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Eden has a secret: she has the ability to see and enter others’ dreams, a most inconvenient power when one is an outcast living in a magic-phobic village and yearning to fit in. When she accidentally exposes her powers, Eden discovers that her uncanny abilities connect her to the Dream World, home to the magical beings responsible for creating dreams, and the first place Eden has felt she truly belongs.

Standing in her way is the formidable Dream Council, which questions whether she should remain in their world. Unless Eden can prove she’s truly a Dreamer, she’ll lose all her magical powers and be forced to return to Earth. Proving herself turns out to be more difficult than she anticipated. When Eden is assigned to create dreams for a newborn mortal, her opponent—the talented Nightmare Darius—makes it his personal mission to uncover her secrets, which could result in her permanent banishment.

Eden struggles not only to outwit her foe, but also to prevent herself from falling in love with him, all while finding herself entangled in mysterious events as the Nightmare Realm begins to eclipse the Dream Realm, threatening not just her chances of remaining in her new home, but the balance of the universe itself. As Eden fights to fit into this world of dreams and magic, she finds herself on a journey of self-discovery that will take her down a path that forces her to confront an unknown darkness within herself, leading her to realize she’s not who she initially believed, nor does she belong where she thinks she does.

434 pages, Kindle Edition

First published February 27, 2021

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Camille Peters

19 books417 followers
Camille Peters was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where she grew up surrounded by books. As a child, she spent every spare moment reading and writing her own stories on every scrap of paper she could find. Becoming an author was always more than a childhood dream; it was a certainty.

Her love of writing grew alongside her as she took local writing classes in her teens, spent a year studying Creative Writing at the English University of Northampton, and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English and History. She’s now blessed to be a full-time author.

When she’s not writing she’s thinking about writing, and when’s she’s not thinking about writing she’s…alright, she’s always thinking about writing, but she can also be found reading, at the piano, playing board games with her family and friends, or taking long, bare-foot walks as she lives inside her imagination and brainstorms more tales.

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Author 19 books417 followers
January 26, 2021
Me and this book have been on quite the journey together. Nearly ten years ago during a walk, I paused to look up at the sky and wondered what sort of fantasy world might exist up there. The answer I came up with: one that creates our dreams. That seed was the beginning of a long but magical journey of daydreaming and imagining, of creating an entirely new world, of writing and rewriting, and of repeatedly shelving my story for several years at a time until I was ready to return to it and continue bringing this story to life. I’m so happy to finally have this book out in the world—one of magic, romance, and fantasy, which I hope will enlarge your imagination and bring you joy as you explore the world of dreams and witness their creation.
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2,951 reviews244 followers
March 23, 2021
First, I have to shout out my love for the cover of this book. It so perfectly represents what is inside and I think it is beautiful.

I have to admit that fantasy books can be a bit hit or miss for me. I thought the premise of this book sounded cool though so I wanted to try it out and I've read books by this author before and enjoyed them. This book is a YA book, with a target age of 12-18. That sounds about right. The characters come across young. Even the older ones. So yeah, target range is spot on except this book is LONG. Over 400 pages, which makes it not really great for most 12 year old's (and sometimes even adults like me!) There was a LOT of description and the plot moves forward slowly. If you love descriptive books, you will love this one.

The author clearly put a lot of thought and effort into this idea. It is creative and imaginative. I liked many parts of it. I didn't have a lot of emotional investment in the characters but the story concept and the cover? Two thumbs up.

- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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138 reviews12 followers
November 28, 2022
Read: October 2021
Reread: October 2022

I very much enjoyed this the second time around. Darius is amazing :)

This was really good! I am a big fan of Camille Peters' books and though this isn't a fairy-tale it did not disappoint! The whole concept of a Dream World and Nightmare World is honestly so creative to me! Exploring the Dream World was immensely enjoyable to me and the idea of a dream/nightmare weaving completely blew me away (as well as the sort of competition between a nightmare and a dream). There was just so much creativity in the worldbuilding and I just loved it! Another thing I enjoyed was the mystery surrounding Eden. There is one particular revelation towards the end that I realized moments before. And when it was discovered, still shocked me.

