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Posted December 10, 2014
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Although this book did have my hated multi-first-person POVs, I actually did find this book to be a really easy read. The blurb of this sounded really interesting - I've always been intrigued by plots that focus heavily on the dreams.
The romance in this book was a little hit and miss for me. On the one hand, I felt that Amelia's reactions to Seth's clear attraction towards her made sense, given her upbringing and her past. At the same time, I did feel that Seth was a bit too much obsessed with her. There's a moment where he comments about taking a while for relationships to grow and I just couldn't help thinking, 'Why isn't the immortality thing applied to you and Amelia?'
I did find the dreamscape a really intriguing idea. I was fascinated by the concept of the different worlds and it was also interesting to see the origin story of the Erebos, though I wasn't entirely sure what their relationship was with their hosts. I couldn't entirely understand how much they controlled.
The hints of Seth's past were interesting, particularly the small parts of information about Rhea. I would have liked to see more of the past events, either in flashbacks or a bit more detail. Given the importance of Jason, I felt there really should have been more of his interactions with Amelia.
I liked the variety of different types of creatures there were in Seth's team, but I wasn't too keen on the way Amelia became the main focus. I do, however, think that there was enough training involved that meant Amelia didn't become completely skilled straight away. Although... I really disliked the use of black leather in the costumes.
I was particularly intrigued by Seth's relationship with his brothers, Ian and Peter in particular. I would have liked to see more focus on the family aspects and less on the romance. I think the book would have been stronger with that. The world building was definitely the stronger aspect, though, and the secondary characters were what made me give this book four stars.
Posted September 25, 2014
Dreamscape is a unique and captivating read that I highly recommend. Not only are you sucked into the story rather quickly, but I love that the author incorporated graphics and different fonts into the book to enhance the reading experience. If you're looking for an addictive novel, this is it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2014
Posted August 31, 2013
I loved this book. Wow, what a whole new paranormal idea. I am a huge fan of Christie's writing as it is, as I loved her other series, Eminity Series, so I am not surprised at all that I love this one.
I really loved the style she wrote this in, the swap from Seth and Amelia's point of view was awesome. I really liked Seth, and getting inside his head and seeing his insecurities as well as hers really made me fall in love with him.
I know, he kindof took her to his world, where she is also trapped, but really, her life was awful and was getting ready to be homeless, so really, he saved her from a worse fate.
He is so sexy and sweet, and just overall hot, lol . I really was able to connect with Amelia and Seth both.
The character development top notch as is usual for Christie's work. The world building was also amazing, I could see everything in my head. Especially when she was describing the huge library with the domed ceiling. It just came to life for me.
I really, really loved this book. I highly recommend it. Its a great idea and I loved it. I think the cover is pretty too, just have seen that same pose and model, on about 4 other books, but like this one the best.
5 out of 5 stars for me, check it out.
I was provided this book from the author for my honest review.
Posted August 20, 2013
A guilty little pleasure of a book...
Did I enjoy this book: I liked the premise – it’s sort of a What Dreams May Come meets The Matrix type thing, and that’s what kept me reading. There’s lots of information to process, and having a new character (Amelia) enter the Dreamscape world is a great way to disseminate the information readers need to keep up.
Amelia is spunky. I like her. She’s got an unpolished charm that will endear her to readers—even while she’s flipping other characters ‘the bird’. Seth, on the other hand, isn’t quite so likeable. Sure, he’s attractive, but he’s also seriously flawed. He lies a lot, then gets caught lying, then laments the fact that Amelia has trouble trusting him. He spends much of his time fixing things that go wrong because he’s forgotten to plan for them, or, often, because Amelia doesn’t do exactly what he hopes she will do (though he never actually tells her what it is he’d like her to be doing, exactly). Later in the book we find out that he’s missing a piece of his soul, and, optimist that I am, I’m really hoping that once he gets it back he’ll stop being quite so… um… stupid. He’s got almost all of the qualities of a killer Romance Novel Hero, he’s just got some – forgive me – soul searching to do.
I’m confident that another round of editing will take care of the grammar and punctuation snafus (especially since I read a pre-publication version of the text), so although I got annoyed with the questions ending with exclamation points and statements ending with question marks, I’m not going to discount the book because of them.
Would I recommend it: Dreamscape is a guilty little pleasure of a book. I recommend you pour a glass of wine, draw a bath, and sneak off for a relaxing evening filled with romance, dreams, and some flirty ass-kicking. You might just want to hide the book under your bed when you’re done reading it. **grin**
Will I read it again: No, but I’m definitely interested in reading the rest of the Netherworld series.
As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Posted August 16, 2013
This is a beautifully written book with brilliant characters. Mythology and ideas about dreams and nightmares and where those come from are interwoven to create this story about Amelia and Seth fighting to keep Earth safe from the Netherworld. Amelia and Seth are two people you will definitely want to read about as well as the world they live in.
When I first began reading, I found some things that were confusing to me, but the further along I read, the more things began to fall into place. Christie Rich has built a world so intricate that I was blown away with its richness and complexity. What I loved most about this book besides the characters was the mythology and ideas about dreams. Both have always intrigued me, and the way they were woven together was unique and different from any mythology stories I've read.
Amelia is such a kick ass character. She has been through a lot of pain in her short life, starting with the fact that her parents weren't fit to raise her. Eventually, she's taken in by Justine, a woman I pictured to be a grandmother-like figure to Amelia. Justine has recently died and Amelia is about to be evicted from Justine's apartment when the book begins. You'd probably think this would make Amelia fragile, but the opposite is true. It only made her stronger, and her instincts for survival kick into high gear.
What I loved most about Amelia was that she doesn't instantly fall in love with Seth. She doesn't know him, he has captured her, and now she must help him. Though she admits to herself he's definitely attractive, she doesn't just let him sweep her off her feet, which I really admired. The relationship takes time to develop and grow, and I was very thankful for that. Amelia doesn't just let in anyone, and she has every right to be cautious. It makes complete sense to be hesitant towards someone who captured you and lets you know there is no escape!
The only thing that bugged me was the number of times Seth told Amelia he has much to teach her and tell her. I wanted him to stop talking about it and just do it. ;)
Overall, I really loved this book and am eagerly awaiting the next one. I'm looking forward to spending more time with Seth and Amelia and delving back into their world.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for the blog tour.
Posted August 3, 2013
Looking for a fantastic book full of magic, light and darkness, and dream men. You got it here. There's also a strong independent lead female in it as well. If you are a Christie Rich fan and have read the Elemental Enmity series you are going to love this just as much. I was on the verge of my seat when this book ended hoping there was one more chapter but there wasn't. Christie I curse you for not having one more chapter but I love you all the same. Can't wait for the next book already!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2013
You all know I am not a huge reviewer, but when I read a book I don 't like, like, or in this case, LOVE, I let you know!
Seriously, I am not even sure where to start? Seth, mmmm, yes let me start with him. SWOON! I have a thing for dark, mysterious, sexy.... where was I? Oh yeah, Seth, he is a great character that is well developed and I was drawn to him almost instantly. Amelia was equally as amazing with lots of depth.
The story is unique and well done! LOVE this story and I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book!
Posted June 18, 2014
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