Top 10 Things I want in a Zombie Apocalypse
10. Lifetime supply of pens and paper so I can write and the stories in my mind don’t turn into a multiple personality disorder.
9. First aid kit, in case I get a paper cut from the paper.
8. Antibiotics. Even in a zombie apocalypse I’ll probably get a sinus infection because I seem to have a predisposition for them *sniffs*
7. A sniper rifle. Don’t think that one needs explanation.
6. My glasses so I can actually see the zombies that I’m aiming at (see 7)
5. Toilet paper. Um, yeah . . .
4. My kindle fire filled with a ton of books so on my zombie-killing down time, I won’t be bored.
3. A water well. Don’t want to stink like the zombies. Oh, and I could have something to drink, too
2. A flashlight, ‘cause I don’t like the dark.
1. A katana sword. I could me some zombies with a katana sword.
A violent war has waged in secret underneath the notice of humanity since the beginning of time. Evil has pledged the destruction of humanity in spite of a power those that covet it could not possibly contain. Now the Warriors have inherited this ﬁght and are honor-bound to rid the world of this ancient malevolence. By guarding the most precious, piercing light they possess—their female kin known as the Oracles or Dreamers—the Warriors have a chance against the darkness.
Chantal Breelan, plagued by horrific nightmares for most of her life, believes something is wrong with her. Why else would she have such visions of destruction? But when creatures of terror came crawling out of the shadows to hunt her down shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she discovers the truth. Her dreams become reality, throwing her headﬁrst into a battle wrought by cursed monsters, where death and torture lie at every turn.
Mathias is a descendant of a Fallen Angel and a powerful Warrior. He vows his life in service to pay recompense for the sins of their fathers by guarding Chantal from within the shadows. Long has he fought, shedding sweat and blood, hoping that his struggles wouldn’t be in vain. With Chantal’s life in danger, he is forced to reveal himself, yet she manages to surprise him with her ﬁerce tenacity and strength. In his sacriﬁce, he ﬁnds redemption and life’s ultimate reward—a love to surpass all time.
Now Chantal has picks up the reins of her birthright and stands by her Warrior kin, by Mathias.
She’s on a mission to rescue others like herself. Yet, in this challenge, a battle of wits is exposed. New players are discovered, throwing strategies into question. When the truth comes to light, can Chantal hold her band of brothers together, or will they crumble under the weight of betrayal?
My Thoughts..5 stars
Chantal Breelan knew she was different; she was simply unaware of the extent of that difference until Matthias revealed both himself and her heritage. Chantal is an Oracle, a daughter born of a Contrite and a mortal woman. To be treasured and protected at all costs. Oracles are also highly prized and sought by The Fallen and their minions.
When last we saw Chantal and her Warriors they had won a temporary reprieve against the Kajola and other creatures of the Shade but at a high cost.
DREAMS OF THE CURSED begins with a search and rescue mission. Chantal is determined to findLydia, the young Oracle kidnapped at the end of Legacy of a Dreamer.
Chantal and the Warriors get more than they bargained for onceLydiais located.
The Shade~ A pale imitation of our world populated by evil creatures. Warriors can use the Shade to move about quickly. An Oracles grace causes them to become beacons of light in the Shade. The Shade is especially dangerous to an Oracle at night or anywhere the shadows are thick.
The Fallen~ The angels who sided with Lucifer against God and were cast out of Heaven.
The Contrite~ Fallen angels who repented, almost immediately. They will spend eternity atoning by protecting the Oracles and humanity from the forces of evil. There are a limited number of Contrite and no one knows how many are left. They aren’t big on communicating with one another.
The Warriors~ male children of the Contrite and human women, they aren’t nephilim but something else. Warriors protect the Oracles, with their very lives if necessary. Is there a ordained Warrior for each Oracle? If so, what does that mean for an Oracle whose Warrior is killed? An Oracle whose Warrior has turned? Does it hold a special meaning for Damon? Questions and more questions…
Oracles~ the female children of the Contrite and human women. Oracles are treasured. Their dreams are prophetic and they are blessed with grace. Does their grace have any special meaning for the Contrite? No Oracle has lived very long so the extent of their talent and abilities is unknown. Are their abilities unique to each Oracle? Chantal, at nineteen, is the oldest known Oracle. More questions.
Chantal has grown as a fighter and leader. The Warriors who protect her would prefer she sit back, sheltered and away from the battles, but that’s not who or what Chantal is. In many ways Chantal is an enigma with the breadth of her abilities unknown. Her personal Warrior, Matthias, is proud and frustrated. Their feelings for each other are growing and maturing into a love that could last centuries provided they live that long.
Legacy of a Dreamer was fast paced but DREAMS OF THE CURSED blows it away. Ms. Jean’s fascinating world exists within and beside ours. It’s occasionally glimpsed out of the corner of your eye yet gone when you turn. More of the history of the Fallen and Contrite is divulged giving rise to as many or more questions than were answered. The mythology being created is engrossing and elaborate.
New characters are introduced while others, spoken of in Legacy of a Dreamer but unseen, are brought into the light. There are some who aren’t entirely what I had believed them to be adding an intriguing dimension.
Who, exactly, is Princess? There’s definitely more to her. Trystan is another new character. I dislike her intensely but can’t go into the why’s. DREAMS OF THE CURSED is so tight it’s extremely difficult to discuss without spoilers.
I literally flew through the book because there are no good or easy stopping points. The last third is especially fraught with tension. There were several times I actually commented aloud because I was so “there”. Honestly, by the end the air around me was a vivid blue as I railed against traitorous selfish characters, Ms. Jean for leaving me dangling, and near tears for those I fear are lost. I’m highly anticipating yet also dreading Book Three. Exhausting and exhilarating at the same time, excellent.
Thanks to The Writer’s Coffee Shop we have a digital copy of DREAMS OF THE CURSED to give away. Do you believe in angels? Give away ends @12am est 10-23-13. Good luck!
Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. At a very early age, a child, her days were spent inventing stories, directing her sisters in made-up plays or telling elaborate ghost stories. Her mind never took breaks, or shutdown, even when she slept. When her eyes shut at night, she would have vivid dreams complete with extensive, elaborate plot lines, and good overcoming evil villains.
She was encouraged by her parents, even at a young age, to write down her tales, and it has remained a somewhat-secret hobby. It became a means to escape from the drama of real life into one of the many worlds she created.
Now living in California with her husband of ten years, her love of storytelling had taken a backseat with the arrival of their four children. Though she always found time to write down her thoughts on whatever was handy, including a stray diaper or two while rocking a sleeping child in the middle of the night when her characters begged for attention as well.
As a busy wife, mother, and working full-time outside the home, somehow she has been able to write down her relentless character’s story. Her once-secret hobby and private world is now released for others to enjoy. Nothing would make Allie happier that to continue writing and spend more time at home with her family on a more full-time basis.