While I did enjoy this book, one thing that bothered me a little was Eden. When she needed help, she was a bit prideful and continued to do what she thought was right, despite the fact that everything was new to her. I also wasn't a fan of the lies Eden spun. She didn't want to lose the friendships she made so she decided against telling the truth of things. This being said, Peters is amazing at redeeming characters and helping them grow into better people. I have no doubt, we will see growth from Eden, and I'm honestly excited to see it play out!

On the side, I must admit, Darius has grown on me 😂. At first, he was such a puzzle to me...and now he's kind of adorable haha. His relationship with Eden was so cute to watch play out! Though at times I doubted him alongside Eden, he seems like a good guy. I guess we'll have to see :P :)
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2,876 reviews210 followers
April 1, 2021
First off, Camille Peters has the best covers ever! Not only are they gorgeous, but they display a good snippet of what the reader will find inside.

I've read Peter's Kingdom Chronicles series and loved it and was expecting more of the same, but this one fell a little short for me. Although straight up fantasy isn't my go-to genre, when well done, I'm hooked. I felt like this one was almost too "young" for what I was anticipating.

The premise to this book is very intriguing and hopefully as the series progresses, the dots will start to connect more and the characters will grow and develop, yielding the deepness that I craved. It's obvious that Peters spent a lot of time creating a wonderful world, which showcased her creativity, imagination, and talent. The imagery was very descriptive and vivid, but I personally had a hard time connecting with Eden. I wanted to see a beautiful character arc, as Eden is very headstrong, stubborn, and almost immature, but it didn't quite happen. Don't worry--I'm holding out hope that it will eventually.

*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
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Author 10 books330 followers
June 3, 2021
This was such a unique storyworld! In a world where an entire magic system exists to provide mortals with dreams or nightmares, Eden must figure out her mother's secrets and where she truly belongs. With a shape-shifting, detective cloud (yes, a cloud. An animate, talking cloud) best friend and a Nightmare nemesis (or is he a nemesis or love interest?), Eden takes on the Dream World and investigates her own unique powers.

At times I wanted to give Eden a good Gibbs-smack upside the head, but she is only 17 and still figuring out a lot about herself and the world around her. Seventeen year olds make a lot of mistakes, and Eden is no exception.

But that ending...Agh!!! How am I supposed to wait until the next book after that ending???!!!

The audiobook version is narrated by one of my favorite YA narrators, so I highly recommend it if you are a fan of audiobooks!
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Author 2 books32 followers
February 23, 2021
Dreamer is a lovely mix of whimsical and fantastical. Journeying into the Dream World with Eden was a thrilling adventure. Viewing ethereal dreams alongside her was utterly captivating and made me want to enter and explore those dreams myself. Peters’ first ever fantasy tale has an intricately woven magic framework that makes for a very unique world. With breathtaking and out-of-this-world descriptions of magic, settings, and characters, this story gave me major Alice in Wonderland meets Peter Pan vibes.

A girl who’s spent most of her life shunned by her town stumbles upon a world of magic, a place where she feels she finally belongs. That safety is threatened, however, by dark forces challenging the fragile balance of magic and nature. To top it all off, there’s a sweet and yet forbidden love that finds its way into the pages of the book, inviting the reader to dare to care for the misunderstood. Eden's love interest, Darius, was hands down my favorite character.

Dreamer wonderfully examines how we define the forces of light and darkness and explores the idea of what makes us who we are, while taking its readers to a world where nothing is as it seems. With an ending that promises exciting twists and turns to come, book two can’t arrive soon enough!

I had the privilege of receiving an advanced copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Author 2 books36 followers
February 20, 2021
Oh my goodness this book blew me away! I've read a ton of YA fantasies and it has been a long time since I've read one that I've enjoyed so much. This book had all the fabulous feels that I'm always looking for in a good fantasy read-the mystery of what will happen next, romance, conflict of right and wrong, plot twists, and so much more-coupled with a unique flavor that has never been done before.

