(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Ideally, I’d give this book 3.5 stars. This was another book that I liked the general storyline for, but I much preferred the friendship aspects to the romance. I felt that the romance moved a bit too fast for my liking and there were some elements of insta!love.
Conversely, though, I didn’t mind Emari as a character. I actually felt the author had clearly put a lot of work and effort into making the effects of what had happened to her realistic. I do think there are a lot of creepy undertones to Nick’s relationship with her. (That scene from Buffy, where Angelus sketches her asleep, gave me the chills… and Edward watching Bella sleep in Twilight was really creepy. Personally, I’d freak out if a guy was in my house/bedroom without my knowledge and watching me sleeping).
Although I was happy to see that the author stuck (mostly) to first person, I did notice an issue that I see a LOT with first person POVs. Unless the narrator is a mind reader, she (or he) should *not* be stating what other characters are thinking. I can almost let feeling slide… but unless the narrator can read minds, I should not be reading about how Character A is trying to decide if he should say something. (I’m paraphrasing).
The idea about the Dream Weavers was quite interesting, but I was disappointed to see there were elements of vampires in this. I did like the references to popular cult fiction and it was good to see a character who shares my love for books, even if not exactly the same taste.
I really did like Sabre as a character, but as the book was going on, I felt that he was becoming a bit obsessed with Emari, who I felt was in danger of crossing over from unique to ridiculous level of power. That normally happens with, ‘a power that’s never been seen before!’
I liked Ivy, to an extent, and also Jesse… but I felt Jesse was a lot more interesting. Ivy read much more like a hyper, over-the-top manga character. I also really loved Eddyson.
I do have the next two books and I will read them. But I’d be more interested in reading about the supporting characters. (Like Twilight, interestingly enough).