Here’s a list of ten for y’all to sink your teeth into.
In the ethereal world of dreams, there are champions who fight to protect the dreamer and there are demons who prey on them… Arik is such a predator. Condemned by the gods to live eternity without emotions, Arik can only feel when he’s in the dreams of others. For thousands of years, he’s drifted through the human unconscious, searching for sensation. Now he’s finally found a dreamer whose vivid mind can fill his emptiness. Dr. Megeara Kafieri watched her father ruin himself and his reputation as he searched to prove Atlantis was real. Her deathbed promise to him to salvage his reputation has now brought her to Greece where she intends to prove once and for all that the fabled island is right where her father said it was. But frustration and bad luck dog her every step. Especially the day they find a stranger floating in the sea. His is a face she’s seen many times…. in her dreams. What she doesn’t know is that Arik holds more than the ancient secrets that can help her find the mythical isle of Atlantis. He has made a pact with the god Hades: In exchange for two weeks as a mortal man, he must return to Olympus with a human soul. Megeara’s soul. With a secret society out to ruin her expedition, and mysterious accidents that keep threatening her life, Megeara refuses to quit. She knows she’s getting closer to Atlantis and as she does, she stumbles onto the truth of what Arik really is. For Arik his quest is no longer simple. No human can know of a Dream-Hunter’s existence. His dream of being mortal has quickly turned into his own nightmare and the only way to save himself will be to sacrifice the very thing he wanted to be human for. The only question is, will he?
Amazon Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)
There are few things that sadden me more than a book with all the potential of the cosmos that falls short. I wanted so much to be lost in this ethereal, haunting, literally dream-like tale of love and Greek gods who use the word “Fuck,” and their drama. That is to say, it’s not even like I went into reading this novel with super high expectations. I’ve read Sherrilyn Kenyon’s work before and loathed it—so too have I read her work and worshiped it (THE LEAGUE series has become one of my favorites—I recommend you all give it a thorough read-thru). But I will say that reading this book has taught me one thing: it is possible to both hate and adore certain works by an author at the same time.
That being said, we’ll get into it then, I suppose.
First!: Arikos, our leading man-god is kind of a little bitch. There are several scenes where Arik seems dependent upon Geary in much the way a foreign child from the Philippines would be (I’m totally not being rude—it’s a running joke between my friend and I, who is the most gorgeous Pinay I’ve ever met). Continually throughout the novel he tells us—and Geary—that he’s “KIND OF A BIG DEAL” back on his plane of existence, but never does he win a fight in the novel without the aid of someone else…including Geary. Which is problematic for me because I think a major staple of this genre is MANLY MEN, kicking ass and taking names and demanding man drink and hot sex in between each. But, there is little ass-kicking or name-taking done by Arik at all.
Second!: As a writer—because we all know I read things from two perspectives; as a reader and as a writer—I noticed a lot of pronoun confusion in the fight scenes and also in the scenes where there was a lot of character description. WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY NEXT POINT!
Third!: FOIL CHARACTERS DON’T NEED TO BE DESCRIBED TO SUCH DEPTHS! IT’S. NOT. NECESSARY!!!
Fourth!: Geary spends more than half the book being skeptical of Arik and I found myself wondering whether there was going to be a gradual easing of trust or if it was just going to be one of those OH-MY-FUCKING-GODS-I-LOVE-YOU-SO-MUCH-BABY-YOU-ARE-MY-WHOLE-ENTIRE-LIFE moments. Which it was.
Fifth!: His amnesia…WHERE THE FUCK’S IT GONE?
Sixth!: The moments in the book where Geary reminisces about her brother, Jason, don’t resonate with me because he’s not a character I care much about—and neither, for that matter, is Geary… though I do think this whole thing about her losing her family was meant to be that THING that helped us, the readers, feel sorry for her. Which is a goal writers are told to aim for in this genre of fiction writing.
Seventh!: (This list is getting too long for my liking)
Eighth!: Nothing comes of his impending “death.” When Arik conveys that he’s “not long for this world” and Geary presumes, in all her human-ness, that he is dying from some disease, the results of that could have been great to read and catastrophic and totally heart rending. But they weren’t and they’re not because-Oh! THEY FALL OFF THE FACE OF THE FLAT EARTH AND ARE NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN! In much the same way his amnesia does.
Ninth!: (We’re almost done, now! Stay with me, then!) The antagonistic banter between Arik and Solin could have been effective and highly enjoyable, and was even funny at times. But it extends into the realm of “Do you not know when to quit?” Which is annoying. Especially with the way Solin and Arik ALL OF A SUDDEN grow to respect each other—which is unfounded and comes out of nowhere.
Tenth!: The one thing I did like about this story was the Greek mythology. I’ve been wanting to write a bit using Greek gods myself, tossing them into a modern day type setting. But, in all honesty, I couldn’t be assed to care about the mythology aspect for wanting to just finish the book and get it over with. Had I been more willing to take my time with the novel, I might have been able to appreciate at least that aspect more.
If you decide you’d like to test your mettle despite what I’ve told you in this review, you can find THE DREAM-HUNTER on Amazon HERE.
Ps, the book’s cover is brilliant though, isn’t it? Probably my favorite thing about the novel.