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review 2015-03-18 00:41
Bring Me A Dream: Reveler Series 5 - Erin Kellison


    Another great addition to the Reveler series! This might actually be my favorite Reveler book yet! There was so much going on in this one, it was non stop pulse pounding action. A lot of really huge things happened for it being such a little book. I really dug the Inception/Matrix vibe it had going throughout this one. It is unnerving to imagine being able to tell the difference between dreams and reality anymore, and I thought that added an extra layer of intrigue to this story.



    The nightmares are now running a muck in the waking world, and basically all hell is breaking loose, while our favorite rag tag team of Revelers are trying to fight the powers that be. I love the idea of these nightmares! I kind of picture them along the lines of Dementors from Harry Potter, all dark, ominous and like soul sucking leaches.



   I think it's truly frightening that they are now venturing beyond the scrape and terrorizing and ultimately stealing people from the waking world. I also LOVED that we got a glimpse of the legendary Sandman. He was more than I was bargaining for, and I can't wait to find out even more about him!



(This picture should be looked at while listening to Metallica's "Enter Sandman" for the full effect, just trying to set the mood lol)


   I also really like the idea of these halflings, half nightmare, half human. Mirren was really interesting, and I thought it was pretty awesome that she could control the dream sand, which essentially makes up everything in dreams. Her and Vince hooking up was a pretty cool combo too. I actually came to appreciate Vince's crazy by the end of this too.


    This world that Kellison has created just seems to keep getting better and better! I am really looking forward to seeing what see comes up with next!


     I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

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review 2014-06-10 17:43
Lay Me Down: Reveler Series 2 - Erin Kellison



   Another great book in the Reveler series! I do wish these books were a little longer, at only a little over 100 pages it the story does go by rather quickly, but there aren't any dull moments either. Lay me Down focused on two characters that we met in the first book, Maisie (Jordan's wild sister),  and the ultimate Chimera recruiter, Coll (aka Steeeeeeve). Maze is definitely an interesting character, she's her own person, and believes that most rules were made for breaking. She pretty much stirs up trouble wherever she goes, but at the same time is a genuinely decent person. She gets herself in a heap of trouble in the first book, while being a currier for some not so nice people in the Reve.  Like her sister, Maze has some unique talents with the Reve. I really like with each new addition we get a larger picture of not only this incredible dream world, but also the people that inhabit it. We are seeing more amazing abilities from the people that live in this world too.


    "The dark city that struck up into a midnight sky was drawn with razor sharp edges, each formation a meticulous rendering of angles and detail, yet the dark patches weren't just shaded black, but were empty vacuums of density. From the buildings' windows gleamed an occasional white light. Her dream wasn't a localized conception, either; it had a sense of vastness, of completion, the likes of which he'd never witnessed before."




  I was really impressed that with this being a shorter book, the romance did not feel rushed. It was more slow starting than the previous book. There was more conflict and animosity between Coll and Maze at the beginning. There relationship slowly evolved with the story. I really liked that. Coll was a very mysterious character. You start out not really knowing much about him or what he is truly capable of, and slowly get glimpses at the power he wields. He was very different from the characters we have met thus far, and his was a welcome addition to this growing world.


   While the drama between Maze and her unwelcomed pursuers was happening, there was also more bits and pieces of the darker side to this dreamscape being uncovered. We got to learn a little more about the nightmarish creatures that live on the outskirts of the Reve, in the shadows of the Scrape. Kellison yet again only gives you these tid bits in small doses though. The more you find out, the more intrigued you are. It has a inception like feel to it. Each book just adding another layer to such a vast idea. There were so many twists and turns throughout the book that you were constantly on the edge of your seat just waiting to find out what happens next. I will say I was a little confused about the whole idea of the waking dreams aspect and also the transferring of memories element.

But like so much else, we only got a taste of that, and I'm curious to see if that will all be looked at more in depth in the following books. I hope so.


