Title: Dream of Me
Series: Dream Maker #1
Author: Quinn Loftis
Release date: 2/28/15
Length: 319 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
“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.
The reason why I picked up this book was pretty much intrigue alone. I've read a lot of young adult books in my time, and most of those deal with mythology and fantasy. In all of those titles, I have never come across a romance that dealt with the Sandman. How could I resist? Overall, I wasn't left disappointed.
Part of why I liked this book so much is the main male character, Dair. He's the Sandman himself, and I loved him. He was sweet and dreamy (no pun intended), and just the right amount of dark and mysterious. I really liked how his role as an immortal was tied into mythology, because though it's obviously not a real story, being tied to myth makes it seem a bit more real. At least, it feels that way to me. I didn't care for the lead female, Serenity, as much. From the very beginning, she had a bit of the "special snowflake" syndrome that made me roll my eyes, but I didn't hate her. I just felt that I was made to sympathize/feel sorry for her a bit too much. I enjoyed her much more when she was with Dair, and I liked them together as a unit, despite the insta-love factor.
The writing is detailed and well done, and the pacing is too. I was never bored while reading this story, and it flowed along nicely. I was pleasantly surprised that this book deals with some angelic/Christian themes. I'm not Christian myself, so it makes me happy when these ideas are in a story without being too much or detracting from the story line in order to give a more moral message. This worked for me.
Plus, look at the cover. Isn't it pretty?
I think this book will appeal to a lot of people, because it has a lot of things going for it. It's kind of young adult, kind of new adult. It's fantasy and mythology and paranormal romance. If you like any of these things, I'd recommend giving this one a read. I'll pick up the next book in the series when it's available.
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About the Author:
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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