Official Review: Dream Journal by Nichole Haines

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Official Review: Dream Journal by Nichole Haines

Post by CataclysmicKnight » 26 Jul 2016, 11:11

[Following is the official review of "Dream Journal" by Nichole Haines.]
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1 out of 4 stars
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Note: Because it seems this book will be updated in the future, it's important to note this review was written on July 25th, 2016. This review covers only the first 4 dreams in the book, as that's all that were available at this point.

Dreams are mysterious things. While there are plenty of books that discuss the meanings behind dreams, Dream Journal by Nichole Haines is instead exactly what it sounds like - a collection of dreams that Nichole had. Although it is currently an incredibly short book - only 4 dreams across approximately 4 pages - there's a bit of text at the back where Nichole says she'll update as she has more dreams. It seems true so far as the kindle version actually has an additional dream listed.

The book is very straightforward in its portrayal of the dreams. These aren't deeply-described journeys we go on with Nichole, they're instead brief recaps. In fact, due to the style and brevity it felt like hearing from a friend about their crazy dream from the night before. The dreams are very sci-fi in nature and speak of God and the devil. Nichole doesn't go into detail about what she felt the dreams meant to her, but two of them do mention that she felt sick or sweaty when she woke up.

Dream Journal is an interesting concept, but it's just far too short. In fact, the review you're reading now is every bit as long as the book, if not longer. In addition to more dreams, it could also use more detail - if the dreams were more like short stories that drew me in and less like quick recaps, this could be a fantastic collection, especially with the possibility of more being added in the future. The idea of regular updates to Dream Journal mixed with added depth would be like buying a short story subscription AND getting to go on the journey with Nichole at the same time!

I certainly didn't hate Nichole's Dream Journal, but it's so short that it's hard to consider anything but 1 star for it. In the end, while I'd give the book 1.5 stars if I could, the book gets 1 out of 4 stars. The concept is sound, but the way it stands now the execution just isn't there. 

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Post by LivreAmour217 » 27 Jul 2016, 14:04

It must have been difficult to write a review on a book that is so short, but you did a great job with it! The book's concept seems interesting, but there just doesn't seem to be enough to it. The author probably should have held off on publishing until she had more material to work with.
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Post by Captain_Morgan23 » 12 Jan 2019, 18:49

Sounds like Nichole's dreams were very short. Just another case of a cool idea with poor execution

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Post by Juliana_Isabella » 04 Apr 2019, 23:37

Even if the book was updated with more dreams, I can't imagine it would be developed enough to be worth paying for.

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Post by Nathan Berner » 02 Aug 2019, 14:25

It seems like there is a lack of meaningful plot. Unless it turned out that her dreams hinted at meaning in her own life that she could write about.

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