I loved the main character Eden who is just trying to find her place in the world and discover what it means to be a Dreamer vs a Nightmare. Going to the dream world with her, was like falling into a dream itself. It was so beautifully described I felt like I was right there with her. The sights, the sounds, the tastes, the feels, I never wanted it to end. From her lovable detective cloud companion Stardust to her confusing yet captivating 'nemesis', Nightmare Darius. This story took me on a delightful journey with twists and turns I'd never anticipated.

This was new and fresh and exciting, giving me everything I was looking for in a fantasy along with a little bit extra. I can't wait for the next book so I can find out what happens to Eden next!
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1,368 reviews153 followers
April 15, 2021
3.5* Rounding up

Oh what an incredible imagination Camille Peters has. The world in this book was very well developed and fun and whimsical. It was fun to read about Eden and discover what her magical ability was and how it worked with dreams. I have lots of questions that will hopefully be answered in the second book. Which, by the way, is going to be very interesting. I didn't not see the twist that was coming at the end of this one. Yes there is a bit of a cliffhanger and you need to read the next book to finish Eden's journey. But if you enjoy fantasy, magic, dreams, mystery, and the whimsical, I'm pretty sure you will be happy to read this and the next book.

This book has more of a YA genre feel to it and I think it a lot of readers in that age category are going to really like it. It is a bit of a longer book and my mind is a little preoccupied by a lot happening in life that I couldn't completely focus and found myself skimming off and on throughout the book, but my skimming I still take in a lot of the essential info (remember avid reader here).

Eden finds herself in The Dream World needing to learn quickly about her powers she's never understood fully and to prove herself. That's a little hard when the nightmare Darius is her counterpart. Is he out to trick her and prove her to not be worthy to stay in The Dream World? Or is there more to him? I enjoyed watching their relationship develop, even though Eden was very unsure of trusting Darius or not. I'm interested to see what happens between them in the next book.

Content: Clean. This book has fantasy/magical aspects to it.

I received a copy from the author. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

Happy Reading!!!
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Author 32 books15 followers
March 1, 2021
First of all, I loved the concept behind this book. The descriptions were similar to a magical girl cartoon from the '90s like Sailor Moon, Sky Dancers, or Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders. It takes place in a beautiful fantasy world with soft pastel imagery where dreams are created. The main character has lavender hair and shoots pink and purple sparkles from her fingers. She also has the ability to see dreams. It sounds like a gorgeous concept for an animated series.

However, the book was all imagery and no substance. Maybe this is just me, but I didn't feel invested in Eden's story at all, and it seemed to take forever before anything interesting happened. She spent pages upon page exploring about this beautiful world and the "Nightmare" bad boy she had a crush on, and it suddenly became interesting at the end right before the promo to read the next book. I'm not a fan of when series do this, especially after I spent so much time waiting for something to happen. I feel like the first half of the book could have been cut entirely without losing any of the story and wish it had been shorter and more to the point. I also think it felt like it was geared to a very young age group, but the length did not reflect that.
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624 reviews39 followers
March 1, 2021

Oh my. I feel torn about how to review this book. I think it’s because I truly enjoy this author and have LOVED some of her other books.

This one however was just okay. The world she created was unique and very imaginative. I was blown away with all the details. However the characters and story was not great. I felt like I was reading a treadmill book. Where the same things keep happening over and over. The romance was kind of a let down and the ending really didn’t go with the rest of the book.

I don’t think I will continue with this series.
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22 reviews
February 20, 2021
The creativity in this story blew me away!!! The concept of dreams, and all the details that go into creating them were just incredible! I was amazed at all the details the author thought to include!

I felt like I got to really know the characters in the story, and I was constantly laughing at their personality quirks, and dialogue! You meet so many unique, and lovable characters. Eden has the sweetest friends, the most hilarious weaving partner, and an adorable pet cloud! I officially need a Stardust in my life!!!

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and reading Dreamer allowed me to experience and discover a whole new delightful, fantasy world! I am in LOVE! I’m already dying for the next book!!!
February 24, 2021
“Dreamer” is a wonderful Fantasy debut for the author, very imaginative and fresh. It’s my favorite of her works so far 😊. You can certainly feel a touch of her fairytale background, and like the “Kingdom Chronicles,” she creates an environment in her book that you wish you could visit for real.

