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Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter

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First published November 24, 2013

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Elle Boca

10 books70 followers
Elle is the author of two urban fantasy series about superhumans called Weeia, the Unelmoija Series in Miami and the Marshals Series in Paris. Growing up the only child of a monkey mother and a rabbit father she learned to keep herself entertained and spend time reading. Elle makes her home with her king cat husband in South Florida.


Published ebooks and print books include

Weeia books

Unelmoija Series

Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter
Unelmoija: The Mindshifter
Unelmoija: The Spiritshifter
Unelmoija: The Timeshifter
Unelmoija: Paradox

Novella - In the Garden of Weeia

Marshals Series

Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia
Weeia on My Mind
Smells Like Weeia Spirit
An American Weeia in Paris

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Profile Image for Dianne.
6,765 reviews577 followers
July 10, 2015
Young adult urban fantasy, magical moments, amazing discoveries and sometimes its luck of the draw that it has a heroine that makes for the perfect role model for impressionable minds. Get ready to meet Amy, intelligent, down to earth, and now the proud owner of unusual powers! Where did they come from? Are they real? It’s always been just Amy, her mother and her sister, always living under the radar, secluded in their personal cocoon by the sunny beaches of Miami. When a mysterious and rather foreboding man interrupts her morning run with the news that he is her father, the final piece is in place to change her life forever, especially as she has become the target of death from supernatural people called the Weeia, her people, her father’s people, and her adventure begins.

Welcome to the fresh YA fantasy tale Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter by Elle Boca! Get ready for danger, mysteries and Amy’s new life a she learns of her own talent, dreamshifting and the possibilities it holds. So why would she become a target for death? It seems her father is a strong elder, and many Weeia have reason to seek revenge against him. Enter Duncan, a Weeia whose power is speed, or at least that is the end result. Duncan is no fan of her father’s, but he vows to keep Amy safe. The bonus? These two become great friends, their humor and snark making chuckle-worthy reading. Will they move beyond friends and into a relationship? Danger is lurking all around them and only their complete trust in each other may save Amy from death. Is it more than a vendetta against her father? Parents, they hold back when they should be open and honest…Can Amy handle all of these changes?

Elle Boca, take your shiny gem and move it to the top of the hidden gem pile! Excellent writing, characters that leap off the pages with natural dialogue, low angst and an entirely new hidden group living among humans! From start to finish, I was in love with this tale, which is almost like a tour guide around Miami!

I received a review copy from Elle Boca in exchange for my honest review.

Series: Weeia - Book 1
Publication Date: November 24, 2013
Publisher: Poyeen Publishing
Genre: Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Print Length: 208 pages
Available from: Amazon
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1,922 reviews
May 1, 2014
Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter by Elle Boca

Amy leads an ordinary life in a prestigious Miami waterfront Estate. Then she meets her father and learns of her superhuman powers. So she turns to her Mother for answers. Soon her life is in danger and (she) finds herself living a dangerous adventure.

A fast paced urban fantasy. I really like Amy, she definitely had character, I also like her Mother as well. The story was original and kept me up way past my bedtime wanting more! I highly recommend to (Urban) Fantasy lovers and look forward to the second book Unelmoija: The Mindshifter also by Elle Boca.
Profile Image for Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm).
629 reviews72 followers
July 28, 2015
Thanks to Elle Boca for giving me this book to review.

Amy has recently discovered she has powers but she does not know how to control them and has no idea how she has them. When going for a jog on the beaches of Miami she meets a mysterious man who claims to be her father and a young man called Duncan, they say that she is part of a people called Weeia and that she is a Dreamshifter. With people wanting to kill her will she be able to master her skills in time?

Unelmoija: The Dreamshifer is an enjoyable paranormal book which is fairly light and very fast paced. However, the main problem I had with this book is that it felt like I was halfway through the story and nothing from the past was fully explained, such as such as Amy and her mother being kidnapped and Amy’s sister being missing, it was talked about like we the readers already knew what had happened.

Amy is an active, witty and likeable character who does not know who to trust and is confused about her powers. I liked Duncan as he is a protective and funny guy who can be sarcastic but also sweet. However, I did get a bit bored of the food scenes as it did get a bit repetitive.

