Sunday, June 27, 2010

Review: Before I Wake by Kathryn Smith

Before I Wake
Nightmare Chronicles #1
by: Kathryn Smith
$6.99 mass market paperback
Avon Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: July 2008

Dawn is doing what she loves, which is working at a sleep center, helping people work through their nightmares. It comes naturally to her, but as the daughter of the King of Dreams, that's to be expected. She's spent most of her life suppressing the talents inherited from her father, and just wants to live a normal life. It's not like she enjoys being able to walk into people's dreams whenever she wants.

When she meets Noah, she finds he's able to alter his dreams, and that's making him a target for a dangerous evil, one determined to have him no matter the cost. As the battleground goes from the dreaming world to the real one, Dawn and Noah know they must do something to stop the evil from spreading before innocent lives are lost. Unfortunately, that means using the abilities Dawn has been working so hard to ignore.

As the stage is set for the final battle, she must turn to her father and Noah for help, and hope that will be enough. For if the evil is ever unleashed on the world, none will be left alive to tell the tale.

I just got the second book to this series, so I had to go back and reread the first one. I love the concept that when we dream, our minds travel to a different plane; the land of dreams. Dreams have always fascinated me, because our minds are capable of so much, and we see it most when we dream.  The idea that there are people with the abilities to keep us safe from the dangers that haunt us when we sleep is an interesting one, and one that kind of goes along with the whole guardian angel thing (if you believe that), but with a twist. Kathryn Smith has done an amazing job setting up the world and characters so they're believable and real. The chemistry between Dawn and Noah is amazing, and the problems they face in the early stages of their relationships are ones we've all faced at one time or another. Okay, not the bad guys trying to kill you part, but you get my drift.  All in all, I really enjoyed the book, and I have high hopes for the next one.

Carla gives this book a

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