Thursday, July 5, 2012

Blog Tour: Review and Guest Post for Dreamwalker by Andrea Heltsley


Hello there!! Today I am taking part in the Dreamwalker Blog Tour hosted by SupaGurl Tours. To see the full schedule click on the banner. This book sounded too good to pass up so when Heather sent me an invite I accepted immediately. I have my review and a guest post with the author.

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  • Publish Date: May 23, 2012
  • Source: eBook provided by SupaGurl Tours for review
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Overview


Noel Kennedy lost her boyfriend, her job and he dignity all in one week. Then something happened and she began to dream of this stranger she had never met. She couldn’t resist the man of her dreams named Jared especially when she met him in real life. Entranced, she slowly unraveled a world she was meant to stay out of. Her life was not what she thought it was once a sexy Boone stepped into the mix and shook things up. Can she escape a life of servitude or immortality for a chance at love?



My Thoughts 

I love the whole idea of dreams actually intertwining with reality, so this book caught my interest. Besides that, look at the pretty cover. The way that the book goes from real world, to Noel slipping into dreams was a little disorienting at first, but then when I thought about it, you are kind of experiencing what she is. The pace was good and steady in this. I feel like we got to know the characters and situation pretty well. I would have liked a little bit more action and perhaps more real interaction, it seems like everyone kind of avoids really talking about anything that is important at all. I know that the dreams interrupt a lot of it, but I still wanted more. 

Noel starts off pretty pathetic to me, and I can't honestly say that I like her a whole lot more by the end of the book. She doesn't seem like a very strong character, and like she wants everyone else to just kind of deal with things or just avoid them in general. I know that all of this is pretty shocking to her and her world has been turned upside down, but I still was really hoping she would change and grow more by the end of the book. It's not to say that I didn't enjoy going through the story in her POV, I just wanted to like her and connect with her and I didn't. I am hoping that in the next book I like her more. I think that certain characters in the story may help to make her not so dependent and realize that she can be a strong person too. 

Oh the dreaded love triangle. Yup, I said it. I will fist say that I didn't necessarily have a favorite, but I was so freaking frustrated and angry at the outcome. Noel swears she is trying to make things fair to try and choose, but really she is thinking one person has the unfair advantage over the other, when I totally see it the opposite as she does. Anyways, that is just how I feel about it. It wasn't a love triangle that made me roll my eyes though, like so many do. I totally get it, and I guess my frustration means that it was done well. 

This book has a whole lot of different stuff in it. Vampires, Fey, Goblins, Witches, Clairvoyants, Greek mythology....I mean really. I liked how it all was woven together though. I thought it was really interesting how certain people with powers are "recruited" to be either immortal or slaves and how there are rogues who want to stop it and pretty much are hidden and try to work undercover against it. 

The settings and descriptions of everything were wonderful. I loved going into the dreams and feeling like I could see exactly what Noel was seeing. Since a lot of the book is spent in dreams, it was great to be able to feel like I was part of it. I felt less so in the "real world", but that is mostly because the focus is on what the characters are doing. It was a good balance. 

This book was very enjoyable to read. There were a few twists, surprised, and a little suspense. I thought it was an interesting story too. Like I said before, I wish there was a bit more character interaction, but obviously with Noel passed out in a dream half the time that is a bit difficult. I also really hope that Noel toughens up a bit. I would have like a little more back story once Noel knows what is going on, but maybe that comes in later books when she might be awake for longer and they aren't currently on the run or imprisoned so they have time to have a little conversation. Overall I think this is a great start to the series and I am curious to see where it goes. I like the idea of the story and the diversity of the characters and want to know what will happen.  3 out of 5 stars

Guest Post

What special ability would you want to have if you could have one?

That is a great question.  If I had a choice I would consider invisibility, mind reading, regeneration/healing, or teleportation.  These are the ones I feel would be the most beneficial anyways.  Of course, in this world, any added powers are adventitious and it would be a crime not to use them.
If I was invisible, I could move about people undetected and no one would bother me.  I could also avoid a lot of awkward situations.  That is definitely a bonus.
If I could read minds, I would understand people so much better.  I could get requests right the first go round, and avoid miscommunications.   This could be a really fun ability to mess around with on a lighter note.
If I possessed regeneration/healing, I would never be hurt.  I wouldn’t have to worry about sickness and disease.  Sticks and stones might not break my bones...lol.
If I could teleport, I could save so much wasted time going from place to place.  There would be no such thing as a dang commute.   Travel times and transportation coordination would be no problem!
Ultimately, I would choose teleportation.  One minute I could be sitting at home with my family and the next, I could be sitting on an exotic island, soaking up the sun.  Maybe I would drop into a cafĂ© in Tuscany and write for a spell.  Then I could always venture to Scotland and visit a castle or two.  I think I would love teleportation for the freedom!


