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A sibling rivalry to fuel your worst nightmares. The dysfunctional triplet gods of Sleep, Dreams and Nightmares are kept separate by the deadly Gates of Horn and Ivory. Only one fact keeps them tightly bound: each of them is a suspect in their mother’s murder. Their knife-edge feud worsens when a mortal enters the world with astounding abilities that threaten to change the A sibling rivalry to fuel your worst nightmares. The dysfunctional triplet gods of Sleep, Dreams and Nightmares are kept separate by the deadly Gates of Horn and Ivory. Only one fact keeps them tightly bound: each of them is a suspect in their mother’s murder. Their knife-edge feud worsens when a mortal enters the world with astounding abilities that threaten to change the game for them all. In this thrilling young adult fantasy, Ashaye Brown brings to life a visionary world infused with Kenyan, Brazilian, Caribbean, and Grecian cultural references. A story like no other with stakes as high as they come.


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A sibling rivalry to fuel your worst nightmares. The dysfunctional triplet gods of Sleep, Dreams and Nightmares are kept separate by the deadly Gates of Horn and Ivory. Only one fact keeps them tightly bound: each of them is a suspect in their mother’s murder. Their knife-edge feud worsens when a mortal enters the world with astounding abilities that threaten to change the A sibling rivalry to fuel your worst nightmares. The dysfunctional triplet gods of Sleep, Dreams and Nightmares are kept separate by the deadly Gates of Horn and Ivory. Only one fact keeps them tightly bound: each of them is a suspect in their mother’s murder. Their knife-edge feud worsens when a mortal enters the world with astounding abilities that threaten to change the game for them all. In this thrilling young adult fantasy, Ashaye Brown brings to life a visionary world infused with Kenyan, Brazilian, Caribbean, and Grecian cultural references. A story like no other with stakes as high as they come.

30 review for Dream Country

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becca & The Books

    A Sibling Rivalry To Fuel Your Worst Nightmares Dream Country is an atmospheric, absorbing YA Fantasy debut that is steeped in Kenyan, Brazilian, Caribbean & Grecian Mythology. We follow the triplet gods of Sleep, Dreams & Nightmares who lived together in the realm of the Gods until their mother was murdered & they found themselves suspects. Now they each rule over their own realms, with gates of horn and ivory keeping them separated, but their peaceful truce may be about to come to an end when t A Sibling Rivalry To Fuel Your Worst Nightmares Dream Country is an atmospheric, absorbing YA Fantasy debut that is steeped in Kenyan, Brazilian, Caribbean & Grecian Mythology. We follow the triplet gods of Sleep, Dreams & Nightmares who lived together in the realm of the Gods until their mother was murdered & they found themselves suspects. Now they each rule over their own realms, with gates of horn and ivory keeping them separated, but their peaceful truce may be about to come to an end when the God of Sleep stumbles across a newborn baby whose cry has the power to rattle the gates that keep them separated. The writing and atmosphere in this book is phenomenal! I loved learning about the Gods, their realms and powers as well as slowly exploring their relationships to each other as they each crept closer to the truth of what happened to their mother all those years ago. I found the story to be engaging and loved the air of mystery surrounding each of the triplets. I also liked how distinct each of their realms were and how that reflected themselves as characters. Would recommend this one if you like atmospheric stories steeped in mythology and lore.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    Happy Publication Day! Wow! I love reading something so new it's unlike anything I've read before. Three siblings vie for their godhoods in the lingering aftermath of their mother's murder in a mythological tale like the classics... Bring it on!! Concept: ★★★★★ Characters: ★★★★ Plot/Pacing: ★★★ 1/2 Enjoyment: ★★★★ First off, a moment of silence for future YA fantasies that I'll have to read following this book. They have big shoes to fill, as my expectations have been raised. Dream Country brings somet Happy Publication Day! Wow! I love reading something so new it's unlike anything I've read before. Three siblings vie for their godhoods in the lingering aftermath of their mother's murder in a mythological tale like the classics... Bring it on!! Concept: ★★★★★ Characters: ★★★★ Plot/Pacing: ★★★ 1/2 Enjoyment: ★★★★ First off, a moment of silence for future YA fantasies that I'll have to read following this book. They have big shoes to fill, as my expectations have been raised. Dream Country brings something new to the realm of YA literature—and I am here for it. The siblings of Dream, Nightmares, and Sleep have existed in separate realms for six years, ever since the murder of their mother, Night. The triplets were never charged with Night's murder, but the blood on their bodies and the lack of truth following the incident tarnished the legacies of all three children and they've been battling it ever since. Now it's six years later, and the triplets are about to experience another upset: their realms are in trouble. For years, the three realms of Dreams, Nightmares, and Sleep have been separated by an ornate Gate/Wall composed of Ivory and Horn. Dream can touch Ivory but not Horn, Nightmares can touch Horn but not Ivory, and Sleep can touch neither. So they remain separate, with their Minor gods living in the three realms alongside them. Then the Gates come down. And things will never be the same for these long-estranged siblings. My thoughts: Like I mentioned right off the bat, this debut sparkles with newness. From its focus on godhood and realms to its mythology-inspired storytelling and writing, Dream Country is unlike the rest of the genre. On some level, it made it harder to get into as it was so different, so "off" from the rest that I struggled to engage with its method of storytelling for the first third. However, once you get into the story and get on board with the writing style, the tale sings. I loved spending times with these archetypal siblings. Its a story that doesn't bring too many surprises or twists, but it does deliver on worthwhile emotions and beautiful, lyrical imagery. Looking forward to more from this author. She has a talent for a new perspective. Thank you to Onwe Press for my copy in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Instagram