I liked this book and am looking forward to reading the next one, Unelmoija: The Mindshifter. I would recommend Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter to fans of YA paranormal books.

This and my other reviews can be found at Amethyst Bookwyrm
Profile Image for Effrosyni Moschoudi.
Author 19 books234 followers
September 4, 2014
A delightful urban fantasy set in Miami.

Young Amy is no ordinary girl. She’s a Weeia; i.e. she belongs to a special clan of people who have various super powers. Amy’s special ability is dreamshifting. Through her dreams, she can visit places and people. One day, she meets a man in the street who introduces himself to her as her father. Seeing that he’d abandoned the family years ago, she’s very cautious towards him, especially as he’s a powerful Weeia who’s said to be a ruthless killer.

When Amy meets Duncan, a delightful young man who’s also a Weeia, the story takes on a lovely, light-hearted turn. The two of them spend lots of time together as they explore the multi-ethnic eateries of Miami, but their joy soon gives way to angst as they face mortal danger.

After an accident, Amy is separated from her mother and is kept hostage in a strange place where she’s discouraged to use her dreamshifting abilities.

I found this story unique and delightful, although I would personally enjoy a hint of romance between Amy and Duncan. Also, I’d prefer less restaurant scenes as after a while they felt rather repetitive without contributing to the story. I loved the way the book ended in a happy, carefree moment when the conflicts had all been dealt with.

I wonder what the upcoming adventures of the Weeia will be, and I look forward to the next books in the series.
Profile Image for Nicholas Rossis.
Author 20 books115 followers
March 9, 2014
I don't know what I expected when I read Unelmoija, the Dreamshifter. Probably another coming-of-age, young adult story. Instead, I was treated to an endearing, rich tale, expertly written, with many twists and surprises that made me finish it in a single weekend, unable to put it down. Boca's writing is sharp and witty, much like Amy, her lovable heroine. It's hard to believe this is her debut novel, first in the series.

I loved the clearly defined characters, and particularly how she avoided using a cliched "good vs. bad" approach to them. Her nuanced descriptions add much to the story, as does her constant mentions of food that reminded me of Camilleri's books.

I'm now off to read the next book in the series, the Mindshifter...
Profile Image for Angela Kay.
Author 11 books168 followers
December 5, 2017
Amy is Weeia. She doesn’t know much about the Weeia race, only that they are superhuman with special abilities. In Unelmoija: Dreamshifter, Amy is beginning to learn more about her own Weeia ability. As she discovers more about her powers, she learns someone is trying to kill her. To save her life, Amy must rely on a mysterious stranger who both attracts her and repels her, as well as her father she’d never met.

After reading Elle Boca’s Weeia Marshalls series, then reading this book, I can honestly say that she’s grown as a writer. Unelmoija: Dreamshifter is her first novel and also the book that introduces us to the Weeia universe. I liked the idea behind the Unelmoija universe, and I also liked most of the characters. The only thing about Amy that I wasn’t too crazy about was that it seemed as though she was a little too happy-go-lucky. Even in danger, I couldn’t really feel her trepidation. I also felt she struck a friendship with Duncan a little too quickly after deciding that she didn’t trust him. I think it would have been better and more intriguing if Amy and Duncan showed their obvious attraction, but struggled with feelings that were developing.

When I first started Dreamshifter, Amy was acting like normal people do, then the narrative throws in something about a kidnapping of her and her mother, which, as the story progresses, never got fully explained. I had gone back to the very beginning of the book to the table of contents and began to flip through, thinking I may have missed the prologue or something. But, I didn’t, which made me feel as though I was thrown into something I should have already known. Sometimes the way the dialogue was written confused me.

*For example: “I can see your mind is set.” I’d won the first battle. I kept quiet, as the situation was uncertain.*

In that scenario, it’s Duncan who is speaking. Then, in the same paragraph, it jumps into Amy’s first-person narrative. There were a lot of instances about that.

