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Dreamfire based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. There are so many angles that can be taken with the dreaming aspect that Dreamfire ended up being a pleasant surprise for me. I honestly didn’t expect it to be as technical as it was, which was nice, because it made the storyline easier to believe. Were there parts that I felt were a bit over my head? Yes. But, that didn’t take away my enjoyment of the book. As for the characters, there were many of them, and I had a great time getting to know them. Ms. Alloway gives a great mix of personalities in and out of the house (Joshlyn’s sister, Deloise, and Whim are my faves), and the mystery builds as you try to understand how everyone is connected and what exactly went down between Ian and Josh and how that made Josh so emotionally drained. (Not to mention why Josh’s grandpa is such a jerk-face.) Speaking of Josh’s emotional state, I’ve seen a few reviews about her turmoil and I get why, after a while, the beating-herself-up bit got a bit old. But you know what? In real life, that’s what teens do. That’s what **people** do. We don’t always believe in ourselves, or feel that we’re strong, or want to move on if it means we might get hurt again. How many times have we wanted to tell someone to “get over it already”? That’s what Josh needed to do. But it’s not as easy to do as it sounds. Also: don’t want to leave out Will. He was a great guy. I love how smart/learned he was. Some found his part of the storyline to be a bit lacking, but I think there’s going to be a whole lot more that goes into it if/when there’s a sequel. (Note: A lot of times sequels are only possible if the first book makes a decent amount of sales. So if you did enjoy Dreamfire, spread the word! Review, tell someone to check it out, rate it, et cetera. Spread the booklove!) Though I’m not quite sure who, ultimately really WAS the villain (it’s kind of one of those things where the villain you thought was the villain ends up actually being a small part of a much bigger plan, maybe??? I don’t know… I guessing), I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with everyone now that they’re in a different place than they were at the beginning. Bottom line: If you aren't in a rush and want a casual read with an interesting plot, fun characters, nice writing, a few fight scenes, and a unique take on dream walking, I definitely recommend checking out Dreamfire. Ms. Alloway writes lovely prose (such as, "His ancient voice sounded like a record played with a barbed-wire needle, but it carried clearly between the branches.") and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with in the future!