Series: Dreamwalkers #2
Publisher: Carina Press on June 9, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
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I freed him from imprisonment, only to become his pawn.
I, Shandria Langston, last remaining daughter of the leader of the Sunan, was charged with an impossible task. I had to rescue Kraggon Dragmor—sworn enemy of my people—from the death chamber. If I refused, our world as we know it would be destroyed.
Oh, but was he happy with my sacrifice? No. Instead of being properly appreciative of this selfless act, of being grateful that I tended to him through a deathly illness, the bastard's kidnapped me. I'm "a symbol of retribution for his people." The man has no heart.
I have only one advantage in captivity: I can read Kraggon's thoughts. I know that he can't afford to admit that I empathize with his people. He can't afford to admit that I am more beautiful than any woman he's ever seen, or allow me to fire his blood with every look…and he can't afford to admit that he'll do anything to save me, that I've become his heart.
Check out my review of Quicksilver Dreams (Dreamwalkers #1)
“I felt him second guessing himself as he turned back around, and I actually had a moment when I wanted to giggle. Served him right. He was a great big brute, and he deserved every bit of discomfort I could level at him.”
I enjoyed the first novel, Quicksilver Dreams, and I wanted to see what happened with the plot line that runs through the series.
Dark Summer Dreams follows Ryder’s sister, Shandria, instead of him. That’s the first thing that shocked me. Honestly, after finishing the first novel, I never expected the second book just to jump to completely different characters. So I went into this novel a bit apprehensively, but still wanting to find out what happened with the on-going plot.
Dark Summer Dreams had a slow start. And by slow, I mean really slow. It took me days to get through the first quarter of the novel. It was all building up to the interesting parts, I guess, but it was pretty difficult for me to get through. This in itself was a shock because the previous novel started rolling from the beginning. About half-way through, things started picking up. Then it was easier to stay with and the plot actually went pretty well. There were things that you could predict would happen so I wasn’t really surprised much in this novel, but it wasn’t bad. The plot just didn’t make my heart pound or make me anxious for the characters.
“Mediator for the critters. Yup. That was me.”
Shandria changed a lot in this novel. She had been isolated from everyone except her grandmother for years due to attempts on her life. So when her grandmother says the spirits are sending her to free a prisoner from their jail, a Brausa enemy, she is timid at best. She was quiet, pretty weak, and too nice. However, she does evolve over the novel. She gets bolder, braver, and stronger. It was like a complete 180. She went through some tough stuff and had to adjust. She was a very selfless character.
Kraggon was the Brausa prisoner that Shandria helped escape and the rightful Brausa king. He irked me a lot in the beginning. He was a total brute who took advantage of the fact that Shandria saved him from being executed and then had the nerve to kidnap her! So I was definitely not Team Kraggon for the longest. However, after seeing what he went through in the past I became slightly more sympathetic. He had suffered a lot of hurt by the hands of the Sunan, but I still think he shouldn’t have pin-pointed that anger on Shandria. She was an innocent who helped him escape! Like, how does that make sense? I warmed up to him a bit more over the course of the novel but not enough to say that I loved him. He was still hard, impulsive, and controlling. But he was a good leader to his people, I can give him that.
So you have the rightful Brausa king and the Sunan leader’s daughter and the Brausa and Sunan are mortal enemies. You could see where this would cause problems, right? Especially because there were things going on that neither nations knew about. This was one of those relationships where it honest-to-God went from hate/attraction to actual love and it took a while. I enjoyed it, the fact that they wouldn’t let each other in but were obviously falling hard for each other. They were a great match: she was the gentle and reason to his hard and impulsive. Once they got over some…emotional baggage, they were great. I’m curious to see what consequences their relationship will cause in the next novel.
This installment to this series was set more on the planet that the Sunan and Brausa inhabited instead of Earth, like book one. It was interesting to see the differences between the two planets, although at times I thought it could have been the same one save for a few animals. So the world building setting-wise wasn’t much. It was more history-wise. In this novel we see a lot of the history of the Brausa and even some of the Sunan. The characters didn’t get to do much with the information they uncovered, which slightly frustrated me. I hope that in the next installment something is actually done about it.
Dark Summer Dreams wasn’t the best novel that I’ve read. It wasn’t horrible, but I had problems getting into the plot: so much to where I had to pick up a new book. It left me feeling frustrated with the characters and almost lack of substance. Nonetheless, it wasn’t a bad story. Hopefully the next one will be better.