Sunday, October 27, 2013

ARC Review: Dreamer by Nicole Thomas

Title: Dreamer

Author: Nicole Thomas

Series: Dreamerbound #1

Publication date: October 28th, 2013

ISBN: n/a

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Someone is using Anna's dreams as a weapon, and so far, they've gotten away with murder. Anna isn't quite sure why those closest to her die when she dreams, but it's enough to turn this teenager off REM sleep and relationships for good. She has more than enough blood on her hands without boys crushing on her and getting buried six feet underground as a result.

As of right now, Anna's plan to avoid relationships with anyone outside her family had gone off without a hitch. And if it weren't for her classmate, Liam, she would've continued to do so. Liam's successfully flow under her social radar, and if he wants to avoid having his obituary in the local newspaper, he'd keep it that way. But when he confides in Anna and tells her he has dreams as well, he comes the exception to the rule.

Okay, so his dreams might not be as dangerous, but it turns out his mother's were. Liam's mom is missing. His mom just turned eighteen whens he fell completely off the grid, and Anna could be next.

I received an e-copy of this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review.

I have started receiving a lot of review requests in recent dates and, the book addict and eager to please reviewer that I am, normally end up accepting any that are asked of me. Who am I to say "thanks, but no thanks" to someone who has worked hard at their craft and put their blood, sweat, and tears into their work just to entertain book enthusiasts such as me? So when Nicole asked if I wanted to read her work and gave me an idea what the book was about, I hastily agreed. I was interesting in the dream aspect of the book. I have yet to really read anything that incorporated that idea. I was anxious to see what sort of world the author created. Dream-like story or a literary nightmare?

Anna's story begins with yet another foster family taking her in after the tragic loss of her parents years ago. Anna believes her dreams killed her parents. Anna also believes that she is cursed to endanger all those that come in contact with her, which is why she limits those she lets into her heart and even into her general area. She is counting the days until she turns 18 and she can disappear and hope to end the suffering of those she loves. However, Anna didn't count on the boy who stared at her and obviously crushed on her fairly severely being a hindrance to her overall plan.

Liam knows what Anna is. A dreamer like himself, except her dreams actually make an impact. Her dreams become reality. What started out as a way to study an active dreamer turns into genuine attraction and, dare he dream it, love. He cares about Anna and wants to help her to understand what is causing her dreams and stop them if at all possible. He knows from experience with his active dreamer mother that if Anna doesn't find answers, she will most likely disappear just like his mother did many years ago.

Anna and Liam are on a collision course with something big. Something that could change their understanding of the world they live in. Something that could make or break them and the existence of humans as an entirety.

When I got into the book I was interested in what could cause Anna to have quite literal killer dreams. What I found to be the cause of them was a little unnerving. I didn't expect it and since it is a pinnacle part of the story I won't divulge what that revelation was. I found the book to be exceptional up until a certain point. At about the half way mark, things got a little odd. I understand that with dreams, things are bound to be very Alice in Wonderland-esk, but this was almost a bit too hard to swallow. When the climax came about I found there was a lot of explaining from the antagonist. I would have maybe liked Liam and Anna to find out some answers for themselves about the grand evil plot instead of it just being explained out by the big baddie. I was almost expecting there to be some sort of moral to the story where it really wouldn't fit in the grand scheme of things.

I would say this book was about middle of the road for me. I really enjoyed some aspects and saw room for improvement in others. It's the author's debut novel, there are bound to be a few kinks along the way.

Dreamer is a dreamland of the paranormal genre that will cause you to wonder just how real ones dreams could actually be.

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