I love that it has more tension and a little bit of the darker side woven in. Being a long time fan of books exploring the fight of good versus evil, light versus dark, this is right up my alley! And as usual, Camille has used her amazing word painting skills to draw us in to her story.

Another thing I loved are her two main characters, who are people that I can really relate to, and the sidekicks she created for them. I don’t want to give it away, so I’ll restrain myself, but those sidekicks are pretty awesome, and bring a lot of humor to the book.

I would heartily recommend this book to anyone looking for an escape from the everyday world. It’s a refreshing and fun read, thoroughly enjoyable!

P.S. I’ve got to admit that at this point I’m on team “Nightmare,” and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!
141 reviews5 followers
March 11, 2021
I have been excited for this book for so long! When I first saw it, I was really interested because where do dreams go? And the cover, oh my gosh, the cover was so gorgeous! I have read all of Ms. Peters’ books, and it was incredibly interesting to see where Ms. Peters went with this story.
Dreamer is about a girl named Eden who has the unique ability to see and watch dreams. She struggles to keep her magic a secret because she is already ostracized by the villagers in her town. One day she discovers a magical world called the Dream World which is home to the Dreamers who make dreams. Eden finally like she belongs, but she will have to prove to the Dream Council she deserves to remain in the world. She earns an assignment to make dreams for a newborn while competing with the Nightmare, Darius. He’s determined to find out Eden’s secrets, but at the same time, he’s annoyingly kind and noble. As Eden fights to maintain her place in the Dream World, she learns of her danger to her new home. The balance is tipping in favor of darkness, and Eden will have to confront some dark truths about herself as well to help. And those truths might decide whether or not she really belongs in this new world.
I was super intrigued by this concept, and I really liked seeing the Dream World. It has definitely made my list for fictional places that I would love to live in! It was amazingly intricate, and I loved the details that were put into it. There were different types of jobs for the Dreamers, and you were even able to see how they lived and their houses. But it also made sense in the storyline, so it didn’t feel like there was a ton of set up. And it made a nice contrast between the almost sugary goodness of the Dream World to the darkness of the Nightmare, Darius.
I thought Darius was adorable! He was really cocky, but even when he acted like a jerk, he really cared about Eden. And I loved seeing his noble and good side. Enemies to lovers can sometimes make me feel a little uneasy especially because you really shouldn’t trust a stranger who you feel “connected” to. But I felt like Ms. Peters made it really clear that Darius is actually a good guy, and it’s not just Eden’s feelings coming into play.
I was a bit frustrated with Eden’s feelings though because it felt like she was just self-destructing over and over again. But I think it made sense in the story because she is so hungry for acceptance that she doesn’t think about her actions. She longs to belong somewhere, and a lot of her bad decisions come from this longing. I can’t be too hard on her though because there were a multitude of revelations about her past. Eden had to learn a lot of truths about herself and her mother. And the answer to the questions tip the scale of the balance between the Dreamers and the Nightmares. Which is why I’m really excited for the next book because this one definitely ended on a cliffhanger! I would definitely recommend this clean book, and I can’t wait to see what adventures Eden encounters next.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.
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357 reviews2 followers
October 3, 2021
This book was SO neat and I ended up really liking it! So much imagination and creativity was put into this story. I was blown away by it. It took me a bit to get into it (typical for me with fantasy!) but once I was immersed in this story world, I was so into it! It was whimsical, fun, and just really fascinating! And that cover is GORGEOUS!! I love it SO much!😍 It’s perfect!

These characters are so interesting and I really was invested in their stories.
Eden was a really great MC. There were moments I was internally screaming at her but I did understand why she did a lot of the things she did. I get the desire to fit in so I could see where she was coming from.
Andd Darius was the best!! He is SUCH a great hero for this book. I was unsure about him for most of the book, but I really, really wanted to trust him!! But I think I can confidently say I do now. He was the sweetest!! (I read his POV on the author’s website and I so loved getting into his head for a bit!😍)

The love story was soo good and I can’t wait to see where it goes! Ahhh! 😍 These two are so cute together and I’m dying to see them together happily. 💗

Exploring the dream world that the author created was so, so cool. The only other fantasy books that I’ve read that has to do with dreams is the Ravenwood Saga by Morgan L. Busse. I loved those so I was excited to see what Camille’s book would be like. It was amazing!

