The Place Beyond Her Dreams
Set against the backdrop of two warring towns, Oby Aligwekwe’s Young Adult debut—told from the viewpoint of her main character—is inspired by her West African heritage, fables, and spiritual beliefs. Ona’s journey reveals the power of choice, the true ...more
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The Place Beyond Her Dreams is a promising book about a young girl who's family takes in a young house boy and raise him as their own. Along the way, her grandfather dies unexpectedly, they fall in love, and a love triangle surfaces, and amidst it all, she realizes she has powers to travel to a magical realm while she sleeps.
It has all the makings of a book that I like: magical realism, love triangles, fast paced, dream-like story telling. A fantasy set in A ...more
Trigger warning: this book contains some scenes of domestic violence.
The Place Beyond Her Dreams starts with Ona who quickly experiences a great loss in her life. She soon discovers her ability to travel to a dream like world. She knows she will have to sacrifice something to achieve her purpose in life, but her journey to that discovery comes at many ups and downs.
This book is light on the fantasy aspect. I was expectin ...more
In theory this book isn't my type, but Aligwekwe's handles it so well that I was surprised to find myself thoroughly invested from beginning to end.
The Place Beyond her Dreams is a high-society romance with fantasy overtones set in Africa with some heavy religious overtones and considering I tend to stay away from high-society dramas and am not religious, I figured I'd picked up a bad b ...more
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"Release Date: March 16th 2021"
When I first read this book I was interested but also at the same time elements had me confused so after giving it some weeks I re-read it and started to understand more.
The story alone is beautiful and very emotional at times but the element of travelling to another time and place gave me goosebumps because of how much I have always wondered if it was possible to do. Makes you think if your dreams are a portal to ano ...more
This book is a coming-of-age novel that features a love triangle and a touch of mystery. This book follows Ona, a girl who finds out she is an Eri and can travel to another world. She must learn to find her balance and her place in the world. Torn between choosing a houseboy who she has grown up with and a prince from a neighboring town, Ona must choose wisely who will help her find her purpose and who will cause her to lose herself.
What initially drew me to this b ...more
Well I don't really want to say too much on this one because it definitely needs to be experienced for yourself.
The story was incredibly refreshing and unique with a dreamlike quality that persisted throughout that perfectly suited the story being told.
This is a story where coming of age meets fantasy and I thought both aspects were beautifully handled. I really enjoyed the characters and relationships in this as well. ...more
I could not get through this book, so I didn't think it fair to officially rate it, but my thoughts on it lie around 2/5 stars. I made it around 35-40 percent through before I DNFed.
The writing was my main problem with this novel. It had a relatively immature voice for characters that were supposed to be in college. I think part of the problem with this novel was that it couldn't decide what it wanted to be: the themes and the writing all led to ...more
Not what I was expected. I had to really shift my expectations like 10% into the book because the way this book is marketed is so different from how the story is going.
This book is a lot more grounded in reality, even the little glimpses into this utopia like place called Luenah mirrors real life with the infrastructure and people, only difference is everyone there is at peace all of the time.
The characters were really poorly done in my opinion, I feel nothing majority of t ...more
The start of the novel was rushed and confusing, there seems to be no attempt to develop the characters. The author is relying on telling the story. It feels like a weak first draft, unfortunately.
I received an ARC courtesy of netgalley in return for an honest review.
A story about finding what we're all here for mixed with a Hamlet like treason plot to the local royal family, a heavy love triangle and a dash of spirituality and a lot of drama. ...more
DNF @ 21%
I had to quit at 21% because I just didn't give a single shit about anything or anyone. This is a whimsical book, reads a bit young, needing some edits, but it is an ARC. It isn't a bad book, I just couldn't get invested. I didn't want to know what happened next, and I have a lot of books on my TBR, so I gotta move on. ...more
TW: domestic abuse, emotional manipulation
A tale of great loss and great gains, great suffering and great love.
In this story, Aligwekwe takes a deep dive into the complex issues of how we find out life's true purpose and the great costs we pay along the way. A romance at its core, the store also weaves in mystery and fantasy elements, making for an interesting read.
The plot of this book was not my favorite. The plot twists were cliche, t ...more
I think as a young teenager (early secondary school) you'd like this book due to its love triangle - a winner with teenage girls.
This book had a really interesting idea - being an Eri. However, it's not really a strong enough idea other than a mystical land where you have to give up something (that you don't know about) to keep things in balance - a bit vague. It just didn't have enough oomph to make it a belie ...more
TW: this book includes scenes of domestic abuse
The Place Beyond Her Dreams starts with the main character Ona experiencing a tragic loss in her life. Soon after, she discovers her ability to travel to a dream like world, and sets out on a journey to achieve her purpose in life.
I loved the writing style, I found it super enjoyable and easy to read. I especially loved the writing when we visited Lu ...more
The Place Beyond Her Dreams begins with Ona, a young girl whose family takes in Okem and they both end up growing close despite her initial hesitations. But early on, Ona who loses her grandfather, someone whom she loved and was very close to. She quickly begins to learn that she has the ability to travel through a dream world.
The writing was beautiful and it was written in a way that made it easy to appeal to an older audience and the frequent me ...more
This book, The Place Beyond Her Dreams, is suited for an early high schooler. The writing style isn’t very sophisticated, though some of the topics are.
The story itself was interesting and well thought out. It is a fantasy set in Africa and the reader is very quickly thrown int the deep end. I was quickly able to imagine a very different life and landscape than what I’m used to hearing about in fantasy books and I loved tha ...more
The lack of effective characterisation really let this book down for me - I had no reason to like or root for any of the characters. In fact, the narration was thin and I found the main character a little unlikeable.
Having said that, the plot and the twists in this tale along with the alternate world element are very imaginative. The book pushes you to reflect on your faith an ...more
Ona was a great character in that she progressed a lot throughout the book. After experiencing awful abuse, she was strong and proud. That being said, I didn't feel particularly attached to her.
The pace of the book was good, although the end came very quickly and almost fel ...more
The story of two warring borders and a girl coming of age. This had a good premise and some promising themes however I really struggled with the pacing and writing style. I wasn’t able to connect with the characters as easily and found the writing lacked the maturity needed to deal with the bigger themes presented. I would recommend this for young high schoolers as the violence is not too graphic (trigger warnings may need to be flagged) and the writing style is better suited to that a ...more
chapter 2/3 - grandparent death
chapter 11 - physical assault, partner violence, gaslighting, domestic abuse
chapter 12 - physical assault, partner violence, domestic abuse, gaslighting
chapter 18 - physical assault, partner violence, domestic abuse, gaslighting
chapter 19 - physical assault, partner violence, domestic abuse, gaslighting, guns, violence, death mention