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Fractured Dream

(The Dreamer Saga #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Have you ever wondered where fairytales go once they’re created?

It’s been eight years since Story Sparks last had a dream. Now they’re back, tormenting her as nightmares she can’t remember upon waking. The black waters of Lake Sandeen, where her Uncle Peter disappeared decades before, may hold the secret to Story’s hidden memories, or a truth she’d rather not know. On a br
ebook, 410 pages
Published June 21st 2014 by Booktrope
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book was so much fun.

It starts off in regular world. Story has come home from college to spend time with her mom and best childhood friend Adam. Her other best friend Elliot (who I loved) is a stylish gay man with a sixth sense who shows up when he feels that Story is in danger.

They go on a hike and end up at a lake that her mom hates. The lake sucks them into another world. They then find out that Story is the legendary Dreamer and the fairy tale world is relying on her to save both w
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines.

At the core of this story, there's a really interesting bunch of new ideas floating around. The author has a definitely has a vivid imagination, and a talent for creating worlds.
So why only 2 stars?
Well, for starters, I almost DNF'd this book...twice.
The first time around, I was only about 5% into it, and I din't think I could take hearing the main character's name, Story , anymore.
And by that, I mean that instead of saying 'she did such-n-such', or 'her th
Robin (Bridge Four)
2.5 Stars maybe I didn't like the heroine until the last 15% of the book it might be skewing everything.

Fractured Dreams incorporates a few things that I love in Fantasy’s. It has fairytales, epic backstories from time past and interesting characters so I’m not sure why I didn’t like it more. I was thinking it would be more along the lines of Once Upon a Time instead the re-imaginings of Fairy Tales fell a little short for me and felt more like a poor re-imagining of Once Upon a Time and really
Reina Marie
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full review and Interview with Fractured Dream author, K.M. Randall. Here:

I received an ARC from the author for a "read-to-review".
This hasn't affected my review in any way.

Fractured Dream is an epic adventure that everyone will enjoy.

This book has everything a memorable fantasy book needs.
Lovable characters? Check!
Beautifully thought out story line? Check!
Amazing world? Check!
Interesting plot? Check!
Characters and creatures from famous fairytales?
Sophia Sardothien
Honestly? I really tried reading this but the writing style is so repetitive and annoying...

Thank you netgalley for proving me this e-arc
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Story (Yes, that’s her real name) is a young woman who has spent most of her life feeling like she doesn't belong. She was raised by a loving single mother, and has not one but two best guy friends who understand her better than she understands herself. But she still constantly deals wit
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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Fractured Dream is a highly imaginative fantasy tale. Randall brings a fresh and exciting twist to fairy tales with a perfect blend of dark fantasy and alternate reality. Even though it is pretty lengthy story, it runs at a good pace with enough constant action to carry the plot and world building. The characters are fascinating, making us want to get to know them more. I highly enjoyed the story and look forward to the continuation o
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. It had everything- fantasy, romance, action and adventure. The main characters were incredibly believable, even in this wonderfully imaginative place. The plot seems so simple- a young woman trying to find her place in the grand scheme of things and yet it is so much more than that with each turn of the page. Love, friendship and family are all challenged in this story- it's really such a great story that anyone could enjoy. Read it! ...more
Alisha Tarran
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a big Once Upon A Time fan, and suffering as I am during the hiatus, this appealed to me hugely when I was reading the synopsis.

Story is a regular girl, on break from college with one of her best friends, Adam, they decide to go for a little hike, Elliot (bestie number two) arrives freaking out about how she needs him, once he's mellowed out, they go for a dip in the lake and end up in another world. Awkward. Here begins her journey to remember who she really is and to save the world! Along
Jul 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
[Disclaimer: I received a free ebook from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.]


I really wanted to like this one, but what sounded like an interesting fairy tale-inspired fantasy turned out to be a melodramatic, overwrought teen romance drama.

