Dreams or Reality? Review by Rox Burkey
Author Yvette M. Calleiro provides the first of the Chronicles of the Diasodz with The One Discovered. The story focuses on Sofia, a young girl, soon to be a woman, at 17. Sofia is at the age where love seen in her dreams suddenly becomes her reality when the young man appears in school.
Ar’ch (pronounced R-rick) overwhelms her by sharing how special she is, a savior of a parallel universe. Angel, Ar’ch’s brother, also attends Sofia’s school. Sofia’s boyfriend Rafe, is in the dark about the young man Ar’ch being in her dream. When Rafe and Ar’ch become friends, the situation is a bit more complicated. Ar’ch and Angel are both making the argument for Sofia to join them in the parallel universe. Their claims are not only convincing but very seductive for this young woman.
A critical aspect for me, highlighted early on is Sofia’s relationship with her mother. Early exchanges suggested her mother knows more than she is revealing to Sofia.
“How was your day, sweetheart?” her mom asked from the doorway.
“Same old thing, different day. I fell asleep at the willow, so I’m running late.”
She hesitated in sharing her dream with her mom. Usually, she told her everything. As a young child, her mom ingrained in her that family did not keep secrets from each other. Lately, however, her mom had seemed a little distant, almost as if her mind was over-occupied. Even now, standing in the doorway, she looked exhausted.
Sofia increasingly felt as if her mother was keeping secrets. On several occasions, she almost asked her, but she feared her mom would say she was sick with cancer or something equally as horrible. She couldn’t handle that kind of news, so she stayed quiet. She figured no news was good news.”
The dynamics between the characters keeps the reader engaged. The multiple twists and turns will captivate young adults, keeping them engaged. The suspense aspects helped accentuate questions unresolved until the end, such as: How would she get to this parallel universe? Is Sofia the Savior? What would happen to Rafe? What is her mother’s role in the parallel worlds?
This tale is a delectable mixture of good versus evil, jealously, mystery, trust, love, and magic that will hit on all cylinders with young adults. I found this a delightful, well-crafted fantasy trip to somewhere that may be more than dreams. I recommend this book, and I look forward to reading the rest in the series. This tale is a delectable mixture of good versus evil, jealously, mystery, trust, love, and magic that will hit on all cylinders with young adults. I found this a delightful, well-crafted fantasy trip to somewhere that may be more than dreams. I recommend this book, and I look forward to reading the rest in the series.
About the Author
Yvette M. Calleiro is a
heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels. She spends most
of her time pseudo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and
boyfriends). She’s also been known to ride the stationary bike at her gym for
hours while reading anything from paranormal to fantasy to suspenseful
When she’s living among real people, Yvette M. Calleiro is a middle school Reading and Language Arts teacher. She’s been sharing her love of literature with her students for over twenty years. Besides writing about the various characters that whisper (and sometimes scream) in her head, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.
Yvette lives in Miami, Florida, with her beautiful son who enjoys paranormal and adventurous stories as well. She also shares her space with an assortment of crazy saltwater animals in her 300-gallon tank.
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