Title: Blue Aspen
By: Tenaya Jayne
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When seventeen-year-old Dulcee Elders' mother embarks on a road trip from their home in California, Dulcee knows something odd is about to happen. Her suspicions are confirmed when they arrive at Uncle Jack's house outside of Durango, Colorado. Without another word, Dulcee's mother is gone, and Dulcee faces life with her reclusive and wealthy uncle in a looming rural mansion.
Dulcee has suffered from insomnia ever since her father died more than ten years ago. But once at home at Uncle Jack's, inexplicably Dulcee now can sleep; sleep brings not only strange and intricate dreams, but a dream lover. For now, Vincent Sands is only the silhouette of a man, but when Uncle Jack leaves town for business, Dulcee's dream world and reality collide. Once she is alone, the silhouette is no longer content to remain only in her dreams.
When Dulcee is asleep, Vincent can give her anything she wants, even the ability to talk to her dead father. Inevitably, Vincent must leave when Uncle Jack returns. Dulcee experiences the high price of loving Vincent-an addiction rivaling that of any hard-core drug. Desperate to bridge the gap between them, Dulcee faces a crucial decision that carries irreversible consequences. (From Amazon)
First and foremost, I have to say I really liked this book. The reason I feel that duty to present this first hand is because this is not a easy novel to love. This is a intricate and delicately crafted story that is near impossible to separate dream from reality.
Blue Aspen begins in the setting of a psychiatric institution, but quickly diverts to the autobiography of Dulcee Elders which remains the focal point until the last 100 pages. Complicated as this sounds, it was incredibly effective, and an interesting approach at this story.
The pace of the novel was incredibly fast paced, and carried the read throughout. It was not complicated to continuing read, but it lacked resolution. My mind is still continuing to process this book, but understanding still evades me. Please do not look to Blue Aspen for understanding, but if you are a fan of complication this is the book for you.