August 3, 2016 by thequotedpage
The Dreamer by E. J. Mellow
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
My Rating: 4 not-as-swoony-as-I’d-like hearts
It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.
Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.
There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.
But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?
Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.
Firstly, this cover!! It’s gorgeous!!! Love, love, love! I also love the premise of this story. I’ve always been fascinated by dreams, and I’ve had some doozies, let me tell you! None like Molly, the MC of this story has though. Molly seems to have a really good life; good job, great bestie, nice boyfriend. But everything changes on the night of her 24th birthday…she’s struck by lightning on her walk back to her apartment. That’s when things start to get really weird for her.
See, Molly never used to dream, or she never remembered them. But ever since the lightning strike, Mols is having some really strange dreams. In these dreams, she meets some interesting people in a world that seems super awesome, in my opinion. While I’m not a fan of heights or ziplining, it seemed like such a cool way to get around in this world!
And then there’s Dev…oh, Dev. I really liked Dev, but I wanted to LOVE Dev. And that brings me to the problem I had with this book. And it’s my problem because, here’s the thing: I’m an emotional and moody reader. I can hate a book, then read it a couple years later and love it. It really depends on my mood. There really isn’t anything wrong with this book, it’s well written, the premise is unique, characters are somewhat well developed, that’s why I gave it 4 hearts. The problem, for me, is I just didn’t connect with it that much. I really, really wanted to, but it just didn’t happen for me. I can see why so many people love this book and series. This is completely on me. So, I won’t be continuing the series, for now anyway. Who knows? I may pick this up next year and completely fall in love with it.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is fascinated with dreams, and loves a good contemporary, new adult fantasy.
*This was a Kindle Unlimited read