Skyler White is back with her second novel, In Dreams Begin, demanding more from her readers by asking harder questions through a provocative prose.
In...moreSkyler White is back with her second novel, In Dreams Begin, demanding more from her readers by asking harder questions through a provocative prose.
In present day Portland, we meet Laura on her wedding night. Laura has married a man not for love, but for practicality. As a straight forward, smart, independent woman she knows that crazy in love is still crazy and chooses the more safer option. As she falls asleep, her spirit floats up and back down in to the body of one Maud Gonne, Dublin's famous beauty, 100 years in Ireland's past. Greeted by Ida Jameson, she's convinced that it's all only a dream and welcomes the idea of a love play between the crazy in love Ida with Maud believing in only the symbolism of the act.
Ida Jameson believes that everything she wants or loves turns sour at it's climax.
"But every gem-like moment Ida sought to fashion for herself turned to a dirty paste of disappointment while unexpected opportunities inevitably found her unprepared, in her worst dress or bad skin."
Everything that she strives for she knows she will never obtain, but that does not detour her in her journey to find completion. She wants her childhood friend, Maud and to be apart of the Theosophical Society in a way that borders obsession and driven by open opportunities. When she finds a chance meeting between Maud and William Yeats, she hopes to present Maud, in a mesmerism state again, as Laura to him for guaranteed acceptance in to their society. Though, like everything else, it slips from her grasp and as Maud, Laura falls for the hopeless dreamer and handsome poet Yeats and him with her.
Entrancing from page one, In Dreams Begin sets the reader off on a course of finding love, sexuality, security, infatuation, freedom, sacrifice and imagination though a wide scale array of emotions from pain to pleasure. Like and Falling, Fly, Skyler asks what's the difference between need and want? Imagination and reality? Love and infatuation? What do we accomplish by holding ourselves back or sacrificing our love? Is love really a sacrifice of freedom? Adding to her own more person quandaries:
"Do I truly possess my own body? Is it mine to maintain, enhance, neglect or add horns to? Can I give myself to someone? Do I own my child? Is my body’s health a status symbol, a communication tool, a shell for my soul, or a public policy problem? And isn’t channeling the souls of other people really what all writers do?"
As we follow Laura through time to the other half of her soul, we will see the toll it takes on her poet, Yeats. The sacrifices he will endure for the love of Laura. How Laura finds her freedom, security and peace from the war raging inside her. Meanwhile, Ida has shifted obsessions once again, willing to travel to Hell and back to bring her one true love to her at any cost. Is Ida the devil or villain of this fairytale? Maybe, but I can't help but feel sorry for her plight. All she's looking for is love and freedom, however, life is cruel to her. In a time where beauty is everything and woman are less than second class, she has nothing to hold on to. The tighter her fist clench to keep what she wants and needs close, the faster it falls from her grasp leading her down a path of rejection and failure, desperate. Is Laura, Maude and Yeats the victims of crazed actions? Of course, but are they any less to blame? No.
In Dreams Begin will leave you drunk on words of the beautiful poetic writings of Skyler White. However, also like and Falling, Fly, I found the first person past tense point of view of Laura a bit jarring mixed with Ida's third person present tense point of view. Again it took me longer than I would of liked to get into the story, but once I did, it flowed. By the end, you will learn the answers that plagues Laura's questions and Skyler's alike. Your going to have to work for this one, for it is not a simple read, but it will be worth it for what it provokes in you alone.(less)
Ten Things I Love About You is very funny. It had me laughing-out-loud through out. Though, it was Olivia Bevelstoke that made this book so humorous a...moreTen Things I Love About You is very funny. It had me laughing-out-loud through out. Though, it was Olivia Bevelstoke that made this book so humorous as she takes the center stage when ever she's around. I love that she's in all three books so far and I hope we continue seeing her in future novels. I almost wish she was paired with Sebastian instead of Harry, because the scenes with Sebastian and her together had me in tears. Though, since they weren't, Annabel really was a great choice. She completely compliments Sebastian in every way. Annabel has a good head on her shoulders, she's quietly strong (instead of Ms. Quinn's usual feisty heroines) and she's extremely practical. All to which Sebastian is the complete opposite of. One thing I did love about Annabel is that she's a fuller, curvier woman. I haven't seen much of this body type in romances and it always has me wondering why. It was a nice change.
As usual with Ms. Quinn's romances this story isn't one you probably haven't seen before. It really is as simple as the blurb indicates. However, It was well written and a really light hearted read. The villain was little much, though, because even now, I'm not sure to the why of his hatred for Sebastian. Also, Sebastian's quick change in his feelings about marriage really took me by surprise. He went from "Not me. Never." to "Will you marry me?" in the span of about three hours. One of the best things about Ten Things I Love About You is Sebastian's secret. And once you find out, it totally make sense from the scenes in What Happens in London. However, you won't be getting hints from me, you'll have to read Ten Things I Love About You and find out. (less)
Liked it better than the first two in the series. Made me remember what I love so much about Balogh. Though, I was left with more questions than I wou...moreLiked it better than the first two in the series. Made me remember what I love so much about Balogh. Though, I was left with more questions than I would of liked and mostly about a character that didn't even appear in the book.(less)
Mildly more interesting than the first in the series, First Comes Marriage. However, the book might have found some resemblance of a conflict, I'm sti...moreMildly more interesting than the first in the series, First Comes Marriage. However, the book might have found some resemblance of a conflict, I'm still missing the romance. I will still continue in the series for I have not given up hope!(less)