Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Dreams of the Few by Susan M. Obijiski

Dreams of the Few: Legacy of Dreams, Book IIDreams of the Few: Legacy of Dreams, Book II by Susan Obijiski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Being the second instalment in the Legacy of Dreams series, this book takes us through an adventure of dreamer-psychic Brody. Having not read the first book earlier, I was apprehensive about how best I would be able to relate with this one. But the author has designed this as a stand-alone one and even without a recap or backdrop, the reader is still able to get a grasp on the characters and the storyline fairly easily.

Brody is now settled into a blissful wedded life, with his wife and son. Casey Wheeler, rescued in the first book, is now pursuing artistic interests, when suddenly he is brutally thrown into a coma following an accident. When Brody gets a sudden dream about Casey's being in peril, Brody sets off, determined to save Casey before its too late. The journey to find Casey also doubles up as a thinking platform for Brody to retrospect and mull over his own side of things. Does Brody manage to save Casey, is what the book takes us through.

The storyline was fresh and enjoyable. While emphasis is placed on the characterisation of Brody, it would have been great to read about the thoughts and mind-frames in detail of the other characters as well, such as Casey and the doc. I would have liked the pace of the book to have been a tad more brisk.

Overall, this was a good read and I definitely recommend it to lovers of surreality.

My rating for this book: 3.5 stars

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Book Genre: Fiction - Metaphysical
Publisher: Strategic Book Group
Release Date: 4/17/2014
Buy Link(s):  BN | Amazon

Book Description:

Dreams of the Few is the second in the three book Legacy of Dreams series, continuing the journey that began with Dreams of the Many. Once again, renowned New York stage actor Brody Murphy must put aside his life and career, and step into a dream world to rescue Casey Wheeler. After seven years of sobriety, and a new life with his wife and son, Brody is faced with the prospect of returning to the nightmare world he once escaped. But this time the stakes are even higher; without Brody's help, Casey is likely to die. This journey will be the most challenging of Brody's life. No one can help him find Casey and return the boy from the desolate landscape of the dream. While his friends and loved ones attempt to support him from afar, Brody grapples with sobriety, repressed memories, and a lifetime of fears and demons that threaten to sabotage Casey's rescue and the very fabric of Brody's sanity. Can Brody find Casey before it is too late? Can Casey and Brody emerge from the nightmare, whole and unbroken? Dreams of the Few is a story of friendship, love and devotion. It is a reminder that our purpose in life is to learn, and that we learn best from our trials and challenges.


Lust. Mechanics. Mini Cooper. by Elle Brookes

Adventure-romance author, Lesley Meryn, has lived her own share of adventures. But the one thing she has never experienced is the "coupe de foudre", the Lightning-Bolt of Love. Connected by years of friendship to the sexy action-movie star, Jason Hambrey, Jax, the two really are "just friends" but the paparazzi are merciless, making their lives and their friendship almost impossible to sustain.

When Lesley's Aunt dies, leaving her a piece of property in North Yorkshire, Lesley is mystified. Her aunt kept it a secret. Lesley travels to London and learns her that her aunt leased the property twenty-five years before to an 'Historical Research Society'. The lease on the property is up for renewal. Before she makes her decision; Lesley travels to the farm to investigate.

Nothing could prepare her for what she finds at the farm. Miles Sherwood is dark, devious, and desperate. He's the very last person one would consider the head of a stuffy British 'Historical Society'.

Lesley finds him insufferable, yet irresistibly attractive. The two unknowingly share a deep connection. Whether they like it or not...it's Lightning-Time!

There is a cliff-hanger that takes you directly to Book Two: Sex. Coffee. Time Travel. (Release- January 2015!)


Lust. Mechanics. Mini Cooper.Lust. Mechanics. Mini Cooper. by Elle Brookes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The tale takes us through the days of Lesley, as she evolves from being a pesky and stubborn kid into a headstrong and equally stubborn lady. Having been thrown into a situation where she needs to look out for herself, her headstrong attitude comes in handy for her. On one side craving for a sparkly "bolt of lightning" love, she is driven mad by the paparazzi speculation connecting her with her friend of many years, Jax. A break away from the madness comes as a whiff of fresh air, when she learns of a secret property her aunt had kept from her and the rest of the world. What she finds there is more than what she bargained for, in the form of the mysteriously brooding and intriguing Miles. While they are drawn towards each other, can Miles and Lesley give each other the kind of love they have been waiting for, is what the book takes us through.

The narrative was good, and the characters, quirky and hard to forget (even the pig!). The light, smooth and casual tone keeps the reader engaged. Although the blurb warns as much, the cliffhanger ending left me a bit shaken up. I would have preferred the pace to have been a tad more brisk.

Overall, this was an easy read and I recommend this for romance lovers.

My rating: 3.5 stars

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So this was it. Auntie Sophia's secret, mysterious farm. Aside from the buildings, it didn't look much like a farm. There were no animals in the fields. No chickens pecking about. If not for the Range Rover and the Jag, she would have thought the place was deserted. She rubbed absently at the sore spot on her forehead.

Her boots crunched on the gravel driveway echoing in the flat silence, as Lesley walked slowly past the cars and around to the back of the largest cottage. She glanced into a window to see a blonde-haired woman bent over behind a computer monitor, the screen hiding her face. Lesley could see her hands, and silently watched as she seemed to be typing hesitantly with her two manicured index fingers, closely consulting a piece of paper set to the side of the monitor. She worked slowly and with intense concentration. At one point it looked as though she had made a mistake and Lesley could hear her faintly, cursing like a sailor. Lesley was so taken by surprise by this, she hesitated a few moments before she brought her hand up to tap on the window. It was in those few seconds of hesitation that she saw the woman pull a thumb drive out of the processor, slip it, and the piece of paper, into her purse, and dash out the door. Lesley's hand dropped and she stepped away from the window.


Elle Brookes grew up in Los Angeles, California, but lived in Jamaica for three years when she was a Peace Corps Volunteer. She moved to San Francisco and studied at the California Culinary Academy, and went on to become a private chef to a well-known L.A. based television production company. From an early age Elle was a voracious reader of adventure stories and from elementary school through high school, she started writing her own stories of places foreign and exotic. She studied Art History and continued writing in college, focusing on short stories.

A dedicated and passionate traveler, Elle has explored river caves in Jamaica and Costa Rica, hiked glaciers in New Zealand and Iceland, and done dogsledding in Greenland and Iceland. She's danced a fa'a Samoan haka and slept in a fale on the island of Savai'i in Samoa, hiked in the northern mountains of Thailand along the border with Myanmar in the Golden Triangle, and in Haiti, she witnessed a white goat ceremonially sacrificed to Erzuli Freda by a powerful Houngan. For a time she did Performance Driving in Southern California, and has years of study and experience dedicated to fencing, theatrical combat, archery, and horsemanship. Elle currently lives in the central highlands of Costa Rica with her dog Pixie, and her hedgehog, Quiller.

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