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{August 23, 2011}   {Review} DreamKiller: The Longest Day by Heather Hildenbrand (Specials #1)

From Goodreads:  Little Hearts Orphanage has always been a safe haven for ‘special’ individuals. Azura, the headmistress, has gone to great lengths to ensure the resident’s true abilities remain secret from those who would exploit them. Her mantra: The secret must be protected at all costs.

That’s where Marlena comes in. Raised in the orphanage, under Azura’s wing, she has committed herself and her ‘gifts’ to Azura’s service – and to wiping out those who seek to expose Marlena and the others for what they truly are.


Hildenbrand holds nothing back in this short story, jumping directly into the action and never letting up as the story unfolds.  Marlena is “special,” as is everyone in the Orphanage, and if that information became public, their very lives would be endangered.  Yet, not all is what it seems, and the truth may be clouded by lies.

This is a very well written short story!  I was drawn in by the non-stop action and highly enjoyed the story all the way to the conclusion.  My only complaint is that it is in fact  a short story—it would be so enthralling if Hildenbrand fleshed it out further and made it into a full length novel!  Hildenbrand is a very talented writer, which I noted when reading her novel Dirty Blood, and I just love her writing.

“DreamKiller 2: Fight of Flight” is, luckily, already out, and I’m excited to see what happens next for Malena in this “special series.”  Four stars.

I received a copy of this short story from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Giselleco says:

Telekenesis! The coolest superpower. Imagine being able to do anything with your mind! ;)

If I had a superpower it would have to be super-speed!! I could get SO much done that way!

mamabunny13 says:

I think I would want to be able to fly because I would feel so free and be able to look down and see everything happening.

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