My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A biblical Joseph retelling? Yes please!
Thank you, Evolved Publishing, for this free book to review!
Joseph Colafranceschi is a fifteen-year-old, self-described geek, living in the Bronx. The second youngest of twelve sons of the former U.S. ambassador to Italy, Joey discovers that a small Egyptian statuette given to him by his father, endows him with power to control his dreams. After his brothers throw him down a manhole, Joey is drawn into a hidden society of warriors who have been battling a reincarnated Egyptian Pharaoh for over 3,000 years. In the dream world, everyone is not what they appear to be, and it’s impossible to tell who to trust. As Joey slips deeper into a world of gladiator battles and clandestine missions into other people’s dreams, he catches the eye of a beautiful Egyptian princess. The only thing that keeps him grounded in reality is his best friend Alex, but even she may not be who he thought she was.That said, it was a very loose retelling. Aside from the beginning, I could hardly tell it was based on anything biblical. Whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you. Personally? I would have liked a little more of the original.
One trend I hope will strengthen in 2015 is more smart characters. Joey here fit the bill! I know nothing about going to MIT when you're 15, but it sure sounds smart. So must I. ;)
For the most part, the dream world made sense. If you could change the arena's reality with just a thought though, wouldn't everyone do that? Like, randomly turn it to water, a concert, or an igloo?
My main problem with this book is the ending. It's half cliffhanger, half abrupt. While I was glad to discover who some of the Dream characters were, there was no definite resolution with the romance. Even if there were, though, I probably wouldn't have liked it. If you have a crush on two girls and continually let both kiss you, then you don't deserve either, just sayin'.
Would I read other Joey Cola books? Probably. According to the author's blog, he's going to work on the sequel this month for NaNoWriMo, which I think is awesome. Go NaNo!
Adult Content: A
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