Rating: DNF
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Length: Novel

A steamy M/M dive into a dark take on the world full of feline beasts, schemes eons in the making, gods, and their favorite monsters on the prowl. And a beginning of the adventure that will change to world forever…

Over 50 years ago, humanity crossed an unwritten line, triggering a retaliation they were unprepared for. Threatening their world with nuclear warfare, they hit the wall in the Bast’Aikhtira – the shapeshifters – who left the safety of their lairs long hidden from humans and squashed the production of the weapons of mass destruction. It wasn’t pretty, but facing far superior magic, humanity had no choice but to accept the ‘offer’ of coexistence – and learn to live with the idea they weren’t as alone as they used to believe.

Seventeen-year-old Kai Mallory struggles to find his place in a world where humans must coexist with shapeshifters. He’s focused on his own problems – his brilliant twin brother, his own strange red eyes – until a beautiful, cat-like teenager from his dreams suddenly appears in his life.

As Kai tangles deeper into a web of magic and intrigue, he realizes that his dreams are just the beginning of a much larger destiny. With danger around every corner and gods pulling the strings, Kai must navigate a world he never knew existed where the gods hold all the cards – and find his own place in it – before it comes crashing down around him.

Dreamers, the first book in the Call of a Dream series, involves shifters, chosen ones, fated mates, and two young men destined for great things. The shifters of this world, the Bast’Aikhtira, came out of hiding when humanity got too fond of the threat of nuclear war and told them to stop it. Humans were no longer in charge and no longer allowed to try to destroy the world. Then, the shifters went back into their hidden places and settled down to watch.

Kai and his family live at the bottom of a mountain where shifters make their home. Kai lives with his twin and suffers from dreams of a cat boy that he can ogle, but not touch. This has been going on for years, and he’s tired of it, tired of having his perfect person right there … but only in his dreams. Until it turns out his perfect cat-boy isn’t a dream, but is one of the Bast’Aikhtira who lives just up the mountain.

Normally, I try to make it to at least 30% before DNFing a book, enough time to get a good idea of the story, the characters, and the world. But here, I couldn’t even make it to 10%. Technically speaking, this book is all over the place. There are several places the wrong word used, such as at the very beginning of the book when Prolog — which is a computer language — is used rather than Prologue. Word are randomly dropped into quotes for no apparent reason, and sentences often start with ellipses that don’t make sense. For example, one paragraph reads:

… and so did the crowd, since this was an event that was one to turn into the ‘story’ to liven up their town for months to come!

This is a quote taken directly from the book.

His brother was fascinated by them, but even he wouldn’t dare to get anywhere near the ‘border’ of the lair. It was common knowledge that the crazies who attempted it were never seen again. Since they were kids – as with all other children in the town – it was laid upon their heads constantly never to cross the ‘scratched’ line of trees that announced the beginning of the lands belonging to the ‘beasts.’

The border is a real, physical place; the scratches are actual physical scratch marks; and the beasts are actual cats. Why are these words in quotes? And it goes on like this. Then, there’s the writing itself.

His ink-haired, pale-eyed, nightly… trouble. Because as time progressed, the dreams were getting increasingly intense and realistic. Though he couldn’t hear anything in them – even seeing his dreamed-up boy’s almost too-pretty lips move, shoving tantalizing hints of too-pronounced fangs – from the first apprehension at dreaming the same thing over and over… eventually he got far too comfortable with the fantasy.

Personally, I found the writing to be writing clumsy and juvenile, with an overuse of ellipses (and as someone who overuses ellipses and em-dashes, even I felt that there were too many ellipses!), and awkward word choices. To be quite frank, I found this book to be unreadable. I had to spend time going over some passages trying to figure out what the lengthy, often run-on sentences were trying to say and backtracking to find out what exactly was being talked about. I struggled not only to read this book, but to have any interest in the story it was trying to tell me.

The formatting also has issues, with POV and scene changes from one paragraph to the next, with no break or warning. It had me rereading a few sentences here and there as I had to adjust to the fact that the person talking in one moment was no longer present in the next.

This isn’t to say the story the author is trying to tell is bad, but the writing and grammatical issues within the book are too much. They distract from the story, making it hard to read, and it left me unable to enjoy the reading experience. I do not recommend this book as it stands, and will not be continuing the series.