Chantal Breelan has spent most of her childhood as a ward of the state. She has a mysterious past and the foster system provided her with no answers. At the age of fifteen, she begins to have horrifying dreams: images of violence and death that haunt her during her waking hours. Anxious and afraid, and with no one else to confide in, she finds comfort in her imaginary friend, a shadow in the shape of a man who stands sentinel over her. She tells him of her dreams and her fear of an unknown future.
On her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced out of her foster home, but the stress and demands drive her to the edge, making her see things. A boy from her nightmares appears in a subway station, sending her life in twists of truth and lies, and darkness surrounds her from all sides. But is it only evil that hides in the shadows, or are the answers to her past lingering just beyond?
Review by Venture
Chantal hasn’t had the best life but she knows she could have had worse. She lives with her housemother who fosters teens so she can have slave labor around the house. She survived without parents so it could have been a lot worse. Except her nightmares at night. Chantal thinks she has a pretty good life and she is now days away from her 18th birthday where she can move out and be on her own. She gets an apartment that wasn’t close to the university but it was worth the cheaper rent. She was just a little nervous but nothing like the anxiety disorder she had a child. When her nightmares got really fierce she was afraid that she would be sent back to the doctors for pills. She then started talking to a shadow that she named Nick. Only Nick did she tell her dreams too. He was secret confidant that she told everything to but didn’t tell any of the other girls. If she did, they probably have her committed.
When she taking the train looking for a job, things started getting strange. She is talking to a small boy that reminds her of something when Nick shows up and tells her to run. Chantal is going to find out that Nick isn’t a made up hallucinations of a child and her dreams actually mean something. Now she has a reason to be afraid. Nothing that she knew is real.
I found the book to be interesting. I have read books about dreamers but nothing like this. I like Nick and what he represents. I’m curious to see how the story unfolds. Anything is possible. When the impossible is possible, then the sky is the limit. I give this story 4 books.
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Releases October 3, 2013
A violent war has waged in secret underneath the notice of humanity since the beginning of time. Evil has pledged the destruction of humanity in spite of a power those that covet it could not possibly contain. Now the Warriors have inherited this fight and are honor-bound to rid the world of this ancient malevolence. By guarding the most precious, piercing light they possess—their female kin known as the Oracles, or Dreamers—the Warriors have a chance against the darkness.
Chantal Breelan has suffered from horrific nightmares for most of her life, believing something is wrong with her to have such visions of destruction. But when creatures of terror came crawling out of the shadows to hunt her down shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she discovered the truth. Her dreams became reality, throwing her headfirst into a battle wrought by cursed monsters, where death and torture lie at every turn.
Mathias is a descendant of a Fallen Angel and a powerful Warrior. He vows his life in service to pay recompense for the sins of their fathers by guarding Chantal from within the shadows. Long has he fought, shedding sweat and blood, hoping that his struggles wouldn’t be in vain. With Chantal’s life in danger, he’s been forced to reveal himself, yet she has managed to surprise him with her fierce tenacity and strength. In his sacrifice, he finds redemption and life’s ultimate reward—a love to surpass all time.
Now Chantal has picked up the reins of her birthright and stands by her Warrior kin, by Mathias. She’s on a mission to rescue others like herself. Yet, in this challenge, a battle of wits is exposed. New players are discovered, throwing strategies into question. When the truth comes to light, can Chantal hold her band of brothers together, or will they crumble under the weight of betraya
Review by Venture
The second book of this series starts months after the last one ended. Chantal is out looking for her friend Lydia that her brother Damon took. What she finds is a lot more. Chantal has accepted her role as Oracle and has learned how to fight. Her warrior, Mathias, is by her side and loves her. Even if he is a touch over protective. Yet they and a band of warriors are fighting a violent war to get rid of the darkness. The oracles with their dreams to help them in knowing the future they move forward. The warrior are there to protect the oracles. That is their most important goal. The oracles are the only way to defeat the evil that lurks and tries to hunt them down.
I think I actually enjoyed the second book a little more than a first. Chantal is all out there kicking butts and taking names. Mathias adores her and it shows in everything they do. From his over protectiveness and how he can’t keep his hands off of her. His most important job and love is her. Mathias might be a little swoon worthy and might make for a good book boyfriend. I give this book 5 books!