Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: Hunted Dreams by Elle Hill

Title: Hunted Dreams
Author: Elle Hill
Source: Author Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Contemporary
Length: Novel
Release Date: April 22, 2013
Reviewer: Jasmyn
*Book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Her history, her whereabouts, her name: She knows nothing.  Nothing but her current reality: a constant stream of horrific, surrealistic scenarios in which she fights not only monsters and unseen attackers but also her own pain and despair.

Reed Jayvyn is an ex-Army vet, penniless and living in his truck.  After saving a young man from attackers, he finds himself embroiled in a superhuman drama between the Broschi and the Clan, two groups engaged in a centuries-long war.  Worse, he finds he is on of the - a Broschi, a psychic vampire that feeds off the pain of humans.  But Reed's greatest surprise comes each night, when he finds himself dreaming of a fierce, nameless woman.

She is dreaming.  So says the handsome man who uses his heretofore latent psychic ability to flicker in and out of her dreamscape.  With Reed's help, she slowly learns more about who she is, why she is here, what trauma in her past keeps her locked inside her mind.  Meanwhile, Reed explores his own heritage,discovering enemies and allies in unexpected places.

But most important to Reed is freeing this woman caught in an endless loop of nightmares, someone he considers in every way to be the woman of his dreams.

Katana is one of the mentally strongest people I have read about it a long time.  She is constantly kept drifting out of one nightmare and into the next, yet somehow she manages to hold onto the thin strands of her sanity.  When Reed appears out of nowhere during one, she actually tries to rationalize his presence as part of her subconscious.  It doesn't take her too long to figure out what is going on once he nudges her in the right direction though.  Reed was a little more confusing and the plots within plots that were wrapped around him were sometimes hard to unravel - for the characters and the reader.  The secondary character, Cor, was the perfect bit of stress relief throughout the whole story.  Hunted Dreams is rather dark at times, and Cor was the ray of light to keep things moving along.

Hunted Dreams is much more psychological than many paranormal romances I've read.  With almost all of our two characters interaction happening in the dream realm, the symbolism they both brought with them into the dream world was at times very thick and other times so subtle it was missed completely until the end where everything fell into place very nicely.  This was a fantastic read, but it does require a little concentration.

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