Review: The Dreamer by E.J Mellow

Title: The Dreamer ( Dreamland #1) The dreamer
Author: E.J MellowPublication Date: May 15, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy

I received a copy from the author and Xpresso Book Tours in anticipation of an upcoming Blog Tour for the sequel ‘The Divide”.

Goodreads Summary:
It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.

But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?

Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination..

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My Review

Quite a few of my recent reads have centered around dreams and nightmares and I was very curious to discover what new twist could be put on this theme . I must confess that I’m so happy that The Dreamer brought something new to the table and didn’t just read like another dream/nightmare related book.

Normally, I like as little lead-in as possible, not that I have anything against detailed worldbuilding but I don’t think it should take up a third of the book. The author took her time in introducing the main character and for some reason I liked taking the time to get to know Molly and her friends before life as she knew it changed, and before delving into this alternate realm.

The characters are well-developed and I felt like I got to know them and their individual traits and pet peeves. I especially like that Molly doesn’t just accept eveything, but questions some of it. I like her spunk and her curious nature.

The plot is solid and the pacing after the initial build-up, is fast and splits between action-packed scenes and slower paced scenes. I loved all of it.The alternate realm was very well described and the worldbuilding was on point! I like the idea of this world existing alongside ours, and the author’s attention to detail really helped me tremendously in envisioning this realm.

There is this mix of the magical and the scientific which really transforms this story to something out of the ordinary. Chapeau! I loved this book and I’m pretty sure you will too!

Rating

4 hearts

Recommendation

I recommend this to fans of Poet Anderson: Of Nightmares and similar books. If you like books where your nightmares can hurt you, check this one out!!

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