Between Dreams (Review)

Between Dreams
By Cynthia Austin
198 pages | April 28th 2015 | Limitless Publishing

Sidney Sinclair was living the dream of any eighteen year-old girl…

A handsome rock star boyfriend, a closet full of designer clothes, a limousine service at her beck and call, and a mansion in the hills of Los Angeles.

Even with all that glamour and excitement at her fingertips, she still feels as if she’s been missing something in her life so she decides to leave.

While trying her best to put her dysfunctional romantic relationship aside and tend to her beloved Granny, Sidney unexpectedly stumbles upon an intriguing emerald pendant boxed away in her grandmother’s closet.

Soon she learns it once belonged to her long-lost mother who committed suicide when she was just a baby. Suddenly feeling emotionally connected to the woman who had birthed her, Sidney begins to wear the necklace.

This sends her on a whirlwind journey that alternates between fantasy and reality… 

Almost immediately, she starts having dreams linked to the mysterious pendant. As danger begins to seep into her life, Sidney refuses to remove the necklace and instead documents each dream to help her further understand them. However, she soon begins to wonder if they are dreams meant to bond her to a mother whom she never knew?

Or a subconscious warning that threatens her very life?

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book. In my teenage days, I got sucked into the Gossip Girl, A-List style novels about these young girls with ridiculously unbelievable lives of fame and Grandeur. Looking back now, I realize how utterly annoyed I actually was by these stories. When I saw the beginning of this description I thought this was just going to be another one of these stories.

I got something entire unexpected instead. Sidney has left all her dreams behind to head to LA with her selfish Rockstar boyfriend Ray. Sidney's mother committed suicide when she was young, and her father, unable to cope abandoned her not long after. So the girl was raised by her Grandmother. When her Grandmother fall's in she is forced to choose between family and love, she chooses family. (Though if your love is giving you that ultimatum to begin with I would be kicking them to the curb).

Ray grows increasingly selfish as the story goes on and honestly, way less likable.

The story takes a paranormal twist when Sidney, at home with her Grandmother, puts on a pendant that belonged to her mother. Strange things begin to happen as she is thrown into this world of new dreams. Here is where the story takes a real interesting twist. She begins dreaming of an ancient time, a love triangle that defined the world as we know it.

Weirder still? A new man shows up who fits the stranger in her dream. Cue the drama. I was hooked then, and when it ended on a Cliffhanger?! Oh Boy. Do not start this if you do not like cliff hangers. Wait until you get your hands on the entire series so you can do a binge read.

Thank you so much to the author for approaching me to read and review this title. I am so glad that I did!

Cynthia Austin lives in Northern California with her
husband, two boys, and Olde English Bulldogge named Count
Dogula. They love all things horror, gothic, and Victorian
which prompts her friends to dub them as “The Adams

She is an avid reader who may be slightly obsessed with
music. She hears music in a way that she believes the
artist intended it to be heard: visually, with a storyline
that follows. Listening to the songs by her favorite
artists, she was inspired to write her first series titled
“The Pendant.”

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