Monday, October 15, 2012
‘Legacy of a Dreamer’ Book Review
Chantal is a teen with a less than picture perfect life. Having been removed from a tumultuous home by authorities, she’s survived in foster care. Run by a selfish shrew, the teens in this foster home have become accustomed to doing menial tasks & being treated as burdens.
Counting herself lucky to not have been exposed to the horrors that some of the other girls have, she develops elaborate coping mechanisms. Dreams may be beautiful for some people, but to Chantal, there are only nightmares.
Solace was found in a shadowy silhouette she’s named Nick. Thoughts of a nighttime guardian comfort her. Soon though, Chantal’s dreams & reality begin to merge. Being only somewhat able to recall the aspects of her dreams leave her confused & scared. Creatures from her subconscious begin showing themselves outside of her mind. When nightmares become real, who will rescue her?
Supernatural, young adult fiction is way outside my box. Imaginative & fresh, our author has written much more than a tale of teenaged angst. I like that Chantal is an overcomer. One can’t help but wonder what her life may have been like if she’d have had a different upbringing. However, it wouldn’t have aided the plot.
Originality is absolutely evident here. Although supernatural YA isn’t new, the author’s take is. She kept non-essential background & dialogue to a minimum. Mystery & suspense flood Chantal throughout the book.
Plot & characters will both be a hit with the teenage set. More & more this genre has grown in popularity. It’s a wise time for this book’s release.
Our author has a flair for mystery & suspense. I’ll assume this book will take off. It’s very well written. However, I feel unfair rating it as I would normally as I’ve nothing to compare it to.
Therefore, in the interest of fairness, I’ll give it 4 of 5 stars for creativity & originality. More info is available at the links at the bottom of this post. I received 1 eBook copy to do my review & no further compensation.
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 back seat 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 character’s 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 other’s 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.
Pub house: http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/books/detail/55