Book Review: His Reverie

His Reverie by Monica Murphy: I knew from the moment I first saw her she was the one. The only girl I could ever want.

The only girl I could ever love.

She is light.

I am darkness.

She is innocent.

I’ve done too much.

She is good.

I am bad.

She is my every dream.

I should be her every nightmare.

We come from different worlds. She’s…perfect. And I’m…


Somehow she wants me anyway. So we’ll grasp at what we can. We’re going to make this summer count. She’s my secret. And I’m hers.

The problem with secrets is they never last for long. And when others discover we’re together, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.

Because Reverie Hale? She’s mine.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **His Reverie generously provided by the published via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

His Reverie tells the young adult, contemporary tale of renowned bad boy Nick Fairfield and doe-eyed na├»ve – his Reverie Hale. Star crossed lovers of the Romeo and Juliet variety, Nick and Reverie meet during the summer when Reverie’s family spend the summer at their house in the town where Nick resides. It’s a provocative young adult story building up to an even bigger story with the books intended to follow.

The plot moved at a fast pace. All real-time prose told from Nick’s point of view made the story interesting. Male points of view are not always done great but Ms. Murphy met the challenge. Nick’s life runs on the edge of good and bad. He’s shades of grey in his life because of people he’s surrounded himself with and felt loyalty to align. When he meets Reverie, a black and white kind of girl, all he sees are bright lights and hope. She’s something unreachable to him, someone who couldn’t possibly see the good in him. Reverie’s naivety yet spunky demeanor draws you to her character immediately. You want to see through her eyes but only get glimpses through journal entries after the fact.

It’s an interesting dynamic telling the story through Nick’s present day perspective while adding Reverie’s past perspective on events that have already happened. I liked hearing from both of them and given the innocence of Reverie I liked how the author chose to not have us live through moments with her in the present but rather as a reflection and introspective look. It made her growth more substantial and her strength more evident. All the while Nick moving the story forward and providing the angsty details of what he’ll do next.

I love a good story of forbidden love. The novelty of the secret, the excitement of the challenge, the question of how they can possibly make this ever-lasting all provide an excellent combination of good story. We get some passionate scenes here, not in great detail but enough that we understand and feel the connection between the two characters and we revel in the sincerity of their courtship. The secondary characters are good additions even the villains of the story provide great conflict.

The reason I chose not to give the book five stars is because I found it a bit predictable in parts. While the writing is good, easy to follow, and laced with mystery as a back story of what’s going on and leaving us wondering, there were parts that I found myself skimming paragraphs due to predictability and stale plot points. Some aspects of the story I couldn’t put my Kindle down while others got boring for me. It’s not a story I couldn’t stop thinking about, while I enjoyed it there wasn’t anything that drove me to really loving it.

The ending definitely leaves you wanting to know more right away; luckily we’re getting a sequel very soon. I enjoyed Nick and Reverie’s story. They're connection felt sincere and I'm definitely rooting for them. I’m excited to learn what happens next especially after the ending. If young adult forbidden love stories are something you enjoy reading, then His Reverie is definitely for you.

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