Yasmin’s Beginning (Dreamworld Book 1)

April 12, 2019

 

Sometimes the love of your life could be your worst nightmare

Yasmin had a very vivid dream about her prince charming. She knew exactly who he was, could describe his “shining armor” and could picture her life with him in detail.

When her dream came true and David walked straight into her classroom, she was sure that this is the beginning of her very own “happily ever after” story, but to her dismay, strange and scary things started to happen soon after.

Confused and frightened, Yasmin tries to figure out what David has to do with all this, before it’s too late.

 

REVIEW

In recognition of a talented young author who sadly passed away.

Forty-some years ago my uncle gave me a science fiction anthology. It was a thick red hardback that I read from cover to cover. It inspired a lifelong love of the genre. The stories in that book made me think outside the box. They filled me with awe for the imagination it took to write them. That book still remains in my collection today. The title is OMNIBUS OF SCIENCE FICTION, edited by Groff Conklin, a well-known and prolific editor of the genre. It was published in 1952, the Golden Age of Science Fiction. It’s a substantial volume, 562 pages, with 43 stories divided into sections relating to a common theme. Some stories are fun, some are thought-provoking and some are adventurous. I love them all.

Yasmin’s Beginning (Dreamworld Book 1) by Bar Sagi will grab readers and hurl them far beyond the boundaries of our limited world. This YA fantasy story has intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader from the first page to the last.

The book description gives only a sneak preview: ‘Yasmin had a very vivid dream about her prince charming. She knew exactly who he was, could describe his “shining armor” and could picture her life with him in detail.

When her dream came true and David walked straight into her classroom, she was sure that this is the beginning of her very own “happily ever after” story, but to her dismay, strange and scary things started to happen soon after.

Confused and frightened, Yasmin tries to figure out what David has to do with all this, before it’s too late…’

I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of a particular storyline in my head to see if I could figure more out.

It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a well written fantasy tale with perfect pacing. Not much is as it appears here, which is just the way fans of the sci-fi fantasy genre will want it! Although written for a younger audience, I can’t see any reason why anybody of any age wouldn’t enjoy this. I did!

This was a fascinating and captivating read that had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author showed exceptional ability when it came to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly spellbinding journey!

There is something very magical about reading fantasy fiction. It speaks to the very thread of my imagination, jolting it to life and transporting it on an exhilarating journey. This book did exactly that. Fans of the sci-fi fantasy genre will not be disappointed.

Highly recommended and a well-deserved five stars from me.

Regrettably, the intended recipient of this review sadly passed away at the young age of 15. A talent that will be sadly missed, but because of this wonderful book – never forgotten. I offer here my sincere condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bar SagiBar was born in Rehovot, Israel and spent her early childhood there. In Hebrew her name means “wild” and accordingly, she was a wild flower: a friendly, creative and spirited child who loved reading and spent many hours in the library. Her love for reading turned very quickly into a love for writing and she began writing poems and stories about the world she knew and other realms.

When Bar was eleven, she was diagnosed with cancer. During the four years of her illness, reading and writing were not only a source of comfort for her, but also a capsule of strength that enabled her to transcend, for a while, the inevitable state of her life.

Bar wrote the book Yasmin’s Beginning, as the first book in a trilogy, while coping with the disease. Unfortunately, she passed away shortly after completing the final draft of this book and not being able to fulfill her plan.

Bar passed away leaving behind her father and mother, two young brothers, two cats, four grandparents, ten aunts and uncles, and a large number of unfinished manuscripts.

 

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