Title: Legacy of a Dreamer
Author: Allie Jean
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Stars: 5 of 5
Chantal Breelan is a ward of the state, living under the care of a woman who is cold and heartless. Her past is a mystery, and her future is even more uncertain. She can’t recall why she had been taken from her parents and so she’s left with nothing but an empty hole where her childhood should have been. When she awakens from her nightmares, she’s left with terrible, violent images, as well as a boy whose face is oddly familiar, yet can’t be placed.
Scared and alone, Chantal begins to confide in an imaginary friend – a shadow in the shape of a man who stands in the corner of her room. She is comforted when she believes he listens to her.
On her eighteenth birthday, Chantal is forced to leave her foster home. She moves to New York City, but the start of her new life doesn’t begin as smoothly as she’d hoped. In this environment, she faces a whole new set of challenges.
One night at a subway station, Chantal meets a young boy who runs away from her, and she’s compelled to follow him down into the tunnels. But this Rabbit Hole reveals a world where reality is a nightmare. Her dreams are clues to her future, and her life becomes twisted and dangerous when she learns that things that go bump in the night are not just in fairy tales and childhood stories.
I was excited to be given the chance to review this book as part of the Bloggers Book Fair. After reading the description of the book I was even more intrigued. What intrigued me the most about this book was not really know where it was going to take me.
For me Chantal is main characters that can easily be related to by the reader. She has a childhood she can’t remember, and nightmares that plague her even when she’s awake. Because of this she creates Nick, a shadow that she feels safe talking to about her nightmares. On her eighteenth birthday she moves out of the foster care house she’s been living in and into a small apartment in New York where is going to go to school. However, she never quite gets that far.
Through a series of events on her first few days in New York we finally meet Nick, her shadow friend, only he’s not really a shadow and his name is Matthias not Nick. He “comes to life” so to speak in time to defend her from a creature that could only have come out of one of Chantal’s nightmares. Nick/Matthias is a guardian of sorts for Chantal and has always been there to protect her. Through his protection Chantal will learn more about her childhood that she forgot and what her true nature is, and why parts of her nightmares seem real.
By the end of the book you are rooting for something more too happen between Matthias and Chantal, but also fearing for her life as well.
The end of the book definitely left me wanting more and I can’t wait to see where Allie Jean takes us on the continuation of Nick/Matthias and Chantal’s journey.