Five Star Reviews on Chaysing Dreams!

Hello everybody! Check out some great reviews about Chaysing Dreams. Reviews are posted by readers on the goodreads and the Amazon site! I’m so excited, yet humbled, that it’s been receiving five star reviews! So glad people are loving the story, and the characters! Thank you! It truly means a lot!

Review by Deb Dassie: (five stars)

“What a great debut for Ms. Williby, and how fortunate for avid readers of fiction to have such a refreshing new voice on the scene! It’s difficult to categorize “Chasying Dreams” as it gives us a little of everything. It’s not just a romance novel, there’s also an element of paranormal suspense, coming of age, friendship and tragedy, adventure, mystery and intrigue. The love scenes are romantic, yet steamy, the adventure is exciting, sometimes scary and definitely thrilling, the tragedies will make your cry, and the mystery keeps you guessing. You want to turn to the last page to see how it ends, yet can’t bring yourself to ruin the story line as it slowly builds and Tess(our heroine)continues to grow and mature. The characters are solid and likable, easily drawing you into their world. You can tell Ms. Williby writes from a personal, yet somewhat unique frame of reference I’ve not experienced before and needless to say, I loved it! Like others, I will wait impatiently for the sequel.”

Review by Maria Hoye: (five stars)

“When I read the Chaysing Dreams ARC, I read it straight through the day and night, from 9AM til 3AM I didnt want to stop reading even to go to the bathroom. After I finished it, I was dying for the sequel. DYING!!!!
My heart was racing the whole time I was reading it and I simply couldn’t put it down. I believe Jalpa Williby has masterfully written this book and has you wanting more. Every chapter ends with almost a cliffhanger feeling. It compels you to keep reading. It physically traps you into the book so that you just can’t put it down. The house could have been on fire and I doubt I would have noticed.

From the start of the book I was immediately intrigued by Tessnia as she encounters her life from a young girl to a woman. I was immendiately pulled into Tessnia life and her adventure. The story is full of anxious uncertainty about what may happen. I right away adored her best friends and family. There is also a male character in this book that is strong, mysterious, handsome and has so many other features that your captivated by his character as well. At many points in the book I literally sat up in bed and shouted “Oh NO! I can’t believe they are doing this to them!!!” Yes I was talking to my book.

One thing I have to say, I was deeply satisfied with the ending of this book. This book ended in such a way that I was bothered by it and itchy for the next book. But I’m still DYING for the next book !!”

Review by Cynthia: (five stars)

“Chaysing Dreams is a story about a girl named Tess who is your average girl with beyond ordinary gifts. The story takes you from Tess’s younger years in high school through her college years.
The author does a wonderful job of integrating normal high school teenage years with a story that is not so ordinary.

You meet her parents and aunt-instantly becoming a part of their family. You are drawn to Kylie, Tess’s best friend, who is her exact opposite, with her witty personality and out going ways.
You find yourself wondering about Jack, her other best friend, who is there for Tess from the beginning till the end. You try to imagine his good looks, sweet personality, and wonder if guys like that really exist!
You become curious about Tess’s encounters with Joe and Chris and try to imagine their eyes, face, voice, and charming personalities that are described so adequately throughout the pages.
And finally, you fall in love with Tess, as you see her growing up and facing real life challenges, while trying to find answers to all of her questions. As a reader, you are quickly drawn to Tess, and find yourself rooting for her through each page of the book!

There is a little bit for everyone in this story; the romantic, the tough guy, the young girl next door, the young boy next door, moms/dads, pet lovers, the mentor, and the athlete.
The book really has you guessing from the beginning until the end with all the surprises along the way! I couldn’t put it down, and had to finish it right away. Then, when I was done, I needed more pages to read…I just didn’t want it to end nor did I want to leave Tess! Remarkable.”

