Cover Reveal: Dreamwalker by Bridgette O’Hare

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To realize who you are, you must forget who they taught you to be.
 

For eighteen years, Halle Michaels has been the ideal daughter, the perfect friend, and the good girl she was expected to be. She never knew she was living a lie and that those closest to her have been the most deceitful of all.

 

Now, she’s hunted by Hell’s elite and armed only with what she can learn from the cryptic journal her father left behind and a protector she’s not so sure she can trust.

 

All she wants is to find the truth, but the longer the truth lives in the shadows the harder it is to recognize in the light.

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By night, Bridgette O’Hare is the bestselling author of the Upper YA Supernatural Suspense Book of Dreams series. 
 
By day, Bridgette is the owner and Senior Editor at Plot2Published Publishing Services, owner at Wit & Whimsy Cover Design and ridiculously proud Mom to two awesome male human beings.
 
You can often find her instigating shenanigans on Facebook and she loves when readers join in on the fun. Check out her books on Amazon, book three in the Book of Dreams series is scheduled for release in June.
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ARC Review: Lair of Dreams-Libba Bray

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cooltext1889161239 copyAfter a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

 READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You’re hungering for diversity. Lair of Dreams lights on class issues, politics, disability, abuse (trafficking), racial issues, eugenics, and LGBT relationships. 
  • You love historical fiction or history in general. There are so many important issues raised that you quickly become engrossed in the colloquialisms, manners, expectations. Everything is made of speakeasy lingo and the old time euphoria of the early 1900s. 
  • You’re looking for something creepy crawly and horrific. The mixture of multicultural folklore, ghosts, and governmental coverups will make your skin crawl. 
  • You adore Libba Bray. Each book is a new, wonderful surprise with multidimensional and unique characters set in intriguing places rife with crime and mystery. 

PROS:

  • Diversity galore. Early 1900s beliefs and politics couple with each character. They all have something to overcome and work through. Historical truths like the Chinese Exclusion Act, the rise of the KKK, and raids on underground LGBT clubs all find their place in this unique story. Not only do we get to see conflicts that are relevant and the United States struggles with to this day but you get the different perspectives. From the extremely religious, from the Chinese restaurant owner, from a young gay lover who wants to find his place, and a woman who is hiding from an abusive past. There’s a little bit of everything and you’ll feel for every single character. 
  • Mysteries that started to develop in book one are even more prominent. The clues are everywhere. Everything is connected. The layering is astounding. 
  • The ghosts are out of this world horrifying and totally ghastly, a cross between malicious poltergeist and zombie, between their hunger, the chilling sounds, the music box song, and the general way they skitter and widen their jaws to eat people alive, have fun trying to sleep with the lights off!
  • Evie is far from the focal point. Each character has his or her part. I loved the mix of culture and drama. Romance is on the horizon for each character. It’s messy, complicated, and just when you think you’ve got it figured out, another twist is thrown in. 
  • The dreamwalker world is intensely detailed and vibrant. You can picture everything and here, the emotions are larger. Desire meets desperation and happiness goes from total ecstasy to utter devastation. It’s a rocky, bittersweet, and often scary place. 
  • Ling and Henry quickly became my favorite characters. Their situations are fueled by haunting encounters, desire, and a strong thirst for freedom from the oppressive gaze of society. Ling is unexpected. A young girl with a disability that she won’t let rule her, she pushes past the bullies and the bigots, she uses her brain and things of science, working on becoming a future famous inventor. Henry’s past is intoxicating. His life on the bayou, his romance, the strict upbringing all took me by surprise. 
  • Sam. You can never really know a person. Just when you thought that Sam was an insufferable flirt with fast hands and a tendency to rob people blind, always looking for the next con, the past comes out like a slap to the face. Suddenly Sam has all this hidden depth that you don’t quite know what to do with. His hurt, confusion, and determination all center on his missing mother. He’s got feelings, true, brutal emotions that lurk just under the surface of his carefree attitude. 

CONS:

  • There are even more character POV swaps than the last book. Though all engrossing stories with their own contributions to the plot, it can be a little overwhelming, especially in a book 600-odd pages. The constantly flip-flopping back and forth actually left way more questions than answers. 
  • It took ages for the clues to build up to the point of uncovering the truth. For a novel that is set during a time span of less than a month, it felt much longer. 

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Review & Giveaway: Destined for Dreams-Ginna Moran

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cooltext1889161239 copySeventeen-year-old Nadia Petrov is an outcast in her tight-knit community of people with special abilities. Nadia must invade people’s dreams to survive. She sneaks into sleeping victims’ rooms, slips into their heads, and then turns their dreams into horrifying nightmares.

