Series: Dreamer #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Published by The Writer's Coffee Shop on May 2, 2012
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Chantal Breelan is a ward of the state, living under the care of a woman who is cold and heartless. Her past is a mystery, and her future is even more uncertain. She can’t recall why she had been taken from her parents and so she’s left with nothing but an empty hole where her childhood should have been. When she awakens from her nightmares, she’s left with terrible, violent images, as well as a boy whose face is oddly familiar, yet can’t be placed.
Scared and alone, Chantal begins to confide in an imaginary friend – a shadow in the shape of a man who stands in the corner of her room. She is comforted when she believes he listens to her. On her eighteenth birthday, Chantal is forced to leave her foster home. She moves to New York City, but the start of her new life doesn't begin as smoothly as she’d hoped. One night at a subway station, Chantal meets a young boy who runs away from her, and she’s compelled to follow him down into the tunnels. But this Rabbit Hole reveals a world where reality is a nightmare.
Mathias is a descendant of a Fallen Angel and beholden to wage an unfathomable war against an ancient evil, spawned by greed and spite. A powerful fighter, he and his brethren of Warriors vow to pay recompense for the sins of their fathers by guarding the most precious, piercing light against the darkness – the females of their kind. The Warriors' pledge is to find and protect the Oracles, their sisters and kin. Long have they fought, shedding sweat and blood, hoping that their struggles are not in vain. Yet in his sacrifice and service he may find life’s ultimate reward – a love to surpass all time.
Have you ever read a book to the very end, not because you enjoyed it, but because you were interested in finding out all the answers to all the questions you had? This is how I felt while reading Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean. By no means was this an awful book, but what kept me reading were the many mysteries that surrounded Chantal. I wanted to learn the identity of her parents, the basis for her nightmares, the reason why shadow creatures were pursuing her, why the mysterious man, Mathias, felt it his duty to protect her, and so on and so on.
Outside of the mysteries that surrounded Chantal, there wasn’t anything else about the story I liked. The pacing of the plot was a little too slow for my tastes and seemed to stall at times. The characters were dull, both the main and secondary characters. Chantal was too perfect. We were repeatedly told by the author, Mathias, as well as several of the other characters, how brave, strong, smart and awesome she was. And yes, while I do believe Chantal was some of these things, there was too much “tell” and not enough “show”. Chantal was presented as the perfect heroine by the author and that put me off the character.
There’s not much to say about Mathias as he was pretty much a one-dimensional character. For the most part he protected Chantal, teased her, kept vital information from her, and constantly talked about how in awe he was of her. As far as romance goes, there was an attraction between Chantal and Mathias, but nothing happened between them.
Overall, I thought Legacy of a Dreamer, the first book in the Dreamer Series, was an average read. I found the mysteries surrounding Chantal to be intriguing, but I wasn’t interested in much else. Regrettably, this book just wasn’t my cup of tea. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).