Saturday, July 26, 2008

Before I Wake by Kathryn Smith

Before I Wake
The Nightmare Chronicles
Kathryn Smith
Avon Books
July 29, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-06-134027-7

From the back cover:
You may call it a dream job . . .
And in some ways, you'd be right. I actually get paid to study people's dreams. It comes much easier than my employers at the Sleep Center suspect; after all, I, Dawn, am the daughter of the king of the dream world, and I can roam the dreams of others, battling the nightmares that plague them.
I call it a nightmare . . .
Honestly, I could use a good night's sleep. But ever since I met Noah Clarke, I'm even more torn between the two worlds: smart, sexy, and able to control his own dreams, Noah could be my perfect man—except he's being stalked in his sleep by an unearthly evil, hell-bent on destroying him . . . and the entire world.
My thoughts:
Dr. Dawn Riley works as a specialist of sleep and dreams, but she was born a Nightmare. With a human mother and a father who’s King of the Dreamkin, Morpheus, Dawn is cursed to straddle both our world and the world of dreams. In her human form she hides her ability to enter and alter dreams, but when a patient believes he’s being hunted and will be killed within his own dreams, Dawn has little choice but to help Noah in any way she can.

Noah Clarke is an artist with a fertile imagination, and he’s always been a lucid dreamer who could maintain some control over his dreams. Now something in his dreams is fighting him, and he fears that the goal is his death. His only hope is his doctor, Dawn, but he’ll have to let her in beyond the walls he’s erected, and that’s something he’d much rather not do.

Kathryn Smith has created a fabulous world for her characters, and added unrest among the ranks of the Dreamkin to fuel the plot. This fast moving tale has all of the right details that make it a captivating read that’s difficult to set down. Before I Wake will have readers eager for the next in The Nightmare Chronicles. This is a book that I’d happily recommend.

To learn more about The Nightmare Chronicles and to read an excerpt from Before I Wake, please visit Ms. Smith’s site: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Kathryn S said...

Thanks, Kimberly! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!


Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Kathryn..You did such an awesome job of making it believable, and I enjoyed every page. :)

Christine said...

Thanks for the review! I really enjoy Kathryn's Brotherhood of Blood (historical-paranormal romance) series. I'm looking forward to discovering her UF story telling voice in this novel. Glad to see you really enjoyed it.

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Christine - I really enjoyed Before I Wake and thought it was very creatively written. Hope you'll like it as well. :)