Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Review: The Boy in Her Dreams by @LaekanZeaKemp

Day 2.

 Now it's time for the review for book 2...
If you missed Day 1: GO HERE

The Boy In Her Dreams (The Girl In Between Series Book 2)
Title: The Boy in Her Dreams
Author: Laekan Zea Kemp
Series: The Girl in Between series #2
Release Date:
October 31st 2014 
Format: Ebook
Publisher: self-published
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

When Roman wakes from a six month coma, the first thing he sees is the girl of his dreams. Except Bryn isn’t confined to the dream-state anymore and neither is he. He’s awake and alive and as the memories of how he and Bryn fell in love come rushing back, so do the memories of why he’s lying in that hospital bed in the first place.
Plagued by guilt, Roman makes a decision that alters both their fates and as Bryn fights for her life in a German hospital, Roman must fight for her forgiveness before it’s too late. Because Roman and Bryn weren’t the only things to wake out of Bryn’s dreams. The shadows seem to be hunting them both and a strange side effect of Roman’s miraculous recovery may be the only means of stopping them. That is, if he can reach Bryn before she slips too deeply into the very dreams that seem to be imposing more and more on their waking lives every day.

Laekan Zea KempLaekan is a writer and explorer extraordinaire who grew up in the flatlands of West Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech with a BA in Creative Writing and is the author of the multi-cultural New Adult novels The Things They Didn't Bury, Orphans of Paradise, and Breathing Ghosts. Follow her adventures here on Goodreads, on her blog, or on twitter.

If you haven't read book 1, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW.

The Boy in Her Dreams starts right where book one ended. So now that Roman has awakened things should be easy and everyone should be happy, don't they? Well... let's say that shit just got real.

Once Roman takes what it looks like not only a selfish but the most stupid decision in the world, Bryn accelerates her journey to Germany. (Of course, after she sleeps for eight weeks. Crazy as it sounds it helps to move time in a faster way). The minute she and her mother set foot in Germany is when the real story begins.

This change of scenario permits new events in unknown locations, not only for us but for the characters. Put great and interesting people in a strange land and the result will be good.

This book has a dual POV, it alternates chapters between Roman and Bryn. For me it was an excellent choice made by the author. The change allows us to see where each one is and how they live the absence of the other.

Roman grows as a character. Now we really get to know him and we witness how he deals with hard times. Also it was good to see that he is not perfect at all. Bryn continues being an awesome girl. This time she has to face even bigger danger and she starts to realize that there is a whole complete world that involves her and her gifts (dreaming and all).

Their relationship matures and it's amazing how well they fit together. They have really good scenes and they're so good that you start to feel sorry for them. They have to live so many drama and threat that it feels unfair.

This book has a stronger paranormal element than the first book. Due to the mix of the shadows, the dreams, the walking between dream and reality as two separate entities, it creates a world were nothing is what it seems. There are different people, each one with their own agenda which creates a lot of conflicts, secrets and action.

As for the new characters I liked the addition of Sam, a sweet and innocent young girl who knows more than her age might allow.

This installment has the same writing style as the first and its quality is really good. The dream state is still powerful and intriguing. And agian... the emotions are super palpable.

However, the book loses half a star on my ranking for one tiny detail. There was one particular character that turned up being too obvious, I mean if you read a lot (like myself) it was clear what his or her intentions were.

And... we have a cliffhanger AGAIN. It may seem a bit confusing but if you pay close attention you will understand perfectly what the author meant by those final lines.

1 comment:

  1. I read the review without reading book number one. No, don't panic. I did it with my hand over my eyes and didn't see a thing. *shicker* I did look at the cover and it is beautiful, just beautiful. :-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing


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