Author: Calista Lynne
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publication Date: 14 July 2016
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Diversity: LGBT characters (lesbian, asexual), People of Color (black)
TW: character death, slight acephobia
Summary: Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.
But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.
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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Victoria has just lost her father in a terrible accident and her brother is lying in a come from which he is unlikely to ever wake again. One day she has a dream, a beautiful women appears to her and tells her she was sent from her brother’s kingdom. And even though Victoria doesn’t want to believe it at first, after a couple of meetings and various kinds of proof she starts to trust Ashlinn.
The Cover is gorgeous and I love Calista’s writing style, it’s really nice to read.
I did like Victoria as a character and I understood why she acted the way she acted in terms of recent trauma, but at times it was hard to really feel anything for her as the book seemed rushed.
It is a really nice book for anyone who might be confused about what asexuality is, or who might think they are ace themselves.
I was incredibly happy about the representation (Ashlinn is also a black girl, so that was nice!) but I had quite a few problems with the story.
The world building is sadly incredible lacking. There are so many questions left. How does the dream world work? I would have loved more information on Semira. How does Victoria manage to lucid dream all the time? What exactly is the dream lore? Explain, please! The romance between them seems rushed as well. I get why that happened, the book is only 180 pages long, but it all could have been dealt with so much better, so it’s a bit disappointing.
So all in all the book is nice, but far too short and many things could have been discussed in more depth.
The ending was very nice though.
Why I read it: The gorgeous cover! A book about ace lesbians! Have I mentioned how gorgeous the cover is?
Do I recommend it: If you enjoy a dreamy romance novel (ha see what I did there?), go for it.