I was captured by this world.I was on the edge of my seat several times. I never really knew what was going to happen.
Overall, this book was so fun to read! The dream world with all of the beautiful descriptions of the colorfulness and candy was soo much fun to imagine. 😍 I loved it!!
I’m soo excited to continue this series!
1 review3 followers
February 26, 2021
I first discovered Camille’s books a little under a year ago and have read (and loved) them all, so I thought I had an idea of the sort of story I was about to find in Dreamer. Instead, I found myself delightfully caught off guard by a story with more drama and intrigue than before. I read it in one sitting, and at several points found myself hoping that something would go right for Eden, our protagonist.

The cast, as always, was adorable, the romance was almost too sweet to handle, and the world was as whimsical as I would have hoped. Best of all, I truly believe this is one of those rare breed of books that fit the market for upper middle grade/lower YA readers (roughly ages 11-14) as well as readers of all ages who enjoy a whimsical, playful tale.

Now, I do want this to be an honest review, so as much as I love this book, I do want to stop singing its praises and mention a couple of elements I wasn’t as crazy about. I suspect that most of my issues stem from the fact that this is meant to be read as the first book in a series and I simply want more of the story. My only real concerns were the occasional feeling that the clues seemed a touch too obvious, but that probably has more to do with the demographic this book is meant for than anything on the author’s part.

In short, please read this book. It’s adorable. Seriously. (And yes, maybe it’s a little cheesy, but that’s kind of the whole point so shhhhhhhh)
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456 reviews29 followers
February 28, 2021
This was a pretty great start to a new series!

Eden is an outcast in her village, who suspects she may be witch and doubt her mother's existence because her mother's a hermit and doesn't like people (or visitors). Between the magic-hating villagers and her mother's anti-magic stance, Eden's magical ability to see dreams (& nightmares) has remained hidden. However, after she exposes her powers, she ends up in the magical Dream World that becomes to home she never had. As she struggles to proves she belongs, Eden must deal with a strange connection to the Nightmare Darius and mysterious threats to her new home.

All in all, this was an interesting fantasy world. The concept of Dreamers who weave mortal's dreams and Nightmare's who weave mortal's nightmares was really neat. There was also the divide between Nightmares and Dreamers becuase their jobs put them into direct competition and the crimes against Dreamers that appear to be caused by Nightmares. I really enjoyed the character dynamics (especially Darius and Eden's because hello forbidden friendSHIP). The characters were fun! (Darius kind of stole the show in places, and I am definitely rooting for him and Eden).

I'm very intrigued to see where this series will go, and can't wait to read more by Camille Peters!

Special thanks to the author for an ARC/review copy. I really appreciate the opportunity!
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83 reviews7 followers
July 8, 2021
Thank you to Camille Peters and her publisher for providing me with an ARC of her newest tale!

Due to work and grad school, I haven’t been able to invest in Camille’s latest creation, but I loved finishing it now! “Dreamer” marks the first installment of the Dream World Chronicles. Eden, our heroine, is an outcast due to her lilac hair declaring her a magic possessor, but determined to make her way in the world. Soon, however, she bumps into a dream (literally), a cloud, and a Nightmare. The idea Author Camille painted was so fun and vibrant. I adored the concept of Weavers and competitions. We experience the worlds through Eden’s eyes. I wish I could have gotten to know more Dreamers and Weavers. Also, I found the amount of conversations about Dreamers and Nightmares a bit redundant. However, since this is only the first book in a series, the hope of meeting new characters, having more characters be fleshed out with flaws and quirks, and finally diving deeper into the realms are sure to come.

Thanks again, Camille and team, for allowing me to read this beautiful work! Looking forward to more of Eden’s dreamy (or mischievous!) adventures in these chronicles, and always awaiting more Camille works!
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1,332 reviews4 followers
April 2, 2021
Camille Peters is one of my favorite authors. She has a creativity and magical sight into different worlds and endearing characters. Dreamer is one such novel where she created an entirely new world. Eden, the main character, is a little like us all, I would expect. She doesn't feel like she fits in, she feels like she belongs somewhere else, and when she finds that one special place... Well what would you do?

