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BEFORE I WAKE
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Talented historical author Smith jumps genres with a searing new first-person series, the Nightmare Chronicles. This launch book charts the awakening of a unique heroine. For many, nightmares can have ramifications in waking life, but what if those dreams could kill you?
Since she was a child, psychologist Dawn Riley knew she was different. Her mother had a dreaming affair with Morpheus, and Dawn was the unexpected result. Her mother retreated to a coma to live with Morpheus in the Dream Realm rather than stay with her human family.
Working on dream studies is the perfect job for Dawn, and her attraction to Noah Clarke, one of the study participants, is instantaneous. But Dawn can't escape her heritage. A vicious terror called Karatos begins stalking her and Noah in their dreams. Karatos plans to kill Dawn as a message to her father. If she is to survive and save Noah, Dawn had better get a grip on her untapped powers! (AVON, Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith
Published: August 2008