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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Many teens outshine their peers but Tess has the rest beat by a mile. In Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby, Tess enjoys success, popularity, and a loving family in spite of being plagued by nightmares and recurring visions of a dark cloud. Over the course of almost 10 years, Tess excels at sports and academics but never forgets the young man she met on her 16th birthday.
As she faces some of life's toughest challenges, it is apparent that Tess has special abilities and a guardian angel who comes to her rescue at just the right times. Even with the support of her two best friends and a loving dog, Tess struggles to overcome a devastating loss. Learning to follow her instincts and trust her intuition, Tess moves forward and discovers love but at a terrible cost.
Surprising abilities, a connection to a mysterious guardian, and the devotion of an exceptional dog help Tess succeed in everything she does except for understanding and escaping the nightmares and dark visions that plague her throughout her life. Cryptic messages from her parents, the support of a loving aunt and friends and the protection provided by an elusive character lead Tess onward to discover her true identity and purpose in life only to realize that the more she knows, the more she needs to learn.
In this wonderful debut novel, Jalpa Williby creates a story full of questions and surprises embedded in the fabric of an adolescence and young adulthood that is something more than typical. Excellent job! A great story with unique characteristics.