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Love Squared: A Review of Dani Hart’s “Arie Chronicles: Dreams”

Goodreads.com Description: “A Young Adult Fantasy Novel (book 2) Being forced into a fantastical world was never in Arie’s life plan, yet she quickly fell in love with the world of enchantment. Her determination was to create a life for her newfound little sister, Amary, that was full of hope, tranquility, and love. While losing her best friends during the transition into her new life wasn’t easy, Arie now understood it to be a necessary sacrifice to ensure the safety of Amary and the natural balance of light and dark. In this journey riddled with power, discovery, and mystery, there was also the threat of destruction. Was Arie’s love enough to protect those she cared for? Or would the price to save the balance of the two worlds she loved come at too high a price?”

About the Author:

“I’m a…
Mom
Firefighter Wife
Sister
Sister-In-Law
Daughter
Aunt
Friend
Multi-genre Writer
Reader
and so many other ordinary things.
I love my life and am so grateful for all of the support. I have the courage to live a dream. xo Dani Hart”

My Review:

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Dani Hart continued her contemporary fairy tale with The Arie Chronicles: Dreams.  It was better than the first book. The magic was still there along with the concept of good vs. evil. Hart even introduced a godmother in the last half of the story. Thankfully, Arie is no longer the sorrowful teen constantly reflecting on her mother’s demise. Now that she is more involved with the world around her, Arie is a much more likable character. She spends a good portion of this installment discovering her special gift and she even gets a prize out of the deal.

My favorite character in this installment was Amary. She was delightful and wise beyond her years. Amary was the perfect balance to Arie.

Another interesting character was Heath. He filled the exact same role as River. Instead of Hart presenting the standard Love Triangle, readers got a Love Square. Arie would have been the envy of any girl. She had three different guys in love with her and she had feelings for each of them. It made for some strained relationships to say the least. But, what’s a fantasy without a little chaos?

So far, character development is Hart’s greatest strength. Each character is complete. Their motivations are clearly explained. She does a wonderful job exploring what makes individuals tick. In Dreams each character acts out of love. It’s the same premise as in Reality but this time Hart expands the concept to include Pyrrhus and his mother. Both of them were rejected. Both of them chose darkness.

I assumed Arie’s story would end with Dreams. There were no loose ends. Arie appeared to get her happily ever after. And, then, Hart threw in a hook. The story isn’t quite over with, but isn’t that the nature of fairy tales? 

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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