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Series: Sarah Midnight #1
Author: Daniela Sacerdoti
Publisher: Black and White Publishing
Publication Date: April 2012
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
“You’d never think it could happen to you. You’d never think that one day you’ll stand in a graveyard, rain tapping on a sea of black umbrellas, watching your parents being lowered into the earth, never to come back. It’s happening to me. They said it was an accident. Only I know the truth. My parents were hunters, like their parents and grandparents before them, hundreds of years back, scores of ancestors behind me, fulfilling the same call. I must follow in their footsteps. I am the only one left to keep the promise. I can never give up the fight, this fight that has been handed down to me, thrust upon my unwilling shoulders. I’d rather be buried with my parents, my brave, fierce father and mother, who lived and died by the Midnight motto: Don’t Let Them Roam.”
Ever since her thirteenth birthday, seventeen-year-old Sarah Midnight’s dreams have been plagued by demons—but unlike most people’s nightmares, Sarah’s come true. Her dreams guide her parents’ hunt as Sarah remains in bed, terrified but safe, sheltered from the true horrors of the Midnight legacy. But all this is about to change. After the murder of her parents, she is cruelly thrust into a secret world of unimaginable danger as she is forced to take up their mission. Alone and unprepared for the fight that lies before her, Sarah must learn how to use the powers she’s inherited and decide whom to trust before it’s too late…
REVIEW BY ISABELLE 8:6
Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti, is about a young woman, Sarah Midnight, who is the daughter of two demon hunters. Each person in a family of demon hunters has a unique power. Sarah Midnight is the dreamer of the family and in her dreams she gets told where the demon will strike next!
The sudden, unexpected death of Sarah’s parents leaves her stunned!
It is up to Sarah to save the human race and finish her parents mission of demolishing the demon kind for good! Out of the blue her cousin, Sean, turns up on her doorstep to help her put a stop to the nightmare, but it is not that simple! Although, is Sean really who he says he is?
Sarah Midnight is a physically enchanting young woman, who can put a spell on anyone she looks at with her alluring, emerald eyes. She can mesmerize anyone and everyone with her charm and beauty.Not only is she beautiful but she is also a skilled musician with a talent for playing the cello. Sarah hopes to attend music school although her legacy may stand in the way of Sarah fulfilling her life long dream. It is all she has ever wanted in life. We are left with this question that lingers in our mind throughout the book. Will Sarah Midnight make it to her school of music audition or will she be left dry by a bloodthirsty demon? Will Sarah complete her parents mission or will she fall at the last hurdle?
Be warned Dreams contains an unexpected love triangle, adding to the tension within the plot as well as making the reader question the characters motives!
In my opinion, the best part of the book is when Sarah undertakes the biggest challenge that she has ever faced in her life. Let’s just say the love triangle and revelations regarding Sean and Leaf played a HUGE part in my enjoyment of the story. This is my favourite part of the book because the two sides, by sides I mean Sean and Leaf, were clearly defined and you could understand Sarah’s attraction to both of them. With Sean, Sarah felt safe as he protected her from everything he was able to. However, for Sarah, Leaf was an adventure and a new experience that could go well or it could go horribly wrong!! I found this element of the book captivating in the sense that we didn’t really know who Sarah herself would choose. Her head said to choose Leaf but her heart said to choose Sean.
The only aspect of Dreams I disliked was that the content appeared very repetitive in the sense that Sarah would go to sleep, have a dream about the demons, go find and kill the demons with Sean, come home and go to sleep and have another dream. That was the main structure of the book and it became rather boring after the first dozen chapters. It was towards the end that the structure of the book altered and become less repetitive. This adjustment enhanced the compelling nature of the plot for me, I was hooked on the events as they occurred.
I would read another book by this author again because Daniela Sacerdoti kept me engaged with the plot, there is no doubt about that. She is a very exciting author and likes to leave unanswered questions in our heads.
I would recommend this book to other people if they enjoy fantasy/paranormal romance storylines. This is not my preferred genre, although I still enjoyed the book!
Dreams is definitely not aimed at a young audience as the way Daniela Sacerdoti describes the demons is actually quite haunting and frightening and I think this could scare a young age group. There are also a few instances of bad language, young audiences may not know what the word means or may repeat it themselves.
I would give this book a star rating of three and a half out of five.This book would have achieved a four if it wasn’t so repetitive and personally, I did not really feel the need to use any bad language in the book as it was purely not necessary and if we should not use bad language in the modern day, then I feel that we should not be reading it either!