Review by Sami: (five stars)

“I really enjoyed reading this amazing book!! I couldn’t put the book down. Jalpa williby is an amazing writer. I can’t wait to read more. I was lucky enough to get the arc for an honest review:)

Tess Sanoby is a 16 year old girl that keeps having the same nightmares, where a girl is being chased. Tess doesn’t know who she is because she can never see her face, she just knows she is terrified and trying to run for her life. Is it her? Tess is a very smart and athletic and has a wonderful relationship with her parents and two amazing best friends in the world Kylie and Jack. I love that Tess volunteers at The Angels, she meets a handsome guy there named Joe and they have this great connection and he is singing You Are Beautiful. I love that we get to see Tess grow up from graduating high school then going to college.
You see Tess go through real life struggles and it’s horrible to see people in that situation.
Chaysing Dreams is a great book!!! You won’t be disappointed. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book and see what happens to Tess. So if you love sexy, hot, romance, danger, and mystery, I strongly suggest you buy this book- 18 and up.”

Review by J.J. DiBenedetto (five stars):

“‘Chaysing Dreams’ by Jalpa Williby is a fantastic debut novel. It combines romance, adventure, a coming-of-age tale and a touch of science fiction into one well-written and engaging package.

The book tells the story of Tessnia, a smart, athletic and accomplished high school student. She gets straight A’s, stars on the basketball team and the track team and volunteers at a facility for handicapped children in her free time. She’s looking forward to college and eventually following in her parents’ footsteps and becoming a doctor. It looks like her life is set on a straight path.

But there are hints that all is not as it seems. She has strange, recurring dreams. An encounter with a charismatic older man while volunteering throws Tess off balance when she’s powerfully and unexplainably drawn to him. The same feelings pop up again in college, when she meets the assistant trainer on the school’s track team.

At the same time, there are signs that Tess herself isn’t exactly what she seems – questions her parents don’t quite answer, things that her new assistant trainer says, the behavior of the pet dog Tess is given as a graduation gift, among others.

The author skillfully brings everything together in a conclusion that’s satisfying but also sets up very nicely for a sequel.

The characters, especially Tess, are well-drawn and believable. The book is told in the first person, from Tess’ point of view, and her voice is likeable and engaging. Tess is relatable, as she goes through all the ups and downs readers would expect of a young woman coming into adulthood. The supporting characters, including Tess’ best friend Kylie, her parents, and the mysterious trainer Chris, are equally well-handled, and I was left wanting more.

All in all, this is a very good, very exciting novel, and I’d highly recommend it.”

Review by Julie (five stars):

“I was lucky enough to read the ARC for this novel. I have to say that right from the start, I was drawn into Tess’s life, her story. The story is so full of suspense, I found myself constantly wondering what was going to happen next. I loved Tess’s life, her family, her friends. The reader goes through the growing pains with Tess as she experiences life from a teenager to a young adult. I found myself laughing out loud on some parts, and crying on other parts. Oh, and all you pet owners out there, you will fall in love with this book because of the bond Tess shares with her her dog, Gem! And of course, the male character really blew me away. His character is described as a very handsome man, with many characteristics that keep you guessing about him – from his gorgeous looks to sensitive and dangerous sides! I can’t say enough about this book. I honestly couldn’t even fall asleep until I finished the book- I just had to know what was going to happen. And now that it’s over, I can’t wait for the sequel! I have a feeling that this book is going to be a big hit! I’m already envisioning all the characters on the big screen!”

Review by Gunjan: (five stars)

“I read the ARC of Chaysing Dreams! This book is an amazing read. It encompasses so much. It is intriguing, emotional, funny and I love the innocence of the main character Tess. I got into the book immediately and could not wait to wind down every night to this wonderful story. The author makes the main characters come alive. I feel like I know them and am routing for them in every way! The suspense and unknown kept me interested and wanting to figure out what was happening. I am waiting for the next book to come out and absolutely can’t wait to meet up with Tess again!”

These are just some of the reviews that are coming in! See for yourself why Chaysing Dreams is worth the read!  Amazon: Chaysing Dreams and Barnes & Noble: Chaysing Dream


About Jalpa Williby

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 her Masters Degree 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. For the past 20 years, Williby has worked as a Physical Therapist, a career she loves because she gets to make a difference, “One person at a time!” When she is not working, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and her three children. Juggling her time as a wife, a mother, and working fulltime, her love and passion for books never subsided. Some of her favorite books are A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Twilight Series, and The Hunger Games Trilogy. When asked what inspired her to write her debut novel, Chaysing Dreams, Williby answers simply, “Because I have a story to share.”

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