Review: Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson


Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.

Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?


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This book was on the edge of something great but instead it fell slightly flat for me. There was so much potential in this book, this story, but I desperately needed more. The ending was concluded too soon, left me with more questions than answers. First, let me start at the beginning. The story starts off slightly slow, but it picks up. The characters, as individuals grow and develop; however, I really needed and wanted more developments in their relationships.

I wanted to see Dea and Gollum’s friendship flourish but it kinda skipped everything. Gollum doesn’t know about any of Dea’s abilities and she is never told about them but suddenly at the end of the book she knows. Dea and Conner have this friendly flirting thing for almost the entire book but they don’t kiss till almost the very end. Although she is suddenly in love with him, I just needed more development in the characters relationships with each other.

In addition, everything felt crammed into the end of the book. Why Dea’s life is  the way it is, all the secrets, basically the entire story was crammed into the last 50 pages and that was really disappointing to say the least. I was already sold on the characters and committed to the story, wish I could have had the detailed, extended ending that provided me with the happily-ever-after I was hoping for. It wasn’t a bad story, just in the end I was hoping for more.


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