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{December 22, 2012}   {Review and Giveaway} Dreamkiller by Heather Hildenbrand

YFrom Goodreads: They call her the DreamKiller.

Silent, stealthy, and above all, accurate, as long as she carries out exactly what her dreams predict. Marlena Gormand kills to protect. Herself. Her way of life. The children at Little Hearts Orphanage. Until she learns these are not the reasons she’s been asked to kill. Not at all.

Azura Mkesky is the headmistress of Little Hearts Orphanage and the only parent-figure Marlena remembers. Azura taught Marlena everything she knows, from her combat skills to her unswerving loyalty to their cause. And Azura has always been there for her. But Azura has a secret. One that she’s used and manipulated Marlena and everyone else in order to protect.

Lukas Hristov knows Azura’s heart is dark—from both personal experience and the visions provided by his Sight. For too long, he’s stood aside while Azura’s reach of power and deception expands. When he can take it no longer and emerges from the shadows, he comes face to face with Marlena. For him, she is where it began. And she is where it ends. He is determined to make this right, to make her believe the truth.

And as the story unravels, Marlena begins to question whose secrets her dreams really protect.


Originally, DreamKiller was released is short installments, with parts one and two releasing over a year ago.  But this Christmas holiday, Heather Hildenbrand completed the final section of this three part story, releasing it in full novella format on December 20, 2012, and I was extremely excited to read it.  As I read parts one and two last year, and reviewed them on the blog, I skimmed over those sections as a refresher, but my main quarry was part three, which is much longer than parts one and two, and just as enjoyable as its predecessors.

What I really like about this novella is that each part is full of action, building up the story and creating suspense.  Part one ends on a cliffhanger, as does part two, but now that all the sections are together in one novella, it’s a rollercoaster ride that keeps getting better and better, and as there’s no downtime between installments anymore, it’s instant gratification at its best.

Did you ever watch the TV series Heroes?  I was in love with that show, mainly because I want to have special powers.  So, of course, every book I come across that mirrors Heroes is a must read for me, and Dreamkiller just so happens to be one of them.  And, as I’ve said before, it was great!  I highly enjoyed the action and learning about each character’s individual abilities, and I enjoyed trying to figure out who was true to their word, and who was lying.  I always enjoy trying to figure out what makes characters tick, and Hildenbrand does a superb job putting readers inside her characters’ heads, especially Luke’s and Marlena’s.

The ending of this novella is great, and it actually leaves the door open for more installments, which is always exciting for readers, especially me.  This is a great read for those of all ages, and if you haven’t read any of Hildenbrand’s work as of yet, I highly suggest starting with this novella.  Four stars.

4 stars

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


And now for the giveaway!  Heather Hildenbrand is giving away an eBook copy of Dreamkiller to one lucky winner!

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fulfil at least one entry option on the rafflecopter form (extra entries optional)

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on January 9th. Please only enter once. The winner will be announced later on January 9th, and will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!


Denise Z says:

This sounds fun. I like that the installments have been compiled together as sometimes the very short stories end up forgettable before I get to read the next. Thank you for sharing about this treat today.

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