Review: Reverie by Ryan La Sala

ReveriePublisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Author: Ryan La Sala
Released: December 3rd, 2019
Received: Own
Warnings: Memory loss
Rating: 4 kitties

Ryan La Sala’s debut novel, Reverie is something to behold. Set in a world where magic and the normal collide and nothing is what it appears to be. It’s the most charming read of the year, providing a whole slew of characters to enchant readers.

Kane Montgomery was just a normal teenager. That is, until his accident. Now everyone wants to know what happened, even though he has no memories of the event either. Or the few months leading up to it. And that’s just making people ask even more questions.

It turns out, the whole situation is even more complex than Kane could have ever imagined. Because magic and powers are real – and along with them plenty of risks and dangers that need to be prevented.


“Confused. When he first woke up in the hospital after the accident, when he first realized he was in trouble, it seemed like a good idea to hide behind that word until he could figure out what was going on.”

Spoiler Warning

Reverie was a fascinating and brilliant read, one that was full to the brim of unique and dynamic characters. Kane’s quest for answers ended up being so much more than anyone could have predicted. Well, anyone other than Ryan La Sala, that is.

This is one of those fantasy novels that just blew me away with how creative it was. It is unlike everything I have ever read, blending together a character-driven plot with dreams, fantasies, magic, and cost. Oh, and did I mention that the antagonist is both brilliant and captivating as well?

I will confess that I actually did have a bit of trouble getting into Reverie at first. Trust me; I really wanted to like it too, so it was not from lack of trying. I think it took me about ten percent of the book before I really started getting absorbed into the material, but once I did I couldn’t look away. So if you’re struggling, keep reading!

There is a lot to love about Reverie. Kane himself, for example. Then there are the secondary characters, the plot itself, and the fact that Reverie is adorably and endearing LGBT+ friendly. And that made me love it all the more.

I’m absolutely blown away by this debut novel, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Ryan La Sala comes out with next. If it’s anything like Reverie, it’s going to be worth reading.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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