I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lucid Dreaming by Cassandra Page
on November 3, 2015
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Who would have thought your dreams could kill you?
Melaina makes the best of her peculiar heritage: half human and half Oneiroi, or dream spirit, she can manipulate others’ dreams. At least working out the back of a new age store as a ‘dream therapist’ pays the bills. Barely.
But when Melaina treats a client for possession by a nightmare creature, she unleashes the murderous wrath of the creature’s master. He could be anywhere, inside anyone: a complete stranger or her dearest friend. Melaina must figure out who this hidden adversary is and what he’s planning – before the nightmares come for her.
The first thing that drew me to this book was actually the synopsis. It sounded exactly like something I wanted to read. I was thrown a bit by the cover, though. Definitely a beautiful cover, but it gave me the impression that the story would be a bit lighter… fluffier… The story actually had a fairly dark shadow cast over it, and I absolutely love it that way! It’s not a book for the youngest readers, with minimal swearing and a couple sex scenes. It’s not overly mature either, placing it firmly in the New Adult category.
I find that I’m often impressed by the talent coming out of Australia. There are some seriously talented authors down there, and Cassandra Page just solidified my opinion (Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they’re not ALL winners, but I have yet to find out I didn’t like). There was, of course, some Down Under lingo, which I was cool with. I even learned a few words I had never heard before. Like, “doona”, which is apparently slang for duvet or quilt. I feel more worldly already! 😉
The characters were what really got me hooked. Melaina isn’t your standard protagonist. She has a mysterious childhood (that you don’t learn quite enough about), a shifty guardian angel of sorts, and is just barely making ends meet with the money she makes performing dream therapy. She is fiercely loyal to her mother and friends, and would literally battle the forces of evil for them. She’s no stronger than the average woman when she’s awake, but when she enters the dream world, her character is capable of so much more.
At first, I assumed that the love interest may come in the form of her guardian, Leander. He’s attractive, and knows it! Cocky and confident, but he’s also harboring secrets. It’s clear from the beginning that Melaina doesn’t trust him an inch. She takes measures to protect herself from him. Enter Brad. While Melaina trusts him explicitly, I didn’t! The chemistry between them feels… strained? But I think that’s intentional. The reader is left feeling suspicious of everyone! It added a perfect balance of mystery to this romantic urban fantasy.
As of this moment, this a standalone novel. But I can’t help but feel that this would make a really interesting series. Melaina still has a lot of growth to do, and I have questions left unanswered.