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Before I Wake

(Nightmare Chronicles #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  694 ratings  ·  74 reviews
You may call it a dream job . . .

And in some ways, you'd be right. I actually get paid to study people's dreams. It comes much easier than my employers at the Sleep Center suspect; after all, I, Dawn, am the daughter of the king of the dream world, and I can roam the dreams of others, battling the nightmares that plague them.

I call it a nightmare . . .

Honestly, I could use
Paperback, 378 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Avon (first published 2008)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
More hot paranormal action! I just finished "Before I Wake" by Kathryn Smith and what a good read it was! Smith's world centers around the 'Dreaming' and spins the tale of the half-mortal daughter of Morpheus.

Dawn is the half-mortal daughter of Morpheus. Her mother became depressed after a miscarriage and began spending the majority of her time sleeping. She somehow met Morpheus in her dreams and Dawn is the result. But Dawn's life hasn't exactly been an easy one. She doesn't feel at home in eit
Sarah Mac
I was hovering between three & four stars for this one...up until the last few chapters. Now I'm decided. :P You could read much worse in this genre, & I'm not ruling out another Kathryn Smith novel in future. But I have no real desire to continue this series; it hasn't inspired my interest beyond what I've read here.

So far as PNR goes, there are good points. The heroine isn't a negative-sized pixie waif; while she admits to being intimidated by said negative-sized pixies, she doesn't s
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A psychologist/dream analyzer that can actually step into your dreams is a pretty good basis for a book. Throw in a love interest, some family issues,a bad guy, and a really interesting dream world, and it gets even better. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it seemed to end very abruptly. I wish there was a little more focus on Nightmare training, it was hard to believe the bad guy could go down so quickly. The characters were likable and realistic, and the story as a whole wa ...more

Proof that you can not judge books by their covers. I first saw this in a German bookshop and seriously, HOW gorgeous is that cover?! And the blurb made it sound okay as well... and then I finally found a copy in English and argh.

Okay, so I did quite like Dawn, she was a good main character, though often her narration bugged me. Seriously, there were cases of WTF and W00t (with zeros!) in the narration. And she said "yayee me" a lot and ugh. I just could
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this book, but what started out as interesting just ended up annoying. This author should get money for product placing, there was nothing in there that wasn't identified by product name. She couldn't just have indian food, she had to name each dish, each makeup product etc etc. Half the book was product names. The male lead was pretty pathetic, and you never find out much about him.
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Enjoyable concept, but a bit slow to start. It read more like a YA book - simpler style. Typical UF though, lots of questions left unanswered with not enough resolution to even the main storyline. I probably will read the second book, but not right away.
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I had trouble enjoying this book at the start. It got better half way in to the book. I don't know if I would get another in this series. I would write what this is about but a lot of readers have done that already. I would not call this a paranormal romance, yes, it does have a small love story in it but I still would not classify it that way.
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The advertising of makeup products throughout was annoying but the story was fine.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I only gave away 2 stars because Dawn makes a pretty tough protagonist. Otherwise, this book was pure agony. Do not recommend.
Paranormal Romance
The heroine is a nightmare; literally. Her father is the God of the dream world but her mother is human and married to another man. The heroine has always judged her mother for that selfishness. The woman may have doted on the heroine because she was the daughter of the immortal but the rest of the family have been seemingly tossed aside as her mother not choses to sleep permanently to be with her lover. This paired with the desire to live a decently human life has driven the heroine to forsake ...more
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May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. I was doing alot of stopping and starting with it though. partly because I was also reading other books at the same time. I love Noah and Dawn together as well as individuals. The dream world is a fascinating subject and this author does it justice when explaining how it works in this particular world and how humans as well as the immortals are effected by this and how this world can be manipulated. All of this is shown to you without it coming off too sci-fi. It has "me ...more
Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
I picked this up of the paperback table at Borders because of Sherrilyn Kenyon's front cover recommendation. Dawn is a sleep specialist working on a dream study at a sleep clinic. She's also a Nightmare--a being that is able to enter people's dreams and manipulate them. Not only that, she's the daughter of Morpheus, king of the dreamworld, and she's not supposed to exist. When Noah, one of her clients in her dream study and the subject of an unprofessional crush, is attacked in his dreams by a N ...more
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fantasy, paranormal
wow this book snared me from the and didnt let me go til the end!
Heroine: She was pretty badass but had enough vulnerable moments to keep her realistic and likeable. i also liked that the main character is more average size girl with normal girl fears despite her...otherness.
Hero: Broody almost overly so but just short of that line. but he was very sweet even if occasionally attitudinal and i loved how beautiful he made the heroine feel. Would've liked to see more devel
Kelly Roll
Mar 10, 2009 rated it liked it
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Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: bsb-r6
Dr. Dawn Riley is a psychologist who specializes in dreams. She also happens to be the only one of her kind. Her mother is a human while her father is King of Dreams. Their union produced a child who can exist in the real world and the Dream Realm. Dawn is faced with having to accept her role as heir to the throne in order to save her patient turned boyfriend, Noah, and the rest of the world from an evil entity that is known in the Dream Realm as a Terror.

