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:)


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