Today I’m back with another review as part of a blog tour! I was sent an ARC of Dream Country by Ashaye Brown, many thanks to the publisher, Onwe, for that! The book is out on April 27th, so check it out if you’re interested. I really enjoyed this unique YA fantasy, read my review below!
A sibling rivalry to fuel your worst nightmares.
The dysfunctional triplet gods of Sleep, Dreams and Nightmares are kept separate by the deadly Gates of Horn and Ivory. Only one fact keeps them tightly bound: each of them is a suspect in their mother’s murder. Their knife-edge feud worsens when a mortal enters the world with astounding abilities that threaten to change the game for them all.
In this thrilling young adult fantasy, Ashaye Brown brings to life a visionary world infused with Kenyan, Brazilian, Caribbean, and Grecian cultural references. A story like no other with stakes as high as they come.
While I really enjoy YA fantasy, I often find myself let down a little because a lot of books feel very similar to each other. Not Dream Country, though. This book is unlike anything I’ve read before. It has a unique blend of influences: Kenyan, Brazilian, Caribbean, and Grecian references, and that really shone through in the book, which is one of the main reasons it stood out to me. The sibling relationship/rivalry was especially interesting and I especially liked Theo as a main character.
It often takes me some time to adjust to the setting of a fantasy book, but this one pulled me in right away. I found the mythology and the world building especially intriguing, and I honestly flew through this, wanting to find out more.
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