I think this was a decent beginning to the series. It isn’t my favorite, but I did like the premise. And as I said earlier, Elle Boca does grow as a writer. All series needs something to get the ground running, and Dreamshifter does the trick. I would be interested to see where Amy goes now that she’s learned more about Weeia and her powers. Maybe the questions I had in the first book are embellished in the ones after.

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Profile Image for Sharon Stevenson.
Author 43 books309 followers
December 7, 2013
I received a copy of this book for honest review. 'Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter' is the tale of a young woman named Amy as she begins to discover the depth of the magical powers she possesses. She is learning about others like her while trying to decide if her father is trustworthy and attempting to figure out who's been trying to kill her and why.

Amy's world gets turned upside down by a series of occurrences right at the beginning of the book. Her father, a man she doesn't know, makes an appearance. Then a man named Duncan shows up who is her opposite when it comes to their powers. When someone tries to kill her, she realises something bigger is going on than she is aware of. She's not sure about her newly found father's intentions but knows little about her own powers. Who can she trust?

The story is interesting and different and is told in an accessible way. This definitely isn't your usual type of urban fantasy book. It's set in Miami and the setting is well described but the story itself is more mysterious and moves at a slower pace than the urban fantasy books I'm familiar with. It felt kind of like a paranormal mystery to me, as there are a lot of questions raised and little clues dropped as the story goes on. Amy is working to find out who's trying to harm her and uncertain over whether she can trust her father, and at the same time she's trying to figure out who she is and what her powers mean. The coming of age element to the story is well done and felt true to the character.

For me the characters came to life most effectively whenever they were conversing. I was amused by some of Duncan's turns of phrase and his sarcastic streak whenever he is talking to Amy's father. There was also the possibility that his friendship with Amy will turn into something more as this is hinted at. Amy was likeable and seemed quite uncertain of herself which was appropriate for her age. These two characters were the most well developed. I look forward to seeing more of Amy's mother and perhaps meeting her sister eventually as the series unfolds.

I found the magic side of things intriguing. It was quite different to anything I've read before and I read a lot of fantasy books. It wasn't fully explained in this first novella but there was enough revealed to be able understand what was going on. I'm keen to see how the story is going to play out and how Amy's powers develop.

Overall this is a unique and interesting debut by new author Elle Boca. I would recommend to fans of paranormal, fantasy, suspense, and mystery books.
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Author 5 books19 followers
May 9, 2015
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I first started this but it blew any expectations I may have had out of the water. It was amazing, it was thrilling, fun and exciting all rolled up into one fast paced story.

Amy isn't your average american girl, she is a dreamshifter. After being kidnapped she moved into a new house, in a new city, where no one knew her. Not even being in the new place for a full day and she meets her father, a mysterious young guy, Duncan and almost gets assassinated. So now she is in hiding trying not to be killed for a reason she knows nothing about. All while trying to figure out a way to help her mom.

I really enjoyed this book and I think I'll be continuing with the rest of the series. It was different from a lot of the books out there now. Amy was great, she was funny and kept situations light even when they were very heavy. In the midst of almost being killed she still found time to joke around with Duncan. Speaking of Duncan, he was adorable and so protective, I loved it. The two made a great leading pair.

Amy was only 18 and it felt that way. Elle Boca did a great job making her seem as grown up as 18 while also keeping a bit of immaturity there. I hate when books make their teenage characters feel too grown up, so I'm glad this wasn't the case.

I'm not going to lie I did not lie I did not trust Amy's father at first. It seemed odd that on the same day they met she almost died. I also felt she was too quick to believe that he was her father since she never met him before. Duncan too for that matter, she literally just met him and was going all over the place with him. I'm glad she did though because they were hilarious together.

The dreamshifthing aspect was too cool. I don't think I've ever read anything like it, it was so unique. The whole Weeia thing is very different but very cool. I can't wait to get the second book.

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Profile Image for Lani.
15 reviews
January 11, 2015
Unelmoija by: Elle Boca

5***** MUST READ!!! Unexpected and amazing use of detailed locale and strong characters. I couldn't put it down!!!

