*Series: Netherworld Book 1
Author: Christie Rich
Publisher: Tarser Publishing
Pages: Ebook; 300
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Source: CBB Book Promotions
Content Screening: Mild Violence; Mild Adult Language
HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who are looking for a different read, one with a paranormal twist.
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Every night before Amelia falls asleep she makes a wish to dream of him – the man who calls her to their beautiful private oasis, her sanctuary where she is free of her greedy landlord’s threats. But tonight, he will not call Amelia to him. Tonight, another man will step into her world to claim her. Tonight, Amelia’s shattering reality will crumble - and disappear into the Dreamscape…along with her freedom.
When Amelia dreams tonight, her nightmare becomes her new world where Seth is her captor and anything is possible…except escape. Seth needs Amelia to break the curse that binds him to the Dreamscape. He must convince her that she was made to free him, that she was made to join him.
For if he fails, he will never escape his prison, and he will lose Earth to the Netherworld where the evil Erobos wait to consume the human realm and everything in it. If he fails, Seth will lose the one thing that matters to him: Amelia.
What an interesting read! I have to say that Dreamscape was different than a lot of things I've read lately, which actually was a great feeling. There is an incredibly unique world in the Dreamscape. One that, while it might not always make total sense, is really easy to get lost in. I wasn't sure where Amelia's story was taking me, but I can tell you that I didn't mind following along.
Amelia is a great character. Despite her rough life, and her equally harsh treatment by most people around her, she's fairly well adjusted. She's strong, fierce, and isn't afraid to take care of business when the need is there. I have to say that I honestly was rooting for her from the very first few pages. Even before Seth even came into the picture, I knew Amelia could hold her own.
Which is why when Seth did make his way into the story, I was pretty wary of him. His character is, for lack of a better word, strange. He comes off as very obsessive at first, in an almost creepy way, and it isn't until you read on that you really find out why. I'll admit it took me a long time to like him and, even once I did, I never fully fell in love with him. He doesn't make a very good first impression, let's leave it at that.
However once the Dreamscape comes into play, things get interesting. I've seen other reviewers mention how they never quite understood the mechanics of the Netherworld, and I honestly agree. However allowing yourself to get lost in it really helps. Here is a world where anything is possible. Which means that everyone would want to control it, right? There's a classic battle of good vs. evil here, and Amelia is right in the center.
The beginning of the story is a little choppy, but I promise that if you read it it gets so much better. By the time I reached the ending I was amazed. Dreamscape is a book that I picked on a whim, and I am honestly glad I did. I'd like to see a little more character building with people other than Amelia. Also it'd be nice to understand the Netherworld better. For now though, I'm content. Check this one out!
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.