Before I Wake by Kathryn Smith

I had some doubts about this book before I even started it. I thought, oh no, it’s an avon romance. And that it’s too much like the mass market writers. But guess what? I was thoroughly surprised when I loved this book.

The characters are a little cliche, but all in all who can diss an ass-kicking heroine? Dawn is like Buffy meets Willow but instead of kicking ass on vampires, she is a Nightmare, protector of dreams. Dawn is half human and half dreamkin. Her father is the god Morpheus and she has a human father. She decided at a young age that she wanted nothing to do with her real father and built herself a wall that she thought he could never breach. And until she turned 28 and came of age in The Dreaming, she was safe.

Now there is a Night Terror after her and a patient of hers, Noah Clarke. Noah is a vivid dreamer that is capable of changing his nightmares and being lucid in his dreams. The Terror wants to use Noah’s abilities to take him over and reign havoc on Earth.

Dawn must learn what it means to be the daughter of Morpheus, how to kick butt, and overcome her feelings of distrust in her father and mother. Will she learn all this in enough time to save Noah?

I loved the description of the Dreaming, Morpheus’ realm. It was really thought out and interesting. I love anything Mythological and it took me to that place where anything is possible. Even the scary stuff.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Book Dweeb
    Sep 10, 2008 @ 12:28:18

    This sounds like a really interesting concept. Why didn’t I think of this??? 🙂

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