Book Review: Fractured DreamAuthor: KM Randall
Published: June 2014
Series: The Dreamer Saga #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
It’s been eight years since Story Sparks last had a dream. Now they’re back, tormenting her as nightmares she can’t remember upon waking. The black waters of Lake Sandeen, where her Uncle Peter disappeared decades before, may hold the secret to Story’s hidden memories, or a truth she’d rather not know. On a bright summer afternoon, Story and her two best friends, Elliott and Adam, take a hike to the lake, where they dive into the cool water and never reemerge. What they find is beyond anything they’ve ever imagined could be possible, a world where dangers lurk in the form of Big Bad Wolves, living Nightmares and meddlesome witches and gods.
Now Story must remember who she really is and somehow stop two worlds from ultimate annihilation, all while trying not to be too distracted by the inexplicable pull she feels toward a certain dark-eyed traveler who seems to have secrets of his own. The fates of the worlds are counting on her.
My Two Cents
First off, I'd like to give a big THANK YOU to NetGalley for letting me read this book. I always love getting approved to read new books. Now to the not so nice. I really wanted to love Story and her fairy tale. And I truly loved the Big Bad's and the vampire Sleeping Beauty. But Story and her two side kicks, Adam and Elliott, drove me nutsy! It would have been better, perhaps more believable, if Adam and Elliot were not there. I felt that Elliot, with his seer capability, would have fit in better if they found him with the other fairy tale creatures. He was supposed to be a "normal" in Story's life, not wiggin out with prophecy's all the time. The thing I was most bothered by was their willingness to go on a "journey" and save the world, all the while running from some nasty mythical creatures that simply didn't exist to them a week ago. And Story was just kind of there, enjoying the ride. Not really exuding much emotion of any kind. Until Mr. Handsome came along and it was love at first sight. Why do you curse me insta-love? To be honest, I lost count how many times I forced myself to pick this book up and I stopped almost half way through. I really loved the world Randall created but I found myself wishing some main characters would get eaten or sucked dry by Sleeping Beauty. I'm awarding Fractured Dream 2 out of 5 stars.