Amy knows she has a power but as a novice, she really doesn't understand it. Growing up, Amy's mother, sister and she was always hiding out or moving. They have already been kidnapped, always warned to stay aware of their surroundings.

Amy has just moved to a new location and decides to go for a run. As she gets near a convenience store she notices a man keeps staring at her. Feeling nervous she decides to confront him, as per his suggestion they find a seat in doors. Already Amy can feel the distaste around this man and knows he wants something from her. What? He announces that he is her father, more questions...

As they raise to leave another man just suddenly appears in front of them. Where did he come from? Who is he and why is his father shielding her from him while having a heated discussion?

What's going on? Will Amy receive answers to her questions or would that just lead to more questions? This is an on the edge of your seat mystery and well worth reading!!!!

I was provided with this free book so I could write an honest review.
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Author 51 books147 followers
April 18, 2014
In a short amount of time, main character Amy meets a stranger who she finds out is her father, as well as a mysterious man who attracts her physically but repels her magically. The meetings are harbingers of the trouble ahead for Amy, as she struggles to put together the story of who she is and what type of world she actually lives in.

The author’s strength is the character dialog. The back and forth between Amy and Duncan is well done and gives insight into their personalities that you wouldn’t get from ordinary exposition.

Amy’s relationship with her father was most interesting to me. It raised the most questions and the author left me wondering if he was to be trusted or not. Of course, you’ll have to get your own copy if you want to find out if he’s out to help Amy or put her in an early grave.

I’d recommend this book to lovers of paranormal mysteries like Charlaine Harris’ “Grave” series.
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3 reviews4 followers
January 6, 2015
I really loved this book! It was almost too short – but lucky for me, the next book in the series was already ready and waiting for me!

I thought the story was unique and original, and the characters were well developed. The main protagonist, Amy is very likeable and is presented in such a way that is very true to her age. The author accurately captures her uncertainty and all the feelings that come along with being a teenage girl.

The magical elements were very imaginative (not your run of the mill superpowers), and there were just enough plot twists to keep the story moving – it was a rapid pace, but easy to follow.

Overall a very quick and enjoyable read. I finished it in a weekend and then immediately went and downloaded the next one and will probably continue to do so until I meet the end of this wonderful adventure. I would recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy and/or paranormal books.
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234 reviews1 follower
March 16, 2014
The Dreamshifter is the first book in the Unelmoija series.

The book tells the story of two young people, Amy and Duncan, with special super powers. Amy is able to manipulate dreams, Duncan on the other hand is able to heal and move fast. Of these two powers, what would you like to have?

The story and twists are interesting. The paranormal-ish stuff gets more interesting, too intriguing past half of the book. I like story lines like this, having super powers and fighting enemies using them. I want my own super powers too! LOL

As for the plot, it is not that complex, easy to follow. I liked Amy and Duncan's friendship. They remind me of the movie, Push, with Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans. This is an enjoyable read. If you are into stories with super powers, you might want to pick up this book.
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Author 9 books36 followers
October 5, 2014
Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter by Elle Boca is a wonderfully written and engaging story that pulls you in from the very first chapter.

The book centers around Amy, a young woman with super human powers (dreamshifting). Amy is trying to stay under the radar in an affluent Miami suburb after her mother and sister are kidnapped. While jogging one morning, she encounters a man who reveals that he is her father. This is also where Duncan, who is Amy's opposite enters the picture as her protector.

The story was suspenseful and kept my attention from start to finish. The characters were believable and well-developed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this debut novella and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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5,029 reviews259 followers
April 30, 2015
Review: UNELMOIJA: THE DREAMSHIFTER by Elle Boca

UNELMOIJA: THE DREAMSHIFTER has everything YA readers (and readers of YA fiction) could wish. There's drama, fright, danger, paranormal elements, romance, danger, super-powers, heroism, an intelligent and intuitive heroine, father-daughter dysfunction, integrity--and did I specify heart-stopping danger? Not to mention mind control powers, dreamshifting, and Miami. Readers have every reason to leap into this story and make themselves at home--and not want it to end.
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1,926 reviews21 followers
June 19, 2014
Amy lives an ordinary life on a prestigious Miami water front estate. When she meets her Father she learns of her Super Human powers. She turns to her Mother for answers! Soon her life is in danger and she finds herself living a dangerous adventure. A fast paced urban fantasy story .I really liked Amy and her Mother. The story was orginal. I highly recommend to (urban ) fantasy lovers and i look forward to the next book Unelmoija: the Mind shifter.
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66 reviews10 followers
May 2, 2015
Ms. Boca’s The Dreamshifter is debut novel in her Weeia series. Amy is a young girl finds out she can use her dreams to visit places and people.