This book was okay. I found myself skim
Dec 18, 2009 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the premise behind this book, but somewhere around the middle of the book, I started losing interest. In my opinion, there were several chapters in the middle of the book that could have been condensed because there isn't much progress towards the resolution of the story - Dawn (heroine) trash-talks Mommy and Daddy, gets lessons in how to be a Nightmare, goes to work and deals with jerk-boss, moons over Noah (hero), repeat. In addition, I didn't buy Noah as hero-material... Yes, ...more
Something different from the paranormal world. A little bit of mythology and creative thinking, and the place only seen in dreams comes to life. I enjoyed Dawn, she was smart, sassy and strong. Written in first person and only from her perspective, the narrative was fun and fast paced. Noah was a great match for Dawn, just the right shade of tortured and mystery. Not enough romance for me. Dawn and Noah have an established doctor/patient relationship at the beginning of the book and are already ...more
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
So this book was interesting. It's about a girl who is the daughter of a mortal woman and the king of dreams, Morpheus. She has suppressed her life in the "Dreaming" because she didn't like being a freak growing up. Fast forward she's now a psychologist for a sleep center and she has a patient who's a hottie and he's a lucid dreamer. Together they end up battling a dream demon! There was a lot going on with the story so I'm glad it's a series because I'd like to learn more about this whole dream ...more
Rebekah Crain
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I took my sweet time with this one because I've been watching too much tv and playing too many computer games this Summer while the kids are out of school. You'd think the book wasn't any good as long as it took me to finish it, but quite the contrary. I really enjoyed this book, and the unique storyline. The characters were easy to get to know and the storyline proved intriguing and quick to follow. If this was the first in a series like I think it was, I will definitely check out the others. 4 ...more
Michelle Tempted By Books
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Dawn is a doctor at the sleep study institute; She is also the daughter of the god of sleep. That makes her a half human half goddess, otherwise known as a Nightmare. Told in the first person, by Dawn, we meet Noah Clarke, a gorgeous artist who seems to be having some impossible sleep issues, namely someone trying to kill him. Dawn goes into the dream realm to help him and to also spend time with her father and mother, who incidentally have been asleep for many years. The story has a sprinkling ...more
Janet Robel
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
So good and so different! I loved the unique idea of the dream world and Dawn being a Nightmare. It seemed like a nice change compared to some of the other paranormal romances out there. This book was easy for me to delve right into. Dawn works at the Sleep Center to help people with their dreams. She has no idea the extent of her powers. Sexy Noah Clarke is a patient at the center who is having disturbing dreams. When a real Terror threatens her life and the lives of others, she will have to em ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Because of a misunderstanding, this book made it into the youth shelve in my library and I read it, expecting just another young adult fantasy romance novel. Well, it's not young adult fiction. It is erotica.

And it's not even good. I mean, well, if you like non-consensual acts, maybe... and if you don't have a problem with women that somehow enjoy rape, that is. If you still want to read it, I can only give you a strong trigger warning - but really, don't waste your time with it.
Jun 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Wow,Kathryn Smith writes in a whole new voice - contemporary. The plot and characters are fresh and intriguing. A contemporary from the voice of an historical author rich in descriptive passages of modern day New York and a dream world filled with nightmares. Relatable dialoge, descriptive passages and a hero and a heroine that have more questions then there are answers. Looking forward to more from this series.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Dawn and Noah, this was different than anything I've read, it was a dream but alive Nightmare book and it was really creative as far as the writing goes. My issues thus the three stars was I spent so much time getting to know Dawn and a little bit with Noah I'm not sure why they were together. I mean they were protective of each other sure but it just kind fell a little flat for me with the development of their relationship but the story line was creative and it was good.
The BookWhisperer
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Kathryn Smith. I have to say she is an excellent writer. I throughly enjoyed this book. It was a little different from must of the books I have been reading lately, so it took a little extra attention to keep up. This author was very inventive with this storyline. I like the way she took something so ordinary as dreaming, and made a whole new world for her story. I will be looking for more from this author.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While this book has an interesting view of the dream world, the romance part is kind of lacking. The doctor/patient thing is almost creepy (he's more of a study participant than someone seeking help) and the two characters have mild disagreements and then storm off and not talk to each other for days. Like teenagers. Only, of course, there's the possibility either will be killed in the meantime but who cares when someone has hurt feelings!
Karin Shah
A very enjoyable romp through a fascinating new world. Dawn, is a nightmare, in the very best way. Half-human, half of the dream realm, she protects humans while they're dreaming. Noah, the sexy lucid dreamer in her sleep study is being stalked by an evil entity and Damn must find a way to reconcile her immortal half to save both their lives. There's a book 2 which I intend to get a.s.a.p. Reviews I've read said a book 3 was planned, but I haven't been able to find it. :-(
Nov 16, 2008 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how I feel about the book. Wierd, huh? I liked it, but it felt a little slow, but interesting. I don't know if that makes sense. I've read slow and BORING, and those I've put down. But this one there's a lot of thinking and reflecting which is interesting, but because of that it doesn't really move as quickly as I like I guess.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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