Book Rate: ★☆☆☆☆ (1/5)
Date of Publication: August 16th 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Contemporary
Page Count: 120
Page Count: 120
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):
Miranda is having vivid dreams of a world she's never been to. A world full of castles, Forests, Ice Caves, and Dragons. She goes to a bookstore to see about these dreams, and discovers she is a Dream Walker. She has been called to save this mystical, magical world.
On Mystica, the evil wizard Midnight has been released. Midnight is gathering an army, and preparing for war. Miranda needs to find and release the white wizard Lightning from his stone prison to save Mystica. Can she achieve this?
The Dream Walker made me check its goodreads page twice in the time it takes me to read 118 pages. Twice. I had to make sure this is definitely considered a young adult book before writing this review because it surely didn't feel like a young adult read to me...
Michelle Murray's writing style stroke me as oversimplistic and somewhat childish. There was a consistent storyline with beginning, middle and end, true! But I cannot say I got to know the characters and the world at all. After finishing The Dream Walker I feel like someone just showed me a map of the world and a diagram with the characters' names and relationships. Everything was described too quickly or not at all. The story was so fast-paced it seems like it didn't really happen.
Besides this I also found the characters to be a bit incoeherent and their behaviour unrealistic on some occasions. Just to give you an idea: if the situations I'm referring to and that are described in the book as non-fantasy situtations, happened in real life and I witnessed them I would be screaming "What the hell are you doing lady/sir???" at the top of my lungs.
If this was a Middle Grade book my review probably would have been very different in some aspects, but since it's not: here's my opinion of it as a Young Adult.
I'm sorry to admit I do not recommend The Dream Walker.