Review : The Dreamer

25309550The Dreamer (Dreamland #1)

by E.J. Mellow

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

3.5 of 5 Stars

While fairly confusing through a good portion of the story I was instantly curious about the events going on for Molly.  I am a bit on the fence about some of the ways things are explained but fit with the story.  Everything is coming from Molly’s perspective so it made sense that a lot of it wasn’t very clear.  What puts me on the fence however is how incredibly drawn out the ‘unknown’ quality is.  A lot of it is fairly easy for the reader to pick up on in a somewhat fuzzy sort of way but that’s it.  The repetition of not giving Molly answers got a bit old though.  For my own taste I think I would have preferred to have a bit more fast paced action and more involved in this first book of the series.

The romance is hot and heavy and I’m torn between liking it and having the impression it’s just a distraction from what I’d rather be reading about – this ‘dreamland’ Molly is visiting.  Don’t get me wrong, I think some of the romance would work perfectly.  Most likely I’m just not the target audience for the ever impending tall, dark, and handsome love triangle.

There were a few other issues I had with the book as well. What’s surprising is that in spite of the things that didn’t work for me, I really enjoyed the read.  I’d aim this book toward a crowd that likes young adult science fiction but wants that adult romance thrown in, which this novel combines with skill.  I have high hopes for the next books in the series.

This eGalley was provided free from the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion and I was compensated in no other manner.

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