Seventeen-year-old Nadia Petrov is an outcast in her tight-knit community of people with special abilities. Nadia must invade people’s dreams to survive. She sneaks into sleeping victims’ rooms, slips into their heads, and then turns their dreams into horrifying nightmares.
When a new girl arrives at her compound, Nadia can’t resist giving the girl a nightmare. In the dream world, Nadia discovers Hunter Sullivan, a soul trapped in the girl’s mind. Intrigued by Hunter, Nadia secretly builds a relationship with him in the dream world, and they find solace through each other.
Unable to accept a love fated for dreams, Nadia must risk losing the safety of her community to help Hunter get back to his body before he’s lost forever.
To be completely honest, when I started reading this book and reached the tenth or twentieth page, I thought “wait…I’m sure I just read a book about someone entering dreams and supernaturals having to report before a council. Is the author of this novel the same author who wrote Dreamfire? Let me check it out on Goodreads. Nope, it’s two different people.” The only difference between the two novels is that Dreamfire was about fighting off nightmares and Destined for Dreams is all about creating them.
Nadia has a problem. Everyone with the supernatural community ostracizes her because she’s a Nightmare Inflictor (her power is pretty self-explanatory). The only friend she has is a psychic named Alyssa. However, Nadia has bigger problems. She’s in love with a guy who is being held captive within the mind of a girl named Jacqueline. What a way to start a romance eh? Worse yet, Nadia must restrain herself from entering Jacqueline’s dreams too often to meet Hunter or else she’ll drive Jacqueline crazy.
What I can’t stand about this novel is that the story centres on the love story between Hunter and Nadia. It also focuses on how Nadia can help Hunter escape Jacqueline’s mind so that they can be together. I love my romance novels as much as the next book addict but once a story focuses on romance alone and not the plot, it starts to feel as if it’s a peanut butter jelly Sandwich without the jelly.
Still, the characters were slightly realistic and I could feel Nadia’s pain, confusion and fear. I loved reading about the moments Nadia enters someone’s dream, makes it a nightmare and completely consumes the dream. The way the author depicts Nadia’s actions and behaviour within the dream is incredibly clear and I can’t help but be fascinated by Nadia’s power.
Somehow, as the novel draws to an end, it feels rushed in a sort of way and I couldn’t help but feel as if the combat scenes came and ended all too fast. I yearned for a combat scene that was so badass that I imagined what it would be like if Joshlyn from Dreamfire and Nadia had a showdown. It’d be interesting to see who’d win. Although, I’m pretty sure Joshlyn could take Nadia any day.
While the ending is predictable, it’s still really cute. I enjoyed reading about Nadia and Hunter’s quest to be together and even got a sneak peek at book two!
About the Author
Ginna Moran is a writer living in Austin, Texas but originally from Southern California. She started writing poetry as a teenager in a spiral notebook that she still has tucked away on her desk today. Her love of writing grew after she graduated high school and she completed her first unpublished manuscript at age eighteen.
When she realized her love of writing was her life’s passion, she studied literature at Mira Costa College in Northern San Diego. Besides writing novels, she was senior editor, content manager, and image coordinator for Crescent House Publishing Inc. for four years.
Aside from Ginna’s professional life, she enjoys binge watching television shows, playing pretend with her daughter, and cuddling with her dogs. Some of her favorite things include chocolate, anything that glitters, cheesy jokes, and organizing her bookshelf.
Ginna is currently hard at work on her next novel.
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