The Dreamer (The Dreamerland Series Book 1) – E.J. Mellow

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It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.

But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?

Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.

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***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***

When we meet Molly, really meet her, she’s a little put out that her life is boring. She works hard but isn’t excited for it. She’s seeing a great guy but can’t be bothered with it…not really. And it’s her 24th birthday and she can’t even celebrate it properly, because she has work to do for the next day. So she and her fella go out for supper. And she heads home, only to be struck by lightening. And before she wakes up, she’s drowning in the most beautiful set of blue eyes.

And you’d think it ended there, but every time she goes to sleep she finds herself in this strange world and the owner of those blue eyes is a snarky, beautiful man named Dev. Devlin, if you’re cranky with him. Which seems to be the usual state for Molly. But during the day, she’s trying to come to terms with what she’s thinking are intense dreams and going insane with what she knows to be real in her daily life.

I enjoyed this story. I loved the dream world. I will say I wasn’t too keen on the dualling attractions she had for both Dev and Jared, but one is waking and one is sleeping  or in her dream state. So, yeah, does that really compare to a flesh and blood person right in front of you during your waking hours? I don’t know.

Ms. Mellow has an interesting way of building her world and her characters. And she definitely has a way of ending things. GAH! I’ll be honest, I can’t wait until her next book comes out so I can find out how things go. I know this review seems kind of spoilerish, but trust me when I tell you that I truly didn’t give anything away in the book. So would I recommend this, oh yes, I would. But for those who detest cliffhangers and feel that it ruins a book for you, I’d say WAIT. There are three books total in this series and we haven’t gotten book two yet.


E.J. Mellow is the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. When she’s not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.

Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter.


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