In An Absent Dream Review

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Paperback ARC, 203 Pages
Fantasy/ YA/ Novella
By: Seanan McGuire
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

β€œEnjoy yourself. There are many good things in the world, and each of them happens for the first time only once, and never again.”

🌟 This is the 4th Novella in the Wayward Children series and it is still getting better. I think this is the one that spoke to me most and I will mention why later.

🌟 I am so picky when it comes to books and I try to choose books that I am sure I will like. That is one of the reasons that makes me like the writing style of most of the books I read and although there is a variability between the writing styles, there are always things that come and surprise you as this one did. I did not know that I missed the writing style so much until I read this! Seanan McGuire has such a beautiful & poetic prose!

🌟 The Characters were great and there is always a theme the book is discussing. This was the story of Lundy who we met in the first book. The book involved Gender roles and the parental roles in life. Then there were the sacrifices that we make in order to reach a certain thing in life we want. Lundy was well written and I can’t wait to see how her story will continue.

🌟 The Pacing in these books is just right! It is not too fast or slow, it is so appropriate for a novella of this kind.

🌟 The plot was maybe my favorite for a personal reason, I usually refrain from including those in my reviews but I have to explain this time. I feel like we all live in our own Goblin Markets and we struggle to choose things sometimes. As a medicine student who is graduating soon, I have a choice to stay as a GP or to travel abroad and get a specialty. I am leaning toward the later but the “Fair Value” that the book mentioned is what’s making me hesitant. Maybe I am overseeing things and I am just consumed by that thought that I saw it in this book or maybe we all have things that we try to wight the “Fair value” of. That’s why this plot was my favorite in the series so far!

🌟 Summary: In an Absent Dream was as good as the rest of the series, If you liked them then there are high chances you will like this one too. The writing was so good and the experience was satisfying. If you are looking for something deep, well written and fast-to-read then I highly recommend this series.

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