The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow

Posted July 19, 2015 in Book Review / 2 Comments


I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
The Dreamer by E.J. MellowThe Dreamer by E.J. Mellow
Series: Dreamland #1
Also in this series: The Divide
Published by Four Eyed Owl on May 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 340
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.
There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.
But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?
Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination

Main points

THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! This is one of those books that gets better the more you think about it. Like my excitement about it magnified at least 40x between finishing the book and now, writing the review.

I’m a sucker for books on dream travel, so I knew I had to pick this one up. I’m so glad I did. It’s pretty much everything I want in a dream travel fiction adventure (and it’s my third this year so I do have things to compare it to). I just LOVE the concept of it. Add in a fantasy-like world that needs a savior? AND a hot mysterious annoyingly-smug and mercurial military leader? I’m sold. I’m HOOKED.

This book totally kept me coming back for more. If I could have read it all in one sitting I would have. I found myself wishing she would hurry through her day so we could get to the dreams, but her waking world was important too, and it took her a while to even realize what she was dreaming. So the pacing was perfect.

I loved Molly. Only a few times (maybe a couple) was I like ‘uh, hey, what do you think you’re doing?’ so that was good. She was cool and sassy and humble and still in touch with her inner child which made the whole experience a lot more fun. It was like honest-to-goodness Disney World most of the time. When there wasn’t any immediate danger and when drama didn’t get in the way, that is.

But of COURSE there were other characters too. And, you know, real life. I loved her best friend Becca. I wasn’t too sure about Jared (I mean, he seems great. Stability and love and all that). But me? Of course I’d pick a fictional/possibly nonexistent guy who gives me crazy feelings but is also unpredictable and part of a basically-magical world. Man oh man, do I love Dreamland. Anyway, seems to me like Molly is gonna have to choose, or Dev is gonna have to keep his hands to himself. That’s all I’m saying.

Oh boy, so much going on! This is definitely a fantasy adventure I can’t wait to dive into. Love how we’re not just thrown in there. Like I said, perfect pacing. In fact, only near the end is it revealed that you know she’s the ‘chosen one’ and all that, but that’s not to say the book was dull before that. Ohhhhh no. Far from it. And do I mind that they had to use the whole ‘chosen one’ trope? Not at all! I won’t get tired of it. I mean, there’s gotta be a main character, right? And I sure as heck don’t want it to be old Joe Schmoe who works at the local coffee shop and has no aspirations in life. I need someone with aspirations!!

This book has it all. And man, I cannot WAIT to see where this goes. Count me in for the ride!

 reaction upon finishing

woooowwww where’s the next book?!?!

this book in one (four) word(s)




About E.J. Mellow

I’m the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. When I’m not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, I can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.

Overall: five-stars


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Thank you so much for reviewing this book! I love the way your reviews are set up, with the rating underneath. Looks lovely.

MIchelle @ Book Briefs

YES!! I loved this book too. And I so agree with you, it did just get better and better as it went on. I am super excited you loved it as much as I did.