Chaysing Dreams

Romance - Suspense
378 Pages
Reviewed on 08/16/2013
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Author Biography

Jalpa Williby was born in India and immigrated to the United States at the tender age of eight. A voracious reader, Williby’s adolescence was marked by a promising academic career. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois, Williby went on to earn Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University.
Her passion for helping her patients led her to a specialty in neuroscience, focusing on children and adults with neurological impairments.
Juggling her time as a wife, a mother, and working full-time, her love for books never subsided. Williby introduces her novels, Chaysing Dreams and Chaysing Memories to the world. Both are Amazon best sellers, received multiple five star reviews from Readers' Favorite, and recently won the Gold Medal from Readers' Favorite in their respective categories.
These days, Williby works feverishly on the third and final installment, Chaysing Destiny, her passion flowing trough every page.

    Book Review

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.

Bobbie Grob

Tessnia Sanoby may come off as just your average high school girl as Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby gets going, but it soon becomes clear that there is far more going on inside of Tess than even she knows. As she excels through high school in both athletic and academic achievement and then moves on to college, bits and pieces of the mystery unravel, which kept me highly entertained. There have been quite a few YA fantasy novels to hit the shelves in the last several years, and I’ll admit to opening this one with a bit of a jaded mind. I had hopes that Ms. Williby had brought something new to the genre, but they were not high. As I slowly got sucked into Tess’s life and the life of her friends, her family, and even her dog, I was very pleasantly surprised. This book is familiar enough to be an easy read, and different enough that it kept me guessing.

Page one dropped me straight into a nightmare. The shock of that was a nice entry into Tessnia Sanoby’s world. The only problem Tess has with having an extraordinary life is that she has no clue that her life is anything but slightly-better-than average, even when it is obvious that most everyone around her is in on the secret. The juxtaposition of the incredible with the every day is beautifully done; Ms. Williby definitely knows her stuff. Intrigue? Absolutely. Mystery? More than I expected. Just another tweaked version of vampires, werewolves, and dragons? Absolutely not. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will be waiting impatiently for the next installment.

Lorena Sanqui

Tessnia Sanoby, also known as Tess to her friends and family, met Joe Smith on her 16th birthday. Then he disappeared afterwards. Years later, as Tess was introduced to more men, they too continued to disappear. A mysterious guy entered her life in college, but left her with more questions than answers. What is happening to Tess and her life? Could it be because of Tess or is there something more sinister going on? Eventually, when tragedy hits, Tess becomes even more lost. What are the answers to the mysteries surrounding Tess and her world? Find out in Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby.

I love this book; it was exciting and it was sometimes slow paced but it progressed well. After the middle of the book, the story began to really pick up in pace. There were more thrilling scenes and the romantic part of the story also developed. There are scenes in the book that are sexual in nature, so be warned before reading. They aren't very erotic so it is acceptable.

I hope there is a next book coming out because many questions were left unanswered and many problems were still unresolved. I loved the ending, by the way, even though it wasn't finished. What happened at the end was a nice twist. I think I’m going to visit Jalpa Williby’s website to know when the next book will be released.

Jalpa Williby

This is great! So humbled by the kind words. And I'm very excited that people are falling in love with Chaysing Dreams! Thank you.


I finished this book in two days. It was that difficult to stop. The author does a fantastic job putting you in "Tess's" world! There were times when I cried with Tess and laughed with her. I loved her two best friends, Kylie and Jack! I loved her parents, her aunt, and her dog! I loved her life. But life is full of surprises for Tess. Many unexplained things happen to her such as her nightmares, the scary black cloud that surrounds her, and finally the mysterious guy who shows up in her life.

So many times, as I was reading the book, I was shocked at the events. I loved Tess's innocence when she was a young girl, and how she grows up to be a young woman. I love her life experiences and how she goes through the different phases of life as a teen : her first kiss, her prom, her 16th birthday, her high school and college years- and finally after college! This book had me guessing the entire time. I wanted to just find out what happens at the end. And wow, what an ending! How long do I have to wait for the sequel?

Needless to say, I highly recommend this book! It's a great read and a story that will be hard to forget!