Nov 082011

The Dream Crystal (The Dream War Series #1)by Mark O’Bannon
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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.

I loved the premise of the story, but I was never able to get into it, and so never finished it. I think my biggest issue was how quickly everything moved. The first 80 pages covered a period of over a month. As a consequence of the quick and constant action, I felt like I didn’t get a chance to know any of the characters.

One thing that left me very confused was the obsession with fashion and clothes. I know Aisling wanted to be a fashion designer, but was it necessary to describe everyone’s outfits down to the last detail? It felt like a distraction to me.

I admit I was disappointed in the story, but I’m sure that it appeals to some readers. If you enjoy fashion (which I don’t really do), and you enjoy whimiscal and classical fairies, I’d suggest you check this book out.

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