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.
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 worlds 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’.
She’s simply fabulous, so go say hi!
I was given a copy to read and review! LUCKY ME! And even though I don’t read romance…
I said YES! Hello… fantasy people. Sachaels. How can I not read it?
And now onto my thoughts…
I give this book four stars.
We begin with a prologue. Lilith. Some people don’t like prologues, but this one was perfect. Her story stays with us after we move on… to Estelle. What happened to Lilith… will it happen to Estelle?
That kept me reading, the mystery, the questions.
For it starts with a shell. And continues with a voice, one that haunts Estelle’s dreams. Azariah. But who is this stranger? Can we trust him?
Azariah, a sachael, a creature from the sea, seems very nice. A little too nice for me, but Estelle begins to fall for him. In the end, this is a romance, kids. I am not a big fan of romance. The first half of the book did, I admit, have me rolling my eyes at all the so much in love parts, the so happy parts, the sappy stuff, the I-want-him-SO-MUCH-but-I-just-don’t-know parts.
So, you kept reading, Kathy? You might ask? Well… that prologue… it stuck with me, making me wonder, question. And Sachaels. Fantasy.
And the entire book is extremely well-written, descriptions, emotions… everything. And the characters…
I like Estelle, there is something to this girl. And the mystery of her family is fascinating.
Azariah bores me a bit, falling a little flat, BUT he is not just some flirty fish-man, he has hidden sides, I glimpsed them.
Michael is a nice guy, just mixed up with the bad crowd.
Which brings us to Orontes… who is awesome. Sure he’s bad, but so powerful, and knows what he wants. Bad boys for the win!
Seriously, people, after reading this, pick your favorite guy, and tweet the author @MelodyWinter with your choice.
#teamOrontes? – pick this one! (picture… THOR… enough said)
Yes, there are teams. No, I do not think we will have to meet on the battlefield… at least, not yet.
Anyway, I’m getting distracted by the men.
Last but not least the setting. Ravenscar is a character in itself. And someday, I’m going, cause it’s real and sounds like heaven!
Once the story gets going, and it does, the action pulled me right along. The mysteries kept my mind spinning with ideas. The answers satisfied and intrigued me. And the ending put a smile on my face, even though a battle would have been very cool. (I expect a big fight later in the series… yup)
But the story isn’t finished. Will I, the non-romance reader, read the rest of the series? Yup.
For one, I need to see the underwater world! NEED! This is what I live for… fantasy!
Two, I want to know the other sides of Azariah, looking forward to him developing.
Three, I want to meet Lilith (she’s still around!), to see how she has been affected by her past.
Four, the mystery of Estelle. HOW… WHY DOES SHE EXIST?
Five, Orontes… I like him. There must be a bit more to his story. Right, Melody?
Anywho… I shall move on with my day and read a horror book. Happy reading, everyone!