As a blogger and book reviewer, I am always craving a book that is original and entertaining. Dreamscape by Christie Rich certainly delivers in the unique and fresh category. This book is smart, edgy and different. This is a book for all of you who enjoy a young adult book that will make you think. The story concept are cleverly creative and complex. A definite must to check out if you like challenging books.
As part of The Dreamscape Tour, I have my review for you as well as a tour wide giveaway.
Here is a bit about author Christie Rich:
I grew up daydreaming about fairytales, and my love for discovering new worlds has never died. I am not one of those writers who always knew I would write. I thought that was what other people did until one day, a few years ago, I took a challenge from a friend and typed my first words. My journey has been wonderful, and I cannot imagine a day where I would ever give up writing. My love for reading is what fueled my imagination in the first place and still does. When I am not writing or reading, I enjoy family time with my husband and two children. My family and I live in a quiet community in Northern Utah, and I am so thankful for the rich life I have been blessed with. Find Christie:
Here is my review:
Dreamscape(Netherlands #1) by Christy Rich
Every night before Amelia falls asleep she makes a wish to dream of him – the man who calls her to their beautiful private oasis, her sanctuary where she is free of her greedy landlord’s threats. But tonight, he will not call Amelia to him. Tonight, another man will step into her world to claim her. Tonight, Amelia’s shattering reality will crumble - and disappear into the Dreamscape…along with her freedom.
When Amelia dreams tonight, her nightmare becomes her new world where Seth is her captor and anything is possible…except escape. Seth needs Amelia to break the curse that binds him to the Dreamscape. He must convince her that she was made to free him, that she was made to join him.
For if he fails, he will never escape his prison, and he will lose Earth to the Netherworld where the evil Erobos wait to consume the human realm and everything in it. If he fails, Seth will lose the one thing that matters to him: Amelia. 300 pages Published July 9th 2013 by Tarser Publishing (first published July 6th 2013) Source: Author for an honest review.
Three and a half stars: An intelligent and original read!
Amelia is down and out. She is spending the last night in her grandmother's tiny apartment. Since Ameila's grandma died, her life has been in a tailspin. She is being evicted tomorrow with two hundred dollars to her name and a handful of possessions. Scared but determined, Amelia closes her eyes and hopes to escape one more time into her dreamworld where Jason awaits. For years, a handsome young man meets her by a secluded water fall while she sleeps. These dreams have been her oasis. Tonight, Amelia is suddenly pulled out of her sleep to find a mysterious stranger at her door. She is about to find out there is a lot more to her dreams than she ever thought possible. Can Amelia learn to navigate and survive the dreamscape?
What I Liked:
- This book surprised me with its innovative and original ideas. The complexity of the story and the concepts are stunning, even if it does take a little while to completely wrap your head around it all. I am always up for a book that challenges me to think and this one definitely did that. If you are a reader that is looking for something that is smart and different you should check out this book!
- I was blown away by the world building. Amelia finds herself pulled into the world of the Dreamscape by Seth a centuries old being who is responsible for sending dreams to humans. Seth made a disastrous mistake a hundreds of years ago and has since been trying to make amends. He and his few remaining brothers guard the dreamworld and they are trying to prevent the evil from overtaking the light. It is way more complex than this, but I am trying to give you the simplified version. The world building is intricate and complex, and I enjoyed the challenge, I can't say that I had a complete grasp on everything, but neither does Amelia. This book was a bit like Matrix meets Inception.
- Speaking of Amelia, she quickly became a heroine that I enjoyed. In the beginning she is down on her luck and lost, but still determined. Amelia's tough life is what helps prepare her for her upcoming trials. When she finds herself whisked away into a world that is completely mind blowing, and she is captive to a handsome, centuries old man she still manages to take it all in stride. Amelia is quick thinking, fierce, intelligent and she never quits fighting. She also maintains her sense of humor and she has plenty of snarky lines that lighten up the read. Even though she has plenty of reasons to whine and feel sorry for herself, she never does. She is a girl that straps on her big girl panties and goes with the flow.
- I liked that the author presents her own mythological versions of dreams and nightmares. I was absolutely amazed at her creativity. I loved learning all about how dreams are delivered, and I liked how the characters were able to enter into dreams and manipulate them. At the heart of the story is the tried and true good battles evil, light vs. dark scenario in an all new way.
- This book is told in dual first person narratives. I am a big fan of books with a two person perspective as I like getting into both characters' heads.
- I appreciated the writing. The story is full of rich descriptions and detailed world building. The type of writing that always sucks me in.
And The Not So Much:
- This book is intricate and complex and it does take a bit of time to acclimate to everything and wrap your head around all of the foreign concepts. This is definitely not a read you can pick up and speed through. You need to set aside time to read this slowly so you can absorb everything. I would not recommend reading this when you are pressed for time or tired as you likely won't be able to make sense of it. Be patient and let it unfold, don't worry to much about understanding all of it up front. It becomes more clear as it goes on. The one thing that holds this book back a bit is that it does take a long time establishing the world and the concepts. By the time the groundwork is in place, the book is almost over. However, the foundation is laid for the next book which I expect to be even better.
- The romance was a little weird for me. Seth has been around for a few thousand years. During that time, he has been alone for the most part. Once he encounters Amelia, he is smitten. A good portion of the book is devoted to him lusting over Amelia. It almost feels a little stalkerish. Amelia is put off by Seth in the beginning as well so I know it just wasn't me. However, as time goes on it progresses and moves into something more to my liking.
- The ending is a bit jarring and it does end on a cliffhanger. Nothing that made me want to throw the book across the room and give up on the series, though.
Dreamscape is a book that I am glad I took on. It is unlike anything I have read before. It is an intelligent and challenging read that kept me engaged. Now that the intricate groundwork is cemented in, I will be most interested to see where this series goes. Ms. Richie is an indie writer to watch! Pick this book up for $.99 while you can and prepare yourself for something incredibly unique.
"I take a sip of my drink, letting the sweet liquid roll on my tongue before I swallow. I need no drink to intoxicate me. The woman sitting so close has already accomplished the deed.
"Dreams are an important part of human life. They help the mind make sense of the world. They help dispel the darkness from the soul."
"The only thing I can tell you is to never embrace the darkness, for once you do, there is no way out but through hell."
"Her bravery fills the cobwebs of my soul, where empty promises hide in the shadows."
I received a copy of this book from the author as part of the tour in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.
Sounds like an interesting read, right? This indie gem is available right now for $.99. Give it a chance, I think you will be surprised by the innovative ideas and creativity. This is a smart little read!
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