Friday, July 8, 2011

The Dream Crystal by Mark O'Bannon

All of the world's dreams are about to die. The Shadow People have come. Always near, they linger in the darkness, ready to devour dreams, hopes, aspirations and desires. . .

Aisling, having lost her dream of becoming a fashion designer, learns that she's a Faerie changeling. Disquieted by the fact that her faerie parents are kidnappers, she has decided to rescue the human child she was exchanged for, but her "sister" is no longer among the faeries, having been taken by the Shadow People. Ith, the Lord of Shadows, is trying to control the dreams of mankind, which are under the protection of the faeries, so they're at war.

Aisling, who doesn't believe in dreams any longer, is falling in love with a handsome, mysterious stranger - one of the Shadow People.
~~ synopsis from Goodreads

The author contacted me about reviewing his book The Dream Crystal. I fell in love with the cover and said yes. See how easy I am? I do have to admit that this is a genre that I have stayed away from so I wasn't sure what I had gotten myself into. But I forged ahead. And I was pleasantly surprised, I love the book, and the genre! I think The Dream Crystal may have opened up a whole world of reading possibilities that I can explore.  

I loved Aisling and rooted for her to find her 'sister', the human that she was switched with at birth. Aisling and her best friend Genevieve are transported to the fairy world and we learn about Aisling's powers right along with her as she learns what she can do. Since I had not read the fairy genre before, I was learning about the possibilities right along with her.   

I also enjoyed the conflict/bickering between Genevieve, a human, and some of the fairies. It provided some comic relief to the story and it was fun to read how they tried to sabotage each other. 

There was one aspect of the book that I found distracting and that was the fashion commentary that was inserted into the story any time a character entered a scene. I understand the reason why, a little bit, maybe, because Aisling wants to be a fashion designer but the flow of the story hiccuped for me when the characters complete ensembles were described. 

But overall this was a very good story which I enjoyed very much. And I learned a lot about the fairy world, enough for me to want to explore it further. It will be interesting to read more of this author's work and I look forward to the next book in The Dream War Series.

Disclosure: I was given a free e-book by the author in exchange for an honest review.   

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