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HALOS: Somnium Paperback – November 22, 2011

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About the Author

Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. She writes fiction in the genres of paranormal romance, urban fantasy and YA. As a graduate of Michigan State University (go green!), Keri holds two degrees in science but would gladly trade both to pursue her true passion for writing. Though novels tend to be her focus, she has also written countless short stories and flash fiction whenever the distraction arises. When she isn’t toiling away on plots and protagonists, she enjoys reading, music and travel. If she could create mystical powers for herself, she’d have the ability to flash to anywhere in the world. And if she could flash to anywhere in the world at this very moment, she’d be staring at the ocean from her adirondack chair on the shores of North Carolina. Her website is: www.kerilake.com
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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Keri Lake (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984851704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984851706
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,215,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. By day, she tries to make use of the degrees she's earned in science. By night, she writes dark contemporary, paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction on the many occasions distraction sucks her in to the Land of Shiny Things.

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A love story with a twist, several twists. I read in small doses at first, not wanting to miss any details, but as the story developed and I came to empathize more with the MC, I found myself having a harder and harder time putting it down for things like dinner with the family or getting a good nights sleep. It will draw you in, spur your imagination, and awaken your fears.
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**WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS**

I'm not that well read in the angel/demon path of the pnr genre-this was only my second foray. And whilst it was a far throw from the first one I read, this one was still enjoyable-in a weird and darkly twisted kind of way. No, it's not scary. Maybe if I try and organise my thoughts, the comment will make more sense-which probably warrants a random rambling alert.

Here goes:

- the opening seemed a little slow. HOWEVER, I think if it had been sped up much more, the attraction/connection that Allie has for/with Colton would have been horribly forced and would have in no way worked. ALSO, despite there not seeming to be very much happening or a whole lot of action (which is what I'm more used to when I pick up this genre), the reader has only to read between the lines to sense the heavy weight of foreboding that has been rather clever woven in. It's not slap-upside-the-head obvious, but it's there. You simply have to allow yourself to immerse in Allie's world and you'll find it.

- Colton. Yes, I liked him. HOWEVER (There's deffo more to that guy and his hierarchical place than meets the eye. It was more than hinted at from quite early on in the book (if you're paying attention) and then pretty much confirmed later on in the book (if you're paying more attention than Allie was), but he's left as one huge lose thread-which is fine as I happen to know this is the first book in a trilogy (?-possibly longer?).

- Colton. We're told what he is-kinda. But we don't have the full scope of just what he can do, what his rules are, what kind of `law' he's expected to follow or who moulds said `law'. I'm fine with this.
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From the synopsis I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from the book itself. I kind of thought it was going to be part love triangle part action based book. So when I started reading the book I was a little bit surprised when I found that it started off pretty slow. While books that start slowly tend to get under my skin, I gave this one more of a chance, and it was more a slow start since the author was laying down the foundation of the story, which I understand.

Once the book started going I found that the book had a pretty good pace. There was a lot of guess work going on from me, I kept trying to figure out what was going to happen next. I actually felt that the book was more suspenseful than action, which I actually enjoyed a lot more. I really love books that keep me guessing, it keeps my imagination fired up, and I love it even more when I think I have figured out what is going to happen next and then something entirely different happens.

As for the main character, Allie, I felt like she was really kind of a great character. I identified with her and really pulled for her to figure things out and just overall I liked her. She is a really smart girl, but she is also able to stand on her own and definitely has a mind of her own. Plus I also really like the way her personality kind of feeds off the other characters she surrounds herself with. They all kind of compliment each other with their different personalities.

That being said the story was lacking in a couple of parts. I had some issues with some of the mystery element within the book, some of them weren't fully fleshed out, and I am one of those readers who really hate loose ends. I don't like finishing a book, and then finding that I didn't get all the answers I was looking for.
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Somnium by Keri Lake is a very likeable read, but I suggest that this book not to be read by anyone under the age of 18 because of some adult themes.

While reading Somnium, I found that the book started off a bit slow, but I guess that's just because this is the first book in the series and like many other author's Keri had to build the back story. So I suggest that if your having trouble getting into this book, just hold out and keep reading, it ends up getting more interesting further into the book.

I also liked the main book character called Allie. She was strong willed and independent, which I liked very much and comes in handy throughout the book as she has to deal with a creepy and rude co worker that's hiding something, a ghost that is quite a flirt when he wants to be, a sexy gate guard that seems to go out of his way to not notice Allie, but is always saving her from someone or something that is wanting Allie dead.

I loved how this book kept me on my toes. If I wasn't trying to figure out which hotty was good and which one was bad, I still had plenty of other questions I wanted answer's for. I did find Allie's instant love/lust for the sexy gate guard a bit forced. Allie kinda reminded me of a bitch (female dog) on heat, when she sees Colton at the gate of her workplace.

I think that the author, does a wonderful job at making Somnium a mysterious and entertaining read. I am really looking forward to reading the second book, just so I can finally get the answer's to the questions that were left swimming around my head after book one.

I have a feeling book 2 is going to be a must read as soon as it's released, so I recommend this book to my adult readers and happily give Somnium by Keri Lake 4 shiny stars out of 5.
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