Monday, January 02, 2012

Tour Stop: In My Dreams by Cameo Renae-Review & Giveaway

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Welcome to the first stop in the In My Dreams by Cameo Renae Book Blog Tour!
Today we've got an excerpt of this fantastic book, my review AND...
I am giving away 2 e-copies of this heart wrenching story of
love, loss, and devotion...
It was happening again. The dreams. The nightmares. It was something seventeen year-old Elizabeth "Lizzy" Hayes thought she'd outgrown; dreams that would come true; detailed premonitions of how people would die. This time she dreams about her boyfriend, Michael Young, and soon discovers that he's been found... dead.
Michael hasn't crossed over because he was murdered, and now his murderer is coming for Lizzy. His spirit won't rest until she is safe, and as a newbie spirit, the easiest way for him to make contact is through Lizzy's dreams. When she dreams, it's as if he hasn't died.
Lizzy must learn to pull on her inner strength to survive horrifying events. Meanwhile, in the spirit world, Michael learns everything he can about his supernatural gifts to help. But will it be enough to save her?
** This book was provided to us by the author for the tour, and we were in no way paid for our review.
The review was done simply because we support and believe in the author's works**

Chapter 1
Where am I?
I staggered, lost in the middle of darkened woods.
How did I get here?
An ominous, eerie feeling lingered in the air around me sending chills up my spine. The air was dense and musty, and a white mist concealed the cold, damp earth beneath my feet. The moon’s glow faintly illuminated my surroundings, while thick over-growths of tangled trees made it impossible to see anything but a few yards ahead.
I needed to get out. Quick. I looked to the moon. I’d use it as my guide. My pulse raced as I began to maneuver through the wooded maze searching for an exit. Bare feet continuously slipped on moss-covered roots and dampened leaves. Cracking branches behind alerted me something was lurking in the shadows. Close. I turned to see the looming blackness and forged on desperately seeking my way out.
Why the hell am I here?
Branches snapped again. Closer. I glanced over my shoulder as a dark hooded figure, layered in shredded cloaks, emerged from the darkness hovering just above the mist.  An electric wave of terror surged through my veins, awakening all my senses. I wanted to run but my legs became weighted with fear. The terror continued to approach. I willed my legs to run, but instead they buckled and I dropped to the ground.
“Get up, Liz! You need to get up!” a voice shouted from the darkness.
I knew the voice, and I knew it well.
“Michael!” I screamed.
I twisted my head in all directions to catch any glimpse of him, but there was nothing except the constant, lingering darkness.
“Liz! Run!” 
“Michael, where are you?” I scrambled in the direction I’d last heard his voice.
A glowing orb of light flitted between the trees just ahead of me, and almost instantly it took a human shape. I’d never felt more peace or happiness. Michael was standing before me, his hands outstretched, beckoning me to come. His gleaming, brown eyes were comforting; his countenance was luminous, resembling a porcelain angel.
“Michael,” I breathed. I reached for him but slipped right before we touched, falling hard to the cold earth. I looked up focusing on his face, and he smiled making my heart swell. I reached for him again, but as quickly as he appeared, he disappeared.
Dozens of red eyes appeared, ablaze in the darkness, attentively watching my every move. Vociferous cackles resonated like wicked hyenas seeking their prey. I pushed on, struggling through the thick brush; hurting, clawing, and lacerating my skin. I didn’t turn back. I couldn’t out of fear. But I sensed the creature was still in pursuit.
Every effort to leave this dark labyrinth of hell seemed futile. I was weak, I was exhausted, and I was ready to give up when I finally pushed out of the thicket into a clearing. A small cabin rested in the center silhouetted in the moonlight. My quickened heartbeat matched my pace as I ran for the shelter.
The door was ajar so I easily pushed it open and slammed it shut behind me. I pressed my back against it, trying to catch my breath; shivering at the thought of something else lurking within the pitch black room. I rubbed the walls on either side for a light-switch. Nothing. Only cold, hard wood.
A resounding boom shook the cabin as a door directly across from me flew open. Then two more deafening booms as two other doors on opposite walls thrust open slamming hard against the outside walls. I covered my ears. My pulse raced faster and faster.
“Oh God! What’s happening?” 
A chilled wind swirled through the three doors, whistling a song of terror. I forced my trembling legs to the first open door. As soon as I slammed it shut, the door I’d just left thrust open.
“What the hell?”
I witnessed the dark creature emerging from the woods, heading straight toward me. My heart pounded furiously against the walls of my chest, begging me to run.
Normal people would have run, but I'd never been so scared in my life. I was one of those irritating people that froze - like in the movies. The ones I yelled at, frustratingly. They could have run and got away but froze instead, and I didn’t care if they were caught or killed because they were so stupid!
“Michael, where are you?” I screamed. Tears streamed from my eyes. My legs shook intensely, barely holding me up. I gathered every bit of strength left in me to shut the remaining doors.
There were no locks, no lights, nothing. Stupid cabin! What kind of idiot would build a worthless cabin like this in the middle of nowhere?
I was horrified as a strong wind wailed around the cabin, followed by all four doors simultaneously flying open, slamming the outsides of the walls. I stood helpless. The cabin quaked around me. All doors were now wide open greeting the dark creature to come in and take me.
It was here… whatever it was.
Everything from that point seemed to move in slow motion. I dropped to the ground and pushed myself back to the farthest corner and watched as it hovered through the front door. The air became ice cold. I couldn’t move. I was too exhausted. I couldn’t scream, and every cell in my body became paralyzed. 
It stopped…inches from me. Its face was shrouded in an over-sized cowl that was torn and shredded, but through those shreds, I saw death. Decayed skin clung to bones of a shriveled corpselike face, and the putrid stench of rotting flesh burned my nostrils. It reeked of death. Weathered robes were dripping with liquid, and faint scents of metal and copper convinced me it was blood.
The creature slowly lifted its withered appendage toward me. My breath ceased. A decrepit hand with long shriveled fingers shot toward my face. I clinched my eyes, shielding my face with my arms. 
“NO!” a voice echoed through the cabin.
I opened my eyes to witness a blinding, white light shoot through a side door, tearing straight through the center of the creature. It stumbled back, screaming and writhing in pain. Its agonizing screams were inhuman, piercing my ears. Streams of light began to shoot from its orifices, and then, it exploded; shattering into a million tiny sparks which the wind carried out the door.
This book was just full-on emotion. I was on the verge of tears throughout various points of this book. The beginning chapter was exactly what I hoped a first chapter would do. It enticed me with a scene of a girl running for her life. (Grips you already, doesn't it!) Already, we find a great description of the surroundings, of the smells, and great visuals of the scene unfolding.A very promising start!  I really enjoyed the imagery that Cameo Renae provided in pretty much every page in In My Dreams.  I could literally picutre the main character, Lizzy, running into the woods, chancing upon this cabin hidden deep within, being fueled by her terror and her relief.