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brittany (whatbritreads)

    Ok where is my sequel??? You absolutely CANNOT leave me in suspense like that. Please, I have a million questions and I need some answers. This is a sibling rivalry, morally grey character paradise. I really enjoyed this book and was so pleasantly surprised how easily it was to immerse yourself in the world. It’s fantasy for those who feel intimidated by fantasy - it gently coaxes you in and doesn’t info dump. There's also an amazing element on mystery and interesting lore. The characters are rea Ok where is my sequel??? You absolutely CANNOT leave me in suspense like that. Please, I have a million questions and I need some answers. This is a sibling rivalry, morally grey character paradise. I really enjoyed this book and was so pleasantly surprised how easily it was to immerse yourself in the world. It’s fantasy for those who feel intimidated by fantasy - it gently coaxes you in and doesn’t info dump. There's also an amazing element on mystery and interesting lore. The characters are really well written and intriguing, it was one of those books I really looked forward to picking up. It was really well written and the description throughout was beautiful. I loved the world building and the elements of religion and mythology peppered throughout. Though it’s 400 pages I ended up flying through it. It was just so wonderfully done. If this premise intrigues you - pick it up. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    While I really enjoy YA fantasy, I often find myself let down a little because a lot of books feel very similar to each other. Not Dream Country, though. This book is unlike anything I've read before. It has a unique blend of influences: Kenyan, Brazilian, Caribbean, and Grecian references, and that really shone through in the book, which is one of the main reasons it stood out to me. The sibling relationship/rivalry was especially interesting and I especially liked Theo as a main character. It o While I really enjoy YA fantasy, I often find myself let down a little because a lot of books feel very similar to each other. Not Dream Country, though. This book is unlike anything I've read before. It has a unique blend of influences: Kenyan, Brazilian, Caribbean, and Grecian references, and that really shone through in the book, which is one of the main reasons it stood out to me. The sibling relationship/rivalry was especially interesting and I especially liked Theo as a main character. It often takes me some time to adjust to the setting of a fantasy book, but this one pulled me in right away. I found the mythology and the world building especially intriguing, and I honestly flew through this, wanting to find out more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meagan Durham

    This book was EVERYTHING. From the imagery, setting, lore, cultures, I loved it ALL. The realms for the gods/goddesses was so unique and beautifully done that I wanted to explore every area in their domains. The way the gods themselves are set up with Major/Minors/etc was so different than what I've ever read and I really loved diving into all of these characters. The way that Sleep/Dreams and Nightmares were connected was lush and SO INTRIGUING. Throw in a mortal, some chaos and a murder and th This book was EVERYTHING. From the imagery, setting, lore, cultures, I loved it ALL. The realms for the gods/goddesses was so unique and beautifully done that I wanted to explore every area in their domains. The way the gods themselves are set up with Major/Minors/etc was so different than what I've ever read and I really loved diving into all of these characters. The way that Sleep/Dreams and Nightmares were connected was lush and SO INTRIGUING. Throw in a mortal, some chaos and a murder and this book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. So very different than the normal books I have picked up for myself and I 100% do not regret discovering this gem.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    2.5 stars rounded up Dream Country is a promising debut with a lot of interesting ideas, although there were a few things that didn't work as well for me. This YA fantasy blends mythology from several parts of the world into a story about three triplet gods (of sleep, dreams, and nightmares) who have been implicated in the death of their mother and do not trust each other. While it takes a little while to get into what's happening, the world is rich with detail and imagination. The characters beg 2.5 stars rounded up Dream Country is a promising debut with a lot of interesting ideas, although there were a few things that didn't work as well for me. This YA fantasy blends mythology from several parts of the world into a story about three triplet gods (of sleep, dreams, and nightmares) who have been implicated in the death of their mother and do not trust each other. While it takes a little while to get into what's happening, the world is rich with detail and imagination. The characters begin to come to life and I was invested in their story. In some ways a driver of the plot is who really murdered their mother, which is intriguing, but that question is actually not answered in book 1, which I found to be frustrating given the length of the book. It makes for an ending that isn't as satisfying as I hoped. But I had a couple other issues with this book as well. Central to the plot is this newborn baby brought for reasons to the realm of the gods. As a parent, the treatment of this child and lack of care often taken for his safety stressed me the hell out. So if you get anxiety about infants being neglected, I would not recommend this one. But the other thing is his mother shows up a couple of times, has sacrificed for her child, ends up entrapped by sex traffickers (and the way sex trafficking is handled is a whole other thing we will get to), but is ultimately treated as a throwaway character with no care given to her well-being or whether she consents to have her newborn son taken from her. I was really bothered by that entire narrative. And the sex trafficking seems to show up more for shock value I guess, because it's never really addressed or thoroughly handled, which feels irresponsible to me, especially in a YA book. So while there were a lot of interesting, compelling pieces to this story, those things really detracted from the experience for me. I think it could have been handled much better. Also the more I think about it, the less happy I am with the direction the plot took toward the end in handling some of the characters. It's spoilery so I don't want to get into details, but suffice to say I have complicated feelings about characters depicted as being "born evil". This is an ambitious first book and I appreciate the weaving together of mythology with interesting characters, but there were details that could have used more polishing. I received an advance copy of this book for review from the publisher. All opinions are my own. Do be aware that this has a lot of other content warnings as well including murder, discussions of suicide, death, gore, violence toward animals.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandra (drawingandreading)

