Monday, June 20, 2016

Review: The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow

The Dreamer (Dreamland #1)

By: E.J. Mellow
Published: May 15, 2015 by Four Eyed Owl
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It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.

But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?

Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination..

My Thoughts

“I ONCE READ somewhere that the odds of getting hit by lightning are one in a million. One in a friggin’ million. So, if this situation were to be viewed optimistically, I’m a pretty unique individual. But here’s the thing—I just got hit by lighting on my birthday, so optimism can go kiss pessimism’s” 
― E.J. Mellow, The Dreamer

The Dreamer was is phenomenal! If you're looking to read a book about a girl in her mid-twenties who's living a mundane life until one day she gets struck by lightning and can now live her dreams (literally), then this is the perfect book for you.

I could really relate to the main character, Molly, with her personality, and the way she thinks was how I would've thought and reacted if I were in her shoes. Which made me love this book even more!

The world building in this novel was fantastic as well. Mellow describes the dreamworld like it's a real place and not totally made up. I wish it were an actual place for dreamers to visit! And the characters are another thing.

I've read books with main characters having good and bad best friends. Molly here has a lovely friend. Becca is her best friend/college buddy who is there for Molly whenever. If Molly is not at work, not answering her phone, while Becca is, Becca will definitely worry about you like a true friend and come looking for you.
  
And then there's Dev. Short for Devlin. Has bluest of blue eyes like the pacific ocean. Like can I have my own Dev when I fall asleep and dream?! He is such a likeable character when I got to read about him. Here I am, reading The Dreamer, imagining myself as Molly, and all I can think is--Dev. He is all I need and no one else.

Molly and Dev have now become my favorite book couple:D I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Keep an eye out for my review on the rest of the books because I will definitely be reading them soon:)

“And then there are the dreams that feel as authentic as reality itself, that seem to exist just as your own life does. Where the emotions you experience there carry over to when you're awake. They are so real, so genuine, that you begin to question your own sanity. And you know that when the day comes that you finally stop dreaming them, you will never stop remembering.” 
― E.J. Mellow, The Dreamer


So I found this artwork on tumblr waay before reading The Dreamer, and boy did I not see this coming. It represents The Dreamer almost exactly! Minus the bike, lol. Kudos to the artist for creating this beautiful picture that can now accompany my imagination when reading this book:)

Cover Reveal: The Destined by E.J. Mellow

The Destined (Book 3 in The Dreamland Series)

Author: E.J. Mellow
Publication Date: October 17th, 2016
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“I searched for you in the stars tonight. 
But I found none
that burned as bright as you.”
—Part of a letter from Dev to Molly

With the loss of Terra’s greatest weapon, the war against darkness escalates rapidly, and time is on no one’s side. While Dev struggles to keep his home and hope alive, Molly and Rae find themselves forced to confront a desperately kept secret and quickly learn that a life-altering sacrifice is the asking price to restore order.

Nightmares, betrayal, the fate of two worlds, and one man’s hunger for vengeance lead Molly down a twisted and dark path she fears she might never come back from. Cornered into making a heart-wrenching decision, Molly teeters between deliverance and damnation. Who is worth saving most—a nation or the one she loves?

In this breathtaking conclusion of The Dreamland Series, The Destined will take you on a spine-tingling and gripping ride through self-sacrifice, the true power of love, and the importance of friendship.

About the Author

E.J. Mellow is the Award Winning author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. With a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

www.ejmellow.com

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

WoW is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases.

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

By: Laura Stampler
Publication Date: July 19, 2016

Harper Anderson always believed she belonged somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick's backyard can one girl take? That's why Harper is beyond ecstatic when she lands her dream internship as a dating blogger at the elite teen magazine Shift. Getting to spend the summer in New York City to live her dream of becoming a writer? Harper's totally in.

There's just one teeny, tiny, infinitesimal problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn't have a lot of - or, really, any - dating expertise. In fact, she might have sort of stolen her best friend's experiences as her own on her Shift application. But she can learn on the job...right?

From awkward run-ins with the cute neighborhood dog-walker to terrifying encounters with her crazed editor, from Brooklyn gallery openings to weekends in the Hamptons, Harper finds out what it takes to make it in the Big City--and as the writer of her own destiny.

My Thoughts

First of all, lets just admire the cover. It's so chic and glam, don't you think?

This sounds like such a nice book to read when I'm in the mood for something not too much or not too little. And the story sounds good too, so I can't wait to read this when it comes out. 

What are you waiting for this week? I'd love to hear from you in the comments, and thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, is about sharing the books you got from a store, online, library, or friend. From anywhere and in any format--just share what books you've got:)

Bittersweet

By: Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.

But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact - and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and make Ev’s world her own.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

By: J.K. Rowling

It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys' house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can't quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys' of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks' time? Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine...

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