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Legacy of a Dreamer

(Dreamer #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Chantal 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, viole ...more
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Published June 2013 by The Writer's Coffee Shop (first published May 2nd 2012)
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Irene ~ Ice Cold Passion
I received a copy of this book as part of the Legacy of a Dreamer blog tour organized by Charisma Media. This review is my honest opinion of this book, and is not influenced by the fact that it was provided as part of a book tour.

I was really surprised about it because, I wasn't all that excited about it after reading the synopsis. I suspected an average read, but this was spine chilling at moments. Especially the scene at the subway and after that at the apartment. Since I was reading this at n
Jess Brown
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t often read books about angels because I have a hard time deviating from the traditional, but this book is so exciting and believable. Very unique and I enjoyed the religious aspects. I also loved the characters. Chantal, for some reason, reminds me of Harry Potter (“Y’er a wizard, Harry.”). Not that this book is in any way similar, except in being a coming-of-age story.

Chantal’s not a wizard, she’s a Dreamer. She’s also brave, fiercely loyal and compassionate. I’m so glad books are comin
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review can also be found on my blog:

I was excited to be given the chance to review this book as part of the Bloggers Book Fair. After reading the description of the book I was even more intrigued. What intrigued me the most about this book was not really know where it was going to take me.

For me Chantal is main characters that can easily be related to by the reader. She has a childhood she can’t remember, and nightmares that plague her even when she’s awake. Because
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Received as part of a Blog Tour. Click to read an excerpt!

Originally posted on The Smell of Parchment.

When I initially saw the cover and the title, I believed this to be a contemporary novel and upon reading the vague synopsis seeming to hint at fantasy but don't really find that even during the beginning the book. And as soon as you hit the fantastical fantasy aspect, things took a turn for such awesome-ness. Let me stop being vague myself and get on with it!

Chantal Breelan is a ward of the s
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chantal is a Dreamer, but not in the usual sense of the word. She has these horrible nightmares that seem so real when she is having them. She wakes up completely freaked out and the only thing that comforts her is something that should completely freak her out – a shadow man that she calls Nick. She winds up telling him about her dreams and he becomes somewhat of a constant best friend throughout the years, even though he never talks or moves and he disappears when the lights go off.

Chantal liv
Algel Crestfall
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Upon reading the synopsis and seeing the cover of this book, I immediately signed up for the review tour. Well, it's because I also love reading books about dreams and mysteries. The first chapters of this book gave me the chills. Especially the scene at the altar. Oh boy, that gave me a nightmare. Literally. I even thought about stop reading it because of the experience. But I told myself, NO. I have to finish this. I just have to. I guess
Ruby Jo
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
When I started reading this book I didn't know what to expect. I haven't read many books with characters tormented by awful nightmares before. And the nightmares were awful.

Speaking of nightmares, one of the things I loved about this book was how they were presented. They were very detailed and for me that was new. When I read dream sequences they are rarely this detailed and this vivid. Also, I know for sure that if I had dreams like that, I'd be scared of falling asleep.

Chantal surprised me. A
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Chantal Breelan is just another name lost in the Foster Care System. She has a problem with nightmares and nobody to turn to except her secret imaginary friend called Nick. Once she turns eighteen, she is forced to move out of her foster home and falls off the systems radar. She moves to the city that never sleeps and though she doesn’t have a smooth start to this new life either, she manages to find herself an apartment. As she feels Nick’s presence in her new life, she manages to trudge throug ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-request
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review

This book was an okay read for me. It was fast paced and the plot was interesting.

Things I liked about this book:
- The plot was great. I liked the notion of dreamers and things hiding in the shadows.
- The characters were adorable
- The relationship between Mathias and Chantal was really cute
- The cover is gorgeous!

Things I did not like about this book:
- Even though I liked the plot, I would have liked for it to develop slower. Thi
Billie Jo
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Holly Hood
This book blew me away. I have read a lot of books and I mean a lot (LOL).Quite a few on the subject of angels but I have to say this book was right on the money in my opinion. The author definitely did her homework concerning the religious aspect of angels, but presented it in a way that was informative yet exciting,I learned quite a bit during the course of this book. There were some very scary moments in this book( Chantal's dreams)The author was very descriptive at these points and it made t ...more
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Growing up in foster care, Chantal has seen more than her fair share of frightening things. Trying desperately to cope, she turns to her only friend – the shadow of the man that has “watched” over her since she was a small child.

She hopes that when she turns eighteen, she will finally be able to make a better life for herself. She dreams of going to university, getting a job, making new friends and for once having a normal life.

All at once, she finds that tru
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this book, I found myself very confused and somewhat irritated. Chantal is in foster care and treated badly. She is kicked out of her foster home on her 18th birthday and moves to New York City. I was so upset at the lack of planning for this girl's exit from the system! (I'm a social worker so I notice stuff like that.) Anyway, she is plagued with nightmares and starts to see shadows in the subway that she believes are going to kill her. Now I'm thinking that she is ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Chantal Breelan had a difficult childhood. Listening to her parents constantly argue, Chantal was filled with anxiety. Her only refuge was the lion she imagines out of the shadows. Bouncing from foster home to foster home, she made out a man shaped out of the shadows that she named Nick. He knew her hopes and dreams, and more importantly he was there when she awoke from the nightmares that plagued her nights. On her eighteent ...more
Michela Walters
When I picked up this book, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. What I got was an interesting tale about Chantal, an 18 year old who's just been turned out of the foster system. She's been plagued by nightmares her whole life and it isn't until she's out on her own in New York that we figure out their meaning.