Amy comes across the father who abandoned her family when she was younger. He’s mysterious and powerful and she learns he belongs to a superhuman race with special abilities similar to her.

Follow Amy on an adventure as she meets a man she wants to be with yet wants to run away from and rescues her mother and sister.
October 10, 2018
Weeia a great absorbing story

I enjoying reading Weeia book 1 and look forward to read the next one to find out more of the hidden power of the Weeias and Dreamshifter. Like traveling between parallel realities, between time and space. Loved the story and the characters.
Profile Image for Dave Higgins.
Author 28 books43 followers
April 10, 2015
Combining an interesting twist on the modern world and fast-paced plot with a growing friendship that doesn’t escalate to obsessive commitment in the first book, Boca avoids the clichés of paranormal romance without abandoning the frisson.

Following false accusations of theft, Amy has moved to a new area of Miami. While out jogging she is approached by a man claiming to be the father she thought missing since childhood, who asserts Amy is part of another race. But before she has processed this, they are interrupted by a young man who accuses her father of only using her for a scheme. Knowing she is special, but not who to trust, Amy finds herself caught between warring factions.

Containing no mention of vampires or werewolves, and little similarity to classical Western magic, Boca’s mythology provides the reader with an opportunity to unravel the truth along with the character without any confusion or disappointment from comparisons to other works. In addition to this freshness, the magical structure revealed appears both consistent and plausible.

Both the immediate plot and the wider society created by the addition of this paranormal structure to the modern world are similarly engaging. And – while Amy does rapidly find herself facing a high-powered conspiracy – her involvement grows as a logical result of who she is and how she reacts rather than by constant coincidence.

However, Boca’s narration is more likely to cause readers issues. Using a mixture of close first-person description of events as they happen and brief statements of past events, it bears some similarity to a Shakespearean play: of Amy stepping back from the scene to deliver back-story and thoughts directly to the reader. This is particularly noticeable in the first chapter, which features both Amy’s discovery and use of her dream-shaping powers and the kidnapping of Amy, her mother, and her sister each delivered as a paragraph of fact rather than integrated into the story.

Most unfortunately, much of this information unloaded onto the reader wasn’t necessary to understand the story: while it might be relevant later in the series, Amy’s previous kidnapping didn’t appear connected to specific events and – without resonance – didn’t create a feeling that Amy had been constantly under threat even before her father appeared.

Amy’s portrayal is similarly divided: half of her is a sympathetic character struggling to make choices and find allies in a world she doesn’t fully understand; the other delivers laundry list descriptions of what she and other people are wearing and displays as little actual emotion from her past as her blunt descriptions of it evoke.

Freed of the act of narration, the supporting characters display Boca’s skill at creating interesting stories without the unfortunate distancing effect of talking to camera.

Overall, the reader’s opinion is likely to turn on their stance on internal monologues: a reader who prefers to be immersed in the story is likely to find the narration distracting; whereas, one who is more tolerant of being told facts to serve the story rather than because it is plausible they are mentioned, will appreciate the story and world.

I enjoyed this novel. I recommend it to readers looking for a fresh and engaging take on urban fantasy or paranormal romance.

