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I recently updated my Kindle Unlimited subscription for the first time in a long time and have pretty much been stuck to my Kindle for the last three weeks reading ALL THE THINGS. It’s been glorious. I love to read a wide variety of things, but I have been on a major YA-Fantasy/Paranormal/Mythology kick lately. What can I say? I like to escape and be entertained.
I have read so many good books over the last few weeks and I cannot wait to share them all with you. Let’s dive into the first book I would like to review:
Dreamthief is the first book in the seven book series “Fairy World MD” by Tamara Grantham.
To start off: I enjoyed this book a lot, mad props to the Facebook post about interesting books that inspired me to read it! It was a very creative, and enjoyable Fairy World tale about Olive, a half-human/half-elf resident of Houston who is–bonus–the only Fairy World medical doctor/therapist around! As it says in the book description on Amazon: “Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people return from fairy world with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She’s the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander’s side effects.” As soon as I read that in the description, I knew I had to read it.
My thought process: “Dragons, Elves, Magic, Female Heroine…and Fairy World Therapist?” Sold. 🙂
While the book does start off kind of slow, I really appreciated the level of detail in creating the world and residents of Faythandar for us that the author included. I felt like I was being immersed in the experience and that is absolutely what I want from a YA-Fantasy book. It’s such an interesting premise–a “halfling” who helps humans process their experiences with the world of the Fae. I read a lot of Fantasy books and this was a new twist.
Olive is great. She’s the kind of heroine that you want to have a beer with, she stands up for herself, isn’t afraid of a challenge, and has a relatable number of real-world issues that keep her grounded as a character. I am definitely #TeamOlive.
The plot keeps moving along after the initial backstory is set up and I have to reiterate how much I appreciate that there is such a creative take on the usual fantasy/Fae/alternate dimension theme.
A Highlight: Characters.
Oh, I love these characters and how the author developed them. I loved the fact that Olive (half human/half elf) was raised by dragons (um, what?) and her love interest Kull-the-Wult/Viking Dude isn’t just the regular YA “troubled pretty boy”–he’s the intriguingly handsome MAN who is both endearing and also kind of a pain in the ass. Like I said: #relatable 😀 Bonus points for the uber-nerdy cat name: Han Solo.
An Irritation: Hearing Voices
Olive has several conversations with her self where she references Bill Clinton and Albert Einstein as the “voice in her head” or something along those lines? I found it to be profoundly irritating and thankfully, sparsely thrown around the book. I had to re-read a few paragraphs because I saw “Bill Clinton” in there, had a “WTF?!” moment and got very confused. Hopefully there’s less of that in the rest of the series.
Ultimately: it’s entertaining and it’s got some great twists and turns with good characters. It was the perfect book to read on a summer day in the sunshine! I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series!
Overall Bekah Review: 4.5 out of 5
How to get it:
Amazon (Available in Print, Kindle or on Kindle Unlimited): https://amzn.to/2uq2I7o
Did you read it? Tell me what you think in the comments!! 🙂