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The Dreaming Grove: A Shimmer Novel (Volume 1) Paperback – March 15, 2012
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Levi Melton has been in love with the written word for as long as he can remember. He lives with his wife, two children, and all four of their very active imaginations.
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Alice and Meri are such beautifully portrayed characters, and most importantly, they are believable characters. They are both, very much so, typical teenage girls. They talk about boys, school, clothes, etc. But as every typical teenage girl is also a human being, they are also so much more than that. This is what makes them beautiful; this is what makes them believable. To often in fiction, young female characters are portrayed as the "typical, popular girl," with absolutely no substance or character development, or oppositely, the extremely awkward young woman, who has low self esteem, and speaks as if she is from the Elizabethan Era, because this makes her interesting (and again, even in this portrayal of a young woman, she has no substance or true character development.) It is incredibly relieving to see young women portrayed in fiction as complicated, round characters. Another beautiful aspect of The Dreaming Grove is that it is not, in general, centered around love and romance. Again, it seems that in much of recent fiction, female characters (whether the protagonist or not), are centered around love, finding love, and heartbreak. While there is an obvious chemistry between Meri and Callum, this is not the focus of the book. Whether or not Meri and Callum's relationship develops romantically in the sequel, Melton has already established his characters as true human beings. Human beings who are not constantly centered around romance. Romance is a significant and important part of the teenage years, but there is so much more to those years than hormones. Frankly, the world needs more YA novels like The Dreaming Grove, more novels that portray young adults as the intricate and complicated human beings they really are.
Melton has succeeded in creating the type of novel that every book-lover wishes for: a story you absolutely cannot put down. The Dreaming Grove is one of those incredible finds that if you begin reading when you crawl into bed, expect to be up until the early hours of the morning, until you turn the final page. Melton's book, without a doubt, makes it onto my top ten list. I am sure that this will be a novel I read until I know it by heart, and one I am hoping eventually gets the attention it deserves.
I will have to read it again incase I missed anything the first time read.
It is exciting , and makes you keep turning the pages , so to see what is happening next.
I would highly suggest reading this book. I can't wait for the next one to see what the girls experience next!!!
The Dreaming Grove definitely gets your imagination kicking into another gear. You build a relationship with the characters, feeling their happiness and fears. It leads you into an area that we have all thought about... just what if we could control our dreams...
The Dreaming Grove is a ride I'm glad I took, and am looking forward to knowing what happens next. While I may be Mr. Melton's brother, I am taking my spot in line, hopefully with the rest of you, as an avid and constant reader, ready for the next one.