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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Release Day Blitz & Review: A Gypsy’s Kiss-Susan Griscom

 
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Breena Cassidy
Cursed with what could be one of the worst supernatural abilities imaginable, Breena has never had the luxury of falling in love. Hell, she’s never even held a guy’s hand. At only twenty-two years old, she’s just about given up on the whole love thing. After all, when you can see twelve hours of someone’s future by a simple touch, and they, in turn, can see what you see, well… relationships are sort of out of the question. Her gigs performing psychic readings at parties, and the occasional one-on-one private appointment are just about Breena’s only connection with people. No matter how much she might wish otherwise.

Hawk Covington

Hawk’s hard body and skill have earned him a starting position on the Pioneer’s college hockey team. But it’s not his talent with a hockey stick that’s the most remarkable. His gorgeous two-colored eyes not only draw the attention of every female on campus, they also allow him to track people and objects. But when he suddenly finds himself stalked by a stranger, he seeks out the help of the rumored, “campus gypsy” for help.

 

Despite his vow to stay single and play as many college women as he can while the fun lasts, Hawk can’t ignore his attraction to the lovely and spirited Breena. And she can’t get the hunky star hockey player out of her mind once a single touch of his hand reveals something utterly strange. Surrounded by mystery, they realize that fate has brought them together for a reason, but can they stay alive long enough to recognize the depth of their feelings for one another?

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3,5/5 Stars
***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review and in participation with this tour.
PROS:
  • Breena’s lead a life without touch. It’s easy to sympathize with her loneliness. Unable to form lasting relationships because of her ability, her solitude is incredibly sad. Breena is enterprising, she uses her gift to supplement her reading addiction and plays the part of a gypsy very well. Breena is a sweetheart, she worries about people and wants to help. Breena falls hard and fast, her adoration for Hawk is sudden and passionate. Watching Breena come into her sexuality is riveting. Every moment is a lesson in self-discovery.
  • Hawk is gorgeous, flirty, and those mismatched eyes make him unforgettable. Sometimes his past as a cocky player comes out and it’s a little off putting but he makes up for it in his professions of love. The way he’s so open about his sexuality and what he wants is crazy attractive. Some of the things he says to Breena are adorable and jam-packed with heat. Hawk has a lot going on but he rarely loses his playful side and his lines are made of light and laughter. Plus, his violent arrogance on the ice during his hockey matches…sigh.
  • Breena and Hawk have undeniable, steamy chemistry. Their interactions melt off the pages in a pool of raw, raunchy lust. Their scenes are HOT. Described in blush-worthy detail, every encounter is a new experience. Hawk worships Breena’s body and it’s beyond sexy.
  • An unexpected twist that accelerates quickly. You won’t see it coming.
CONS:
  • The overall plot got lost in the romance. Focus was lost and it felt as though the main thread that brought Breena and Hawk together was an after thought. There was a serious gap in time between when crucial evidence (like microphones) were discovered and destroyed, and the fall out of those actions. 
  • Hawk and Breena brush off the seriously creepy and all around terrifying reality of an intruder in their homes. At first they panic but nowhere near what was expected. It felt as though it was an annoying fly that was buzzing around their lust. Not only did this detract from the plot but it made Breena and Hawk seem like they thought the situation was a joke when moments before they were freaking out. Reactions were contradictory.
  • Information about the Sectorium and magical abilities were sparse. They only popped up when it was critical to advance the plot. For a series that is based on the Sectorium, I would have liked more insight into what the Sectorium is, what it does, and who is part of it rather than just the basic people with supernatural abilities. 
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I daydream often. If I didn’t write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play-a dreadful disaster; though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.
 

The craft of writing, although dormant for years, never really left me. Many years later, and with the help of technology, I let my imagination run wild again. 

Born in a small town in Pennsylvania, I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns. I tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky. I read all genres but I love reading paranormal romance and like writing in that genre.

My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running.

I live in Northern California with my very romantic husband, my small yippy dog, Riley, and my humongous black cat, Saké. My family consists of his and her children; four wonderful sons, one beautiful
daughter, and seven grandchildren. My greatest love in life is my family and those large and ever growing holiday dinners.

I enjoy traveling. I hate running, but do it once in a while. Reading and writing are my favorite pastimes.

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