Sunday, 20 March 2016

Review: The Dreamer (Dreamland #1) by E.J. Mellow


Title: The Dreamer
Author: E.J. Mellow
My rating: 5 swoon-worthy, amazing, intriguing stars
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: May 15th 2015
Publisher: Four Eyed Owl
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.. (synopsis from Goodreads)

My thoughts: I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for such a long time, but other books have gotten in the way, and I’ve forgotten about it. Then I saw it on my Goodreads self, and I decided to buy it, so I did. A few days later, it arrived in my mailbox, along with the second book, The Divide, and they looked even prettier in reality, and I got really excited to read them, but I had some books from the library I had to finish first. Then I started reading it a few days ago, and oh my God. Wow. This book had everything; a kick-ass (but sometimes, legitimately, confused) heroine, a swoon-worthy guy (I’ll get back to him later), an amazing, original plotline, a great best-friend (love those), and interesting supporting characters. The only minus is the love triangle, because I hate love triangles, I’m just so sick and tired of them, although the author manages to make it different and original, so I’ll let it slide.
   Molly is a great protagonist. It’s really interesting to follow her thoughts, both in her normal, mundane life, and her not-so normal and exciting although confusing dream-life. Molly – normal, hard-working 24-year-old by day, kick-ass heroine by night.
   The author did a very good job writing Molly. The writing never felt forced or too much; the words seemed to just flow off the page. Everything felt so simple – in the best way possible – except, of course, Molly’s life, that is very complicated and confusing. It made it very easy to just get lost in the book. I could sit down to read, and then next thing I know, two hours have passed without my noticing it.
   And, holy mother of God, Dev. Just wow. I don’t even know where to start. Let’s just say that I kept looking forward to Molly falling asleep because I wanted more of Dev. He was just so incredibly swoon-worthy! He was definitely a very big, huge plus. How Molly can be dating someone else (admittedly, in her awake state, but still) when she had him in her dreams, I will never understand. How can you say ‘no’ to such a super-duper hot, swoon-worthy, perfect specimen of a man handsome man?
   Jared was the only minus in the book. It’s not that he’s a bad character, he’s pretty nice and sweet, but he’s not Dev, and he’s standing in the way of Molly and Dev, so I’ll always hate him just because of that.
   The book cover is awesome, and fits the book perfectly. I’ve already made a post solely about how much I love this cover, so I’m not going to say too much about it, but it’s really pretty, I love the colours, and it just really fits the theme of the book.
   And the plotline was original and interesting and fun. It was unpredictable, and engaging, and intriguing, and simply amazing. I loved the unique concepts and ideas in this book. I loved the themes in the book. I just loved it.
   This book is what dreams are made of. If all books were written as perfectly as this one, I would be a happy bookworm. I loved every second of it! And the swoon! If you do pick this up (which you really should, READ IT, READ IT, READ IT!), be prepared for a lot of swooning over one particular swoon-worthy man.

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