As a teacher, I struggle to get my students to read sometimes. They hate taking the time to sit down and read a book (because Netflix and AMAZON PRIME are much better ways to use their time, apparently).
Understanding it for what it is (a lack of discipline and interest), one of the things I’ve been trying to encourage is the idea of shorter novels and short stories. So in this review, I’ve decided to do likewise with Ariel’s Dream by Tahlia Newland.
As with my previous review of A Dodge, A Twist, and a Tobacconist, this is story of a steampunk genre, and it’s perfect for teenagers.
The story is part of Newland’s Diamond Peak book series. The events in the story tell of a premonition, a dream, which a girl named Ariel, which happen before the other events in The Diamond Peak Book Series.
The story starts out with Ariel trapped in some kind of cellar, uncertain of anything but time passing. When she emerges from her dream, Ariel has a hard time shaking off the feeling that someone is following her. She meets with friends at the mall, running into an adversary from her fencing class. She later agrees to fight him as a challenge, as her strange, shadow abilities make their appearance.
Best Reasons To Buy:
- It’s Free. Free!
- It’s short. You can read it in less than an hour of uninterrupted time.
- It’s just the beginning of a promising series. There are four books in the series from Tahlia Newland, and all of them look promising and hold similar themes – on growing up, facing fears and challenges, and being caught up in a battle between shadow and light – and further develop characters. Take a look for yourself:
Are any other reasons needed?