Author Pen Name: M. Kircher
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Publish Date: April 22, 2014
Publisher: Astraea Press
Tagline: Love is dangerous for Emily, even in her dreams.
~ Synopsis ~
Seventeen-year-old dreamwalker, Em, might have to choose—leave her mother forever in the dreamworld or save the life of hot, rebel Gabe.
Emily Dal Monte and her mother, Lily, are special. They’re humans with a glitch in their genetic code that allows them to explore the fantastic, and often terrifying, world of their dreams for as long as they choose to remain asleep. But when Em’s father is killed in a tragic accident and her distraught mother loses herself more and more in the dreams of her crumbling mind, Em is forced to support the two of them the only way she knows how, by writing down her mother’s amazing dreams and selling them as books. Enter Gabriel Sobel, the handsome punk newcomer at Em’s high school who realizes Em is the daughter of his favorite, reclusive author. Gabe can’t figure out why Em keeps brushing him off and makes it his mission to find out what’s really going at the Dal Monte household. He stumbles upon their shocking family secret just as Lily takes a turn for the worse. It’s up to Em, Gabe, and one very nosy book editor to hop from one
extraordinary dream to the next to find Lily and convince her to wake up before she loses her mind…and before Em loses her first chance at love.
~ Excerpt ~
Tiny shafts of sunlight stream down from the treetops above us, forming small rings that illuminate the red pine-covered ground below. It’s weird how quiet it is here. There are none of the sounds you’d normally associate with a forest, like the scurrying tread of small animals or the soft breeze rustling through the trees. Everything is completely still.
I rest my forehead against the warm bark of the tree and try to calm my racing thoughts. How do I get us out of this mess? Mom and Evan aren’t here with Gabe and me. At least, as far as I can tell, they aren’t here, and we don’t have any time to find them. Evan and Gabe need to wake up now, or they could die. It’s so simple, yet so complicated. Do I save Gabe’s life? Or do I continue to risk killing him and try to save everyone? If I pull Gabe out, I could risk losing both Mom and Evan inside this dream. I have no idea if Mom’s recognition of me was a moment’s clarity, or something more lasting. I might never be able to locate her and Evan again.
A sob rises in my throat. I can’t help it. I’m so tired and overwhelmed, and we’re all so deeply in trouble. Despite my best efforts, the sob escapes, and then I can’t seem to stop another one from bursting out of my mouth. And then another one. Huge, wrenching cries tear through me, and I double over, my face in my hands, as the tears stream through my fingertips.
It’s all just too much.
I hear Gabe come to stand beside me, and before I can protest, he draws me back into his arms. I can’t seem to stop crying. I’m so embarrassed, but I just can’t stop.
His rough fingers catch the bottom of my chin, and slowly he tilts my face up toward his, so we’re gazing into each other’s eyes. My breath hitches, and it’s not just from all the crying.
“I’m sorry, Em,” Gabe whispers, his soft words loud in the silence surrounding us. “But there’s no one I’d rather be with right now than you.”
~ Review by Angela ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I haven’t read too many dream walker books so the premise of this one intrigued me. I liked the idea of being able to get lost in your dreams for however long you wanted without worrying about eating or the outside world. The problem is that Emily’s mother does this dream walking to be with her deceased husband and to hell with the outside world, including Emily. So Emily is left to fend for herself and hide away why her mom, a best selling author, isn’t around. She resents her mother and her “ability” and doesn’t understand why she chooses her dead husband over her very living daughter. Add to the mix the very curious, very attractive new boy at school, Gabe.
I enjoyed this story about Emily and her dream walking capabilities. I think that Emily is a strong character and I love her sarcasm and wit. Gabe seems like he would be a decent guy for Emily, if he can get past his mild curiosity of Emily’s mother. The story is well written and very engaging to the reader. It’s suspenseful because you enter someone else’s dream world and you’re not sure where you are going to end up or what you are going to see. It’s pretty amazing. There were a couple of things that were left unexplained and I’m wondering about them. I don’t think it would be a spoiler to say that I would like to know why, when Emily touches Gabe, she gets an actual electrical “surge” or shock, or why Emily seems to have more nightmares than her mother. Other than that, I give Dream On 4 books.
~About the Author ~
M. KIRCHER graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Gordon College. She devours YA, science fiction, fantasy, and romance on a regular basis and is immensely happy to pour her time and energy into creating stories for other people to enjoy. Bob Ross and J.R.R. Tolkien tie for her two favorite people of all time.
M. Kircher lives in Connecticut with her husband, energetic son, and new baby girl.
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