As I was reading, I just couldn't get over how much emotion she pours into her writing.  I got completely swept up in the moments after learning of boyfriend, Michael's, death.  I could feelher pain...I could completely invision her lifting her head to the heavens, screaming in absolute anguish, and I could also feel her desperation when she talks to Lucy about Michael's warning. 

It was so painful (not in a bad way) to read the impact of Michael's death had on both Lizzy and his parents.  How you see how his death rocked them in different way...Lizzy with losing her love, and with his parents losing a child.  Renae's writing is so addictive.  At first, I am overcome with sadness and then when I turn the page, the scene shifts and I am scared...freaking out.  Because Renae is such a great visual, descriptive writer I was able to picture everything as though I were there, and the parts that included Buck were very suspenseful.  My heart rate honestly increased everytime Buck entered the picture...and not in a good way!

At first I thought, this was going to be a lovey, dovey story, paranormal romance, but I was seriously freaking out when Michael tries to contact Lizzy from beyond the grave to warn her about Buck.  I don't think I blinked when i was reading that part!  I was fascinated how I was able to jump from one emotion to the next in a matter of pages...I'm feeling love, sorrow, and comfort, and then all of a sudden I'm feeling anxious, fear and apprehension.  It just blew my mind how she was able to flip my emotions back and forth so quickly.

There was one part where I did get a little bit confused where Lizzy and Michael were riding a snow "machine".  I was envisioning them riding a snow making machine...but after I figured out that it was actually a snow mobile that it then started to make sense to me, and I shook my head at myself.  Maybe it's a Canadian thing?  lol

I recommend this book to any paranormal romance fan who also wants a little suspense thrown into the mix.  Pick up this book , you won't be disappointed.  I see more great things coming from Cameo Renae in the future!

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Andrea @ Cozy Up said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, this sounds intense. I enjoy the idea of the paranormal but with mystery involved. Thanks for the excerpt as well. It really got me interested. Great review!


Cameo Renae said... Best Blogger Tips

THANK YOU so much for the AWESOME review! I'm so glad you enjoyed In My Dreams! :D Love <3 your blog...btw! ;)

Chapter by Chapter said... Best Blogger Tips

@Cameo Renae

Thanks Cameo, and thank you for stopping by the blog! <3

Chapter by Chapter said... Best Blogger Tips

@Andrea @ Cozy Up

Thanks Andrea! I hope you entered for the contest so you can experience this book for yourself! = )

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This book sounds so good!

For some reason the giveaway form is saying I need permission to access it though. I'll just leave my contact info here. If I need to do anything else to enter just let me know. :)

amanda (at) lettersinsideout (dot) com

Chapter by Chapter said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Amanda, I'll manually add you :)

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