I received a free copy from the author with no obligation to review.
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Author 16 books24 followers
June 5, 2014
Amy is in hiding after the escape from the kidnappers. Her mother and Amy got away, but they have no idea where Amy’s sister are. If she escaped, or got caught as well. Amy��s mother sets out to find her other daughter, cautioning Amy to stay safe and not poke her head up too high. Which wasn’t on her agenda. But then she ran into her long lost father, finding a new friend; Duncan, learning more about her abilities, getting shot at, and the prophecy.
This is just an itsy bitsy part of what happens to Amy in Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter. Since I really don’t want to ruin the reading experience for anyone, that’s all I’m telling.
I was caught into the story fairly quickly, and it wasn’t hard to follow at all. Thomas McKnight (Amy’s father) is special, and there are more darkness in him than he wants to reveal. Amy is only beginning to understand what she is capable of as a dreamshifter, even though all the odds are against her – not to mention her father’s enemies. Duncan is a witty input to the story. I’m still not entirely sure what his purpose is exactly, besides the fact he was at the right time at the right spot. He and Amy does seem to get along very well, despite the fact they’re opposite power wise to each other doesn’t bother them. Quite the contrary.
I did like Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter. I had a hard time putting down the book, and to me it is a solid and wonderful beginning to a new series. However, I didn’t feel like I could connect 100% to the story, and I can’t really put my finger on why. Maybe it was because there really weren’t any huge surprises in the plot to me – there were surprises, yes, but no one truly knocked me on my ass. Unelmoija is well written and I am going to read the sequel; Unelmoija:The Mindshifter. Just to see where the story takes me.
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Author 11 books237 followers
April 10, 2015
What starts as a normal morning for young Amy as she heads out for a run along the Miami waterfront takes an unusual turn when she crosses paths with two men – the father she never knew, Thomas McKnight, and a stranger who both repels and attracts her, Duncan Bittersdorp – and her life is forever changed.

So begins the tale of Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter.

Armed with the knowledge she is Weeia, a superhuman race, and is able to dreamshift, a rare power among her people, Amy suddenly finds herself on the run, hoping to survive whoever and whatever is trying to track and kill her father.

Assisted by Duncan, another Weeia with vast knowledge of the dealings of her father, the two embark on a fast-paced, thrilling journey through the streets, cafes, and estates of Miami, doing their best to keep Amy alive and ahead of whatever danger is lurking around the next corner.

Boca does a great job of character-development and world-building in this introduction to the Weeia, and she lovingly captures life in Miami so intimately that you come away feeling as if the city itself is one of the living, breathing characters in her novel.

While reading Dreamshifter, I figured most readers focus their attention on Amy and Duncan, as they are the center of the action. They are sweet and I thoroughly enjoy their interactions and the energy between them, it’s very natural flow, but they don’t compare to Amy’s father, Thomas McKnight. For me, he was the real intrigue. He’s mysterious, powerful, something about him is rather sinister and honestly, I cannot wait to get more of him in the next books in the series. Interestingly, I’m not certain Amy will be sharing my sentiments.

Boca asks readers if they’re ready for a new kind of fantasy and if your answer is yes, then waste no time and snatch up a copy of Dreamshifter.
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164 reviews19 followers
June 28, 2015
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Amy is a bit too perfect at first. Then she starts to shift a little. It's not that she goes all evil, it was just certain small traits that a selfless, kind-hearted person doesn't always experience. Suddenly the murder of certain people is justifiable. Oooo, the plot thickens.

The writing at first felt forced, almost mechanical. It wasn't until about half way through that I thought it relaxed. The long descriptions and Amy's over-analysis of every person and situation begins to ebb and the story really began to unfold. There was some action at first, and a quaint mystery to keep the reader entertained when they weren't learning more about the Weeia or Amy's new sibling-like relationship with her Weeia-friend, Duncan. These two had a wonderful rapport. I found I their bantering to be fun and light-hearted.

The storyline seemed to waver a bit for me. Sometimes there was a smooth and certain focus and then strange events would happen out of the blue that didn't always mesh with the original plot. It also felt like this wasn't book one as we were thrust into the middle of a storyline with important backstory that affects the characters. I waited for a longer explanation on things like a kidnapping and Sara but this wasn't for this book. No doubt it will be revealed later in the series as Elle Boca has several books!

CONCLUSION
There's some action, a new supernatural entity and lots of food. Lots and lots of food.

