Title: Roam (Roam #1)
Author: Dez Schwartz
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Page Count: 58000 words
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Ethan Roam suffers from night terrors and vivid daydreams, which lead him to the doorstep of the eccentric Dr. Grady Hunter, who thrusts him into a world of supernatural misfits. Ethan quickly learns that there’s more reality to his dreams than he suspected.
As Ethan unravels the truth behind his nightmares and falls into his first experience with love, he also finds himself the target of a sinister plan.
Ethan’s trust in his new companions will be tested and he’ll have to decide who he can rely on and who he must defy in order to survive a fatal Halloween night.
This book had so much potential! The MC, Ethan Roam, is a college student who feels as though his life is boring and his major is worthless and he has nothing. The cherry on top is that he has these vivid dreams, sometimes nightmares that haunt him during the night but have now started to seep into his mind during the day.
When his uncle sends him to meet with Dr. Grady Hunter, some sort of dream specialist, he hopes that he finally may get some sleep. But when he walks into the office, he realizes that nothing is what it seems and he’s interviewing for some unknown job position.
From the start Ethan is this young, innocent doe eyed boy who sees only the good in people and has a strong hero worship complex. He is immediately drawn to Grady, who isn’t even a doctor. After one night, he agrees to move into his home and give up his family and friends.
During this time, it is explained to Ethan that he has the ability to travel to different dream worlds. Okay, so this is exciting right? We are finally down to some pretty cool super hero type abilities? Wrong. So wrong. Nothing happens. Ethan doesn’t even really ask any questions. He just blindly accepts this and then moves on to being in love with Grady. No pretense. Just love. Well, of course Grady, being like 14 years older and a hateful human is also in love.
But the lies! Oh, the lies. Grady has told some lies and kept some truths and apparently that doesn’t really matter cause of the love. And then we fade to black. And then the ending is super cheesy. SUPER. CHEESY.
So, I was disappointed on a couple of fronts. First of all, there was absolutely zero romance involved. There was no burn of any sort. There was nice to meet you, we belong together, cue the sunrise. Secondly, I love an age gap when it works. This did not work. Ethan was so naive and when Grady spoke of his relationship with Dacey (a vampire), Ethan just smiled. When Grady basically hit on Ethan’s mother and told Ethan she was attractive, he felt awkward. Really? Awkward? Lastly, there was so much potential with the premise of traveling to other worlds and dreams and being able to create wormholes. Nothing was tapped on that front.