Mini Review: Dreamwalker by Rhys Bowen & C.M. Broyles

Red Dragon Academy #1
Rhys Bowen & C.M. Broyles
Genre: MG Fantasy
Seven children. Seven special powers. One enemy.

Addy is a typical California surfer girl until her mother dies and she is sent to a strange boarding school in Wales, where one hallway leads not to another part of the school but to another universe. Addy has always had vivid dreams. Now it seems this power to dream has made her the enemy of the powerful ruler of Gallia.

How can Addy and her new friends be any match for the powerful Grymur who calls himself The One in a world where nothing makes sense.
Review copy provided by NetGalley

I thought it was YA. The first few paragraphs read like YA but then as I delved further in, I realized that it was more middle-grade than YA. How could I have mistaken it for YA. I should've realized when I saw the first sentence of the synopsis. Ah, the Absentee Parents Syndrome, that's how I have initially mistaken it for YA. Actually, there was one part where I was very much reminded of Heidi. Both of the characters in Heidi and in Dreamwalker lost their parents and now they're in the custody of aunts who didn't want them. The aunt wanting to get out of taking care of a child, immediately passed the girl to someone or somewhere where the child could be taken care of.

Ah, I made a note on this part. How could the aunt trust what was pop-up website of some school no one had heard about before but apparently she was convinced that it was a top boarding school for academics, manners and such. Providence, then.

But it's all good. No harm done. This is a good book for middle grade readers, for those who love fantasy, boarding schools, adventures and a whole other world with an evil to defeat. Oh, did I mention that there were superpowers as well? Yes, if you love those then you might want to read this.
Ayanami Faerudo

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