Saturday, December 22, 2012

Book Review: Only in Her Dreams (The Oneiroi, bk #1) By Christina McKnight

Only in Her Dream
(The Oneiroi Series, book #1)
By Christina McKnight


Synopsis: 
When Lucessa Sarcona awakes from a recurring dream, she has no idea her life is about to be turned upside down. A stranger, familiar to her dreams, shows up in the flesh, and Lucessa knows she’s either crazy or experiencing something not of this world.

A war ensues between three demigod brothers. One, trained to rule Erebos, is violently replaced. One forced to return to his homeland and lead the dream-gods of the Oneiroi. And one is charged with the impossible task of protecting Lucessa. How is she linked to the Oneiroi? Why do two brothers seek to keep her hidden and protected? And how does another plan to use her against the two demigods who love her?

Will Lucessa’s dream man have the courage to claim her as his own or will he bow to the command of another, forsaking the one he loves?

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Viviana's Review: 
I liked it. The story was well written and each of the characters had their assigned roles. I kept hoping to learn more about the Erebos world and how Guy, Darious and Maxim all truly fit into that world as well as what major part does Lucessa play. Though Hera and Zeus make an appearance as well as Hades presence is assumed (he’s never identified by name), that is the extent of the Greek Mythology. I was hoping for more. The world building wasn't one that I was wowed by. This story could easily fit into any genre, even a suspense romance as there wasn't a whole lot of paranormal involved. I think ‘wanting more” is going to be a recurring theme in my review of “Only in Her Dreams”. 

Though Lucessa is smart, independent and sassy, there times when you want to give a smack across the head and say “Really?” She fought against some things that she knew she shouldn't and went along with others that even in “reality” would have been questioned. There could have been more to her character development throughout the story. 

Maxim, our hero, was handsome, duty bound and honorable. I wanted more depth to him, though. He was definitely a tragic hero; however, I wish there was more time to have gotten to know him better. There was a lot going on and several characters were popping in and out and that took away from the opportunity to get to know him better. There were a few glimpse of humor and sweetness, but again just a glimpse. 

I also wished there was more tension between Maxim and Lucessa. You knew they would end up together, BUT the journey was ‘meh’, luke warm if that. I can’t say there was passion or desire or even lust. 

I was surprised on how the males in the book were not true “alpha”. They were self-deprecating, complaint a lot (almost to the point where you wanted to tell Darius “Man up and stop whining!”) and insecure. Again, not very alpha. 

Ahhh the ending. It was rushed and neatly packaged. Yes there was a HEA but again it was rushed and didn't satisfy. Was I happy there everyone got their HEA, yeah, of course, but again, the story was hand fed to the reader, some of the information shared with the reader was extremely repetitive or extremely obvious that the rush ending just doesn't give you that sigh of …. Well satisfaction! 

This is the author’s debut novel. There’s lots of potential for her to develop and hone her skills. 

I was provided a copy of “Only In Her Dreams” for a honest review. 


Rating: 2.5 Stars - It was okay

2 comments:

  1. Nice review. I've seen the cover floating around but it doesn't sound like something that I would enjoy reading. Sorry to hear that you didn't really enjoy it either.

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  2. Hi Kristin!
    Thanks! The idea is a good one, it just wasn't executed the best. I'm hoping that as she continues to grow as an author, she'll hone her skills :)

    Appreciate your visit!!

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