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The day before moving into her new dorm, college freshman, Maya Lilac, has a haunting dream that ends with her coming face-to-face with a second version of herself. After being haunted by the dream during move-in day, she finally comes in contact with her double, nicknamed “Lucent”, and learns that she actually has powers and can—among other things—make her dreams come tru ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Ja-Mel Vinson
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Shomeret
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, my-reviews
I have been an early follower of the blogger Shealea. When I learned that Shealea was embarking on her first blog tour, I read the summary of debut fantasy Dreamer by Ja-Mel Vinson, and was intrigued. So I joined the blog tour. I was provided with a review copy free of charge by Shealea's Caffeine Book Tours.

The world building is detailed without being overwhelming. Information is presented to readers on a need to know basis which I consider ideal. There are no lengthy info dumps.

Dreamer is a N
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Leighton Williams
Mar 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, reviewed
True Rating: 1/5

I was given an ARC of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review. This review will be spoiler-free.

An author is not their book. I say this because, from the few interactions I had with Vinson while requesting this ARC, he was a very sweet guy. I have nothing but respect for him and his passion for storytelling. This is what makes it exceptionally hard for me to give this novel a negative review. However, I feel that neglecting to review it would be dishonest and a
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A.N. Mouse
Mar 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was given a copy of the revised edition of Dreamer in May of 2020 in exchange for an updated review. With an unhappy heart, I am here to provide that review.

Going into reading the book, I felt I was familiar with the author's strengths (boundless enthusiasm, expansive worlds, big, flashy powers, all good and colourful things when done right) and weaknesses. After all, this wasn't my first time jumping into Dreamer.

Sadly, I was unprepared for what the new version would bring. Dreamer still suff
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Ace Layton
Mar 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
If you don't read too closely, Dreamer is a fun adventure. But the minute you look at it deeper, it falls completely apart.

Vinson clearly has a lot of big ideas; The expansive ideas in Dreamer are one of the few strong points, but he seems to lack the ability to handle them well. The book reads like a mish-mash of "cool" ideas loosely strung together back to back with little thought given to how they fit in as a whole or what they add to the book besides being one-off set pieces. As a result, no
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Sam Hendricks
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of Ja-Mel Vinson's forthcoming novel, "Dreamer."

Time constraints limit my ability to fully delve into the structural elements of the novel, but I'll hit all the main points here.

It's ambitious.

Vinson builds a complex and compelling world from the first chapter. His imagery is vivid and sometimes brilliantly abstract, while still being comprehensible. In many ways, it read like a standard fantasy novel, touching on familiar tropes and character archetypes,
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Alexa Windsor
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The mixed reviews I both read and heard resulted in me not knowing what to expect. I went into the book willing to give the author the benefit of the doubt. I can usually appreciate a person taking the time to write a story and sharing it with the world. That being said, this book needed a lot of work before it got published and I know for a fact that good advice was given to the author that was not taken.

I like urban fantasy and contemporary fiction. But this book tries to throw in multiple gen
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Wade Kirchner
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
As an aspiring writer myself, finding someone who is not an established author get a book published and out there is a good and reassuring thing to see and I don’t want to take away anything from that.

However, Dreamer is one of the most incomprehensible things I’ve ever read in my life. No character in this book feels like a person. They do not talk like people. Everyone is either spouting exposition or talking about how important the protagonist of the book is. On that same note, I can not tell
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Theresa
Jun 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
There are fundamental problems with every aspect of Dreamer. I would have ranked this book 0 star if I were able to.

Pacing is pretty much non-existent. There is no sense of arc through the book - events seem to happen randomly and are dropped just as quickly for new ones, nor is there any sense of rising tension, conflict or real resolution. Micro-pacing is equally shabby. No attention is paid in either chapters or within paragraphs to building tension. Sometimes chapters feel like an endless sl
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Dany
First of all , I'm practically blown by Ja-Mel Vinson's world-building.

It's so well planned and detailed. And he has thought through with it

There is even a history Q&A thing where the author explains the intense world-building.

The characters are well executed almost for their full potential. We can hope for more in the upcoming books definitely.

The characters and the creatures are fairly interesting. Thanks to the world building.

There are pets who are actually Guardian angels and they're so awes
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Jamie (Books and Ladders)
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my opinion.

