Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book Shelf: Dream of Me (Dream Maker #1) by Quinn Loftis

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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Dream of Me is the latest novel by Quinn Loftis and is a decent start to a new series by this popular self-published author. 

I’m be honest here; Dream of Me was a bit of a mixed bucket for me. In some respects I thought it was brilliant, but in others I kind of found the novel a little lacking. Quinn Loftis sets up a novel with lots of possibilities in Dream of Me and it’s obvious from even this first instalment that she has plans for this series. Where she intends to take it remains to be seen, but it’s clear that Dream of Me sets the building blocks for future possible books.

Dream of Me is told in varying POV’s but focuses mainly around Brudair, known as Dair, an immortal being and Sandman who is responsible for the dreams of those whose destinies are to shape the world, as well as Sarah Serenity Tillman a kind and caring human teenager who becomes the first woman Dair has ever been attracted to in all his thousand years.

I was really excited about a novel that featured the Sandman of folklore. He’s always been an interesting figure in my mind and not someone I’ve seen a lot of, so it’s suffice to say I couldn’t wait to read Dream of Me. However, and I say this in the nicely possible way……where was the Sandman? Quinn Loftis has clearly thought about the Biblical backstory to this novel long and hard, and Dream of Me features a heavy Christian and religious aspect. 

Don’t get me wrong—I did enjoy this; it was interesting, but I had been really anticipating a story heavy on the Sandman if you know what I mean. Dair is still a feature character, but what he is and what he does is often lost amongst his relationship with Serenity and the complete “plan” the Creator seems to have for the characters.

The feelings and desires expressed by Dair and Serenity read a lot more like a PNR than a YA novel. Not at all in the graphic or sexual sense, but in the strength and power of Dair’s feelings and his devotion to a young woman he doesn’t know all too well. People unhappy with this brand of almost instant-love should take heart that Loftis gives her heroine enough sense to question things and at least make an attempt to get to know Dair before finding herself head first in love with him. 

The characters were for the most part quite likable. Dair and Serenity were easy to read, however I actually struggled with Emma at times. As a child genius Emma was really intelligent, but there were times when I felt she sounded too old for her age and that’s outside the whole, “old soul” idea. Her references to her mother and her mother’s sayings were sweet at first, but quickly became grating for me. I don’t want to make a big deal about it, but I just struggled with Emma, try as I might. I actually really loved Raphael if I’m honest. There was something super likable about him I couldn’t help but feel. 

Overall, Dream of Me was worth a read, but it didn’t blow me away. Personally I think it had its faults, but it was still very well thought out, detailed and easy to read. Quinn Loftis ends this instalment well and the developments within the story make it easy to wonder what will happen next…… 
Source: Sent for review by YA Bound Book Tours and the author (Thanks ladies!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
My Recommendation: Fans of supernatural tales should enough this.
Cover: I think this cover is really beautiful. LOVE all the gold!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Possibly.....

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