2 out of 4 stars
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Dreaming of Daniel is a story about Ava McCoy, a teenage girl who lived on the island of Tamuto. Ava had always been drawn to the ocean and loved to go fishing there with her father and uncle. However, when an old, distant memory was suddenly triggered due to a certain event, she remembered about her discovery of Daniel and his father nine years ago as well as the shocking existence of the Mer. Deciding to see for herself if he was actually real, Ava searched for Daniel and everything changed after that.
My first impression was in regards to the cover of the book as well as the title. I found them simple yet enchanting at the same time, leading to my interest as to what could possibly be in the contents. Thus, when I finished the premise, I had a lot of curious questions in my mind such as why Ava's mother seemed to be so afraid of the water unlike Ava and her father and even why the knowledge of the Mer world was forbidden to the humans. I was very engaged in the book until the time-skip came along.
Ava and Daniel's chemistry was, unfortunately, not very appealing in my opinion. Back when they first met as children, I liked their scene together and felt like it was fate. I also loved Daniel as a kid since he was so innocent and charming, something which drew me to him immediately. However, when they met again after nine years, it suddenly moved too fast for my taste. They kept seeing each other secretly despite the danger of risking the existence of the Mer world, constantly saying that it was because they had an undeniable connection. There was no room for a development of friendship between them. Basically, there was never even any thrill. I practically predicted their relationship and mostly every single thing that happened to them.
All in all, I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. Because of the promising premise, I gave this a chance until the end, but the plot was clearly lacking. Not only was Ava's character very frustrating at times, but I also didn't feel like Daniel had any real personality other than showing how his world revolved around Ava despite barely knowing her. The author's writing style had potential, but there were too many typos, grammatical errors, and excessive or inappropriate use of commas.
If you’re looking for a light read about romance with fantasy elements, then maybe this book is for you, but I honestly don’t want to recommend this to anyone unless the book becomes properly edited, proofread, and revised.
Dreaming of Daniel
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