Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dream Casters Light : A Book Review

Mr. Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da..... Seventeen year old Chastity Blake knows the Sandman is just a silly children's story parents tell their children to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious, light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a deep, sound sleep.  Fearing she had lost her mind, Chastity soon discovers the shocking truth of her heritage- she is a Dream Caster. Chastity was never supposed to be raised on the Domain, or what humans call Earth and she is forced to return to her true birth place, Revera – the world of Dreams.  However, in Revera there is no balance between good, the Light Casters, and darkness, the Shadow Casters, and Chastity is caught square in the middle. She soon learns that there is no place for anyone containing both the light and the darkness within them, and the shocking truth that if anyone in Revera ever discovered her shadow self, Chastity would be thrown into the Oblivion – the world of Nightmares.  Dreams are always more than they seem, and this time Chastity is going to discover just how different they can be.

Dream Casters: Light

Mr. Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da.....

Seventeen year old Chastity Blake knows the Sandman is just a silly children's story parents tell their children to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious, light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a deep, sound sleep.


Fearing she had lost her mind, Chastity soon discovers the shocking truth of her heritage- she is a Dream Caster. Chastity was never supposed to be raised on the Domain, or what humans call Earth and she is forced to return to her true birth place, Revera – the world of Dreams.

However, in Revera there is no balance between good, the Light Casters, and darkness, the Shadow Casters, and Chastity is caught square in the middle. She soon learns that there is no place for anyone containing both the light and the darkness within them, and the shocking truth that if anyone in Revera ever discovered her shadow self, Chastity would be thrown into the Oblivion – the world of Nightmares.

Dreams are always more than they seem, and this time Chastity is going to discover just how different they can be.

Dreams are there for the Impossible from Dream Casters: Light Book Review at The Treasured Bookshelf

This book had so much potential.  I was really excited to enter the world of dreams and experience the possibilities of everything that has to offer.  I was a little disappointed.  Even when learning this was more of the story of the fight between Light Casters and Shadow Casters, I was still excited.

But I admit, I had a hard time following parts of this story.  It was like Woods had this whole world in her mind, but we were just supposed to know and understand it.  Even when the characters were explaining things, I still had a hard time grasping exactly what the Shadow Casters were after and why they were attacking Revera.

The characters explained that the Shadow Casters just wanted everything to be "equal".  To me that sounds a little simplistic.  It was easier to understand that they were miserable and wanted everyone else to be miserable too.  But there wasn't any real interaction with the Shadow Casters and therefore there was no understanding of what they were trying to accomplish.

Tears are not a sign of weakness, Chas.  They're a sign of caring and love. They're also a sign of strength, because if you cannot cry, it means you don't have a soul to cleanse. from Dream Casters: Light Book Review at The Treasured Bookshelf

This story ended up being that of Chastity fighting the dark within herself.  While that is a fight we can all experience and relate to, it was hidden deep in the story with not much to relate to.

I did like the story enough that I was rooting for her, even when everyone was against her and would betray her.  If you can read without too much thought and stress over the story line, this is an enjoyable book. I received this book from Net Galley and within the version that I read, there were a LOT of misspellings and grammatical errors.  I'm not sure if that's in the sold version or not, but beware just in case.

The slight love story seemed like it was haphazardly thrown into the book with very little development nor much of a story line.  It was just kind of there, especially at the end when Chas did what she did for "love".  I know teenagers can fall in love at the drop of a hat and swear it's forever, but Chas's love story was very sparing.  Hopefully Woods will develop this more in the coming books.

Mr. Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da..... Seventeen year old Chastity Blake knows the Sandman is just a silly children's story parents tell their children to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious, light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a deep, sound sleep.  Fearing she had lost her mind, Chastity soon discovers the shocking truth of her heritage- she is a Dream Caster. Chastity was never supposed to be raised on the Domain, or what humans call Earth and she is forced to return to her true birth place, Revera – the world of Dreams.  However, in Revera there is no balance between good, the Light Casters, and darkness, the Shadow Casters, and Chastity is caught square in the middle. She soon learns that there is no place for anyone containing both the light and the darkness within them, and the shocking truth that if anyone in Revera ever discovered her shadow self, Chastity would be thrown into the Oblivion – the world of Nightmares.  Dreams are always more than they seem, and this time Chastity is going to discover just how different they can be.

I will most likely read the other books in the Dream Casters series when they come out.  The bare bones of the story was there enough to make me do so.  I just hope that Adrienne Woods puts a little more work and thought into actually explaining and developing the story for those of us not living in the Dream Caster world.