Story Sparks (yes, that is her name, and it drove me nuts) is abducted, along with her two best friends, by a water goddess (Sandeen) who tells her that she used to be a goddess herself and needs to dispatch an evil overlord who is trying to de
Iva Kenaz
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review of the Fractured Dream The Fractured Dream was a lovely and exciting tale to read. It’s the kind of book you read in one breath because it’s very well written, funny and adventurous.Story, the main character, is so complex and real that you instantly feel like you’re her friend and want her to decipher the riddle of her strange dreams and nightmares. But Story is not only a unique girl in our dimension, as we get to know later, she’s also someone very special in the realm of the fairytale ...more
A.L. Waddington
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
K. M. Randall’s debut novel, Fractured Dream is stupendous! This roller-coaster ride filled with mystery, adventure, mythical creatures, fairytale characters and real life heroes is like Once Upon a Time on speed. The main character, Story is a reluctant modern day heroine sent on a quest to save the mystical land of Tressla while in turn, saving ours as well. She is spunky, gutsy and full of gumption. She sets out with her two best friends, Adam and Elliot, renewing old friendships and creating ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story was a perfect journey quest novel full of fantastical twists and turns. I loved the fast paced nature. There truly never was a dull moment and I cannot wait to read the sequel. The characters were well developed and endearing. While the book contained dark themes, it also was light enough that it never gets bogged down in them. Definitely recommend for any fantasy lover.
Allie Burke
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brt
I don't say this often, but Fractured Dream is kind of an Allie book. The number one reason that I started writing and ultimately ended up publishing my own paranormal series was because I was looking for a book that I couldn't find in the bookstore and Fractured Dream is one of those books. There isn't really anything out there (that I've found) that is like it.

This debut novel reads as ten colorful strings woven together. From the first page, I was enticed by this story. It's one of those situ
Rabid Readers Reviews
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an Advanced Readers Copy from the author’s manager. Content may have changed between the copy I received and publication.

As is indicative of the genre, Story falls into a world she’s destined to help. I don’t know about other readers but I didn’t like her at first. She struck me as self-absorbed and more teenager than young adult (her mother notes this as well early on in the advent of mood swings). She has vivid imaginary friends and her paintings depict violent scenes b
Jannat Bhat
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an amazing journey.

These were the first words to come to my mind after The End.

I'll be real honest here and say that I find it to really hard to literally go into a book and stay there. Fractured Dream did that to me. I did not want to come out. This is the kind fantasy you just wish would go on and on and on. The magic, romance, friendships were heartwarming and touching which really got to me.

The characters? Don't even get me started on them. They were simply perfect and I loved each
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a can't put it down read. The way the writer describes this world and dream world is amazing.The characters are so beautiful described, you can picture the gardens the fairytales and all the beautiful places that the main characters travel through. This is a fantastic read from start to finish. I didn't want it to end.There is enough action, romance and general interaction between the characters to keep you reading. I really can't wait for the next installment of this series,
Kaitlin G
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, this book was a winner for me. I couldn't put it down in between jobs. I even told some of my patients about it. I don't know why but even from the beginning I was hooked. I'm a lot like Story with asking a lot of questions all the time, but still closing herself up. This book made me want to go to the world of fairy tales. I would recommend this book for really anyone. I can't wait to read the next! Happy reading everyone! ...more
DNF at 40%

I really wanted to like this book _as I do with every single one I read! _ but unfortunately the writing style didn't work for me. ( I am however aware that I've become extremely nitpicky with my old age, and that in the past I've finished books worse than this one! )

It isn't as if this was carelessly done, quite on the contrary!

But as I read this, I couldn't help feeling as if a little kid had had access to her mother's (father's) makeup, and really indulged in all those colours
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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Throughout this story the writing is consistent and was beautiful. The story is written from the multiple characters, which was very fun to read. I also gained more prospective and insight in the side characters in stead of just the main character. New characters were gradually introduced so I could keep up with who was who ;)

The prologue was intriguing and immediately made think about the possibilitie
I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

Story Sparks is a dreamer. Or at least she was until one day, she suddenly stopped dreaming and appeared to lose all memories of her previous dreams. One day, Story and her two friends Elliot and Adam are sucked underwater into the In Between land where Story finds out she is The First Dreamer and must undertake a quest to bring the Real World and the In Between together again and save every
Mark Gardner
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I like fairytale retellings. Fractured Dream isn’t exactly a fairytale retelling, but many fairytale characters are in this story. There is a lot of teenaged angst, and drama, but not as much as some YA stories out there.

