Friday, December 23, 2011

Review: Dreams of Gray by Maurice Lawless

Published: 12-2-2011
Publisher: Red Iris Books
Format: ebook
Genre: Adult Paranormal Fiction
My rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

Dreama Cargill is in trouble. She woke up naked, cold, and sporting a back mural. Where did it come from? Tattoos aren’t her usual scene. Then again, neither is blood and a strange attraction to the woods at night. Something is changing her, and not for the better. Can she unravel the mystery before the moon calls her to kill?

First I would like to thank the author and Red Iris Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

Dreams of Gray is a short novel that isn't exactly what I'm used to reading, but it held my attention nonetheless. I usually just read young adult books, but the synopsis for this adult paranormal story caught my eye and I couldn't pass it up. There is a lot going on all throughout the story and there really doesn't ever seem to be a lull, which I liked. There are some sexual situations that take place along the way and while I don't think they necessarily add to the plot, they don't distract or take away from it either.

The book is from the perspective of Dreama, a.k.a. Dree. She's a clever and amusing character and I was instantly drawn into her story! The changes she goes through and her quest for the truth are both scary and fascinating, and I was extremely curious about how things were going to play out with her and her new-found abilities. She meets some interesting people along the way that she is now connected with and unlocks a pretty shocking truth regarding how she came to be the way she is.

The paranormal aspects of this book were pretty interesting and spun differently than what I would have expected, which is one of the things I liked about it. On one hand I feel the end of the book is too abrupt and leaves me wanting more answers, but then I realize that the author probably means to leave the reader wondering. All I know is that there's no going back for Dree!

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a short, but entertaining, paranormal read.

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