I love fantasy and especially fantasy that involes dreaming. I couldn’t wait to read this.
What if dreams are more real than waking life?
Life is already complicated enough for Awa Bryant when she starts having weird dreams – waking dreams – and strange coincidences start appearing in her real life.
She meets dreamcharmer, Veila, a quirky glowing creature who helps to guide Awa through the mysterious Dreamrealm.
At first the Dreamrealm is a glorious escape from Awa’s daily struggles but something is not right… Soon Awa discovers she has a bigger quest, and everything she cares about is at stake. Will she be brave enough to face her fears and save her friends?
My Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4 stars
I have read books in this genre before and about dreams or dreaming and was pleasantly surprised by the unique and very different story. A young girl on the fringes of becoming a teenager has so much going against her, parents are divorcing she’s had to leave the house she loves and start a new school. She is haunted at night during sleep of her past life until she meets a fairy like creature who takes her on a fantastical and magical journey into a world beyond dreaming, the dreamrealm. Where Awa learns that she is a very special and rare girl. Dreaming and dreams are a truly fascinating subject and the author has really let her imagination run wild with this story. So simple to slip into this story with the beautiful, descriptive world building. Some very big and tough lessons are explored and written with finesse such as bullying and racism. A great refreshing fantasy that coming of age children will find inspiring. I look forward to seeing where Awa’s journey leads next.
About The Author
Isa Pearl Ritchie is a New Zealand writer. As a child, she loved creating imaginary worlds. She has completed a PhD on food sovereignty in Aotearoa. Her second novel, Fishing for Māui, was selected as one of the top books of 2018 in the New Zealand Listener and was a finalist in the NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Fiction Book 2019. Awa and the Dreamrealm is her first book for young people.
Thank you to rachel at @rararesources for inviting me on to the tour and the author for my copy.