Friday, 5 July 2013

Tour Review : Legacy of a Dreamer (Dreamer #1 )

Legacy of a Dreamer ( Dreamer #1 )
Author: Allie Jean
Publication date: May 3rd , 2012
Published by: The Writer's Coffee Shop
Genre: YA Fantasy
Edition: E-book
Purchase from: Amazon / B&N / TWCS / iTunes

Chantal Breelan is a ward of the state, living under the care of a woman who is cold and heartless. Her past is a mystery, and her future is even more uncertain. She can’t recall why she had been taken from her parents and so she’s left with nothing but an empty hole where her childhood should have been. When she awakens from her nightmares, she’s left with terrible, violent images, as well as a boy whose face is oddly familiar, yet can’t be placed.

Scared and alone, Chantal begins to confide in an imaginary friend – a shadow in the shape of a man who stands in the corner of her room. She is comforted when she believes he listens to her.On her eighteenth birthday, Chantal is forced to leave her foster home. She moves to New York City, but the start of her new life doesn’t begin as smoothly as she’d hoped. In this environment, she faces a whole new set of challenges.

One night at a subway station, Chantal meets a young boy who runs away from her, and she’s compelled to follow him down into the tunnels. But this Rabbit Hole reveals a world where reality is a nightmare. Her dreams are clues to her future, and her life becomes twisted and dangerous when she learns that things that go bump in the night are not just in fairy tales and childhood stories.

Received as part of a Blog Tour !

When I initially saw the cover and the title, I believed this to be a contemporary novel and upon reading the vague synopsis seeming to hint at fantasy but don't really find that even during the beginning the book. And as soon as you hit the fantastical fantasy aspect, things took a turn for such awesome-ness. Let me stop being vague myself and get on with it!

Chantal Breelan is a ward of the state, an orphan treated badly by her foster parent and in addition is plagued by terrifying nightmares. As a result she creates an imaginary friend out of the shadows, named Nick, confiding in him about her horrible nightmares.

Soon after being kicked out of her Foster home on her 18th birthday Chantal and moves to NY city where she starts seeing shadows that seem to be after her life. 
Now here's where I'm thinking this girl's psychological  problems have finally gotten to her and she's falling apart. Oh boy........

So when she comes back to her apartment to find the dark evil shadows closing in, who should come out to save her but the warrior Nick himself. Now here's where everything gets going!

Nick who's real name is Mathias, is a warrior, the son of a fallen angel who breaks away from the evil one. He is her protector from creatures lurking in the dark. Chantal soon finds out that all she has known to be true has never been so, while as her nightmares are. Phew.

That's hard for me to grasp myself, imagine being the character!

Mathias was not mentioned in the synopsis, well a lot w
asn't, but not knowing helped me enjoy the story in a different manner. Discovering things about Chantal as she and Mathias discovered it themselves.

The main characters are great and so are a few of the others.  
Chantal maybe confused and afraid yet is strong-willed and determined to find out everything she can and help the warriors as much. Mathias is just great. Caring, affectionate, protective. Perfect boyfriend material I say.
I really liked Damon too, one of the warriors working for the Evil one, after Chantal's life.

The romance between Mathias and Chantal was meh. Nothing special but it certainly didn't turn me off so there's hope yet! Looking forward to it actually.

I'll tell you this. This book is worth picking up. Allie Jean gives us a different read with lots of twists and turns that just keep you turning the pages and wide eyed at the developments. I loved this one! Especially the vivid nightmares. Like wow! Hats off to your imagination.

Nothing left to say other than, looking forward to the next one in the series!

Rating: 4 Quills

quill design: QioDen
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  1. Fly to the Sky5 July 2013 at 16:20

    This book looks really cool!! At the very beginning of the summary it did sound like a contemporary, but it is so cool thy it is more of a fantasy!! I love fantasy!! I might have to check this one out!!

  2. I'd definitely recommend this one!

  3. Thanks for such a great review. Glad you liked it. Book #2 will be out October 3rd.

  4. Thank you for stopping by :D . Looking forward to Oct 3rd!