Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Dreams of the Cursed by Allie Jean

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My Review

It feels like I’ve been waiting ages for the sequel to Legacy of a Dreamer. Dreams of the Cursed by Allie Jean is the continuation of Chantal’s story, a foster child with a dark past and a mysterious friend in the shadows. A tale of Shadow Warriors and Oracles who receive messages through dreams, a supernatural concept preying on our memories and suggests those nighttime silhouettes and our early nightmares meant something much more than we thought.

Once again the author demonstrates her prowess at writing action sequences, where the flow of movement is clearly described without masking or overshadowing the fury and bloodlust needed for successful hand to hand combat scenes. Be warned, this is not a pretty or soft yarn, favourite characters die, loyalties are questioned and one’s desire for revenge results in a most devastating consequence.

For myself, I didn’t like the ending. Not for the first book, nor the second. Allie appears to enjoy finishing on a cliffhanger leaving you dangling, desperate to learn the outcome. How? Why? WTF... where will Chantal go from here?

For my rating I give the novel ***. I considered scoring it higher but I did find that some of the transitions between visions and real time events could have been clearer... even though I understood the foresight was necessary to propel the adventure through to the next revelation.

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Book Summary 

A violent war has waged in secret underneath the notice of humanity since the beginning of time. Evil has pledged the destruction of humanity in spite of a power those that covet it could not possibly contain. Now the Warriors have inherited this fight and are honor-bound to rid the world of this ancient malevolence. By guarding the most precious, piercing light they possess—their female kin known as the Oracles or Dreamers—the Warriors have a chance against the darkness.

Chantal Breelan, plagued by horrific nightmares for most of her life, believes something is wrong with her. Why else would she have such visions of destruction? But when creatures of terror came crawling out of the shadows to hunt her down shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she discovers the truth. Her dreams become reality, throwing her headfirst into a battle wrought by cursed monsters, where death and torture lie at every turn.

Mathias is a descendant of a Fallen Angel and a powerful Warrior. He vows his life in service to pay recompense for the sins of their fathers by guarding Chantal from within the shadows. Long has he fought, shedding sweat and blood, hoping that his struggles wouldn’t be in vain. With Chantal’s life in danger, he is forced to reveal himself, yet she manages to surprise him with her fierce tenacity and strength. In his sacrifice, he finds redemption and life’s ultimate reward—a love to surpass all time.

Now Chantal has picks up the reins of her birthright and stands by her Warrior kin, by Mathias.

She’s on a mission to rescue others like herself. Yet, in this challenge, a battle of wits is exposed. New players are discovered, throwing strategies into question. When the truth comes to light, can Chantal hold her band of brothers together, or will they crumble under the weight of betrayal?

About the Author

Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. At a very early age, a child, her days were spent inventing stories, directing her sisters in made-up plays or telling elaborate ghost stories. Her mind never took breaks, or shutdown, even when she slept. When her eyes shut at night, she would have vivid dreams complete with extensive, elaborate plot lines, and good overcoming evil villains.
She was encouraged by her parents, even at a young age, to write down her tales, and it has remained a somewhat-secret hobby. It became a means to escape from the drama of real life into one of the many worlds she created.
Now living in California with her husband of ten years, her love of storytelling had taken a backseat with the arrival of their four children. Though she always found time to write down her thoughts on whatever was handy, including a stray diaper or two while rocking a sleeping child in the middle of the night when her characters begged for attention as well.
As a busy wife, mother, and working full-time outside the home, somehow she has been able to write down her relentless character's story. Her once-secret hobby and private world is now released for others to enjoy. Nothing would make Allie happier that to continue writing and spend more time at home with her family on a more full-time basis.

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