The plot was a bit off at times and the main character had a tendency to ramble, but I thought the overall idea behind the Weeia was an interesting take. It's kind of like that show "Heroes," like season one and two-ish, when it was good.
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Author 6 books93 followers
May 12, 2015
In Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter, one has the ability to focus on a wish and have it become a reality. As a young girl, I had dreamed of having super powers like this. With superpowers, I could go where I wanted and have anything I wanted at any time. My mom always told me to be careful what you wish for.

After reading this riveting story, I knew what my mom was talking about. Amy and her mom shared an apartment in Miami on the waterfront. A typical day for Amy started out with a jog. Although thin, with prominent cheekbones and a beautiful complexion, Amy was still self-conscious.

On one particular day, Amy was about 30 minutes into her jog when a distinguished, well-dressed older man approached her and introduced himself as her father. Amy had never met her father and wasn’t sure if she could trust this man. She agreed to have coffee with him out of curiosity. As her father told her how powerful she was because she possessed superhuman abilities, a young man joined them. After that, with Amy meeting her father and finding a new friend she could trust as her protector, the stage was set for a suspenseful story that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.

When reading a fantasy story, I feel it’s imperative for the author to make me believe. The author, Elle Boca, did not disappoint me. The twists and turns of power, trust, and revenge, kept me thirsty for more. The characters and their stories are so well developed that I could not decide who to trust and who to label a villain. A great read! I can’t wait to read the sequel.

Review by Monica McDaniel for http://ebookreviewgal.com.
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498 reviews18 followers
February 22, 2017
Review Courtesy of: Books That Hook

Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter is the first novel in the Weeia series by Elle Boca. It’s a short book, 208 pages, so it’s a quick read. The basic storyline is that Amy is a dreamshifter who doesn’t know much about her ability or her kind, the Weeia. She is approached by a man who gives her shocking news. Then, she meets another man, Duncan, who becomes her friend. Both men help her throughout the book, since someone keeps trying to kill her. I know that’s really vague, but I’m trying not to give too much away.

This book is appropriate for young and new adults. The main character is eighteen years old. There is no romance in this book.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the story. I liked the brisk pace and the world-building.

There were some problems I noted, however. The first thing I noticed was how Amy describes herself using a mirror at the beginning of the book. This is an overused literary device. I think there could have been a better way to let the reader know how she looks. Second, I noticed some spelling and punctuation errors. For example, Sara is sometimes spelled Sarah and sometimes Sara. The third problem I noted was that a lot of the book was spent detailing what was being eaten at every meal. There was too much about food. Fourth, I felt like this wasn’t the first book, even though it was. There was a lot of stuff that went on prior to this book starting that I think could have been written first.

Those issues weren’t that big of a deal. I still think this is a well-written book that a lot of paranormal/urban fantasy readers would enjoy.
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167 reviews36 followers
July 17, 2015
Unelmoija, do not ask me to say it out loud I will probably mispronounce it, was a great read. I truly enjoyed the characters and felt like there were well developed. The world created was unique due to the fact that it was based in our reality but then adds in magic elements unlike the norm which I love! The plot was good and filled with a few twist that I enjoyed!
My favorite part was the main character Amy! She is strong and I found myself able to relate to her easily. I like her ability to influence dreams, because it reminds me of a reoccurring dream I had when I was a teenager. The development of Amy's powers and the new world it takes her into was amazing! There is drama throughout the story and a few twist that will keep you intrigued. The only reason why I did not give it 5 jellybeans/stars is because the writing was a little plain in the beginning, which could be because it is a first book. Do not let that make you pass this book by you should get your hands on a copy today.
Honestly it is paranormal fantasy's like this one that keep me reading!
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3,144 reviews62 followers
December 5, 2018
Unelmoija begins when Amy finds her self alone in the world. Her sister is somewhere unknown at the moment, and her mother had to go away to take care of some things. The problem is Amy is in danger. She's unsure if it is the newly found "Father" she has, or if it could be the mysterious young man who she seems to attract and repel at the same time. Add all this into the fact that she has some abilities she's just learning how to use, and her world is getting turned upside down. But Amy will do her best to learn to keep up.

