I want to introduce you to an amazing book called In My Dreams by a great author called Cameo Renae. Cameo was one of the first authors whom I followed on Instagram and I am always captivated by the pictures she puts up of the beautiful Alaskan countryside, as that is where she lives. I stalked her website earlier this year and really loved the blurbs of her books which are contemporary romance with paranormal themes mixed in. When I saw that she was re-releasing In My Dreams (which was the inspiration behind her acclaimed Hidden Wings Series) I knew this was the perfect time to jump on the Cameo bandwagon!
Who is Cameo Renae?
Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco but was raised in Maui, Hawaii and now lives in Alaska with her family. She does not have a degree but feels that she it doesn’t affect her writing at all. She just wants to share her stories and I admire her for that so much.
She is a bright lady who loves a lot of coffee (as shown by her Instagram page!), who loves to read and write. Her favorite genres include adventure, romance and paranormal fiction.
What is In My Dreams About?
Elizabeth Hayes is a seventeen year old that has lead a tough life, but she has always had the love of her life by her side through thick and thin. What no one knows about her is that she has the gift of premonition and can predict how and when people will die. She thought she grew out of it, but on the night of her and her boyfriend Michael’s anniversary he fails to show up and she has a dream. She hopes beyond all hope that it does not mean what she knows deep down it is. The next day Michael’s car is found at the bottom of a creek along with his lifeless body. However, all is not as it seems and she must balance her grief, the resurrection of her paranormal gifts and the fact that in her dreams Michael comes to warn her against the person who murdered him.
I always base whether I like a book on the first few pages and I know that may be bad to do but usually I am always right. Nevertheless, I will probably finish the book whether or not I liked it. In the case of In My Dreams, I knew that this book would be fantastic. From page 1, Cameo sets the scene, which pulls you in from the first line ‘I staggered through darkened woods.’ She gripped me straight away and I wanted to know more.
Throughout the entire book I found her style of writing incredibly visual and that is because Cameo has the amazing talent of description. I can see everything, right down to the cool Alaskan landscape (wherein I drew from Cameo’s Instagram to support my imagination). I could see Liz’s clothes, I could see her best friend Emily’s bubbly face and most of all I could see Michael.
“Streaks of light shot from its orifices as the brilliant light intensified. Then, the creature exploded, shattering into a million tiny sparks which were carried out the door by the wind.”
Cameo’s dialogue was strong and extremely well executed. It was very real and engaging and made you feel like you were talking to them. I felt that it accentuated the contemporary feel of the book and told of the age of each character. For instance, I had to giggle when Liz said, ‘I swear. He would reincarnate as a turtle’ and ‘was every old person out to end me? I mean, come on.’ Seriously, does that not sound like a teenager?
To be honest, I think I fell in love with Michael. He is everything a young man should be! He is sporty, handsome, incredibly loving and yet so very strong. I loved the connection that Cameo creation between him and Liz. It was electric and so very emotive; I hardly know how she did it. She made me cry the entire length of the book. I am in awe of what she did! Was it the wording or the beautiful scenes and moments between them, or possibly the dialogue between them? Was it the heartbreak? I think my favorite scene was when they were in the snow together…. I don’t want to expose what happens, you should just read it to find out. I cried so much I couldn’t see out of my glasses.
“Liz, from the moment I met you, I knew we were meant to be together. We’ve survived almost twelve years, including high school, and are now entering into a whole new life, a life I want to share with you. Forever. Please accept this gift as a promise, a promise of my love, a love that will never die. I’ve always loved you, and I always will. Forever in my heart, Michael.”
The only thing that had me wondering whether it was written in the correct way was the hospital scene after she was found by Emily and Tyler in the woods. I found it quite lighthearted despite her almost being murdered the night before. However, upon further refection I found it was the correct way, because everyone who loves her would want to uplift her emotions rather than have her dwelling and reliving the awful night of before.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal fiction and YA. Plus, I am so excited for the next book! But I am warning you now Cameo, if Liz gets a love interest I think I might die. Don’t do that to me! If you have read this book, tell me what you think! I would love to compare notes!