I am so glad I signed up for the DREAMER blog tour because I probably wouldn't have picked up this NA Fantasy if I hadn't done so. I thought there were a lot of really good things about this one, especially the premise and the main character, Maya. However, there were some downsides to this that I think another round of beta readers and
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Krisha||Bookathon
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dreamer is a well written sci-fi\fantasy novel with a really interesting story and some super amazing characters. Maya, the protagonist, was one of my favourites because of how logical and sane she was and how well she balanced her college life and her powers. She is a True Dreamer and also handles college assignments like a pro. I loved the family dynamics and her friendship with Rosemary and Bailey. It was a great book and you should read it especially if you like sci-fi.

I was part of the Dre
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Esther Jones
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
**Note: I received an ARC that in no way influenced my honest review**

“Dreamer” tells the story of Maya, a young adult whose troubling dreams begin to unfold in reality just as she embarks on her college adventures. Soon she discovers long buried secrets and a host of dangers that affect the lives of everyone she cares about, and in the middle of it all is the mysterious Lucent, whom Maya feels strongly compelled toward, for reasons she doesn't understand.

I did like this novel. The opening of th
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J. Elle
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I had the privilege of reading an earlier draft of Dreamer and re reading parts of the finished published version. Dreamer is a book for teens that enjoy fun friendships, a college setting, and a second world aura with tidbits of sci-fi.

I liked many things about the story, but also found several areas that could be improved. That said, I'd still suggest you give this innovative world a read and marvel at the masterful sciency mind behind it.

I particularly enjoyed the premise of the plot. No sp
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Jessi Robbins
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book, and I agreed to post an honest review.

First, I will say there are a lot of things I like about this book, especially some really fun female moments between friends. I think Vinson really understands how young women interact with each other, and some of the more chill scenes with friends just hanging out were really fun. I also love how huge and far-reaching the universe of this book is, descending into the world of dreams and as far as an infinite number of univer
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Natalie Sparks
Jan 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received an ARC from the author.

While Dreamer has a few redeeming qualities, largely, it’s a convoluted project that doesn’t pay off on any of them. The main character, Maya, seems to primarily exist to be both the most powerful person in the narrative, and to need everything explained to her/to be made useless all the time. She’s not a bad person, because she largely just bounces between plot-point catastrophes and reacts to them as they happen, letting them go as they pass. She has all the h
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Ayana Gray
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the author.

Dreamer follows the story of a young woman, Maya Lilac, as she faces several life-changing events: the start of college, the realization of her power as a True Dreamer, and the knowledge that she has a twin named Lucent with an unsavory past.

As I began to read, I was intrigued by Dreamer’s premise and setting, and that curiosity incited me to read further, which of course is always the goal. However, I found Maya to be a bit reactive sometimes; things tended to
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Sarah Shaw
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dreamer is a science fiction fantasy, well, dream! The world is bright and engaging and the characters are fleshed out and realistic.

Basically, this story is wonderful. I received an ARC from the author and thoroughly LOVED reading this book.

My only complaint would be that the book goes into extreme details for the world itself, but not too many details for the plot. I felt a bit confused during the action scenes and was left wanting more at the ending. That said, there's an epilogue and it's GR
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Radina Valova
*3.7* - Really Liked It

“Dreamer” is a compelling story from a talented emerging writer, with vivid characters and a fascinating world. I enjoyed the overall story and characters, and also noted some things that didn’t quite work for me. There was a good deal of exposition and backstory in many of the scenes, and at times, it was a little hard for me to follow the storyline due to the volume of information. However, the descriptive prose (people and places) is lovely and there are some beautiful
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Maria
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
With vivid imagery, and an interesting world that combines the familiar with fantasy, Ja-mel Vinson’s debut, Dreamer, births the story of Maya. A college freshman, Maya is haunted by a nightmare that summons her own doppelganger—Lucent—and learns she has the ability to make her dreams come true.

Dreamer is a touching tale highlighting the complex relationship between daughter and mother. And the duality of Lucent’s presence showcases the eternal battle against our inner voices—our other self.

Some
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Jessica
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
What does a person do when they discover they possess near-ultimate power? That's the question Vinson asks in Dreamer, a world of angels, demons and dreamers that is set against the familiar backdrop of college life. The main character, Maya, is just as headstrong as her mother and grandmother, but doesn't always see eye to eye with her family, and these family dynamics set up some interesting conflicts in the book. Overall, this is a great start to a series with a lot of potential, both with th ...more
Aradhna
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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When not reading books or writing his own, Ja-Mel Vinson’s making lesson plans and going to class. A college sophomore that loves over-analysis and deconstructing video games, books, and movies, majoring in Adolescent English Education was the obvious choice. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his mom and his cat, Blackie.

If you want to connect with Ja-Mel, you can go to his website jamelvinson.c
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