Give this book a try, it is in a class all its own.

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16 reviews
February 28, 2021
I only rated this book four stars because of Darius (the love interest). He carried this book.
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325 reviews77 followers
March 15, 2021
I already reviewed this book... *facepalm* And my review disappeared!! Argh! But don't worry, a new one is coming soon! xD
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792 reviews123 followers
January 28, 2022
Eden and her mother lives alone outside the village. They make a living by creating potions from the plants her mother grows in their garden. They are treated with suspicion by the villagers because they are thought to use magic. But Eden has a secret...while she can not dream herself she can see peoples dreams. Trying to figure out the cause she collects the dreams in jars and writes down the details. Other than this fact her life is pretty mundane until one day a talking sentient cloud appears before her claiming to investigating the theft of "dream dust". Things get only stranger from there when a young man appears in her bedroom and she has her first dream...a nightmare.

Who is he? Why does the cloud think she is a Dreamer?

Maybe all her questions can be answered if she goes to Dream world,the place where the magical creatures who weave dreams for every humans live...

I have to agree with another reviewer that the depictions of Dreamworld in its pastel pink glory did remind me of 80s/90s cartoons like for example Lady Lovely Locks ,and I think the plot would lend itself well to animation.

A cute read with enough drama and darkness to keep it from being too cloingly sweet. It could benefit from some editing and perhaps certain side characters could have benefited from a bit more depth. But in all a pleasant enough read.
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176 reviews
February 25, 2021
This isn't among my favorites from this author, but it has several really good qualities about it.
One thing I've always loved about Camille Peters' books is her ability to weave together description to create a beautiful world full of magic and possibility. The Dream world in this book is no exception. I love the how imaginative and dreamlike the land controlled by the Dream Council is. I look forward to seeing what the world of the Nightmares looks like in future books.
Most of the characters I really liked. Darius has an air of mystery about him which I like. As a reader, it's easy to guess his motives, but his presence adds an interesting element to this book for Eden. The sidekicks are pretty cool, though the cloud can be a bit annoying at times. I don't like spiders, but I found this book to embody a nice love-hate relationship with them.
My main problem with this book is the protagonist, Eden. She has gone through a lot by the time we meet her which makes her primary motivation which is the desire to fit in make sense. Her fear of not being accepted though will lead to some really big issues when mixed with ignorance, secrets, selfish desires, manipulation, and fear. Honestly, I didn't like her for the majority of the book. Some of her selfishness I completely understand since a lot is done out of ignorance. However, her naiveté and determination to remain ignorant as she rejects any and all efforts to help her get a little old after a while. I figured out early in the book the main issue the characters try to figure out, but Eden remained, to my frustration, completely clueless despite all the evidence piling up. She and her friends are intelligent, but I'm not sure how they missed all the clues and coincidences. I won't say much more on the topic, except despite my continued dislike of the character, the end makes me curious as to what is in store in the rest of the series for her. She reminds me a little bit of Adelina from Marie Lu's first book in Young Elites, though Eden has a significantly more optimistic future. Regardless of how much Eden annoyed me, I did warm up to her by the end. The author's writing style and ability to bring me into her worlds kept my attention enough for me to still enjoy the book. I look forward to seeing what is ahead in the series. I'm hoping Eden has some significant character growth.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
222 reviews6 followers
December 15, 2022
My feelings towards this book? Extremely annoyed. Mostly at Eden, the main character.

Eden is thrust into a new world. She discovers that magic is real, and she's a Dreamer, a people whose ancestors were born of shooting stars. She's abandoned by her mother, moves to the magical world of Dreamers, among clouds and precious gems, and tries to keep her unique abilities secret, and solve the world's problems all on her own.
The whole entire story she shows horrible judgment. She steals dreams because she enjoys the rush of power, though she knows it might be endangering the life she wants to build for herself. (Honestly, I’m still not sure why she wants it so badly. Though, I was quite clear on why she shouldn’t do it. I never understood why she did anyhow.)