   The end of Lay Me Down definitely leaves you wanting more. Things seem very far from finished. I can't wait to see where the story goes from here. The possibilities, like the dream world itself, are really limitless with this series. Thus far my interest only continues to grow with each addition. Lucky for me the third book seems to have been released yesterday! I already purchased it and look forward to starting very soon. I highly recommend this series to fans of PNR that are looking for something new and unique.



      I received this book from Fire Flower Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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review 2014-06-10 04:55
Darkness Falls: Reveler Series 1 - 'Erin Kellison'



    Where did this book come from??  I really enjoyed Darkness Falls. Admittedly I am kind of a nerd when it comes to dreams. I have always been fascinated by them. I even attempted to read Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams as a teenager, although ironically enough all I really accomplished was reading about a page or so at a time and then would instantly fall into a deep sleep. I might actually attempt to read it again now that I'm a little older with a little more patients for reading informational text. I also have a mild obsession with Freddy Kruger. I absolutely loved the idea of this villain that could control the dream world, and prey on his helpless sleeping prey. And he was the ultimate smartass so, who could ask for more?! Erin Kellison takes the dream world and makes it her bitch in this book! Darkness Falls was quite like the Reve ( the shared dream world in this book) it's alluring, it beckons you to come in and explore this beautiful thing so full of possibilities. And once you've had a taste of this compelling world, it gets under your skin and you NEED to have more, do more, see MORE.



   This was the first book in the Reveler series, and it really only gives you a small taste of what I can only hope will be an amazing series. This a world in which people, for a hefty cost, can partake in society's newest drug of choice, communal dream sharing, aka the Reve. You already know how incredible dreams can be, you can fly, slay dragons, fall into your most intimate desires, all without any of the very real repercussions of the real world. Now imagine that this dream world could be crafted for you, and you could share it with other real people. Fancy a beach vacation, maybe living a little dangerously and climbing a molten flowing volcano, dancing with no inhibitions in paradise and having a sinful time with a stranger, well Reve is the place for you.



There are no rules in the dream world, no pain, no death, only complete freedom from the mundane constrictions of the real world. Sounds perfect right? At least that's what most people think. In reality, like any avenue for something that sounds too good to be true, it usually is. There are some people that would use Reve for more sinister things.


   "She'd soon learn that the Reve- pretty vacation beaches, gaming mazes, or even army war simulations- was full of liars. Reve was made for liars."




Lucky for the people partaking in the Reve, along with the people that would use it for their nefarious purpose, there were also the people that would serve as a police of sorts of the dream world, the Chimera. And what an interesting bunch of people these Chimera are. They seem to be mostly composed of people with some real talents at navigating and using the Reve. I can't wait to see more of these guys!


   Along with getting introduced to this magical dreamscape, we also get to meet Jordan, a newbie to the Reve craze, and her wild child sister Maisie. Jordan is a reserved, responsible adult that had been taking care of her younger more carefree sister since the death of their parents some years ago. Maisie convinces her straight laced sister to go with her into the Reve, and from there basically all hell breaks loose once certain people get a glimpse at Jordan's natural abilities at navigating the Reve. She quickly becomes a hot commodity to both the Chimera and the people who would seek to use her abilities to meet their own dirty ends. Lucky for her she has Rook, Chimera recruiter and all around hunky, dangerous and naughty thought invoking badass, looking out for her. Suddenly the Reve is much more than a fantasy. The more Jordan gets exposed to this dream world, the more she sees the darker side of it. Besides the normal baddies there seem to be even more nightmarish things lurking on the outskirts of paradise. While you almost only barely scratch the surface of that, it was enough to spark my incessant curiosity. I need to know more about these rogues that live in the shadows of your darkest nightmares.



   This was a completely unique, fast paced, intriguing story. While I do wish it were a little longer, that only goes to say how much I enjoyed it. I'll be jumping right into the next installment, Lay Me Down.


    I received this book from Fire Flower Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 




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