Legacy of a Dreamer
By: Allie Jean
Chantal Breelan is a ward of the state, living under the care of a woman who is cold and heartless. Her past is a mystery, and her future is even more uncertain. She can’t recall why she had been taken from her parents and so she’s left with nothing but an empty hole where her childhood should have been. When she awakens from her nightmares, she’s left with terrible, violent images, as well as a boy whose face is oddly familiar, yet can’t be placed.
Scared and alone, Chantal begins to confide in an imaginary friend – a shadow in the shape of a man who stands in the corner of her room. She is comforted when she believes he listens to her. On her eighteenth birthday, Chantal is forced to leave her foster home. She moves to New York City, but the start of her new life doesn’t begin as smoothly as she’d hoped. One night at a subway station, Chantal meets a young boy who runs away from her, and she’s compelled to follow him down into the tunnels. But this Rabbit Hole reveals a world where reality is a nightmare.
Mathias is a descendant of a Fallen Angel and beholden to wage an unfathomable war against an ancient evil, spawned by greed and spite. A powerful fighter, he and his brethren of Warriors vow to pay recompense for the sins of their fathers by guarding the most precious, piercing light against the darkness – the females of their kind. The Warriors' pledge is to find and protect the Oracles, their sisters and kin. Long have they fought, shedding sweat and blood, hoping that their struggles are not invain. Yet in his sacrifice and service he may find life’s ultimate reward – a love to surpass all time.
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I love getting a book from an author I had never read and loving it! There are books that drive me crazy because they start all seeming the same, but the knowledge I will find that diamond in the rough keeps me testing the waters. And this one DEFINATELY had the originality factor!
Disclaimer: do NOT read right before bed if you are anything like me! Which is a chicken!!
We meet Chantel just before her 18th birthday, which removes her from the custody of the state and out of foster care. That alone made me love this book from the beginning! Chantel has had a rough upbringing but never gives up and makes sure she has the future she wants. She is so strong but has suffered nightmares since she was little and is still terrified. She had a shadow that she called Nick that made her feel safe. He never spoke and she thought he was a figment of her imagination, that is until he saved her life! Oh.... and his name is Mathias.
This story is about a world within our own that is so different I would love to see inside Allie's brain!
Nick/Mathias only shows his softer side around Chantel and their romance is slow growing but I like that better than wham, bam, thank you ma'am. Just the anxiety of wanting them together and knowing they will be really builds up emotions in me. I who wouldn't fall for the hott shadow guy who protects them!
There is romance, suspense, mystery, and action all bound up together for a thrilling read! You won't be able to put it down and become so invested in watching the characters develop.
Rating: 4.5 stars
*** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review ***
Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. She spent her childhood inventing stories and telling tales. Her mind never shut down, even while she slept. Vivid dreams containing extensive, elaborate plot lines of good overcoming evil villains captured her nightly visions, lingering into her waking hours and filling the pages of her well-loved bounded diaries. She was encouraged by her parents, even at a young age, to write down her tales, and it has remained a somewhat secret hobby. As a busy wife, mother and critical care nurse, Allie’s love of storytelling has been reborn through the adventures of her unforgettable characters.
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