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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450232841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450232845
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,855,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julie C. Gilbert answers mostly to Ms. Gilbert these days. When not teaching chemistry, she writes, reads, and plays video games. She seeks to connect with young people who don't naturally gravitate to books and teachers who want reach such students. She lives in New Jersey.

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Julie is a high school chemistry teacher who spends all summer writing. Her stories tend to fall in YA, YA sci-fi, sci-fi, or Christian mystery genres though on a challenge from a friend, she's also attempted YA paranormal.

She enjoys warm (not hot) weather, tea, coffee, reading, writing, teaching, and listening to books on CD.

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I would highly recommend this book for kids and adults.
Samthebookaholic
The plot overall I found very touching and interesting, combing the right amount of action and story to create a very good story.
Robert Meleta
You sympathize with each one of the characters and develop a love hate relationship with some.
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Format: Paperback
As usual I received this book free for a review. Also as usual I'm absolutely candid about it despite that kindness.

The synopsis is a simple amalgamation of previous concepts. Just think of the TV show "Heroes" but with kids and some "Flowers for Algernon" thrown in for good measure. It's also worth mentioning that the text is written in an epistolary style which will likely confuse younger or inexperienced readers.

On the positive side, the author can certainly paint a vivid character. The southern twang of our protagonist is consistent and fairly authentic. While the story isn't especially original, it is entertaining enough if you're a fan of the mad scientist motif. Also, the author isn't afraid to explore complex and thorny moral issues with her young readers.

To the negative, I was irritated on a few points of style. For one the author promotes her own upcoming book series within the book with characters talking about how much they loved "The Anotech Chronicals" despite the fact that the books don't exist yet. It seems in poor taste to self-promote from the very pages of your previous book. Also, potential readers are warned against perusing the back cover. I tend to avoid the blurb on the back of the book because it just leads to dilution of the suspense but in this case I just glanced rather accidentally at this one and was shocked to have suddenly learned half the plot in a few sentences. The tease on the back is far too detailed and just about made me stop reading entirely.

In summary, a nice YA mad scientist story but for the love of leaving some element of suspense, do NOT read the back cover. If you do you might as well not bother reading the book in the first place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Author Virginia L. Jennings on February 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
This story narrates the kidnapping of two girls, one of whom is used for mind experiments. I loved this story. It was full of detail, personality, intrigue, and excitement which kept me wanting to read it till the very end. I gave this story four stars only because the way the story is set up took a little getting used to. However, I loved it once I got used to the fact that the entire book is written in past tense in a collection of journal entries and letters as the girls try to detail their accounts to a psychiatrist afterward.

Filled with plenty of action and interesting characters- I believe this book makes a thrilling read. The Author's vivid descriptions make you feel like you are right there beside the two girls during the whole ordeal. This would even make a pretty cool 'matrix like' movie!

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Virginia Lori Jennings
Author of 'The Alien Mind'
This reviewer received a free review copy for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Meleta on June 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
The story is told in a very unconventional but intriguing way. By taking numerous letters and diary entries of the two main characters, the story is told in a very different perspective. Particularly different is how there is no consistent omnipresent narrator or narration from the main character, rather that the story is told from the perspective of several characters. It also is told in hindsight (the characters are recalling what happened). The plot overall I found very touching and interesting, combing the right amount of action and story to create a very good story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was an average 12 year old girl: she’s living in a new house with her Momma and a new Daddy, looking forward to all those things that 12 year old girls enjoy. Then, one day, Jillian and her babysitter Danielle Mathieson are kidnapped and Jillian’s world is turned upside down.

‘Think of her as an overgrown lab rat, ‘Darren said soothingly. ‘The experiment failed and we’re here to clean up the mess.’

Jillian has a special gift: an ability to enter and shape dreams. She has been kidnapped because of this ability which, after training, she is forced to use to try to locate and save Benjamin Connelly. She’s told that Benjamin is her brother, and that she has another family she knows nothing about. And, if she doesn’t do what’s she’s told, then Danielle will suffer.

‘I’ve waited twelve years for this, I could potentially wait several more, but you’re not leaving until my experiment is finished.’

How Jillian comes to terms with her gift and her new and onerous responsibilities makes for an interesting story. She’s lost all that is familiar (except for Danielle) and Danielle’s safety is dependent upon Jillian what is required of her. If Jillian does what is required of her, will she and Danielle be allowed to return home?

‘Who are these people?’

Jillian’s story is told through letters written by Jillian and others (chiefly Danielle) and this works well as a way of imparting information to the reader while maintaining suspense as to what will happen next. Jillian grows throughout the story (as does Danielle), and I’ll be keen to see what happens in the sequel.

‘Ashlynn’s Dreams’ is marketed as a YA novel, but I think many not-so-young adults will enjoy it as well. I certainly did.

‘Tell her she can’t solve the world.’

Note: I was offered and accepted a copy of this book for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick O on May 31, 2014
Format: Paperback
Gadzooks! An epistolary novel with a whisper of science fiction. A remarkable novel written by Julie C.Gilbert based entirely on letters, journals and once with post-it notes sent to our heroine’s shrink lady, Dr. Sokolowski. Does this story measure up to my favorite epistolary novel, Elizabeth Kostova’s, 'The Historian'? No, but this is a YA novel, not a dark adult story involving Vlad the impaler. Gilbert is a different kind of writer and I like that. I prefer writers who gamble with artistic techniques that might not be discernible to the provisional reader. Hey listen, I’ve read four novels by China Mieville. Did I earn my stripes? All I’m saying is that I like a novelist who pushes the envelope a tad. This is a well written novel with a little bit of bounce. Good job, Julie!

The story itself is about a gifted twelve year old girl named Jillian and her high school babysitter (is there a better word for one who watches a twelve year old?), Danielle. Jillian just moved to New Jersey with her mom and stepdad, Jeffrey, who manages a candy store. Everything is great until one day Jillian and Danielle are kidnapped at home. They find themselves in an unknown lab filled with scientists and researchers headed by a Dr. Devya. Welcome to Devya’s Children! Jillian doesn’t know what they want from her, but quickly realizes that it’s not ransom (certainly not from a candy store manager). She does find out that she was a test tube baby with genetic material from four women and two men and then put into to an artificial womb. She finds out that her real name is Ashlynn and she has seven siblings living in the compound. Is Dr. Devya experimenting with genomes in order to produce gifted children? If the answer is yes, then why? What is Jillian’s gift?

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