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Series: Dreamland #1.5
Published by Four Eyed Owl on February 26, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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He captured hearts and now he’s captured the spotlight.
Experience The Dreamcatcher, a novella comprised of scenes fromThe Dreamer told from Dev’s point of view, as well as seven extra scenes that did not appear in book one!
*This is a companion piece to The Dreamland Series and is to be read after The Dreamer for story consistency and spoilers.*
This past year or so, I noticed that more and more authors come out with alternate POV versions of their novels, such as E.L. James’ Grey and Colleen Hoover’s Losing Hope. And no matter how much I may have enjoyed the original novel (I mean Hopeless, not 50 Shades), I can’t help but feel that it was just the same story, only from someone else’s eyes. Technically, it is, but it makes me wonder why the story hadn’t been written in dual POV to begin with. I realized that the beauty of single POV stories is that it keeps you guessing as to what the other character is thinking, and when I read the retelling, it strips away the mystery—plus, with my knowledge of how the story ends, it feels redundant. Of course, that’s just my take on things.
Given that, I’ve stayed away from these companion pieces, but curiosity and my fandom of E.J. Mellow’s Dreamland series got me to read The Dreamcatcher. Dev’s an enigmatic one, kind of like Divergent‘s Four though less serious, and I wanted to see he thought about Molly. The beginning was promising, as the book opened before Molly’s arrival in Terra. It gave me a better understanding of who Dev was and how strong his relationships were with Aveline, Tim, and Rae and made me appreciate how big an impact Molly had on his life. E.J.’s storytelling took me through Dev’s confusion and feelings of unsettlement upon Molly’s arrival to his growing sense of wonder and attraction to her.
As the novella progressed though, I found less revelations and more retelling, and it felt disjointed because the chapters would jump to different scenes with little transition. This definitely can’t be read on its own—as it was, I had to revisit The Dreamer to figure out the gaps in the narration. I liked how E.J. didn’t stretch it into a full novel, because that would’ve been too much. While I still feel that alternate POV retellings (or whatever you call ’em) are not my cup of tea, I’m sure fans of Dev would love this chance to get to know him better. Now, to count the months before Book Three comes out!
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