Friday, October 26, 2012

Tour Stop: Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean

Review written by: Kerry

PhotobucketChantal Breelan is a ward of the state, living under the care of a woman who is cold and heartless. Her past is a mystery, and her future is even more uncertain. She can’t recall why she had been taken from her parents and so she’s left with nothing but an empty hole where her childhood should have been. When she awakens from her nightmares, she’s left with terrible, violent images, as well as a boy whose face is oddly familiar, yet can’t be placed.

Scared and alone, Chantal begins to confide in an imaginary friend – a shadow in the shape of a man who stands in the corner of her room. She is comforted when she believes he listens to her.

On her eighteenth birthday, Chantal is forced to leave her foster home. She moves to New York City, but the start of her new life doesn’t begin as smoothly as she’d hoped. In this environment, she faces a whole new set of challenges.

One night at a subway station, Chantal meets a young boy who runs away from her, and she’s compelled to follow him down into the tunnels. But this Rabbit Hole reveals a world where reality is a nightmare. Her dreams are clues to her future, and her life becomes twisted and dangerous when she learns that things that go bump in the night are not just in fairy tales and childhood stories.

My Review

I was a little undecided about whether I would like this book as I tend to find Young adult books a little lacking but this one defiantly changed my mind on that! I got a rich story with plenty going on to keep my interest, this author paints a very vivid picture and that makes this book very interesting and also makes it one that will stay with me.

I will be honest in saying I sometimes find books this descriptive a little annoying because they make me feel as if I have no imagination however this book manages to placate me in the fact the story was so good I think I would have forgive it almost anything. Where it lost marks for me was in the epic battles they went a step to far into pure fantasy and I found my mind wondering a little. Having said that it was wondering through this story I just lost focus and wanted to skip forward a page or two too see who won.

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Author bio:

Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. At a very early age, a child, her days were spent inventing stories, directing her sisters in made-up plays or telling elaborate ghost stories. Her mind never took breaks, or shutdown, even when she slept. When her eyes shut at night, she would have vivid dreams complete with extensive, elaborate plot lines, and good overcoming evil villains.

She was encouraged by her parents, even at a young age, to write down her tales, and it has remained a somewhat secret hobby. It became a means to escape from the drama of real life into one of the many worlds she created.

Now, living in California with her husband of ten years, her love of storytelling had taken a back seat with the arrival of their four children. Though, she always found time to write down her thoughts on whatever was handy, including a stray diaper or two while rocking a sleeping child in the middle of the night when her character’s begged for attention as well.

As a busy wife, mother and working full-time outside the home, somehow she has been able to write down her relentless character’s story. Her once secret hobby and private world, is now released for other’s to enjoy. Nothing would make Allie happier that to continue writing and spend more time at home with her family on a more full-time basis.


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  1. I completely understand about books that are overly descriptive. Sometimes authors should remember that less is more.

  2. Isn't it something how some young adult books really have meat in them and some don't. Good that you took a chance on this book.

  3. Mmm you have me wondering what she found in the tunnels sounds interesting.

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  5. I know exactly what you mean by some YA reads being lacking. I am glad you found one that was not. I always like your reviews. They seem very honest, and not like brown-nosing. Hehe. Thanks for sharing!


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