I just felt that particular trope has been so overdone and when you are talking dream worlds and fantasy powers there were so many other ways he could have gone that it was a little bit of a let down. He did however at least try to add some newish ideas to the trope, but honestly I was still much more intrigued by the whole dream world and how they inhabited it, how the time worked there, how they came and went, how they could change things there etc, than I was about the demon fighting and the possession and the bogie monsters, you could have lifted all of that stuff out of the story and replaced it with literally any other fantasy trope and I probably would have liked the story a little more. I’m still I think a little torn on how I feel about this book overall. The writing was there, but tripped me up in a few places, slowing down for telling and info-dumps and pulling us out of the story with some minor details that switched up. And the author seemed to have some favorite big words and phrases he liked to throw around repeatedly that annoyed me a bit. I really enjoyed Lori as a character, and her growth arc was fantastic. But none of the other characters in the story are all that well developed. Nick, the love interest has a good back-story and is a super likable guy but they don’t actually spend much more than a total of a few hours together so their romance by definition falls into the dreaded insta-love category and we are left with no real resolution on if he will ever even escape that realm. Her best friend Hugo is written as typical anything-for-you best friend and Mom as typical broken-home, can’t-deal mother. **** FULL REVIEW AVAILABLE AT AURELIA {LIT}{GEEK}{CHIC} ****** aurelmedia dot wordpress dot com
Ltgalloway More than 1 year ago
The first thing that caught my interest was the cover, but in the end, I read it purely because of the author. I’ve been a huge fan on the Walking Dead novels, telling the Governor’s backstory. Those are written with Robert Kirkman, and I was never sure how much of the story was his, and how much was Bonansinga’s. This was my chance to get a peek at Jay’s writing skills all on his own. Was I impressed? Yes and no. Bonansinga definitely took on a gigantic challenge with this book. Lucid really is thinking outside the box. Literally. Anything is possible in our dreams, and I think he captured that perfectly. The main character, Lori, is a lucid dreamer, meaning that she’s aware within a dream and can therefore manipulate it. The story really did stretch the limits of reality to a breaking point, and had my imagination working overtime. Obviously, this made the story unpredictable… BUT it also made the book hard to follow at times. Not only that, but because most of the book took place inside Lori’s head, there wasn’t a lot of time for secondary character development. Her friends were mentioned a few times, and her mother had a handful of scenes. Even the romantic interest smacked of instalove because there wasn’t enough interaction between them, not enough dialogue. It’s a good thing that I really enjoyed Lori as a character. Her IQ is off the charts, but she takes care to fly under the radar, even going so far as intentionally getting lower grades. She’s fiercely loyal to her mother, and is also fearless. Overall, I felt empowered living inside her head for the length of this book. I found there were some odd contradictions throughout the story. Most of them were small, like describing daffodils as the wrong color, clothing spontaneously changing mid-scene, or my personal favorite, when she woke up in the hospital and had to pee… but had a catheter in. The largest, however, was the absence of religion. Bonansinga introduces an archangel, but not once questions the existence of God. I felt like this left a gap in the story, leaving me desperate to know more. In the end, I did enjoy the story. It was liberating to leave reality entirely behind and to delve into a personal darkness. A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
A_British_Bookworm More than 1 year ago
This tale is the sort that will mess with you. Just as you think you've worked out what is going on, it twists and shifts on you, and shakes things back up. Gripping from the outset, I found this to be a really compelling, intriguing story, with a lead character who was easy to relate to, despite the circumstances which unfold. Her friend Hugo was perhaps a little weak as a character when set beside Lori, but this didn't impair my overall enjoyment of the story. The suspense and action built steadily thoughout the narrative culminating in a satisfying conclusion. A thrilling read. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
BeckyStephens More than 1 year ago
It was difficult to put this book down. I found the idea of lucid dreaming so fascinating, and the way Bonansinga incorporated it into this plot was very well done. Lori is a well developed character, and I felt I truly knew her. As a teenager with an IQ off the charts, I thought her dialogue and thought processes were genuine and believable. However, her best friend, Hugo, is another story. Though he was not center stage, as Lori's best friend, he should have been more developed, but I couldn't get a feel for him, other than his stereotypical teenage dialogue. Though there is a budding boy/girl relationship, the romance does not take center stage. I like that the focus stays on Lori's lucid dreams, and the worlds that the dream door leads to. I need to mention the cover art, since that was one of the reasons I was originally drawn to this book. Designed by Conzpiracy Digital Arts, it perfectly captures not only Lori but her wonderfully bizarre and fascinating dreamscapes. Overall, it was an interesting book with just enough "weird" for me to enjoy. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys supernatural and horror. I received a copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Rekha01 More than 1 year ago
What interested me: I was on a paranormal kick when I requested this, and that cover screams paranormal. The plot is interesting as well. Plot: Wow, what an intense plot. A girl who knows when she's dreaming, and has dreams with doors that lead to creepy paranormal worlds. I would definitely not want to switch places with her, but it was interesting to read about her... unique life. The plot felt a bit underdeveloped and it was a little confusing. Characters: Lori was an okay character. She was definitely VERY special. She led an interesting life when she was dreaming. Sometimes, I felt like she wasn't real. I don't know... it was just the way she spoke I guess. I did like seeing from her point of view though. Hugo was just... weird. He kept saying things like "giiiiirl" and "like totally." I don't really think anyone talks like that, except in movies and TV. I was a bit annoyed, as I felt Jay was using the stereotypical teenage dialogue. Hugo didn't really seem to have much character Writing Style: It was very, very weird. The dialogue, as I mentioned before, was very, very stereotypical and sometimes, it felt like two different people were alternating writing chapters. There was something off about the writing style, even though it was very easy to read. Overall: It was an average book, it wasn't anything special to me. I think, if it was executed well, the plot about the Lucid dreamers would make a VERY good series - book or TV. If you're up for a weird book, definitely give this book a shot. -Rekha