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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

VBT, EXCERPT, REVIEWS & #GIVEAWAY - Dream Waters Series, #1 - #3, by Erin A. Jensen

GENRE:  

Contemporary Fantasy

Blurb

All his life, Charlie Oliver has watched the people around him morph into creatures that no one else sees.  Unlike the rest of the world, Charlie remembers the Waters that transport him to the Dream World each night.  And he sees glimpses of people’s Dream forms in the waking world.  Condemned to spend his waking hours in a psychiatric facility because of his Dream Sight, Charlie doesn’t expect anything to change.  But everything starts changing the day Emma Talbot walks through the door in the middle of a group therapy session.

Haunted by memories of the events that led to her admission, Emma plans to end her life the first chance she gets.  But something about Charlie stops her.  From the moment they shake hands, his friendship feels safe and familiar.  As Emma begins to let down her guard, Charlie catches a glimpse of the fiery-eyed dragon that lurks behind her Dream form.  Each night, as Emma dreams of the man who’s been banned from visiting, Charlie searches the Dream World for the monster that shadows her.  But when Emma’s suppressed memories begin to surface, Charlie finds more monsters than he bargained for.

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4 out of 5 (very good)


Dream Waters is the first book in the Dream Waters series, and straight away I can tell you that this is a book that is refreshing in its originality.

Charlie is the main character, and he has been a long term resident of a mental hospital. This is due to the fact that he can see people's dream forms in everyday life. He is a bit of a character, but tries to remain positive. His life gets more interesting when Emma shows up at the facility. He feels the need to protect her, but also admits to liking her. Slowly, throughout the book, we find out Charlie's full story, Emma's story, and also get snippets from Nellie and Bob.

This is not a book to be rushed! It is to be savoured and enjoyed, as the author takes you to a world very different from the one you recognise. It is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed. The pacing is smooth, and the scenes flow without disruption from one to the next. With a very interesting cast of characters, this book will definitely leave you wanting more. Highly recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


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Dream World (Book 2)

It was exactly the sort of evening that I relished slipping into. No moon, no stars, just the pitch black of the eternal night sky and the air that sweltered thick and hot enough to rob the breath from your lungs. I sat down on a boulder beside the seemingly bottomless pool of Water and watched the Water cascade into it from the rock high above. Dark and powerful, the Water fell without a sound. In fact, not a single sound emanated from the forest. Nothing dared make a sound in my presence. I sank into the darkness, merged with it, became it. Then I looked to the top of the canyon a short distance from the Waterfall and knowing black eyes blinked in the darkness, vowing to take my place as soon as I stepped away.

I turned as a creature noiselessly emerged from the forest. Dressed in a heavy black cloak, beads and potion flasks and the teeth of various beasts strung around his neck and waist, he walked upright like a man. But beneath his cloak, the creature sauntered toward me with the bestial grace of a predator. His skull and facial bones were the bones of a man, but no flesh covered them, just pure white bone gleaming in the darkness. A wiry tuft of black hair grew from the top of his skull and eyes darker than the starless sky searched for me through fleshless sockets.

Though he couldn’t see me, he stopped just inches from my feet. “How are you, my old friend?”

I stood and let the darkness slip away from me. “That depends on whether you can help us.”

The corners of his mouth lifted into a disconcerting smile. “Still the same ray of sunshine, I see. I’m well, too. And my journey was uneventful. Thank you for asking.”

I took a step toward him, and he instinctually took two steps back. “I’d lose that smile if I were you. And save the cleverness for your potions. No one here is in the mood for jokes.”


He shook his bony head. “I’ve missed you too, Darkness. You always were the life of the party.” 

5 out of 5 (exceptional)


Dream World takes you back to Charlie a few weeks after his release from the mental hospital. He is unsure what to do with himself, and also doesn't know what to make of the invitation given to him in the dream world by David. Since his release, he's heard nothing from David, or anyone there, and feels like he's been left - again. However, some advice comes from a mysterious stranger, who also gives him some different things to consider. Charlie needs to figure out just how to help Emma, who is fading by the day...

This story is intriguing and will definitely keep your attention. You won't know who to trust, or what to believe. It keeps you on your toes and you will love every moment. There is no such thing as good and evil, Light and Dark. Things are always shaded by the varying amounts of 'good' and 'evil'. Something dark doesn't necessarily mean bad, which is something Charlie has to learn for himself.

The scenes in here, although each chapter is told from a different perspective, helps to give the reader a more rounded version of what is going on, whilst still keeping them in the dark until necessary. It takes skill to write in such a way, and Erin A. Jensen has perfected that skill, in my opinion.

As with book one, there were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The scenes flowed where they should, and kept my attention. I would even say that this book is better than book one, which rarely happens. Most definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!



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REVIEW TO FOLLOW



Universal Links

Dream Waters: Book One of The Dream Waters Series 
(The first book is on sale for $0.99) https://books2read.com/u/3L9LL0

Dream World: Book Two of The Dream Waters Series - https://books2read.com/u/4Aw11J

Dream Sight: Book Three of The Dream Waters Series - 

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found HERE



One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.



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Erin Jensen is a part-time pharmacist and a fulltime creator of imaginary worlds.  She lives in upstate NY with her incredibly supportive husband, two sons (who are both taller than her) and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard.  In the early days of her writing career, Erin vowed to get a dragon tattoo—once her books received a milestone number of reviews—but she won’t disclose that number any longer, for fear of actually reaching her goal and having to go through with it.



Tour Organised by: Goddess Fish Promotions 


12 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading about your book; congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I'm glad you enjoyed the post, and thanks for following my tour!

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  2. Thank you for your honest review, it's much appreciated!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Nikolina. Thanks for following my tour!

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting today!

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  4. I enjoy reading these interviews and blog posts, nice to learn more about the books and the author behind them.

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    1. Thanks, Mrs. Kenyon. Glad you're enjoying the tour!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your reviews, I enjoyed reading them :)

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  6. I'm glad you enjoyed the reviews, Victoria!

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  7. Who is your favorite literary character? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. If I had to pick just one favorite literary character, I would have to choose Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights because the novel has always been one of my absolute favorites. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a tortured soul driven by his all-consuming, undying love for one irreplaceable woman.

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