Tuesday, 29 October 2013

HALLOWEEN WEEK: Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti

Title: Dreams
Author: Daniela Sacerdoti
Published by: Black and White Publishing
Publication date: 18th April 2012
Pages: 432
Genres: Young Adult/Paranormal/Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher


Seventeen-year-old Sarah Midnight has never had a normal life. To the outside world she is a typical teenager, but on the inside, Sarah holds an unimaginable secret. Her parents are demon hunters, part of a web of Secret Families who have sworn to protect the world. When they are mysteriously killed, Sarah's world is shattered but she knows she must now take up their fight.

Unprepared for the task ahead, she finds herself thrust into a world of incredible danger, full of things she never even knew existed. Including her enigmatic long-lost cousin who, out of the blue, turns up on her doorstep just when she needs him most. He claims to be there to help and protect her, but how will she know who to trust in this perilous new life? And can she stay alive long enough to complete her parents' quest when they have left her so defenceless?

Sarah has to learn, and learn fast - the demons are all around her and death waits for no one...

Sarah Midnight's dreams are utterly terrifying. They are plagued by demons, but that isn't all; they come true. Sarah is the 'Dreamer' of the Midnight family, which means that her dreams - or shall we say nightmares - guide her parents' demon hunts. Sarah's parents rarely have time for her unless they're getting the gory but necessary details from one of her dreams, which is why at the age of seventeen, Sarah still doesn't know how to do any spells. Of course, her mother will have all the time in the world to teach her them! ...Wrong. After Sarah's parents' sudden death, she is pushed into a cruel world of death and fear, as she continues their 'Midnight Mission'. Young, alone and naive, it would be easy for her to make the wrong choices...but one wrong choice could mean instant death. Or a slow and painful one...

Okay, I'll be honest. This book freaked me out at some points. Partly because it's about demons that were so well described they seemed real, and partly because I was sat in my bedroom, on my own, in the dark at midnight. Probably not my best idea!

The characters were well formed and very realistic. I really liked Sarah because she wasn't over-confident; instead she was quiet and vulnerable. It was great to watch her grow as a person and become more ruthless! I also liked Harry/Sean, her cousin. He brought a nice 'safe' feel to the novel, if that makes sense, because he cared for and protected Sarah. It was a bit weird that he loved Sarah more than family, but if you read the story you'll understand why it's okay for him to feel like that, it's just not....normal for the feelings to be recuperated, shall we say. Despite this, I was rooting for them from the start! I SHIP SARRY! 

Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed by Aunt Juliette. She was quite prominent in the story at first, but as more characters were introduced she quickly faded into the background and only popped up once or twice later in the book. It felt like she had been forgotten about. To be honest I'm glad she didn't get in the way too much as I wanted Sarah and Harry to get on with their demon hunting, but at the same time I feel like it would have seemed more real if she had checked up on them more often.

There were about six or seven chapters from other POVs, for example Mike, Niall and Elise - other people who, like Harry, were protecting others. I didn't think these chapters were necessary to the story and they felt a bit like fillers. This book was around 400 pages long and, without the extra POVs I think it could have been a more bearable size and the story could have flowed better.

Sarah had OCD, which I liked. Wait...that came out wrong! Hear me out. I liked it because there aren't many books that deal with things like that. 'Dreams' didn't really go into it properly, but it was still there and I liked that sub-plot a lot.

Unfortunately, the novel ended with a cliffhanger which frustrated me. I was offered the next book in the trilogy from the publisher, but sadly I had to turn it down because of the amount of books I have to review. I suppose I'll never find out what happens next. :( However, I think this book was spectacular and it introduced me to a new genre, which it turns out I love! The writing was exquisite and I definitely recommend this. 3.5/5!

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8 comments:

  1. Great Review! Although this isn't my favourite type of genre, after reading your review of this book I definitely want to buy it.
    Holly x

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  2. Excellent review! I'm shocked I haven't heard of this one before. It sounds pretty good!
    -Kelsey @ Verbosity Book Reviews

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  3. Excellent review! I'm surprised I've never heard of this one before. Sounds pretty good!
    -Kelsey @ Verbosity Book Reviews

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  4. I remember this one being in your haul, and it looked amazing, and now it sounds amazing, too! :D I might have to read this one. By the way... Dystopia isn't really horror, but can I put it in the widgit please?

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