on March 16, 2021
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Finished Copy from Author
At the sudden death of her grandfather, Ona’s pain drives her to mystical Luenah—a place of infinite possibilities. There, she discovers she is an Eri, chosen to accomplish a special purpose on earth, and is handed a box in exchange for what she desires the most.
Burdened by her quest, Ona learns that dreams carry a hefty price, and no one is who they seem. As evil looms, she must unmask the villain and save the one she loves, even at the risk of losing everything she holds dear.
Set against the backdrop of two warring towns, The Place Beyond Her Dreams delivers life lessons using a powerful fable. This coming-of-age fantasy takes the reader on the path to self-discovery and demonstrates the transformation one must go through to realize and eventually occupy their purpose.
The Place Beyond her Dreams is a young adult magical realism/light fantasy story by Oby Aligwekwe. I really enjoyed this novel. It has a dreamy feel to it and the story is a satisfying read that held my attention all the way through. I did go in expecting more of a fantasy world, and though Luenah is not really that, this story quickly swept me up. If you are fan of magical realism with light fantasy elements that is very character driven with a good dose of inner reflections on what is really important in life, I think you will love this beautiful story.
In The Place Beyond her Dreams, we meet our main character Ona who has just lost her grandfather. In the midst of her grief she finds herself transported to the magical world of Luenah, which kind of felt heaven like- a uptopia of sorts with limitless possibilities, and none of the bad things that earth has. Ona travels between earth and this dream world of Luenah, as she learns that she has a bigger purpose on earth. She finds herself not only inserted between some serious conflicts between two neighboring towns, but also in the middle of her very own love triangle. I was only lukewarm about the love interests in the book. I was much more interested in Ona’s journey.
I really enjoyed the introspection that Oby Aligwekwe wove throughout the story. This feels like a beautifully crafted lessons book, where the character goes on an actual journey to learn something important about themselves, the world and their place in it. This was a beautiful story. Oby Aligwekwe’s was the star of the show. I can’t wait to read more books from her because she has this ability to pull the reader into the story so effortlessly. I can’t wait to see what else she writes!
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