The Magical “Unelmoija Series: The Dreamshifter” by Elle Boca

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Published: Nov. 24, 2013; Poyeen Publishing | Amazon | Goodreads

“Unelmoija” sounds like a mouthful, but the premise is easy enough to follow: A young woman, Amy, has had a rough life, with her older sister missing, her mother from her, and a case of theft in her old place that had her move to Miami.

Young and alone, Amy, one day, meets a man who claims to be her father. But she senses something in him – a coldness and ruthlessness heightened by his power.

Someone wants to kill Amy, and things get hotter at the arrival of Duncan, Amy’s “opposite”. But why do they attract each other in ways they can’t fathom? In the middle of it all, Amy learns who really is and must fight to protect her family with the powers that humans can only dream about.

First Impressions

With that seductive model on the cover, I thought I’d encounter a sexy romp through urban fantasy tropes. Fortunately, I was wrong. Amy is a young woman who has to lay low and avoid trouble instead of studying or partying, like other young people her age.

She doesn’t know much of what’s going on, but she’s not naive. Instead, she has a spunk to her that draws allies and foes alike. Not surprisingly, though, Amy has superpowers – a magical ability. She is a Weeia, a race of magical beings hiding in plain sight and evolving along with mankind.

Whereas other Weeia have A+ olfactory sense or magical tasting ability, Amy can Dreamshift. It’s a rare and powerful ability among her people. It is also dangerous and can be used for good or evil. Fortunately, we know whose side Amy’s on.

Oh, to Dreamshift

Once you read the first book in the series, you’ll wish you could Dreamshift as well. Wouldn’t it be so cool to dream yourself into France and return to your body, bringing the souvenirs along? That’s Dreamshifting and more. Amy discovers it and trains herself to get better, not for herself, but for her family.

The Romance

I’m not exactly the romantic type, so the romance between characters here is just the right mix I love. Duncan is very suave and dependable. He’s also funny and smart. Not to mention powerful and can definitely take care of himself. Oh, did I mention he also has a grandfather who’s a hoot?

What I love is that Elle Boca doesn’t fill the front pages with sizzling sexual tension that undermines the situation of -SOMEONE’S TRYING TO KILL AMY!

The Action

Considering it’s still the first in the series, I had to lower my expectations on action sequences. The beginning of the book was a bit confusing and I had to check if I somehow managed to get the second book instead. There were mentions of Amy’s past troubles before moving to Miami, but not much is explained.

The world of the Weeia is very interesting (and if you’re wondering what “unelmoija” is, then you’re going to have to read the book. Don’t blink, though, or you’ll miss it), and I was expecting some very high end action scenes (though there are bullets flying and explosions).

Overall

I highly recommend this one to urban fantasy fans, especially to ones with patience willing to stick it out. The first few pages were a bit slow for me (like I said, waiting for something thrilling and explosive), but the intrigue picked up later on. I’d definitely recommend proceeding to the second book, The Mindshifter, as there are tons of mysteries and questions still waiting to be answered.

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