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Dreams of Song Times
Expected Publication Date: September 23, 2022
Genre: Sapphic Fantasy/ Mermaids
When sixteen-year-old Ell Gossamer’s two mothers mysteriously disappear, the teen human-mermaid hybrid quickly flees home with little more than a mysterious family keepsake, a book called “Dreams of Song Times.” Ell will learn astonishing secrets about her past—but only after endangering her life to save others. Standalone fantasy/LGBTQ+ fiction.
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I haven’t read a lot of mermaid fiction, so when the opportunity to read Dreams of Song Times came up, I was all for it. A bonus was that it was LGBTQ+ fiction, which I am trying to read more of.
Amy L. Bernstein creates a compelling world where mermaids are real. What impressed me the most was how real they felt. As I read, I became lost in the story, and almost forgot that I was reading a piece of fiction about mermaids. This author’s talent shines in this and I will certainly be looking for more from her.
I really enjoyed Ell. She is a well-rounded characters and the mystery around her past is done very well. This is truly a character-driven novel, which is what I enjoy the most. I loved following Ell on her journey and I was sad when the book came to an end. Though, I am a fan of standalone fantasy–I’m still sad!
Overall, Dreams of Song Times was a fantastic book that I’m glad I had the chance to read. I would definitely recommend it to mermaid fantasy fans.
Thank you to R&R Book Tours and the author for the review copy. All opinions are my own.
I sped away on Zif, imagining Angel watching until I was out of sight. I did not get far, however, before my body started shaking uncontrollably, Zif began weaving over the center line, and my vision blurred. I had to stop. Trembling, my breath coming in shallow gasps, I cut the engine and rolled Zif into a patch of woods that I hoped would shield me from the road.
In the gray light of a cold dawn, I sat down on wet leaves, drew up my knees, and hugged myself as tightly as I could. The shaking grew worse. I felt the oxygen mask clamped on my face, reliving every moment of paralysis that put me right on the line between life and death.
I vomited onto the forest floor, then closed my eyes and tried to regulate my breathing. I saw myself hovering above my body splayed on the bed in the shack, unable to move, utterly helpless. The urge to lie down on the cold ground and fall sleep nearly overtook me, as shock worked me over. Though seated, I felt my body begin to sway.
I could have died.
Amy L. Bernstein writes for the page, the stage, and forms in between. Her literary preoccupations include rooting for the underdog and putting ordinary people in difficult situations to see how they wriggle out. Amy is an award-winning journalist and speechwriter as well as a playwright. When she’s not glued to her computer, she loves listening to jazz and classical music, drinking wine with friends, and prowling around Baltimore’s glorious waterfront.
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