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Dryad [Kindle Edition]

Sonya Solomonovich
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Solena is a dryad from the South American rainforest who is scorned by other dryads for her obsession with the human world. But when the forest is threatened, it is Solena who is chosen to go on an undercover mission that leads to a breathtaking time travel adventure involving pirates, knights, and of course, a talking alligator.

The dryad finds herself falling for the heir to the timber corporation, the handsome Rodney Love, but as her adventures take her back in time and deeper into the rainforest, she finds the possibility of another love, one that transcends time itself…

Who will win the dryad’s heart: a smooth-talking billionaire who graces the cover of Narcissism Carnival or a wild and unruly jungle warrior?


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"Dryad is the type of story that catches your attention from the very first page and keeps you entertained for hours." - Jack Flacco, author of Ranger Martin and the Zombie Apocalypse
"I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!" - Maria's Love and Live to Read
"This was a fun book, and it did something that doesn't happen enough with books these days - it surprised me." - Matt Holgate, author of The Dim Realm series

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  • File Size: 993 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FYMVIW8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Fusion November 6, 2013
By Pablo
Format:Kindle Edition
For those who welcome comparisons, Dryad, by Sonya Solomonovich, is what you might get if you somehow fused The Time Machine with The Princess Bride with a dash of The Mission and a little Miyazaki to boot. Although clearly aimed at a younger audience, the story grapples such diverse and complex issues as globalization, modernization, spirituality, environmentalism, Gaia theory, and more. Any reader of any age will delight in this expertly-crafted tale. Indeed, what Ms. Solomonovich has achieved with Dryad is remarkable: a vision of the future, with a re-imagining of the past, and an illumination of the present. Kudos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dryad's Butterfly Effect Rocks This Story! November 6, 2013
By Jack
Format:Kindle Edition
Sonya Solomonovich's Dryad is the type of story that catches your attention from the very first page and keeps you entertained for hours. From the outset I must say, I've read many fantasies in my lifetime. Some didn't impress me much. They either had too many silly circumstances or the characters felt forced. In some cases, even the plot suffered from a lack of direction. But Dryad? I kept wondering what else Sonya possibly had up her sleeve to make the story all the more brilliant.

Dryad is the story about a young Solena, a dryad, which is to say, a young creature with greenish skin and very colorful hair, who the Great Tree has chosen to save her world from the destruction of developers. Humans have a tendency to take what nature holds as good and pure, and destroy it in an effort to call it progress. Eventually nature fights back. So is Solena's quest. She needs to disguise her appearance, take on human form having one mission: confound the plans of humans in order to save her home from annihilation.

On the surface, it's a story I've heard before many times, but Sonya adds a twist to the tale that makes the plot unique. Don't worry, I won't reveal what that twist is. There is also an underlying theme regarding the time continuum. If you're an avid Star Trek fan, you'll know that if you play around with the time continuum, it's like playing with fire. It's one of those things you leave alone since it may mess up the present timeline.

Sonya's other theme involves saving the environment, an idea that appears freely throughout the book and lends credence to the powerful idea that if a butterfly flaps its wings in Ecuador, a hurricane will develop in China.

The book's pace flows rather nicely from one scene to the next without losing its stride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What do you get when you mix a dryad who takes on the identity of a human, a greedy corporation, a time machine, a half-man/half-computer from the distant future, legendary knights from centuries ago, a self-help guru, an evil teenage genius, a pirate from the seventeenth century, and a talking alligator? A wonderful, imaginative, fun, and very humorous fantasy tale, that's what!

Sonya Solomonovich's "Dryad" takes you by the hand right from the start and leads you on an incredible journey through the centuries, backwards and forwards. The characters are well drawn, and the author's great sense of humor comes across with every page you read. "Dryad" is the kind of book you want to curl up with on a snowy afternoon and just read straight through. .

Through it all, through all the time-traveling adventures and unexpected plot twists, the story, at its heart, is about Solena, the dryad who has a soft spot in her heart for humans, but who is determined to save the environment these same humans now threaten. With subtlety and nuance, the author depicts Solena's journey, and the maturation she achieves by novel's end. She is a character we can get behind, cheer on, and root for.

I highly recommend this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by Dryad December 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
To be honest, fantasy isn’t normally the section I make a beeline for when thrusting open the doors of my local book store and almost decapitating the staff greeter. Humour and biography have long since jostled for top spot in my ‘favourite genre' stakes ~ and it's hard to divert my attention elsewhere. However, Dryad's spectacular cover caught my eye as I randomly rifled through some Kindle offerings on my iPhone. So I decided it was time to take the plunge.

I was pleasantly surprised. Sonya Solomonovich's tale of a time-travelling dryad with a soft spot for humans hooked me on page one (of 4,070 on my iPhone) and kept me eagerly tapping my smartphone screen to see how the tale unfolds. Sonya has a knack for storytelling and her quirky sense of humour keeps the prose lively and upbeat.

Am I now converted to the fantasy genre? Well, I wouldn't go that far! My love for humour and biography runs pretty deep. But Dryad has certainly expanded my genre horizons ~ talking alligators will do that for ya... ;o) And I look forward to Sonya's future tomes!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool!!! there's a talking alligator???? November 21, 2013
By Katie
Format:Paperback
Tough the book is only 136 pages long, I was reading it for 3 days, not because I didn’t like. No, because I had to attend my 4 year old brother’s birthday, and by attending I mean, help with planning, blah, blah, blah. And I am serious, even I at his age, was having more fun. But I am not here to tell the boring stories, how my weekends have gone, I am here to talk about a really good book.

The book is so fun, I couldn’t help myself but laugh all the time. Sometimes just because of stupidity of characters. We follow Solana Rodriguez aka the dryad into the human world, where she is to prevent the apocalypses called chopping down all trees. The thing is that she kind of falls in love with the son of the boss of the corporation which wants to cause That apocalypses. And then the most astonishing thing happens, they build a time bout and sail into 17th century. And that’s where the fun starts. You will meet crazy ancestor pirate, you will even meet Sir Lancelot and Sir Gawaine. And you will meet Sol’s best friend Anastacious who will afterwards become something more, or so she will think. Okay to cut it short, you will have an amazing time reading the book.

Well the only thing I want to make sure is, Is Tyler really an Alligator? Please after you read the book tell me. Thanks. Next one: Who the hell is Teddy Goldman? I mean, never heard of him. Or maybe I shouldn’t (thinking). I mean thank you Sonya for crashing my dreams about Camelot and King Arthur, I love the guy! I will still be on my side that he was great. Sir Lancelot is just a jealous prick. The best part of the book? You will laugh from page one to the end. Never think that it is stupid, just have patience, and read on, it gets more and more interesting, fun and adventurous.
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More About the Author

I've been a journalist, a teacher, and an editor. I briefly flirted with the idea of becoming a fitness instructor, but then I realized that what I enjoy most is writing novels. I'm passionate about all things swashbuckling and seafaring. I live in Vancouver, Canada.

My website is http://sonyasolomonovich.com

If you feel like chatting, drop me a line at sonyasolomonovich (at) gmail.com.

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