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Before I Wake: The Nightmare Chronicles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    Amazing contemporary debut from Kathryn Smith

    Dawn Riley is a Nightmare. She has always known this, but being the daughter of Morpheus, King of Dreams, and a mortal is not something that she is proud of or can speak about. So, she turned her back on the Dream Realm to try and live as normal a life as possible in the real world. She graduated from high school, went on to university and got her PhD in neuropsychology which helped land her a job at MacCallum Sleep & Dream Research Center in New York City. Noah Clarke is one of her patients and a lucid dreamer, able to change his dreams and bend them to his own will. When an evil presence starts stalking him in his sleep and altering his dreams, he knows there is only one person who can help him. Dawn must accept who she is in order to help Noah and they must work together to fight for their lives and a chance at love. ******* This book blew me away. I was so impressed by it in so many ways. First and foremost was how fresh and strong Kathryn Smith's contemporary voice is. Many historical authors have tried their hand at writing contemporaries and fallen short. Not Ms. Smith. Not only does she succeed, she does it with striking clarity. ******* I absolutely love Dawn. She is smart and funny and definitely someone I could be friends with. I love that she doesn't have the perfect body or perfect hair or perfect features, but is happy with the way she looks. She even jokes about her love of food. That she can laugh at herself made me like her even more. Her flaws and little quirks just added to her charm. She's so down-to-earth and one of the most likable heroines I've ever read. And because this story is told in first person, I felt like a good friend was telling me her story. ******* I also love Noah. He is an artist, so he's very creative and has such an eye for detail. Due to a tragedy in his past, he is pretty closed off and doesn't like to talk about it. This also makes him a little uptight and wanting to be in control. Eventually, he starts to open up to Dawn a little bit at a time. The thing I love most about him is that he likes Dawn just the way she is, even when he finds out what she is. It doesn't matter, he likes her for her. *sigh* What a guy. ******* Kathryn Smith has created such an incredible, comprehensive world with the Dream Realm. And the way that she mixes it with the real world is nothing short of amazing. The secondary characters in both worlds are remarkable and endearing. It is a combination of all of these things and more that make this story so compelling, so undeniably good that I could not put it down. I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. It really is that good. I am hungry for more and cannot wait until the second book in this series is released. Do not miss this one. I HIGHLY recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Fans will enjoy Kathryn Smith¿s eerie tale

    In New York, psychologist Dr. Dawn Riley is the top authority on dreams interpretation at the Sleep Center where she works. She knows that her incredible skill is because of her ¿Nightmare¿ DNA as she is a chip off the old male block. Her father is Morpheus, the King of Dreams her mother met him while she slept and they hit if off, literally. To be with him in his only realm of existence, the land of dreams, her mom buried herself in a coma rather than raise her daughter. Her dad warned her not to visit all of the ¿Dreaming¿ places because her Uncle Icelus irresponsibly, in the name of freedom, allowed some of his creations to wander freely his sector is disturbing and is populated with frightening monsters thus Dawn always stayed at her father¿s castle when visiting his realm.----------------- For the first since Dawn was born, she is attracted to a man Noah Clarke who is a subject in a study she is doing. He feels the same way with his instant attraction to her. However, being half mortal has its negative side as the nasty Karatos stalks Dawn and Noah while they sleep. She is an expendable pawn in his plan to take over the Dream realm.------------------- The key the well written first paranormal Nightmare Chronicles is the Dream Realm seems real as a place where nightmares literally can leave visitors dead. The romantic urban fantasy story line is fast-paced from the onset and never slows down once Karatos begins his assault on his turf on the lead couple. Fans will enjoy Kathryn Smith¿s eerie tale with the consequence of trying not to go into a deep dreaming sleep.------------ Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Sweet dreams have a new meaning.

    The Nightmare Chronicles is a romance with a lil twist. Sweet dreams with a new meaning. Loved the book. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Good read

    You know its a good book when you read it fast.

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

    Before I Wake: The Nightmare Chronicles by Kathryn Smith

    I was very interested in this book and excitedly started reading it. My excitement drained away very quickly. It was written in first person and the heroine came off as somewhat cocky and blithe. I get really tired of writers creating heroines like this. What really made me dislike this book was a shocking sex scene in one of her dreams. She was fully aroused by this dream lover but also repulsed and struggling to get away. She was treated badly and roughly, wanted it to stop, but she still participated. I find this wrong on so many levels. I put this book down and will toss it out as soon as I'm done with this review. I will not read books that revel in this type of scenario. What started out as a unique and interesting plot and could have become very exciting, has been ruined for me. It was a good premise that the author could have made something lasting out of, if she hadn't decided to go down this road. It always makes me sad when romances, books I have read and loved for so many years, take disturbing and twisted turns like this.

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