Night’s Deep Hush, Reveler Series 4, Erin Kellison
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I enjoyed book one, missed the next two but then saw this one. Jordan and Rook are two of my favourite characters so I was pleased to see they are the main feature. They’re on the run from Chimera, the organisation that polices Reve, the dreamworld for sale. Sadly though the people involved who are crooked go very high up in the organisation, so finding out who to trust is hard. They get caught, not by Chimera but by someone else who wants Rooks talents for a specific but very dangerous job. Rook is taken, by lucky chance Julia manages to avoid capture, and is out to rescue him. It brings her into great danger though and Rook too is in dire straights, caught in reeve and its dangers. Kept in sleep too long and a person can die, but his welfare isn’t the concern of the person who is using him.
This is such an unusual fantasy, based around dreams and dreaming. When we think we only use a tiny per cent of our brain capabilities this isn’t so far fetched. I’m one of those who always – every time I sleep even if only a nap – dreams very vividly, the impossible seems easy, the unreal is real, and I can fall into a dream I’ve had before if I concentrate, though the shape of it differs each time. I can really believe in a premise such as this, shared dreaming, and it makes for a great and very different series to the norm. It’s quite difficult at first to let go and fall into the story, but to enjoy it and to feel part of it you really need to believe in it I feel, and of course with my dreams I do. Nightmares are powerful things, and the areas and characters here that come from them are very realistic. It’s not a horror book though – with my prospensity to get bad dreams from innocuous subjects I avoid those like the plague. Dreams I can do and enjoy – nightmares – no thanks! I avoid any books or films I think will encourage them. It’s amazing just what the subconcious mind filters in dreams, things we feel we didn’t notice pop up as major events, and so in this book the land of dreams, the Reve, has anything and everything in it.
Stars: Four and a half, it’s a great read if you are looking for something a bit different from the usual fantasy/paranormal fiction offerings.
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A Boat Made of Bone. Book One: The Chthonic Saga. Nicole Grotepas
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I’d read the description and was hooked at this idea of someone real appearing via dreams, so requested this novel and began eagerly but….I found it really difficult to follow the story. Not because of the actual writing style, that was excellent, just the actual plot and storyline.
Kate was living more for her dream Will rather than Ty who was there in front of her, and I didn’t feel she was really fair to him. I didn’t find her that likeable, ditto the whole crew of friends and workmates. I didn’t understand why so much time was spent on the shop where she worked and its problems, as it didn’t seem to add anything to the movement of the story. Then there’s Ty, he had an air of mystery about him and yet – nothing really seemed to happen. I was expecting some kind of link up between him and Will/the Hell journey or some other mysterious past or something…anything…but found nothing.
As well as the characters that I just didn’t engage with, I found the whole plot, well, just odd. First half of book was all normal apart from the dreams with Will, and I was waiting all the while for something to happen, for maybe Ty to throw out a hint, for Malcolm who was made out to be a bit odd to make some kind of move, but. Again…nothing; until they go on the midnight climb and Kate takes a journey into Hell. That was just plain weird, and seemed like a series of linked incidents, and bore no connection other than Kate with the first half of the book.
I felt I was reading two separate books, and nether had any kind of conclusion. Even when I reached the end I still didn’t understand what had happened, there wasn’t any kind of real finish, but as this is book one I can only conclude maybe book two will follow. I don’t know? I’ve looked online and on authors website and blog, but no hints there. Whatever, I won’t be reading it….:( just too “out there” for me. Still, as always we all like different things so this may be up your street, even though for me it was just odd and unfinished. It’s priced at £2.49 for 347 pages.
Stars: Just two I’m afraid, I really didn’t “get” the point of this book.
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