This book was very interesting. I liked it for the unique aspects to it, and because of Amy and her new friend.
It has a lot of mystery and intrigue as well. The plot line was interesting, and had a couple of twists to it. And the characters were very fun and interesting. The only main issue I had with the book was at times it felt like the writing wasn't very clear, or it skipped over certain things and made it sometimes hard to follow exactly what was going on. Other than that I enjoyed the story, and found it very interesting.
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Author 15 books133 followers
December 12, 2015
Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter is the most unique fantasy I have ever read. Readers beware, this novel will lure you in like a moth to a flame. Elle Boca has masterfully woven a beautiful tale that will take readers on a rollcoaster ride of life time.

Intriguing, mystifying and the most exciting novel yet. Unelmoija: The Dreamshfiter will captive readers everywhere. The main female character, Amy, will bring readers deep into her special power of dreamshifting. A unique power that she posseses and one that makes her belong to a special group of people. Yet despite her recent findings danger, is close by and she must learn to face it. With her father and a trusted man to help her, Amy will learn what she's up against.

Elle Boca's novel is the first in this intoxicating new series. I can't wait to read the novels after this one. Interesting characters that can do extraordinary things and as in real life, danger is always nearby unexpected. I highly recommend this story to readers everywhere. I loved reading.
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May 18, 2015
In UNELMOIJA: THE DREAMSHIFTER, we meet Amy, who is thrust into a world where she has no idea who to trust and figuring out her new abilities may be the only way to save her life. Amy meets her father for the first time and she learns about her people, the Weeia, and her powers as a dreamshifter. Amy’s father has had to make hard decisions as an Elder and he is both feared and despised for those choices. Amy’s also receiving help from Duncan Bittersdorp, who quickly becomes her friend and ally. Amy is kidnapped and her mother injured by people who want to bring down her father and use her abilities for their own ends. I liked Amy and Duncan both and was rooting for them to succeed against the obstacles they faced. I did like how the readers learned about the Weeia along with Amy. UNELMOIJA: THE DREAMSHIFTER was a solid introduction to a new world and leaves readers with a desire to pick up the next book in the series.
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Author 3 books42 followers
July 5, 2015
I went on vacation to The Domincian Republic and was able to finish 6 books, however it has now taken me awhile to get everything set square with the holiday and having a 9 year old to get these reviews up.

I received this book from the author through Fang Freakin Tastic and I have provided the full review on the website.

Regarding this book, it was good, I was a little hesitate at the beginning but it pulled me in and I really enjoyed. There were some places where it was a little slow but overall I think that it was good. I wanted to know more about the Weeia and the author would talk a little here and there about them, so I hope that the next book has a lot more about the people.

There were some indications that the main character, Amy, was much more than what everyone thought she was, and I am really interested in knowing her full potential.

I think that this series can go a long ways and I hope that the author writes the next books in the same manner.
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Author 4 books89 followers
March 19, 2015
Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter by Elle Boca is book one of the Weeia series, and its off to a great start!

Amy just moved to Miami, and things are already going downhill fast. Confronted with the father she thought abandoned her years ago, she's not completely sure she should trust him. Then, her opposite, the one person in the world she shouldn't stand to be around, saves her life.

Oh, and she can dream shift. Meaning she can affect things in the real world through her dreams.

Life on the line, mother in a coma, friends being attacked, a father she can't trust... things go from bad to worse for Amy. But don't worry, we're right there with her. The book really sucked me in, letting me see the world through Amy's somewhat not-understanding eyes. She's thrown into the deep end, and so are we.
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238 reviews23 followers
May 3, 2015
I was given a copy of this book by the Author for an honest review.

UNELMOIJA: THE DREAMSHIFTER is a great start to this series. The characters and story line are well-developed. Amy has powers that allow her to dreamshift. When her mom goes out-of-town to find her sister, Amy meets her father. Now her life is in danger and she has to stay alive. Each day her powers are growing. She is told that she is the Unelmoija, this means that she will have all the different powers. She will be the most powerful Weeia. This book has a lot of action and intrigue. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I give UNELMOIJA: THE DREAMSHIFTER 4/5 STARS. I recommend this book and series to everyone.
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