Series: The Marked Clan #1
Author: Maurice Lawless
Pages: 114 (Kindle)
Publisher: Red Iris Books
Release Date: November 28, 2011
Dreama Cargill is in trouble. She woke up naked, cold, and sporting a back mural. Where did it come from? Tattoos aren’t her usual scene. Then again, neither is blood and a strange attraction to the woods at night. Something is changing her, and not for the better. Can she unravel the mystery before the moon calls her to kill?
I really had no idea what to expect going into Dreams of Gray, but I’m happy to say that I enjoyed it quite a bit! It’s not every day that you come across characters who have realistic responses to strange and scary situations. Dree wakes up alone in the woods. She’s naked, dirty, her entire back is covered in rune tattoos, and she has no memory of the previous night. Upon telling her BFF, PJ rushes Dree to the nearest hospital to be examined. Good move! The paranormal explanation was not the first one to come to mind. Of course, the paranormal explanation is the correct one in this case.
Obviously, Dreams of Gray is about Dree’s transition into a werewolf. I really liked how it worked. It’s not some sudden, immediate change. Over the next few days, whenever her emotions run high, parts of Dree shift. Her tattoo also burns which makes clothes a pain (literally). Soon enough another wolf finds her and becomes a kind of mentor. But Slate isn’t just there to be helpful. She wants revenge on the man who changed them and needs Dree’s help. This added a nice action plot to Dree’s personal struggles. I was really hoping this would veer into F/F territory, because I really liked Dree and Slate together.
Dreams of Gray also has one of my favorite suspense plot additions: a stalker! But not just a stalker; there’s an “If I can’t have you, no one can” type stalker! Yes! I love this stuff! So, it doesn’t really add to the overall werewolf plot, but I still really enjoyed it for its own sake. I also thought that ending was pretty great. It’s not a typical happily ever after ending, but it’s one that worked for the story. And I’m curious as to what comes next.