Mainly, I felt disconnected. Eden has very strong feelings about many issues, including her relationship with Darius, wanting to fit in to the Dreamers’ world, wanting to explore her powers, and more. And, she kept on breaking rules, and dismissing her friends’ advice, and the entire time, I couldn’t understand why she did anything. Why was it so important? Why did she even care? What was she trying to do?

The book is interesting. There is lots of suspense, tension, and high stakes. There’s a whole magical world in the clouds to explore full of concepts and characters, and crisis. But I didn’t care about any of it. All I managed to feel was annoyed.

“What if we get caught?”
Startdust’s eyes gleamed. “That possibility is what makes investigations so exciting. "

“But why nightmares? What good could possibly come from scaring Mortals?”
“If their nights are full of darkness, won’t they better appreciate the light during the day? No matter what bad things happen in their sleep, they always wake up in the morning.” He glanced sideways at me, a mischievous glint in his eyes. “Besides, scary thing are more interesting.”

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62 reviews1 follower
April 2, 2021
-I received a complimentary copy. All opinions, thoughts, etc. are entirely my own.-

I was excited to read this new book from the author. Having read her fairytale retellings, I was looking forward to this original story. And from the imagery side, it was so, so beautifully written. From the very first page, I felt absolutely immersed in the colorful, magical world of this book. I loved the focus on dreams and that the main character, Eden, can see dreams as these (I think) tangible forms. I had forgotten through a good portion of the book that this was the first of a series, so I had questioned how the pacing seemed to be off because I was reaching the end of the book, and not much had been resolved. And then when I remembered that it was, in fact, part of a book series, I relaxed and didn't worry about too many unanswered questions. I should note here that the star rating is for the descriptions and some of the side characters (like the Nightmare Darius). My biggest, absolute biggest complaint is against the main character, Eden. Okay, I get that it's a book series and that this is only the first book in said series, but it felt like Eden literally had NO GROWTH WHATSOEVER. She had this very valid desire from the beginning of the book to fit in, as she absolutely did not fit in with the village people where she lived. And yet, AND YET, when she found herself among others who shared magical abilities, she acted in ways that MADE HER STAND OUT. After which, she would make some comment or internal thought about how she just wanted to fit in. On top of that, her attitude throughout the book was just so frustrating for me to read. Ooh, I was so mad at her. It's been a while since I was this mad at the main character. That all being said, am I going to continue reading the series? Yes. I enjoyed the imagery and specific other characters enough to make it worth it. But if Eden doesn't have some major growth in the next book, I will be extremely disappointed.
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151 reviews6 followers
March 4, 2021
I loved the world Camille Peters created in this book and can’t wait to read the next installment. From the very first page I was hooked. I love how creative and original the premise for this book is. I have always been fascinated by dreams and nightmares, and I love that we get a vivid, interesting explanation behind their origins in this story. I admit, about halfway through Eden started really bothering me, and her insistence to not take anyone’s advice despite how she clearly needed to was maddening. As she kept down this path and the same advice was given time and time again to no avail, it started making the book a little less enjoyable for me. But overall I couldn’t put the book down and her choices (and the choices of the author to have Eden not take that advice) all made sense. There were several things I could see coming—but a big one I didn’t see coming at all, which I loved. I really enjoy being surprised by a book and this one succeeded in surprising me several times. The book ends with lots of questions I am excited to find the answers to in subsequent books! I am really excited to see how Eden develops and what is in store for her in the next one! Five stars for the creativity and originality of this fabulous fantasy, but one docked star for how frustrated I felt for about a third of the book. Like I said, though, in the end I can see how that frustration was maybe an essential part of the story, and I’m looking forward to seeing how things progress in the next book!
(I did receive an ARC of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated in my review are my own and the review is unbiased and completely honest.)
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1,449 reviews35 followers
February 27, 2021
I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from this book since I didn't reread the blurb before starting it and because I knew it wasn't part of her fairytale stories. The magic used in this book was intriguing, a cool concept, and well presented.

I liked meeting the different characters as they came into the story. I especially liked Stardust and Darius. I liked Eden, but at times her flaws became a bit annoying since I could see how she was causing some of her own problems. I will be interested to watch her character development as the series goes on. There are some characters that I'm still not sure what to think about since there is still much I don't know about them, though I do have my suspicions.

