Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean #booktour #bookreview


 Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean

Chantal Breelan is a ward of the state, living under the care of a woman who is cold and heartless. Her past is a mystery, and her future is even more uncertain. She can’t recall why she had been taken from her parents and so she’s left with nothing but an empty hole where her childhood should have been. When she awakens from her nightmares, she’s left with terrible, violent images, as well as a boy whose face is oddly familiar, yet can’t be placed.

Scared and alone, Chantal begins to confide in an imaginary friend – a shadow in the shape of a man who stands in the corner of her room. She is comforted when she believes he listens to her.

On her eighteenth birthday, Chantal is forced to leave her foster home. She moves to New York City, but the start of her new life doesn’t begin as smoothly as she’d hoped. In this environment, she faces a whole new set of challenges.

One night at a subway station, Chantal meets a young boy who runs away from her, and she’s compelled to follow him down into the tunnels. But this Rabbit Hole reveals a world where reality is a nightmare. Her dreams are clues to her future, and her life becomes twisted and dangerous when she learns that things that go bump in the night are not just in fairy tales and childhood stories.

My review:

Chantal is a foster home kid that lives with a horrible woman, no memories of her family and only an imaginary shadow person to talk to and listen to her. Like Nick in the show Grimm, Chantal soon finds out that there is a whole other world out there and she has strong ties to this “boy” she follows into the subway one night. Her nightmares are more than just dreams. Chantal transforms from a weak child in the beginning of the book to a  hero. She is a strong female lead character. For a YA book this is a great one, the story is definitely one I would let my daughter read and I highly recommend this complex, evolving book! A quick but addicting read.

Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. At a very early age, a child, her days were spent inventing stories, directing her sisters in made-up plays or telling elaborate ghost stories. Her mind never took breaks, or shutdown, even when she slept. When her eyes shut at night, she would have vivid dreams complete with extensive, elaborate plot lines, and good overcoming evil villains.

She was encouraged by her parents, even at a young age, to write down her tales, and it has remained a somewhat secret hobby. It became a means to escape from the drama of real life into one of the many worlds she created.

Now, living in California with her husband of ten years, her love of storytelling had taken a back seat with the arrival of their four children. Though, she always found time to write down her thoughts on whatever was handy, including a stray diaper or two while rocking a sleeping child in the middle of the night when her character’s begged for attention as well.

As a busy wife, mother and working full-time outside the home, somehow she has been able to write down her relentless character’s story. Her once secret hobby and private world, is now released for other’s to enjoy. Nothing would make Allie happier that to continue writing and spend more time at home with her family on a more full-time basis.

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  1. What a great review! I’m glad you liked it so much. I’m actually headed to a Junior High in LA this week to talk about the book and how to get into writing. I’m glad you think your daughter would like it.

  2. I agree, I would totally let my 15-year-old daughter read it. It is a great story and I look forward to book two. How can you not fall in love with Chantal and Nick/Mathias?!

  3. Well, when your girls read it let me know! I’d love to get their take on it.


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