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The Place Beyond her Dreams – Book Review

Book Title: The Place Beyond Her Dreams
Author: Oby Aligwekwe
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: March 16th 2021
Format: Kindle

What it’s about

The Place Beyond Her Dreams

At the sudden death of her grandfather, Ona’s pain drives her to mystical Luenah—a place of infinite possibilities. There, she discovers she is an Eri, chosen to accomplish a special purpose on earth, and is handed a box in exchange for what she desires the most.

Burdened by her quest, Ona learns that dreams carry a hefty price, and no one is who they seem. As evil looms, she must unmask the villain and save the one she loves, even at the risk of losing everything she holds dear.

Set against the backdrop of two warring towns, The Place Beyond Her Dreams delivers life lessons using a powerful fable. This coming-of-age fantasy takes the reader on the path to self-discovery and demonstrates the transformation one must go through to realize and eventually occupy their purpose.

Author Bio

Oby AligwekweOby Aligwekwe is the author of Nfudu and Hazel House. Her Young Adult debut, The Place Beyond Her Dreams, takes readers on a magical journey to discover what matters most. A talented writer, Oby is also an inspirational speaker and a chartered accountant. She lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her family and supports her community through her charity Éclat Beginnings.

First Impressions

The cover for this book is beautiful, although I will admit it took me longer than I care to admit to see the face on the cover. I love that there is two castles on the cover and one of them upside down. The colours are calming but I think it a bit of a ruse especially when you take the synopsis into consideration.

What I Thought

I was given an arc of The Place Beyond Her Dreams in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Eclat Books and Oby Aligweke.

I finished this book 5 minutes before writing this and I’m still unsure what to make of it. I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t feel fully engaged in it. Ona is transported to another world on her 18th birthday and is given a box by her grandfather who died 8ish years prior. and everything stems from there.
Now I am not sure at the time of me requesting it whether it came with a trigger warning of domestic abuse and I did feel uncomfortable at some points because it was unwarranted by the character (which I know is the case) but I wasn’t expecting it and it came as a shock to me.
I was disappointed that we didn’t see more of Luenah as this was the part that fascinated me and kept me reading and wanting to push on because the characters didn’t resonate with me and I felt Ona needed to be more confident as she seemed to question everything.
I like the insight into African culture with the traditions and religion aspect and usually, I wouldn’t pick this type of book up but it tied in well.
The ending felt very rushed but to me, it did get wrapped up nicely with a little bow. Although this book wasn’t the best read I’ve had this year I think others will enjoy this.

Star Rating

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