(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Although I wasn’t too thrilled on the romance in this book, I did find the plot idea for this book to be a quite unique twist. Dreaming of different realities that seem real isn’t a unique plot in and of itself, but the way Madeline entered the dream world was different.
It was really interesting to see the different versions of the people Madeline knew in the other reality. I would have liked to see a bit more of Brandon and Thomas’ relationship. I tend to find family relationships quite intriguing and it would have been nice to see exactly why they were so hostile to each other in the first reality and how much different it was in the other reality.
Although Madeline was kind of a unique character, I was relieved to see that she wasn’t perfect and couldn’t do everything right straight away. That especially came through when she was training to fight and hunt. She was actually really bad at it and I didn’t get the feeling that the training was just token.
I liked Brandon in both realities, though, as I’ve mentioned above, I really didn’t like the romance. I have issues with multiple love interests for the same person. In many ways, Madeline’s relationship with Thomas was the most interesting and I did like how the author left that between them.
I thought Ana was a really interesting character in both realities. It was nice to see that, although Madeline’s distrust of her carried over, Ana actually showed herself to be a character with redeeming qualities. I did like her much better in the dream reality, though.
One part I quite liked was how Madeline got advise on one of the situations by asking advice from one of her reality counterparts of the dream reality people.
I did think that this first book ended a bit abruptly and on a cliffhanger, but I would like to read a sequel to this book at some point in the future. Just not so much with the multiple guys all after the same person, who just happens to be the main character.
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