Review: Dreams Unleashed (The Prophecies) by Linda Hawley

      Dreams Unleashed: Book 1, The Prophecies Trilogy (Volume 1)
Linda Hawley; Kindle Edition, 1st, 264 pages; Published May 20th 2011 by Nouveau Publishing Company
It’s the near-future year of 2015, where technology governs life. In this dystopian world, governments control their citizens by tracking them with RFID. The right to personal privacy does not exist. The heroine, Ann Torgeson, having been trained by the CIA as a paranormal spy at nineteen years old, has enhanced abilities. Twenty-five years later, she lives a double life: first, as a technical writer for a tidal energy company in the Pacific Northwest, and second, as a member of the worldwide anti-government subversive organization, called GOG. When Ann’s vivid dreams turn real, she questions whether the doorway between her subconscious and reality has been permanently altered. When she starts to dig into her past, her present begins to unravel, leading the reader through events that twist and turn everything upside down. Question everything you know is essential in this trilogy.
 – Goodreads on Dreams Unleashed (The Prophecies)

I will begin by saying this is a book about a woman; not a girl turning woman, but a woman. A mature, accomplished, strong woman, with a charming personality, and great nuance in her behavior (and some very special gifts, to top it off!).
 And I believe after I’ve said that you’ll get an idea about my feelings concerning this novel. I liked it, a lot!

My favorite, as it is already obvious, is Ann. She’s just so witty, and fun, and fresh; I wish I were that energetic, and I’m close to half her age (give a couple of years  ). Her daughter makes more of a symbolic appearance, more to mark the nest-leaving then actually be involved. All sorts of things change, evolve, and Ann’s right on top of it all. There’s also a potential love interest somewhere in there, but it’s just dangled before your curious nose, probably to be developed in the next book? I hope so.

I loved the ‘paranormal’ tint. Of course, there’s a lot of secrecy, covert operations, and agencies, always agencies pulling and pushing in all directions. But Ann’s abilities are a natural; a powerful gift, that can bring joy and sorrow alike, and great responsibility. I feel she struggles with this weight hanging on her shoulders – she’s not overcome, not at all. But after the struggle, I believe she finds the balance needed to feel more then know what her path should be.
 And she makes choices I applauded (hint to the Canada thing. You’ll understand what I mean when you’ll read it.)

What held back some of my enthusiasm is precisely the lack of capitalization on the fact the character is a mature woman. I mean, seriously, if in the next book she doesn’t get together with Paul, I’m gonna start making official complaints, somewhere, somehow!! You just wait and see, Linda Hawley! I demand some action  Not in the explicit sens, I mean…oh, you know what I mean!
 Seriously though, all that tension, and the build-up, your enthusiasm and eagerness just bubbling… and then the ending comes, and I sort of held my breath and remained stunned! I mean, no way!! I had to do a double take, I had a moment of sheer panic.
 But then I thought, hey, this is a series, and Ann is the main character, so all is not lost. Right? RIGHT?? Major cliff-hanger alert, don’t say I didn’t tell you so.

Overall, I do warmly recommend it, it’s a delightful dystopia novel, a pleasurable and engaging read, and I do so obviously eagerly await the next book of Ann’s adventures.


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