All Dan needed was a blood sample from a turtle to finish his degree… what he got instead was a lot more interesting! While on the beach, Dan meets lifeguard, Jay… who is a bit socially awkward. Later that night, Jay tells Dan a 400 year old ghost story… Let the entertainment begin. The next night while looking for a turtle, a storm blows through catching Dan off guard. Dan finds out, this isn’t just a story… Now Dan is doing everything in his power to find out everything he can about Jay and his family. Long gone are the thoughts of finding a turtle!
The interactions between Dan, Jay, and Joseph (the town historian) are great. The three of them make a great team. They’re funny, smart, and just down right entertaining. The story however, while entertaining… just didn’t really work. At times, it just got too weird as the pages turned. I gave it a 3 because of continuity issues… for instance: Joseph, Jay, and Dan were going to Gas Roots. Joseph had Jay drive… but Jay doesn’t have a license. If they were all getting there together, why didn’t Joseph drive? It’s minor, but something that I noticed… but overall, it was entertaining.
Where to begin? This book has everything! Wizards, kingdoms, fantastic villains, and love. There was everything to love about this book. The only thing to hate were the villains… a great sign that they were well written.
Bree is set to be the Queen and to protect her kingdom, she needs the help of Dagan the wizard, Rowan the assassin/knight in training, and Sidonie the Sabra (the equivalent to the Amazons). Together they must save the kingdom from Bree’s estranged uncle, Silas, that has his own kingdom to run/ruin… but the threat isn’t exactly what they thought it was.
I know the focus should be Bree and Rowan, even Dagan and Sidonie… but Silas and his wife, Vacilla, were great villains. They made life for everyone pure hell… even each other. They have been such miserable people for so long, they don’t how to be any other way.
My favorite character may just be Dagan. He’s charming, sensitive, and funny. I really enjoyed the chapters he was in. The chemistry between Dagan and Sidonie was magical. There were times when my heart just ached for them. There is a bit of a plot twist at the end that was foreshadowed a bit earlier in the story. I can’t wait to see where this story goes!
How fitting is it that this story marks my 1-year anniversary of my blog! This story, while for teens and young adults, begs you to use your imagination!
Parker and Kaelyn are high school students who couldn’t be more different. Parker is a gamer that wants to fit in with the crowd. Kaelyn is the new kid that couldn’t fit even if she tried. Every night, they relive a recurring dream… while different from each other, their dream never changes. What made their dream different this time? Gladamyr, the dream keeper.
The world couldn’t exist without opposites, such as good and evil. There has to be a balance. So keeping with that theory, there are dream keepers and mares. It’s kind of like the poem… “Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. Boys are made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails…” Dream keepers allow you to relive your best memories or fantasies. Mares are… well, nightmares. (Shocker!) The mares want to reclaim the world which would destroy not only the world of Dream, but the mortal world as well. It’s up to Gladamyr and his new bonds, Parker and Kaelyn to stop that from happening.
I can totally see how this book gets compared to “Harry Potter” or “Percy Jackson”. It’s very similar in the creation of two worlds combining. The world building for the land of Dream and different non-mortal destinations was creative and completely engaged my imagination. The book started off a bit slow, but when it picked up… boy did it! It had me wondering what will happen next on every page. I need to get to the next book immediately! I need to know what happens next!
I want to thank everyone who stuck with me throughout this journey of me sharing my love for reading! I truly appreciate it and thank you from the bottom of my heart! YOU GUYS ROCK!