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If Souls Can Sleep

(The Soul Sleep Cycle #1)

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First he lost his daughter. His mind may be next.

After years of being haunted by the day his little girl drowned, Vincent faces a new nightmare — one that reaches into the real world and beyond the grave.

If Souls Can Sleep introduces a hidden world where gifted individuals possess the power to invade the dreams of others. Two rival factions have transformed the
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by One Million Words LLC (first published November 29th 2017)
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Donna
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a digital copy of this book in a GoodReads giveaway, and here is my honest review:

This is a book about dreams and sanity, grief and redemption. It's also a book about a man who's an ass.

Plot-wise this book was a wild ride that kept me guessing from beginning to end! The author did a good job of telling a story shrouded in mystery, yet making me want to stay until things became clear in the end, instead of pushing me away with obscurity and confusion.

The writing was brilliant, and the
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Matt Doyle
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Background: David Michael Williams lives in Wisconsin with his wife and children, and holds a background in journalism, marketing and public relations. He has published multiple speculative fiction titles, including the swords-and-sorcery trilogy, The Renegade Chronicles.

If Souls Can Sleep is a genre-bent title, the first book in The Soul Sleep Cycle, and was published by One Million Words LLC. The story follows Vincent, and man who is currently struggling in life. His young daughter is dead,
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Amanda Evans
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I read an advanced copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley.

First, he lost his daughter. His mind may be next.

This was such a gripping line in the description that I was immediately drawn to this book. The book centres around a main character, Vincent, who is struggling to come to terms with the death of his daughter.

I loved Vincent's character and really felt for him throughout the book. His grief was palpable and very well described. The writing was flawless and there was nothing I could
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Jodi Herlick
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book with lots of surprising twists! It initially took me a bit to get into the book, especially since the dream-world part feels a bit flat at first. It turns out there's a solid reason for that, which is revealed later in the book. Once I got a ways in, I found the story gripping. I loved the unique take on dreaming, and the characters were rich and well-rounded; their flaws made me empathize with their struggles. All in all, a fantastic read, and I'm looking forward to the sequel so I ...more
Jaime Hunt
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Souls Can Sleep is a page-turner. Multiple storylines build until they are ultimately woven together. The characters are well-crafted and the dialogue is believable. You will find yourself staying up too late to discover the truth behind the underlying mystery. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Amy
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
"First he lost his daughter. His mind may be next."
It sounded like a tragically intriguing story so I simply had to read it.

Vincent a seemingly decent guy who has self-destructed since the death of his daughter and all but cut contact with his mother over their different opinions on whether to turn off his criminal half-brother's life support. A reoccurring dream of the day his daughter died has been haunting Vincent for years but those dreams stop just as a new dream begins and this dream is
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Tiffany Jones
Vincent Cruz has already lost his daughter and it looks like he may lose his mind next. He’s spent the past few years haunted by the memories of the day his daughter, Clementine, drowned but now he’s suddenly facing a new nightmare. And this one has the power to reach not only into the real world but beyond the grave. If Souls Can Sleep introduces a hidden world who gifted individuals possess the power to invade the dreams of others. Rival factions have transformed the dream world into a war ...more
Mark Engels
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Is it real? Or merely a dream? Depending upon one’s point of view--yes!

An engaging combination of sci-fi and fantasy, greater than the sum of its parts, featuring a cast of relatable and memorable characters coming to terms with the oppressive and horrific circumstances life has bestowed upon them. Plotlines converge and intertwine into an epic, heart-pounding conclusion, sure to set a record for the sheer number of tropes subverted. So delightfully so.

Time and again hero and fiend alike face
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Alda Nielsdottir
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have mixed feelings about this book. As a whole it is good and pretty unique, but It didn't get really good until I was about halfway through the book. Sure, it had some interesting scenes but the first half of the book was all over the place and confusing, but it all makes sense once you near the end of the book. It was for that reason I considered DNFing it but I'm glad I didn't.
it was a good, solid book, and I do want to
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planethunt
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If Souls Can Sleep is a genre bending bit of science fiction with a dash of norse mythology, an interesting exploration of what dreams are and how they might be manipulated, and a fun twisting of the fantasy genre into something that appealed to me even though I don't typically read fantasy. Compelling characters and a steady pace seal the deal and make this a book I'm happy to recommend if any of that sounds at all interesting to you.

(You'll notice it's the first book in a series, but I found
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Victoria Zieger
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. This was an interesting book that blended a bit of fantasy with suspense and present day. The characters were interesting, but I did feel like there were a lot of them and a lot to keep up with. The story was very interesting and I liked how it came together.
Runalong
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Really surprised how the story played out and was quite impressed with both plotting and some of the characterisation

Full review can be found at https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...
Erin Peterson
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Very interesting concept with dream control and Norse mythology. I liked this original story and characters.
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David Michael Williams has suffered from a storytelling addiction for as long as he can remember. With a background in journalism, public relations, and marketing, he also flaunts his love affair with the written word as an author of speculative fiction. His most recent books include the sword-and-sorcery trilogy The Renegade Chronicles and The Soul Sleep Cycle, a genre-bending series that ...more

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