by Quinn Loftis
Release Date: 02/28/15
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“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 takes the myth of the Sandman and turns it into something beautiful rather than the creepy, frightening tales I've been privy to for most of my life. The idea that the Sandman might develop emotions normally relegated to humans and then fall in love with one of his human assignments is the perfect equation for an epic romance. There was plenty of lovely material for the author to work with here, and I enjoyed the romance that blossomed between this uncertain yet passionate immortal and his counterpart, Serenity.
Serenity is the perfect human example of all things compassionate, kind and selfless. Some might consider this type of character a little too perfect, and perhaps argue that teenagers are never this mature, but I've met some pretty incredible teenagers throughout the course of my life, and Serenity reminds me of one of my dearest friends. It helps that she has a feisty, teasing nature and is prone to angry outbursts whenever she recognizes an injustice that needs to be righted. She is the kind of character that inspires others to consider the possible holes within their own lives and to fill them with worthwhile endeavors.
Little eight-year-old Emma holds a wealth of knowledge from a mother who imparted some of the wisest sayings I've ever encountered. She's really on top of everything, and possesses a wicked sense of humor to match her ridiculously mature personality. There are evil forces at work intent on preventing her from accomplishing her special purpose on this earth, and I believe more of that will be explored in the following books.
Dair...another swoon-worthy romantic lead...was described with intensely charged language, as was his feelings for Serenity. You know the author has managed to nail sexual tension when you get those lovely butterflies in your stomach from internal narrative, dialogue and excellent orchestration. Even more impressive is when the author can do all of that without writing descriptive sex scenes. Keeping it clean while allowing the reader to experience that otherworldly connection between two souls meant for one another...well...it's not that easy folks. Not that easy. There were moments when I wanted to respond on behalf of Serenity and say, "Oh, for heaven's sake, Dair. She's madly in love with you, so just get to the kissing parts already." In other words their connection and chemistry is engrossing without being over the top or inappropriate for teens.
I wasn't prepared for the story to take on such a religious tone, but I didn't mind it considering most of what was covered was inspiring and furthered the plot of the story. I guess I just wasn't expecting this book to have good vs. evil undertones since the romance was the main focus, but there will clearly be more of that particular theme covered in the rest of the series.
There were a few formatting issues, with words missing from sentences, and several sentences were awkwardly worded. I have this nasty habit of rewording sentences that don't quite flow for me, so that tended to take me out of the narrative a little bit throughout the book. It could have used a few more editorial passes. Having said that, the book as a whole was well plotted, and engrossing.
I enjoyed the first book in this series and recommend it to fans of epic love stories, angels vs. demons, good vs. evil, and clean romances of the young adult variety.
I gave it four cherry blossoms.
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Quinn is an award winning author who lives in beautiful Western Arkansas with her husband, two son (and one on the way!), Nora the Doberman, and Phoebe the Cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is the author of twelve novels, including the USA Today bestseller, Fate and Fury. Quinn is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.
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