This book was hard to put down at first; however, as the book went on, I realized that the story would span multiple books (something I probably would have known upfront if I'd refreshed my memory of the book and the series before starting to read). Lately I've had some difficulty reading books where the main story spans multiple books in the series unless I can read them one after another. This is not a flaw in the book but just my current mental/emotional ability to deal with such books, and it caused me to not enjoy the book as much as I might have otherwise. I do look forward to reading the next book, but I also wish I could read it now rather than having to wait.

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20 reviews
May 3, 2021
This is such an enchanting new story! The details and descriptions seem to jump off the pages and weave themselves together in front of you, just like the dreams and nightmares themselves! Ms. Peters has always been a master of setting: she depicts the most fantastic and lovely of scenes, and the sensory details bring her stories to life. Dreamer is no exception! I felt mesmerized by every sensory detail!
Eden herself will have some growing to do, but her desires and struggles are surprisingly relatable: after all, who doesn't yearn to fit in and find a place they belong to? Given her upbringing, her character, strengths, and mistakes make sense, and they make her a realistic MC. I'm cheering for her, and can't wait to see her journey continue onward.
Darius is, however, my favorite aspect of the book. He is absolutely adorable and endearing and his presence in the storyline, along with the scenery, is really what captivated my attention. I enjoyed his moments in the novel, and found myself puzzling out Eden's mystery along with him. Plus, even though I'm not a fan of spiders, Bolt is an exception: he is simply the cutest and most charming arachnid companion!
All in all, this was a lovely new story, and I encourage fans of fairytales and fantasy to give it a read!
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Author 9 books4 followers
December 30, 2021
I've been reading The Kingdom Chronicles series by the same author and was delighted to discover her Dream World series. Dreamer is the first book.

The central character is Eden, who lives near a small village with her reclusive and secretive mother. Eden has lilac coloured hair, which sets her apart from the superstitious villagers who gossip about her and accuse her of being a witch. Eden's mother firmly asserts that magic isn't real, leaving Eden with a growing catalogue of unanswered questions.

The unexpected appearance of a magical cloud called Stardust is one more secret to keep to herself, confirmation that magic is real. Then a mysterious young man named Darius starts following her. He asks too many questions and talks in riddles. He tells Eden she is a Dreamer. Stardust declares that he is a Nightmare and not to be trusted.

I found myself racing to find out what happened next, and had to slow down to make sure that I hadn't missed any important information. The author has delightfully woven clues to future scenes in the unfolding narrative. This book ends on a cliffhanger, and I was glad that the second book was available so I could quickly follow the ongoing drama as Eden faces her personal challenges.
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33 reviews
March 31, 2021
Wow! It has been a while since I have been this captivated with a whole new fantasy world!

Eden is living on Earth outside of a small village where she doesn't fit in. All the villagers believe she is a witch. Oddly enough, they are not far off. She is hiding her magic and wants to be free from hiding who she is.

Eden begins to unravel mysteries surrounding herself as she meets some other magical beings, makes friends, and tries to earn a place in the Dream World. All is not right in the Dream World however and Eden is desperate to find answers and be able to save her new home.

This book had me absorbed from beginning to end as I, alongside Eden, desperately wanted to know the answers to her questions. Eden is relatable in her struggle to want to fit in and be accepted and yet afraid to trust because she might be rejected. I am very eager for the next book to see where her story goes next.

I received this book as an ARC for a honest review.
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44 reviews
March 6, 2021
Dreamer was so good! Camille Peters did a fantastic job on this fantasy novel. I've read her fairytales and very much enjoyed them, so I was excited to see what she would do with this.

The Dream World was set up wonderfully. It was so much fun to explore the beautiful world with Eden. Learning about Weavers, Dreamers, and Nightmares was explained very well. The imagery used to describe the Dream Realm and the dreams were amazing and I could picture them very well.

Eden is an interesting character and her stubbornness and desire to fit in were portrayed very well. Eden's relationships with Stardust, Darius, and her mother were developed and explored very well and I can't wait to hang out with the cast more!

This book captured me and I am so excited for Nightmare!
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