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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: 6 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,291,520 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.

More About the Author

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 has had the recent privilege of working with some extremely talented people: Timothy Sparvero (artist - book covers), Kristin Condon (actress - narrator for audiobooks), and Matthew Tanner (music composer for audiobooks)

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

Customer Reviews

A good story, well constructed plot that had your interest from the start with interesting characters that made this a very good read.
Lynelle
The way that the entire story is told by several characters journal entries/letters really is different from anything I have ever read, but it really works!
Sandra S.
Sometimes a good story makes the reader work and in the case of "Ashlynn's Dreams" by Julie C. Gilbert that is certainly true.
Peter Guy George

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam Oster on August 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a difficult one to describe, as through its usage of journal entries and letters causes it to feel almost like a dream in and of itself. We start out the tale knowing one simple thing, two girls were kidnapped. We don't know why, we don't know where, and, ultimately, we don't really know if it was a good thing or not. It's through this positioning the reader in the place of the narrators (primarily the two kidnapped girls, Jillian (aka Ashlynn) and Danielle, that we are allowed just a glimpse into this curious world of scientific experiments and intriguing parentage. And ultimately, we are led on a final adventure to get these kids all free from their prisons.

Gilbert's ability to craft imaginative ideas is out in full force here, something that is very important when one of your main characters has the ability to not only step into other people's dreams, but modify them (don't fear, this is no Inception rip off). Gilbert does an amazing job of telling us a lot about the different characters in this book simply by letting us see what consumes them as they dream. But dreams aren't the only place in which Gilbert's imagination shines. She has built a very compelling world of scientific breakthroughs, showing the possibilities of what could happen, should man conquer the human genome and truly be able to bring us to our fullest potentials.

This book is a great start to what I'm guessing is a fantastical series (known as Devya's Children). In fact, the only reason this book gets a middling rating from me is that it sags somewhat in the middle under the weight of a hefty dose of exposition and character development.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. VanZwoll on August 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Told in a series of letters from the victims to a therapist, this is the story of Jillian, aka Ashlynn. After finding herself and her babysitter both kidnapped and held in the clutches of a group of potentially mad (but brilliant) scientists, Jillian discovers that she is one of Devya's Children, a bioengineered and genetically-manipulated child born in a fake womb. No details are given about how she becomes part of the family she grows up with, but it's obvious that there is more to this story and to Jillian and the rest of her siblings. She is not the only one of Devya's Children, and what they all have in common are Gifts that set them aside from common children.

This is a very interesting book, told in a unique way. The ability to read the letters sent from Jillian and Danielle to Dr. S (Dr. Stephanie Sokolowski) is a great way to learn what happens to the characters in their own words, You also see letters from another of Devya's Children, as well as from friends and family members. The letters are pretty much in chronological order, though of course they are written after the fact, looking back at the ordeal from a safe perspective. This allows the writers to tell the truth, though you can sense that just as in any story, there is more going on than what you are seeing. Or in this case, reading.

I look forward to future books in this series and would recommend it to young adults and adults both, as it is a book that can be enjoyed by a variety of ages. I would rate this at 4 1/2 stars, but unfortunately Amazon doesn't accept half stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Author V. 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!

Review Written by:
Virginia Lori Jennings
Author of 'The Alien Mind'
This reviewer received a free review copy for an honest review.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian K. Miller on September 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm honestly struggling to find something good to say about this book. Well, if nothing else, it is competently written.

The main problem for me is the structure Julie Gilbert chose to frame her tale. The story is presented as a series of letters and journal entries, some of which are from a journal written like a letter. This format has been used successfully, but it is far more difficult to pull off than most people realize, including professional authors, which Ms. Gilbert certainly is. Unfortunately, it does not work here. Instead of providing a unique, indepth look at the thought processes of the main characters, all it does is throw up one blockade after another. I never got a good picture into the logic processes and emotional reality of any of the characters. They are one and all as passionless as robots and at the same time as irrational as teenagers. The blend of irrational thinking and lack of passion left them feeling completely made up, which of course they are since this is a work of fiction, but it is extremely important for fictional characters to feel MORE real than the people around us, not less real. The lack of realistic characters made the failures of Ms. Gilbert to portray the science of genetics and the psychology of dreaming even more sharp than they otherwise would have been. The science is completely imaginary, the characters are unrealistic, and the format is unique. All of that spelled doom for me as a reader. Reading the book was one long drudgery rather than an exciting journey through the terror and suspense of a tragic event in the life of an extraordinary young woman. I cannot in good conscious recommend this book to anyone.

My apologies to Ms. Gilbert who obviously spent a great deal of time thinking about it and writing it, but still failed to pull it off.
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