Author: Kit Alloway
Series: The Dream Walker Trilogy, #2
Format: eARC, kindly provided by
the publishers via NetGalley for
review. (Thank you!!)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: 23rd February 2016
My rating: 4.5 / 5
Finding out that she is the True Dream Walker hasn't gone at all the Joshlyn Weaver would have expected it to. The only special gift she seems to have is an ability to create archways, which really isn't that special. In addition to her inability to connect with the Dream, she has also started having nightmares that are so terrible she can't tell anyone about them. Not even Will.
Just when Josh thought her life couldn't get any more complicated, the lost dream walker princess returns to claim her parents' right to the throne, right as the Lodestone party threatens to take control of the government during the upcoming Accordance Conclave.
With the clock running down, Josh must rely on not only her friends, but also her enemies, to stop the radicals from taking power and controlling the Dream. But how can she expect to save everyone else when she's struggling to pick up the pieces of her own shattered life?
-- As seen on Goodreads
*I received an eARC from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This didn't influence my opinion in any way.*
Dreamfever was everything I hoped the sequel to Dreamfire would be, and oh so much more! After the events that occurred at the end of the last book, the characters are struggling to come to terms with how their lives have changed, and are apprehensive of what the future holds. The book begins four months after Dreamfire, with Josh and Will exploring the Dream. They stumble across a girl, who they assume to be a fellow Dream Walker, lost in the Dream. First impressions are deceiving, and they soon find out she will have a bigger role to play as the story moves forward than they first realised.
The pacing was perfect throughout, and I loved the tension that was steadily created. There was a constant ebb and flow, and I was expecting something huge to be revealed around every corner. All the little hints and hooks that were littered throughout the story were so addictive to find, and they kept me wanting to come back and continue reading the minute I had to walk away. The focus has slightly shifted away from the intricate world-building in Dreamfire, and concentrates on developing the characters and their bonds with each other. I got to say, I thought the amount of character development right across the board was brilliant! This time, we have three points of view: Will and Josh, who we already know, but we also get to follow a new character, Mirren.
Josh has easily become one of my favourite characters in the series (my other favourites being Haley and Deloise). She’s been through some really crazy things in the last book, and she’s still suffering their affects here. I just wanted to reach out and hug her so badly! She’s always been the person people look to for Dream Walker advice, and as a result, she has very few people she can turn to when she needs help herself. Yes, Josh can be a bit power hungry, but in a way, she’s even more human and relatable because of this. She has weaknesses and flaws, and she’s very easy to empathise with. Also, I absolutely love how upfront she can be. She says things as she sees it, and it can be so entertaining to see how the other characters react to her blunt and tactless honestly.
As for Will, well, I certainly wasn’t expecting what happened to happen! There is a noticeable coolness between Will and Josh right from the beginning, and it didn’t fully fade at any stage. I absolutely LOVE how complex both characters are. They’ve developed so much since the first book, and it’s awesome that I feel completely different about each of them now, compared to my feelings before reading Dreamfever. THIS is how you get your audience to change their opinions on characters! It was perfectly done. What happened was within character, felt completely believable, and I don’t feel like I was being forced into changing my opinion just for the hell of it. I can’t class this as anything other than pure skill, and oh my goodness, it was fabulous! I really wish I could go into more specific details, but I really want to avoid hinting at anything too specific. I’m sorry!
I’m not too sure how I feel about Mirren, in honesty. I really liked how her perspective was written, and it was nice to see the dynamics of the existing characters from an ‘outsiders’ perspective, so to speak. But, I don’t know, I just didn’t take to her! Sometimes she seemed a bit too nice and a bit too perfect to be believable as trustworthy, and also with her connecting to a certain favourite character of mine (I’m not naming names), she got filed into the suspicious section of my bad book very early on! I think it was the way she swept into the story and almost took over that made me instantly distrustful of her, and I couldn’t shake off that suspicion even as the story wore on. I have a feeling we haven’t seen the real Mirren yet, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how her character develops in the next book.
I do have one little complaint, though: With three perspectives battling for dominance, I felt Josh was pushed aside a bit too much, particularly in the first half of the book. Josh is the narrator I’ve bonded with the most, so naturally I was hoping to see much more from her perspective. Both Mirren and Will’s perspectives are really well done and entertaining… but they just weren’t Josh!
I love the direction the story has taken, overall, and the ending was shocking, explosive and completely unexpected! I LOVED it! But, oh whoa, that epilogue, though!? But particularly that last sentence in the epilogue, oh my lordy lord, HOLD ME! *Sobs* What the heck is going to happen?! I can’t handle not knowing! *Sobs even harder* I’m usually not a fan of epilogues, but this one was kinda painful, yet kinda perfect in a stressful sort of way!
I loved Dreamfire, and I was wondering how the sequel would match up to it, but personally, I thought Dreamfever was so much better overall. The character development was phenomenal, and I can’t wait to see what direction the story will take. I’m not even going to begin guessing how everything will be rectified, but I’m dying to find out what’ll happen next!