Source: e-ARC from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review
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.
The beginning of this book had me wanting to read on and on. I was hooked from the first few pages to see what would become of Chantel in her new life. This would be the first time that she was on her own and it had me actually nervous for her.
I can honestly say that there were certain parts that had me a bit confused, but it didn’t take away my need to read and to find out what actually happens. There is a romance of sorts and I really enjoyed that aspect. The characters were written very well and I must warn you, there is a tad bit of gore, which I really enjoy in my reads!
Holy cliffhanger ending:( I love cliffhangers and yet, I despise them. They give me something to look forward to and still, I find myself reeling when the book is finished and itching for the next one. This book did not disappoint in that department! You think that everything is wrapped up nicely and then WHAMO! I should actually call it holy Epilogue!!
Over all, I did enjoy this book and I look forward to the next book in the series, Dreams of the Cursed, due out in October.
Come back here tomorrow for a sneak peek into book 2 and the cover reveal!!
Thank you to The Writer’s Coffee Shop for the review copy and inviting me on this tour:-)
About the Author
Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. At a very early age, her days were spent inventing stories, directing her sisters in made-up plays or telling elaborate ghost stories. Her mind never took breaks, or shutdown, even when she slept. When her eyes shut at night, she would have vivid dreams complete with extensive, elaborate plot lines, and good overcoming evil villains.
She was encouraged by her parents, even at a young age, to write down her tales, and it has remained a somewhat secret hobby. It became a means to escape from the drama of real life into one of the many worlds she created.
Now, living in California with her husband of ten years, her love of storytelling had taken a back seat with the arrival of their four children. Though, she always found time to write down her thoughts on whatever was handy, including a stray diaper or two while rocking a sleeping child in the middle of the night when her character’s begged for attention as well.
As a busy wife, mother and working full-time outside the home, somehow she has been able to write down her relentless character’s story. Her once secret hobby and private world, is now released, for others to enjoy. Nothing would make Allie happier that to continue writing and spend more time at home with her family on a more full-time basis.
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