Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend starts with a proverbial bang and doesn’t let up. The saga of the main character Maiya James is a gut-wrenching punch from beginning to end. It makes the reader want to rail against the hypocrisy of our so-called justice system, and against dysfunctional parents.
However, author Nonnie Jules balances all things. She presents us with starkly good and evil characters. For example, evil parents are juxtaposed with saintly grandparents. The same goes for the representations of guards, inmates, peers, and lovers.
With that said, I purchased the print version of Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend, and found quite a few format errors. Double spacing between paragraphs, no indentation, all dialog in italics (sometimes all caps), and quite a few instances of choosing to “tell” instead of “show.”
Normally, the errors listed above serve as a large stumbling block to a reader, but I got accustomed to it after a couple of chapters. With such a powerful story and characters, I looked past the formatting because I was pulled into the novel.
The psychology of the main character is believable. I’ve read about others who have had experiences like Maiya; her personality traits and habits were quite realistic. However, further explanation would constitute “spoiling.”
Congratulations, Nonnie Jules, this novel is certainly a page-turner.