When a new girl arrives at her compound, Nadia can’t resist giving the girl a nightmare. In the dream world, Nadia discovers Hunter Sullivan, a soul trapped in the girl’s mind. Intrigued by Hunter, Nadia secretly builds a relationship with him in the dream world, and they find solace through each other.

Unable to accept a love fated for dreams, Nadia must risk losing the safety of her community to help Hunter get back to his body before he’s lost forever.

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PROS:

  • Nadia is complex. Her ability is simultaneously terrifying and wicked cool. When Nadia shifts into nightmare mode, the scenes are gripping, horrific pieces of loss. Beautiful dreams are tainted by her mere presence as objects explode into clouds of black. Nadia is conflicted, she’s upset with the pain that she’s forced to cause others by her mere existence and yet, she realizes that in order to survive, she must. Unable to interact in the real world and closed off, Nadia doesn’t have much of a social life. You immediately feel compassion towards her, you sympathize with her unique situation because she’s a sweetheart and all she wants is to have normal relationships. Haunted by a traumatic past of death and fear, her terror is as real and gritty as what she makes others experience in their nightmares. 
  • Hunter is a gorgeous mystery. His predicament is inventive and precarious. Trapped in another body, his lack of control is like chains weighing him down. Hunter wants nothing more than to escape but with so much time alone in the void, his anger and resentment builds. All of his emotions are a furious storm. Hunter, despite his horrendous imprisonment never gives up, in fact, he grows stronger as his love for Nadia blossoms. Hunter finds something to fight for and it’s lovely getting his perspective on Nadia. He sees what everyone else dismisses, her beauty, her light and her passion.  
  • Together, Nadia and Hunter are bashful and shy. They’re curious about each other and undeniably attracted. They’re pulled to each other like a powerful magnet. The chemistry is soft and sweet, it builds naturally.
  • Jackie is the character you love to hate. She’s self-absorbed, dangerous, and cunning. She’s pretty sassy. Her interactions with Hunter are made of playful banter and torment. Jackie is not what she seems. Forced into a bad situation, Jackie is a survivor above all else. Regardless, her one-track mind makes her easy to despise. Jackie will surprise you. Underneath is all there’s a scared little girl who just wants to be free. 

CONS:

  • The world of the compound and the HPA (Human Preservation Agency) was thrust upon the reader immediately with Hunter’s section and felt like an overload of information. The setting, one where humans and supernatural live side-by-side with knowledge of each other wasn’t explained clearly and it took a while for the pieces to fall into place. 
  • Chapters were short, particularly Hunter’s sections and cut off quickly. I thirsted for more of his internal dialogue. 
  • Parts of the story that could have been expanded upon were left with little explanation and a lot of questions. Scenes in the Haven were short-lived but intriguing. There sheer variety of supernaturals and the potential for new characters was there but undeveloped. The supernaturals at the compound were merely mentioned and for the most part, forgotten. The magical necklaces, the wood nymph, all of these small pieces that made the compound what it was were pushed to the background and only surfaced occasionally. 

cooltext1921345213 copyHe steps closer and stares down at me. He tucks my hair behind my ear.   “Don’t feel bad, Nadia.”

I pucker my lips. It’s easier said than done. Jacqueline hasn’t done anything wrong to me and even if Hunter thinks she deserves the fate we’re forcing on her, I don’t. “This is why I’m a monster.”

His brows furrow. “You’re not though. You’re only coming here because of me. If I weren’t here, you’d never invade Jacqueline’s dreams.”

Tears blur my vision. “I hate this.”

He looks into my eyes for a few moments before leaning closer and kissing my cheek. “I don’t want you to feel this way. It was never my intention for you to feel guilty or hateful. I want you to be happy just like you were when we first met.”

I stand on my tiptoes and kiss him softly on the lips. “I don’t think I can.”

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Ginna Moran is a writer living in Austin, Texas but originally from Southern California. She started writing poetry as a teenager in a spiral notebook that she still has tucked away on her desk today. Her love of writing grew after she graduated high school and she completed her first unpublished manuscript at age eighteen.

When she realized her love of writing was her life’s passion, she studied literature at Mira Costa College in Northern San Diego. Besides writing novels, she was senior editor, content manager, and image coordinator for Crescent House Publishing Inc. for four years.

Aside from Ginna’s professional life, she enjoys binge watching television shows, playing pretend with her daughter, and cuddling with her dogs. Some of her favorite things include chocolate, anything that glitters, cheesy jokes, and organizing her bookshelf. Ginna is currently hard at work on her next novel.

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