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Title: Dreamscape (Netherworld Book 1)
Author: Christie Rich
Age Group: New Adult age 14+
Published: July 23rd 2013
Pages: Approx. 350
Source: Review copy
Blog Tour organized by: CBB Book Promotions
My Rating: 4 / 5
~ Synopsis ~
Every night before Amelia falls asleep she makes a wish to dream of him - the man who calls her to their beautiful private oasis, her sanctuary where she is free of her greedy landlord's threats. But tonight, he will not call Amelia to him. Tonight, another man will step into her world to claim her. Tonight, Amelia's shattering reality will crumble - and disappear into the Dreamscape...along with her freedom.
When Amelia dreams tonight, her nightmare becomes her new world where Seth is her captor and anything is possible...except escape. Seth needs Amelia to break the curse that binds him to the Dreamscape. He must convince her that she was made to free him, that she was made to join him.
For if he fails, he will never escape his prison, and he will lose Earth to the Netherworld where the evil Erobos wait to consume the human realm and everything in it. If he fails, Seth will lose the one thing that matters to him: Amelia.
~ My Thoughts ~
This is a beautifully written book with brilliant characters. Mythology and ideas about dreams and nightmares and where those come from are interwoven to create this story about Amelia and Seth fighting to keep Earth safe from the Netherworld. Amelia and Seth are two people you will definitely want to read about as well as the world they live in.
When I first began reading, I found some things that were confusing to me, but the further along I read, the more things began to fall into place. Christie Rich has built a world so intricate that I was blown away with its richness and complexity. What I loved most about this book besides the characters was the mythology and ideas about dreams. Both have always intrigued me, and the way they were woven together was unique and different from any mythology stories I've read.
Amelia is such a kick ass character. She has been through a lot of pain in her short life, starting with the fact that her parents weren't fit to raise her. Eventually, she's taken in by Justine, a woman I pictured to be a grandmother-like figure to Amelia. Justine has recently died and Amelia is about to be evicted from Justine's apartment when the book begins. You'd probably think this would make Amelia fragile, but the opposite is true. It only made her stronger, and her instincts for survival kick into high gear.
What I loved most about Amelia was that she doesn't instantly fall in love with Seth. She doesn't know him, he has captured her, and now she must help him. Though she admits to herself he's definitely attractive, she doesn't just let him sweep her off her feet, which I really admired. The relationship takes time to develop and grow, and I was very thankful for that. Amelia doesn't just let in anyone, and she has every right to be cautious. It makes complete sense to be hesitant towards someone who captured you and lets you know there is no escape!
The only thing that bugged me was the number of times Seth told Amelia he has much to teach her and tell her. I wanted him to stop talking about it and just do it. ;)
Overall, I really loved this book and am eagerly awaiting the next one. I'm looking forward to spending more time with Seth and Amelia and delving back into their world.
~ About the Author ~
I grew up daydreaming about fairytales, and my love for discovering new worlds has never died. I am not one of those writers who always knew I would write. I thought that was what other people did until one day, a few years ago, I took a challenge from a friend and typed my first words. My journey has been wonderful, and I cannot imagine a day where I would ever give up writing. My love for reading is what fueled my imagination in the first place and still does. When I am not writing or reading, I enjoy family time with my husband and two children. My family and I live in a quiet community in Northern Utah, and I am so thankful for the rich life I have been blessed with.
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