About the author:

I am a biology nerd who loves reading just about anything paranormal and some chick lit. I love my Italian greyhounds, my family, sunshine and summertime and most of all books! When I am not writing, I am reading. I have been writing on paper and in my head since grade school. It is pretty bad when you are at your job and daydreaming about writing a scene. I have fallen victim more than once, so I decided to make a go of it:) I am an entertainment girl! I love all things books, music, movies and television. Coffee is my best friend and I think I should own a Starbucks by now..lol 

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16 comments:

  1. Dreamwalker certainly seems to have a lot going on: dreams, mythical creatures, love triangles... A lot to keep up with, but you shouldn't be bored. ;-)
    I'm glad you mostly enjoyed the book. And thanks for an interesting guest post!

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    1. I did like it. There was definitely enough in it to keep me interested. I only had a hard time with it because I am a very character driven reader and since Noel is passed out so much I didn't really get to connect with any of them enough. The storyline was really great.

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  2. The cover is really pretty ! :) I love the blue tones on it.
    It's too bad that the main character doesn't really have a back bone and doesn't really develop throughout the story. There seems to be a lot of creatures and all going on in the book. :) It does sound like fun and I like the concept of dream walking.
    Lovely review, Amy. :)

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    1. I liked that there was a variety of types of characters. I like how the story was developing too. I think I just need to feel the characters more and I would have enjoyed it more. I understand what was going on with Noel though. It just made it hard to get to know anyone.

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  3. Thanks everyone for the comments!! And thanks Amy for hosting me and reading my lovely book, you are a gem:)

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    1. You're so welcome!! I look forward to reading more of this series!

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  4. This sort of reminds me of the book Wake (which I hated lol) but the dreams and stuff. Except that one didn't have vampires and stuff that sounds really neat actually. Also curious about this love triangle. Sounds like a fun kind of frustrating lol. Great review Amypoo!

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    1. It's a pretty cool book. I liked the idea of it and the storyline, I just wanted more of the characters. I am hoping in the following books that the characters will be more center stage so I can get to know them better.

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  5. I like the idea of dreams & reality mixing. Must be the Inhale aftershocks - heehee. Nice review girl.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. Hehe!! I have always liked dream stuff so it was definitely interesting to me.

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  6. I have the feeling I'd be frustrated by Dreamwalker. The dreaded love triangle! :P But you're right, that cover is gorgeous!
    If I could pick a superpower, I'd probably go with teleportation. Think of all the cool places you could visit! :)

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    1. I did get frustrated a few times while reading it. I would love to be able to teleport. I mean, you could take a day trip to Hawaii or Paris or wherever and sleep in your own bed that night.

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  7. This sounds SO interesting, especially the whole disorientation element of the dreams. I think I would struggle with Noel though, she's really not my sort of heroine!!

    I loved the guest post, dunno which power I'd choose...teleportation is so tempting but I think I'd go for mindreading. so nosey, I'd love it :P

    Cait x

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    1. Haha! I don't think I would want to know what people are thinking sometimes. Though, I'm not easily offended so it would probably be fun! ;)

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  8. Such a fabulous cover! I'm still staring at it, and it's been like what, 10 minutes now? XD Anyways, Dreamwalker looks really interesting. I love that there's so many elements of fantasy in it, as well as Greek mythology! I'm such a fan of that type of stuff. Although *sigh* a love triangle. Love triangles, along with weak heroines, are my pet peeves in books. At least the love triangle doesn't make you roll your eyes! That's always a plus. ;)

    I love the author's answer as to which super power they would choose! I think I would also choose teleportation! You could have a mini-vacation every single day. Or I might choose reading minds. That could be very helpful...

    Fabulous review, Amy! And I also really enjoyed the guest post. =)

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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    1. Thanks hon!! I'm more of a kick ass heroine person too. I am hoping that she toughens up a bit. I love the idea of the story and I think it's interesting so I will definitely continue reading the series.

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