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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

BOOK TOUR & REVIEW - Dream of Me by Quinn Loftis

Dream of Me (Dream Maker #1)by Quinn Loftis 

Release Date: 02/28/15
319 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

“In the evening… [he] blows softly upon their necks, till their heads begin to droop. […] Under each arm he carries an umbrella; one of them, with pictures on the inside, he spreads over the good children, and then they dream the most beautiful stories the whole night.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson

Since the dawn of time, Brudair, otherwise known as the Sandman to the world, has faithfully lived out his purpose, faithfully performed his duties. He has never questioned his lot among the immortals, until now, until her. Sarah Serenity Tillman, a consummate beauty both inside and out, is a high school senior five months from her graduation. She has great plans, dreams of leaving the small town of her childhood behind her forever. But destiny has other plans, and it’s the Sandman’s job to make sure those plans are fulfilled.

The tall muscular Sandman, known as Dair to his friends, dressed in black, wrapped in shadows, is more than a myth. And he has a job to do. His very existence makes him a creature of the night, because dreams, (yes the legends got that part right), were indeed his specialty. But his purpose was more than just weaving dreams for sleeping children. No, his dreams were made to influence, made to ensure that certain special individuals, those individuals who would change the course of history, actually accepted their chosen destiny.

Little does Serenity know that she is Dair’s next assignment. And the dream that he weaves for her, if she follows its influence, will change the course of, not only her life, but possibly the whole of history as well. But she isn’t the only one being influenced. The beauty inside of her was weighing on the Sandman, lighting up the darkness that was his constant companion. Her light was warmth, it was life, and he didn’t understand how he had survived the previous millennia without it.

The Sandman was indeed greater than anything humans had ever imagined, and his purpose was vital to the course of history. So what happens when the weaver of dreams gets so distracted by a mere human that he ignores his own duties in the immortal realm? How can an immortal who was never meant to have a mate, join a young woman in her destiny without irrevocably changing the lives of millions and potentially altering history in a way the Creator never intended?

“Dream of me, Princess,” Dair whispered into her ear.
“Then weave me a dream, Sandman,” she said softly. “And we can dream together.”
As her eyes grew heavy, she heard Dair’s voice telling her to sleep, to open her mind to him and let him in. I’m all yours, she thought as sleep finally claimed her.

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3 out of 5 (good)

Independent Reviewer for Archaelibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

I received this book from YA Bound Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.

This book is actually quite hard for me to review because there were parts that I really enjoyed and parts that I really didn't. To be clear, I've been a fan of Quinn Loftis' since her Grey Wolves series (I own every one) so I was looking forward to this one.

For a start of, the main storyline is of a very religious theme. Although he's not called God but the Creator/Maker, you get the idea. Some of the characters say that they are Christians, some don't. But the theme itself is very prevalent and on every page.

On the whole this is a very well written story with insta-love between the main two. I liked them, they were okay but I really liked Emma and Raphael. I looked forward more to their interactions than I did the others.

My overall impression of this book is good. Quinn has gone for a different angle and it will work for a lot of people. If you are after a clean although heated Young Adult book with a religious theme, then I think I've got just the book for you. For myself, this is one series of Quinn's that I won't be continuing with.

There were some things that I just didn't 'get' - perhaps they have already been picked up and dealt with, I don't know. For me, the two big questions that I just couldn't get past after I'd finished this was this - 1) The night Dair shows up for the big family meal, he has two roses, one red and one white. He gives the red one to Serenity and the white one just disappears. It's gone. Poof! Where did it go? Trust me, I read and re-read that part about 4 times to see if I'd missed something but no, he gives the red rose away and is then given a hug by auntie dearest. The other thing is 2) Why was it so important that Serenity not leave town after she'd graduated? Now, this may be a lost in translation thing because I went to school in the UK and so have no idea about the school system BUT I thought that graduation happened at the end of the school year which was usually in summer, just like here. Serenity saves Emma's life on New Year's Eve BEFORE she graduates. So she would have been there anyway. I don't get it.

About the Author

Quinn is an award winning author who lives in beautiful Western Arkansas with her husband, two son (and one on the way!), Nora the Doberman, and Phoebe the Cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is the author of twelve novels, including the USA Today bestseller, Fate and Fury.  Quinn is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.

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