The book has plenty of action adventure with fantasy elements. The story stands on its own, and if you were to replace all the known fairytale characters with ones made up by the author, the story would not change since the story is more original with the fairytale characters do
Inca Princesa
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Lovers of Paranormal (LOP) on

What really got me interested in Fractured Dream, was the idea of bringing a new spin on fairytales. It takes the typical story of a girl who has to go on an adventure to find herself, and it adds suspense, love, death, violence, and independence. It took a while, about 70 pages to get into the main story. The chapters are set up in various lengths. The one thing that I did not like was that I f
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal). When I started this book, I was skeptical on the whole spin on a fairy tale idea. But I was also intrigued and since I am a Once Upon a Time fan I decided to give it a try. One of my better decisions for sure! I loved the characters, the world building, and especially the back stories. I was really bummed when it ended and I can't wait for the next one. ...more
Kimberly Vanderbloom
This is an epic journey through a magical land. I want to get lost in Tressla. It is an interesting take on fairytales. I was so drawn to this book. The cover alone made me want to read it. As I turned each page I was sucked in to this magical world. The imagery was impressive and imaginative. At most points throughout the story I thought I was Story traveling and regaining my memory and embracing my future. Amazing! I am excited to read the next book.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Story Sparks's life gets turned upside-down when she and her two best friends are transported to another world. There she finds out that she is the reincarnation of an ancient deity, destined to save this other land from its evil ruler and unite the worlds once more.

This book get very cool, very fast. It begins exactly the way you would want a fantasy book to, with a lot of mystery surrounding the main character, but particularly the fate of her uncle, who
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A world where fairytale's characters exist? Where Nightmares and Big Bad Wolves walk the same soil as them? A Red Riding Hood who slays wolves and grins when she does it? THIS BOOK HAS ALL OF IT AND MORE.

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"Could your dreams follow you out into reality?"

This book has READ ME I'M AWESOME all over it. It's a fairytale book: it screamed at me since miles long. I craved it really fast. And when I started reading it, there was no going back.

The Story and Characters
Damn Ms Randall. You
Toni Michelle-Editor
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Do you believe in fairytale creatures? If you don’t yet, you will by the time you finish reading Story’s, well, story.

Story was an odd child. She had all of these “make believe” friends that she would visit in her sleep. One day, she started having terrible nightmares. And all of a sudden, there was nothing. Story was left with a feeling that she was forgetting something very important. A huge part of her life was missing. She grew up and went away to college, but when she returned home for a vi
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
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I don’t even know where to start with this review. I was surprised to find that it has a 4 start rating on GoodReads, it makes me feel even worse for disliking it so much. All I could here the whole time I was reading this was my 2 year olds voice saying “Mommy, I can’t like it” because that is how I felt!

I tried and then I tried some more and around 40% I just couldn’t do it anymore. I had no connection to the characters, the plot wa
Nay Denise
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Quick note: because I loved this book I can't be as descriptive and informative in this review as I am with others because I will spoil you all.

This was an outstanding fantasy read! I was gripped from that enticing prologue until the end. The world building was amazing, the characters were intriguing and I just felt all the emotions throughout this book. It was quite long, but felt like a quick 150-200 pages because it was suc
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As a girl, K.M. always wished she’d suddenly come into magical powers or cross over into a Faerie circle. Although that has yet to happen, she instead lives vicariously through the characters she creates writing fantasy and paranormal. She is the author of Fractured Dream (The Dreamer Saga) and The Reaper's Daughter. When K.M. is not busy writing her next novel, she serves as a freelance editor an ...more

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