Published in: 2009
Edition read: E-book
Series: 2nd book in the Nightmare Chronicles
Life can be a nightmare. Literally.
On the surface, it might seem like I, Dawn Riley, have it all. I’ve got a great job, a boyfriend who loves me . . . but my family life is a different story.
As the mortal daughter of the King of Dreams, I have an ability to exist between both worlds . . . which is terrifying to some. Now the Nightmare Council claims I’ve broken their laws and is threatening to have me “unmade.” And if that’s not bad enough, I need to track down a vicious criminal responsible for several savage attacks—before he finds me.
I’m lucky enough to have Noah by my side, and he’ll do whatever it takes so that we can have a future together. In the end, though, this is my battle. The fate of a world rests upon my shoulders, and it seems the best that I can hope for is not to die in my sleep…
We pretty much launch straight into the story on this one, with no reminder of what happened in book 1 or who the characters are, and we start off with the rape of Noah’s ex-wife by a sick bastard. Dawn, having been in a similar circumstance before, bonds with this woman she previously only saw as a threat (yes, all women must view each other as threats to their men. It’s the unwritten woman rule. /sarcasm). In between trying to help Amanda work through her trauma, Dawn is also fighting for her life in the Dreamworld as this nasty warden lady tries to have her unmade because reasons. Jealousy or something.
I…. didn’t find this book at all believable, the characters were still really under-developed and their interactions were forced. The romance between Dawn and Noah was just grating on me throughout the book, I could not understand why Dawn’s mother insisted on stubbornly remaining in the Dreamworld and screwing over her children (Happiness? No, that’s selfishness. You get to be with Morpheus at night, you come back to the real world during the day. That’s how it works lady.) and Dawn herself just didn’t seem to learn anything useful. I mean, yay she can protect herself now and yay, she’s learning what it means to be a Nightmare, but has she grown at all through this? No. Is she still on about her weight issues (cause a size 12 is apparently ‘fat’). No, no she’s still on about that.
I think my bitterness overall is that this story idea is really interesting, it could be so damn good, and the author just falls short. It’s all set up well, the story is lurking there in the shadows, the characters just really let it all down bigtime.
Dark side of dawn rating: 6/10
Would I re-read it? No, I didn’t really enjoy this book or series so once was enough
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of paranormal romances