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Thursday, June 9, 2016

ARC Review: Dreamcasters #1 Light

Please Note:  I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  This does not influence my opinions for my review in any way.

Synopsis (From GoodReads):

Mr. Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da…..Seventeen year old
Chastity Blake knows the Sandman is just a silly children’s story parents tell their children to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious, light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a deep, sound sleep.

Fearing she had lost her mind, Chastity soon discovers the shocking
truth of her heritage – she is a Dream Caster. Chastity was never supposed to be raised on the Domain, or what humans call Earth and she is forced to return to her true birth place, Revera – the world of Dreams.

However, in Revera there is no balance between good, the Light
Casters, and darkness, the Shadow Casters, and Chastity is caught square in the middle. She soon learns that there is no place for anyone containing both the light and the darkness within them, and the shocking truth that if anyone in Revera ever discovered her shadow self, Chastity would be thrown into the Oblivion – the world of Nightmares.

Dreams are always more than they seem, and this time Chastity is
going to discover just how different they can be.


 I love fantasy books.  Give me some magical creatures, a cool culture, and maybe a little romance, and you've got me.  I think Light (Dreamcasters #1) by Adrienne Woods, tries very hard, but gets bogged down in exposition as it attempts to explain this universe. 

There seems to be four five different realms which I found very confusing.  There is the Domain (Earth), The Outer (the barrier in-between The Domain and Revera), The Oblivion (where dark dreamcasters dwell), and Revera (the dream world where light dreamcasters live).  Just explaining what these realms were, who can visit them, and what happens to a dreamcaster who tries to go to the wrong realm is exhausting to keep straight.  Then there is some place called the virtual realm where the "essence" of some people dwell.


Color me confused!

I really liked the idea of a magical creature that weaves dreams and perhaps influences people in both positive and detrimental ways.  But after all the explanations about these worlds, the only thing that happens is that the characters go to training school.  Show me some actual dreamcasting, please!  What does that look like?  How do the dreamers react to their experiences?  How does this affect their lives? 

On the plus side, the training scenes were exciting and had a lot of tension between the characters.  There was danger that had consequences for some of the characters.  I liked that the perils weren't toned down, as it is in Harry Potter.  This book is aimed at teens and adults so I think this gives the author some freedom to be more gritty with the action.

This book is the first part of a trilogy. "Show, not tell" is one of the first lessons taught in writing.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that there will be more story, and less explanation in the future. 


Release Date:  May 29th, 2015 (according to Goodreads)

Source:  NetGalley

Format:  E-book

Recommendation:   If you can overlook some of the confusing storytelling, this can be a fun story.
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