Series: Dreamland #1
Published by Four Eyed Owl on May 14, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy
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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.
The first thing to draw me into The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow was the cover. It’s absolutely stunning and I want the artwork for my wall. The next aspect to draw me in is E.J.’s writing. It’s simple and complex at the same time, beautiful and rich. The story comes to life on the page and lives on, begging you to come back and read every time you take a break.
At first, the story seems like a New Adult contemporary romance (which is my jam) until the main character, Molly, gets struck my lightning and something within her awakens, changes. Then something happens. Molly is now having these dreams that are too vivid, too real, for them to be dreams. Besides, Molly doesn’t dream. She’s never dreamt until she got struck by lightning.
Molly soon starts to live two lives. One when she is awake and one while she’s sleeping. In her “awake” life she has her best friend, her parents, her job, and this guy she’s been seeing. While in her “dream” life she enters this different world,Terra, a world that is different from her own but is too detailed and lifelike to not be real. She also meets Dev in this world (and Dev is the kind of guy dreams are made of, trust me. He’s supa swoony).
The more time Molly spends in her dream life, the more she wants to spend there. She hates waking up and leaving behind this world, leaving behind Dev. And the more time she spends with Dev, the more questions she has and the more feelings toward him start to grow. But she also begins to learn more about the world she’s been visiting and what her role in it could be.
Tension, romance, and self-discovery are just a few of the things that happen in Molly’s journey in The Dreamer. Molly grows a lot in the book, she has a strong voice with a side of sassy that I loved to read about when Dev was being difficult. When she was in the mood to take no sh*t, she didn’t and it was great to see her so vocal on matters of importance to her.
I really, really enjoyed this book! It took me a few chapters to fully get into the story, but the world that E.J. Mellow creates needed time to be built and cultivated, so I’m totally okay with that. Because this world is stunning, absolutely beautiful, with breathtaking imagery and description. The days I was reading it, as I was going to sleep, I wanted to visit Terra and Dev.
If you’re a fan of new adult, unique reads, stunning details, complex and charming characters, with a storyline that keeps you on your feet than The Dreamer is the book for you.
Just make sure you have the novella and second book already in your possession (or have it coming you way) because I do not and am in desperate need to get my hands on them.