A review by Maria.
First off I’d like to take a moment to thank author Quinn Loftis for allowing Fangirls Read it First to read and review her novel Dream of Me.
Dream of Me is a twist on the Sandman tale. Dair is the Sandman, an angelic being created by the Creator for the purpose of guiding important humans toward their destinies by visiting them in their dreams.
Serenity and Emma are two important humans Dair visits. When Dair visits someone he follows them and gets to know their lives and personalities aside from just their dreams. As soon as he see Serenity he feels an attraction and something he’s never felt before: love. Serenity becomes increasingly aware of the Sandman’s existence, questioning her sanity but also wanting to follow her heart.
Serenity was my favorite character. She’s insanely kind and spends of her free time helping others. She lost her parents at a young age and lives with her aunt and uncle helping them at their house and community. She also works with animals. She’s smart and ambitious and wants out of her small town after graduation from high school. When she becomes aware of Dair’s presence in her life she questions things and has doubts but the romance between them becomes very real and believable.
Dair was a harder character to get to know. He’s immortal and angelic and we never find out much about him other than it’s his job to visit dreams. However the angel Raphael is introduced as his closest friend and their friendship and banter show more of Dair’s personality. He’s very old fashioned romantic even though he’s never felt love before.
The only character I never grew to like was Emma. She was an 8-year-old girl but was supposed to be a genius. Which made her hard to relate to since she was so young and very smart. She never really fit into the kid sister role or super intelligent role either. Honestly I just found her character to be rather an enigma as she would say and think the oddest things. I think I would have rather she had been a regular 8-year-old without the genius aspect and still have her future be important to Dair.
Last but not least I have to mention how much I completely adored Serenity’s best friend, Glory. She was the comic relief in this book and really knew how to liven up a scene.
I wouldn’t call this book a fast read and it did have slow moments mostly due to the mythological or angelic/religious scenes. This book wasn’t outright religious but had some of the concepts in it since the Sandman was an angelic being in this version. This book was well worth the read if you like new takes on mythology, fate, and enjoy a good romance.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Dream of Me (Dream Maker #1)
by Quinn Loftis
Release Date: 02/28/15
Summary from Goodreads:
“In the evening… [he] blows softly upon their necks, till their heads begin to droop. […] Under each arm he carries an umbrella; one of them, with pictures on the inside, he spreads over the good children, and then they dream the most beautiful stories the whole night.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson
Since the dawn of time, Brudair, otherwise known as the Sandman to the world, has faithfully lived out his purpose, faithfully performed his duties. He has never questioned his lot among the immortals, until now, until her. Sarah Serenity Tillman, a consummate beauty both inside and out, is a high school senior five months from her graduation. She has great plans, dreams of leaving the small town of her childhood behind her forever. But destiny has other plans, and it’s the Sandman’s job to make sure those plans are fulfilled.
The tall muscular Sandman, known as Dair to his friends, dressed in black, wrapped in shadows, is more than a myth. And he has a job to do. His very existence makes him a creature of the night, because dreams, (yes the legends got that part right), were indeed his specialty. But his purpose was more than just weaving dreams for sleeping children. No, his dreams were made to influence, made to ensure that certain special individuals, those individuals who would change the course of history, actually accepted their chosen destiny.
Little does Serenity know that she is Dair’s next assignment. And the dream that he weaves for her, if she follows its influence, will change the course of, not only her life, but possibly the whole of history as well. But she isn’t the only one being influenced. The beauty inside of her was weighing on the Sandman, lighting up the darkness that was his constant companion. Her light was warmth, it was life, and he didn’t understand how he had survived the previous millennia without it.
The Sandman was indeed greater than anything humans had ever imagined, and his purpose was vital to the course of history. So what happens when the weaver of dreams gets so distracted by a mere human that he ignores his own duties in the immortal realm? How can an immortal who was never meant to have a mate, join a young woman in her destiny without irrevocably changing the lives of millions and potentially altering history in a way the Creator never intended?
“Dream of me, Princess,” Dair whispered into her ear.
“Then weave me a dream, Sandman,” she said softly. “And we can dream together.”
As her eyes grew heavy, she heard Dair’s voice telling her to sleep, to open her mind to him and let him in. I’m all yours, she thought as sleep finally claimed her.
About the Author
Quinn is an award winning author who lives in beautiful Western Arkansas with her husband, two son (and one on the way!), Nora the Doberman, and Phoebe the Cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is the author of twelve novels, including the USA Today bestseller, Fate and Fury. Quinn is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.
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