The story has a lot of action in it. It kept me on the edge of my seat wondering how they were going to get out of each new obstacle they face. And when I say 'they' - I mean Chantal and
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Legacy of a Dreamer is a very good book! I got a copy of this ebook for free in return for an honest review and to be a blog tour host! The characters are so easy to like and I felt so bad for Chantal when she learned her world was so different from what she imagined it to be. She grew up as a foster kid in the system and had a very difficult childhood. But once she meets Mathias, she knows she will be safe. He cares for her in a way no one else ever has and you can tell he really wants what is ...more
Rob Fuller
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, my Kindle is overflowing with Young Adult titles. They are currently the hottest genre on the market today, but Legacy of a Dreamer is very different. Allie Jean has created a story well-thought out characters and richly drawn details that enhance rather than overpower the tale. Katniss, from The Hunger Games, could learn quite a bit from Chantal as she grows from naive girl to strong-willed heroine in just under 179 pages. Grittier than most YA stories, and all the better for it. Th ...more
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
This was not at all what I expected. The cover made me think it was a romance of some kind, but instead we get a kick-ass paranormal angels story, with a swoony warrior guardian and some seriously twisted family history. The ending indicates there will be a sequel, which I will be very keen to read. A nice surprise.
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Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I hope that there will be a sequel!!

This book deserves so much more attention!

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Barbara Franks
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
what a great imagination! it's definitely hard to put it down! I couldn't put It down! Iwould recommend it to everyone!
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!! Took me a minute to get really into it but once I did, I couldn't put it down!!
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chantal didn't think life could get any worse than being a maid for a nasty foster mother and the numerous nightmares that have plagued her since childhood. Upon leaving the foster care system after aging out, life takes a dramatic turn as the shadows that have surrounded her for years come to life with evil intentions that send her on the run. As a child she always felt as if something was watching over her and comforting her when needed. This sense of comfort kept her sane when the nightmares ...more
Sarah Ashley Jones
Orginal Review at Give it to Cupcake.

What initially drew me to this book was the cover and title combination. The cover is simple and leaves a mystery to who the girl is. You can't see her face, and I like that, because you can still create what you think she would look like in your head to your minds pleasure. The title also got me. A book about a dreamer leaves a lot to be imagined. Is she a dreamer in the sense that she's always wondering about bigger i
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Chantal Breelan is a ward of the state until she turns eighteen. Chantal has no clear memories of her past before she was placed in foster care, then the dreams start. Chantal knows inside she’s different yet the doctors diagnose anxiety and just give her pills. She doesn’t like the way they make her feel so she’s learned to palm them.
On her eighteenth birthday, when the system cuts her loose, it’s like her life can truly begin. With excitement and trepidation she moves to New York, ge
Dani Sue
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll just start by saying that this is a great book! And I know it's listed as Young Adult....but even if you're in the "30's-are-the-new-20's"'re still young enough to read it! If you have a young adult in your life...especially of the female variety...add this to their Christmas list! My thoughts tend to be very detailed, so I really enjoy reading books that are very descriptive. Allie definitely delivered detail for me! Even from the first few chapters, I had a sens ...more
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angels
Review also appears on my blog
Okay so let's face it the blurb isn't helpful at all.. like I think it confuses you even more. Chantal is your typical eighteen year old orphan who has been haunted by terrible nightmares ever since she can remember. Her only source of solace was a mysterious shadow she names Nick, who she talks to in her mind about her nightmares. Even though he never replies she likes the idea that someone is there to help her through her nightmares. Now she is living alone in a s
Liz Terek
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

‘Legacy of a Dreamer’ Book Review
Chantal is a teen with a less than picture perfect life. Having been removed from a tumultuous home by authorities, she’s survived in foster care. Run by a selfish shrew, the teens in this foster home have become accustomed to doing menial tasks & being treated as burdens.
Counting herself lucky to not have been exposed to the horrors that some of the other girls have, she develops elaborate coping mechanisms. Dreams may be beautiful for some people, but to Chan
I've read some other reviews for this book where people thought it started out slowly. I didn't think that was the case at all. Right away I felt like I knew where the author was going with the book. Chantal was a ward of the state, but she got kicked out of foster care at age eighteen. She found a place of her own and was going to start college. Loved the beginning. I figured Chantal's dreams would eventually come into play and that her protectors would play a part. Eventually.

Once Chantal met
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Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. She spent her childhood inventing stories and telling tales. Her mind never shut down, even while she slept. Vivid dreams containing extensive, elaborate plot lines of good overcoming evil villains captured her nightly visions, lingering into her waking hours and filling the pages of her well-loved bounded diaries. She was encouraged by her paren ...more

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