Book Review: Sachael Dreams (18+)




Twenty-two-year-old Estelle Bailey has had enough of busy city-life and her hot-tempered ex. She escapes to the seclusion and peace of her family’s clifftop home in Ravenscar, where the soothing solitude whispers to her soul as strongly as the sea itself does. But her newfound contentment is interrupted when a mysterious man—a Sachael, master of seduction—joins her midnight swim unexpectedly.

Estelle struggles against his charm and the overpowering attraction she feels for him. He offers her a life she never could have imagined, a life beneath the waves . . . but at what cost? Before she can decide, she’s captured, ensnared by the Sect, a secret enemy of the Sachaels, becoming a pawn in a war she knew nothing about.
Now, she’s left with a new choice—escape the clutches of the Sect and flee into the ocean, or side with her alluring, intimidating captor and destroy the Sachaels forever. Can she turn her back on the man she might love, or will the secret of her heritage change everything?
Set against a picturesque backdrop, Sachael Dreams is the first in a new series, exploring themes of romance, love, and identity, and the struggle that happens when all three collide.

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Review

(18 and older recommended)

MINOR SPOILERS

I love the water so I'm always on the look out for a good "water-creature"-related read. I had always been drawn in to the idea of merpeople but I had never read something like what Ms. Winter's had written. I loved the idea of Sachaels. I did not know of them until I read this book. I like how the author took the idea of Sachaels and made it her own. Vicious when needed but mesmerizing. Just so you know, Sachaels are not synonymous with merpeople in this book.

I liked the characters, Estelle is a good protagonist, she makes mistakes but she learns from them. There are some moments where I want to bop her on the head but her actions are understandable. Considering her situation I'm glad she questions what people tell her but sometimes I'd wish she'd fight a little more but I suppose then the plot wouldn't move as much. Still she's someone I had no problem rooting for during the story but I never did know what else she liked to do beside draw and paint. I found it strange that she didn't try to find a trade or have a job besides selling her father's paintings. I guess I would have liked to see more about her in her everyday life prior to all the craziness.

I like the love interest as well, and for a Sachael, he's more of a gentleman than I thought he would be which I did not have a problem with but wondered where he learned it all from. I would have liked to learn more about where he came from but all that information is sparsely spread throughout the novel and we still only get glimpses. I'm not looking for an info dump but I kind of wish I got more information about his world and what's considered everyday life for him. 

Estelle's mother was odd and not too helpful. I don't like how parents hide important information from their children when they need to know that information only for it to pop up later to shake their world. It's just frustrating to read and I see it a lot in books so it's a bit of a pet peeve in books lately. Just a personal opinion. 

The author's writing is lovely and intricate. I had no problems imagining myself in the places she described although I've never been there. I could easily get lost in her writing but at the same time, I found myself slogging through looking for the good stuff. I felt like the writing kept me interested but I also wanted more action to propel me. I think the pacing could have been tighter and the stakes raised more. That's my only main complaint about the book. 

The ending is somewhat satisfying but I'd have liked to see more but it did tie up the main arc. I felt where it ended wasn't as complete as I would like but since I know there will be sequels after this book it had been purposely left open ended. There isn't really a cliffhanger at the end, the reader knows what will happen immediately at the end which will just continue the story. This is good and bad but personally I'd rather have a cliffhanger so it'd give me something to look forward or speculate about until the next book. That's just a personal opinion. Other people may enjoy a more open ended conclusion like this so it depends what you like.

The pace is slower than I would have liked for the novel but I found myself caring what happened to the characters. That is what pushed me to keep reading and to find more information about life under the water. If you enjoy slow romance, drama, and water-related mythical creatures, you can't go wrong with this read!


3.5 out of 5 rating for me!

(A copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

About Melody Winter:
Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in Finance. Melody is convinced the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream wolds and write about the illusory characters in her head.
Melody Winter lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the beach. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures. In fact, if she wasn’t such a terrible swimmer, she’d say she was a mermaid.
Sachael Dreams is her debut novel, and the first in her New Adult Romantic Fantasy series—the ‘Mine Series’.
You can view more of Melody Winter on her website, Twitter or Facebook.

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