Dream of Me by A. Star

Posted January 27, 2016 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

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Dream of Me by A. Star

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.
Dream of Me by A. StarDream of Me by Diantha Jones
Series: The Djinn Order #2
Also in this series: Wish For Me
on January 19th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 210
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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five-stars

Glory St. Pierre never thought so many lies could hold so much truth, especially when her entire life has been one of those lies. Now that she knows who she really is, she must find a way to come to terms with it before the Djinn sorcerer Rasputin and his steel army descend down upon the human and Djinn realms, wielding magic so dark even her own Djinn lover, Irving, is wary of it.

Their only hope to save the realms are a couple of hunters and the Lords of the Djinn Order, four powerful Djinn who have remained elusive for centuries. Armed with her only granted wish, a fabulous airship, and the Djinn she loves by her side, Glory will embark on a quest to find the four lords and enlist their help. But there is a reason the lords have been in hiding, and once this tiny band of adventurers awakens them from their slumber, they will set off a chain of events that has been in the making since the beginning of time.

There is no turning back now.

Main points

This book was just as excellent as the first, if not more so. I had to refresh myself with the last chapter of the first book but it wasn’t too difficult to catch up on. The plot kept getting more complicated as the book went on, but it was possible to keep up with, even if it wasn’t incredibly easy. I think more complex plots are better anyhow.

Glory is just as funny and sassy as ever. She’s a very relatable character. I love how she speaks her mind even in the face of royalty, but I don’t love how she can’t keep her mouth shut at the right times. That’s often a big problem with people who are sassy. It’s the price you pay for being such a fun person. Anyhow, I think her loyalty goes deeper than she believes, so she’ll always make the most selfless decision, even if it screws things up short-term. I don’t believe that nothing can be undone.

The plot was very good. It was very straightforward, but still with several twists and surprises. However, those were mostly due to the discovery of new information. The action was straightforward. As for actual fighting action, there wasn’t too much of that, but I think there will be more in the next book. Several big things were revealed towards the end, evolving the situation into a larger-scale issue.

Glory’s and Irving’s relationship was a lot rockier in this book. It was mostly due to two things. One was that she was having a hard time committing herself to him while he had already committed himself to her. The other was the issue of trust. Both sides kept things from the other, although Irving was a lot less patient when Glory kept secrets. Oh, and there is the small issue of Glory not being able to keep her mouth shut and screwing a few things up. But I believe that in the end it will work out. I mean, no relationship is perfect. Everyone has to work through things and build trust and talk about their issues. I believe that both Glory and Irving are mature enough to work things out, even if it takes a while to do so. As for Irving as a character? Yes, he’s still very attractive. Very protective, loyal, all those things. Still keeps secrets. Still is perfectly blunt about the things he does choose to share. As a result, he’s a bit hard to pin down. But I think the important thing is that he’s committed himself to Glory, forever I think, and we’ll just have to have faith that that will be enough for her and everyone else.

There are a lot of other cute potential romances in this book that I would love to develop into greater things as well. That would be fun to see. You know what else would be fun to see? A map. I love maps of fictional worlds.

I do like how the non-romantic relationships work. I like how Glory’s still coming to terms with her mom’s and aunt’s hunter statuses and the fact that they’ve kept things from her for so long. She’s still getting used to having a mother again and it’s hard on both of them. Elena—her aunt—is great though. She’s funny and spirited and someone to confide in. Sure, all three get into arguments, but that’s honestly to be expected since they’re all very similar and stubborn. They’re working it out. And it looks like Glory might actually be making some friends as well. (Besides Ash.) It’s about time.

I also did have a few feels while reading this book. I was furious once or twice and I definitely cried at least twice. I got better towards the second half but anything to do with Glory’s and Irving’s relationship problems made me a bit of a mess. I lived those moments but once it was fixed I was fine.

All in all, it’s an excellent, hard-to-put-down book that makes me seriously wish I could read the next one pronto. I’ve already determined that I will read everything by this author. (This is my…4th book by her so far?) They’re all so good. Just the right amount of creative fantasy and hot-but-realistic romance.

I’d tried to explain to Irving that sex was very therapeutic to people who had recently come back from the dead, but he hadn’t bought any of it.

P.S. There is a lot of profanity and a couple steamy scenes.

P.P.S. Book one, Wish For Meis only 99 cents this week!

  reaction upon finishing

aaahhhh so good and so many plot twists

this book in one word

fantastic (in all senses of the word)

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About Diantha Jones

Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries.

The Oracle of Delphi fantasy series is her first series. She is also the author of Mythos: Stories from Olympus, a companion series, and there is another fantasy series in the works. She also writes (new) adult fantasy/paranormal romance under the name A. Star. Invasion (An Alien Romance) is her first title released under this pen name. Future releases under A. Star include, the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.

Rating
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Setting
five-stars
Romance
four-stars
Cover
four-stars
Ending
five-stars
Feels
four-half-stars
Overall: five-stars
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