Nov 032011
 

I read and reviewed Dreams Unleashed back in July 2011, but in honor of the release of the 2nd edition, and the 1st edition of the second book, I’m reviewing them both.

Dreams Unleashed (The Prophecies #1) by Linda Hawley
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads

It’s the near future, and society is government controlled. Technology tracks everyone, and personal privacy does not exist. The hope for freedom lies in the operations of an underground organization, GOG, which fights against worldwide oppression. Their most powerful weapon is Ann Torgeson, a paranormally-gifted operative. When her powers release the seal of The Prophecies, she becomes a weapon against the government, which relentlessly pursues her. Question everything is the theme of Dreams Unleashed.

This is a slightly cheating review, because everything I said in my first review still stands. The technology is scary and very plausible. There is a definite stance regarding the environment and politics in the book. This stance forms the backbone of the story, and heightens the dystopian-style changes that have happened to the world.

The huge cliff hanger ending still bothers me, but luckily I could start the second book right away, which greatly lessened the impact of it.

Overall, the story is almost exactly the same, just a bit smoother. The story is definitely a good one to pick up, but you will likely want to have the second one ready for when you finish.

Guardian of Time (The Prophecies #2) by Linda Hawley
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads

It’s the near future, and society is government controlled. Technology tracks everyone, personal privacy does not exist, and even food supplies are being monitored. The hope for freedom lies in the operations of an underground organization, GOG, which fights against worldwide oppression. Their most powerful weapon is Ann Torgeson, a paranormally-gifted operative, who unseals The Prophecies with her powers. With the government doggedly pursuing her, she goes underground, fleeing the Pacific Northwest, but not before leaving three murders, one suicide, and an explosion behind her. Will she and her companions survive to change the world after everything twists and turns upside down?

I thoroughly enjoyed aspects of this book, and didn’t really enjoy other parts. The best parts were the settings, and the relationships and dialogue between characters. I didn’t really like developments that Ann’s talents took.

The settings were vivid, exotic and magical. Every setting was described so it felt like I was there experiencing it in person. The locations jumped off the page and made the book easy to fall into.

The relationships and dialogue that Ann had with the other characters were every realistic and entertaining. Ann and Bennett’s friendship bloomed late, and every interaction was entertaining and fun. Ann and Chow had a very easy friendship. I was a bit thrown by Ann’s constant play punching, but the actual dialogue was both serious, fun and enjoyable.

My main concern with the story was the development of and extent of Ann’s talents. It just didn’t ring true believable with me. I think my main issue had to do with the completely realistic and current setting, contrasting with Ann’s talents. I just couldn’t buy into them.

Overall, the story was still enjoyable. Quite a few of my questions from the first book were answered in this one. But again with the uber cliffhanger ending?! Why must you do this to me?

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