Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: Dreamwalker

Dreamwalker by Rhys Bowen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dreamwalker is the first book in The Red Dragon Academy fantasy series, written by mother/daughter team Rhys Bowen and C.M. Broyles for children grades 4 - 8. I am familiar with Bowen from her Constable Evans cozy mystery series.

Addy Walker is whisked off to boarding school in Wales after her mother dies, leaving her orphaned. The Red Dragon Academy is no ordinary, school, though. The school is a portal to a mirror world, a world both secret and dangerous.

Addy and her fellow students don't know about the mirror world or magic, and some of the students have their own secrets. As Addy settles in makes friends, bit by bit is revealed.

This isn't Harry Potter, but I don't believe it's supposed to be a Potter knock-off. At 284 pages, it's a much shorter book and both length and content are appropriate for new 'chapter book' readers. I would have absolutely loved this book at age 9 or 10. It's simple enough for the young reader but not silly.

My 4-star rating was given by my much younger self.

Thank you to NetGalley and Red Dragon Press for this free e-book in exchange for an honest review.

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