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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday Book Review: The Dreamer by May Nicole Abbey

Some of you may know that I originally had my own blog, Beauty but a Funny Girl, prior to joining Bookish (now Bookish Lifestyle). I was thinking the other day about all those reviews I left behind when I transferred and thought they should get some love too - no matter how badly written and newbie they come off! So I present to you: Throwback Thursday Reviews! Every once in a while I'll post an old review from Beauty but a Funny Girl, unedited in terms of content, with the exception of any spelling or grammatical mistakes. It's definitely going to be fun and interesting to see how my tastes and writing style have changed over the years!

The Fall #1
Young Adult, Time Travel, Romance
Publication.Date:November 26, 2012
Pages:255 (Kindle)
Published By:  River Valley Publishing
Website:May Nicole Abbey 

The Dreamer on Goodreads
My review copy:
Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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A dream in the night. A leap of faith. A quest for truth and treasure.

From term papers and instant coffee to blood-thirsty pirates and buried treasure, Rachel Madera, a gifted university professor, finds herself travelling through time on a journey of discovery and danger, all because of a simple dream. Despite the threat, Rachel is undaunted, certain she holds the keys to unlock the mystery of a Pharaoh’s treasure … and alter the course of history.

The only thing that stands between her and peril is Captain Mallory Tucker, a man with a tragic past and intractable moral code. Born of the sea, he is among the leading mariners of 18th century Europe. But the derelicts who make up his crew and the capriciousness of the ocean have taken their toll, and Captain Tucker is tired and jaded. The last thing he needs is a precocious young woman dropping onto his ship and creating havoc. But he’ll fight to the death for her honor, her beliefs…and her love.


Originally posted January 18, 2013 on Beauty but a Funny Girl

I'm going to start off quite honest. I'm conflicted about this book. There were aspects I loved, there were aspects I was not fond it. I went back and forth on how I felt about The Dreamer, but in the end I finished the book and I'm glad that I did.

The beginning on the novel (pre-cliff dive) was a little confusing - but I'll just chalk that up to the flu I was coming down with. I got that Rachel gave up her life/career/friends for her belief in time travel, but I didn't understand why she was so convinced the time travel was possible. Maybe if I had a little back story, I would have found her desire to prove it existed a lot more tolerable.

I found Rachel also a little difficult to tolerate in the first part of the book. Why was she so convinced that she had time traveled to "this particular place at this particular time...[for] a role of some significance" (14). I understand that she time traveled through mysterious means, but she was so wrapped up in this idea and taking her notes regarding every little thing that it got old after a while. Once the story got rolling though she eventually let up on the note taking and I was glad for that. I do have to say when Tucker snapped at her to stop treating everything like a research project, I gave a little cheer. Once she stopped treating as a "research project" she absolutely grew on me and I liked her.

Another aspect of her that drove me crazy, but was easy to deal with, was she kept calling him "The captain" or "Captain." That's not his name, that's his title. I just ended up replacing it with Tucker (his last name) whenever I came across it, but that's more a me-issue than a book-issue, so I won't fault the authors for that.

I feel like I'm bashing the book, but I'm not. I read it in three days, I finished it, and I liked it. I really enjoyed the plot. It was well thought out and developed quite well. You never would have known that it was authored by two different people. While Rachel was not my favorite character (it feels weird to not like the heroine), I did enjoy our hero, Captain Tucker, I loved Captain Fredrick, and I very much enjoyed the last half of the book.

The story behind Tucker and Rachel was very sweet. There were definitely moments where you wanted to yell at them to just kiss already and stop being so shy - for lack of better words. You knew that Tucker cared for Rachel and was concerned not only for her life, but her honor as well. He protected her and loved her and you could really see that from him.

I absolutely think you should read this. Yes, Rachel bothered me in the beginning, but I am so glad that it didn't stop me from reading. Her character develops throughout the story and that's what the important thing is. She starts out annoying and becomes likeable halfway through. If you're a fan of historical pieces, romance, and especially pirates, you'll definitely enjoy The Dreamer.

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