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Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Dream Alchemist (Somnus #1) by Joanna Chambers ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

Joanna did it again! Another wonderfully written novel, sweet slow developing romance. Interesting and real feeling characters (even in a Paranormal environment..). Though I'm not sure I"d be able to explain this novel, I REALLY enjoyed it. It was such a RIDE! I was drawn into Somnus and into the main character's struggle unable to put the book down. 


Joanna build a mesmerizing world of a dreams called Somnus. In there I think we all go when we sleep but most of us are "Drones", having our dreams disconnected from whatever is happening around us, other Drones or Dreamwalkers. Bryn is a dreamwalker but now that his mentor is dead and he is pulled toward a very scary Tower in Somnus whenever he falls asleep he tries not falling asleep at all. He is sick of it all. Yet compelled to return to the Tower and Somnus when he finally succumbs to sleep. His meetup with Laszlo is the beginning of a change on so many levels.

Laszlo has been treated for his "realistic" dreams for years leaving him a shell of a human being, incapable of feeling anything other than going through the motions. His first meetup with Bryn happens when he is in a Drone like state which means he doesn't remember any of it in the morning but when he is finally confronted in real life about everything he believed he knew about his "situation" shit starts hitting the fan for both him and Bryn.

I loved the relationship buildup between Bryn and Laszlo. Though they known each other for a short while I could really feel the way they are drawn to one another, the connection between the two, the way they felt when the other was around. Their romance was so so beautiful (without ever getting "mushy").

I don't know what the next installment is going to be about, haven't seen anything mentioned on it, but with the epilogue I have a feeling it's going to focus on Dylan Black (a very important side character in this one). I'm very intrigued to hear his and Finn's story. 

A GREAT novel. A joy to read, impossible to put down and NO WAY falling asleep ;)

Can't wait for the next one!  



Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 223 pages, 29-30 May 2015 / On GoodReads

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