    If you had asked me before I was reading this book which of the three realms - Sleep, Dreams, and Nightmares - I would want to spend time in, I wouldn't have hesitated to answer the one of Dreams! But the deeper I dived into Dream Country, the more I found myself questioning my own answer, questioning the fine line between a Dream and a Nightmare, and the more entranced with the concept of these three. Dream Country follows the triplet gods of Sleep (Theo), Dreams (Fanta), and Nightmares (Tores) If you had asked me before I was reading this book which of the three realms - Sleep, Dreams, and Nightmares - I would want to spend time in, I wouldn't have hesitated to answer the one of Dreams! But the deeper I dived into Dream Country, the more I found myself questioning my own answer, questioning the fine line between a Dream and a Nightmare, and the more entranced with the concept of these three. Dream Country follows the triplet gods of Sleep (Theo), Dreams (Fanta), and Nightmares (Tores) who have been seperated from each other by the Gates of Horn and Ivory ever since the murder of their mother. Each of them being a suspect in the murder, they have come to feel distrust for each other. Until one day, one mortal seems to have the power to destroy the gates and change their worlds. This book was a ride, everyone! From the very beginning, I was lured into this world, curious about the mysterious death of the All-Mother, and found myself desperately wanting to know all the answers. We get to meet the worlds of the mortals, Pangaea, the realm of Sleep, Zion, the world of Nightmares, Os Pesadelos, and Dream Country. Each one of them captivated me with their own atmosphere, different magic, and fascinating culture. I loved to see how each realm was not only connected to their god or goddess, but also to each other. I loved to discover their customs, the landscapes, the way of life in the realms, and to find out what minor gods chose to live in which realm. And in the middle of this amazing world, we have our triplets. Seperated for years. Each dealing with their own realm, their own struggles, and the same question of who is the murderer of their mother. I loved the dynamic between Theo, Fanta, and Tores, and to see how their personalities are connected to their powers and realms, but also how flawed they were. Because the narration follows the perspective of Theo and Tores, it took me longer to warm up to Fanta than to the other two gods. Despite the fact, that the story focuses heavily on the three siblings, I enjoyed that we also got to meet other characters, and the role they play in the gods' lives. Especially Iara became a favorite of mine. Even though the worldbuilding is broad and in times complex, the story progresses in a fast pace, only slowing down when we learn more of the world and its characters, especially during the middle of the book. What I truly appreciated was the writing of Ashaye Brown, and the beautiful descriptive language that introduced us to the world and religion of the Majority. Particularly the excerpts of the Holy Theologos, the scripts of the religion, were beautifully written, and helped me get transported even deeper into the celestial world, adding a depth to the story, that feels like this is, in fact, a mythological lore of its own. The reason why I have settled for a four-stars-rating is that I found some answers came too easily to the protagonists. As this world seems to be filled with more mysteries than just the murder of the All-Mother, I wished that they could have stumbled upon a few answers instead of being oblivious to some solution until it became handy for the storyline. Overall, this is an amazing read with an unique worldbuilding inspired by Kenyan, Brazilian, Caribbean, and Greek mythology and culture that just waits to entrance you. Thank you to OnWe Publishing for sending me an ARC in exchange of an honest review!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Blackwood

    Hey friends, wanna take a sibling rivalry and dial it up to 11? And frame it all with some intricate mythology and a dash of murder mystery? WELL let me tell you all about the wild ride that Dream Country by Ashaye Brown just took me on! The book centers around three Major gods -- Theo the god of sleep, Fanta the goddess of dreams, and Tores the god of nightmares. I loved all three of these characters for their complex and deeply flawed natures. Theo is a soft bean who needs to believe in himself Hey friends, wanna take a sibling rivalry and dial it up to 11? And frame it all with some intricate mythology and a dash of murder mystery? WELL let me tell you all about the wild ride that Dream Country by Ashaye Brown just took me on! The book centers around three Major gods -- Theo the god of sleep, Fanta the goddess of dreams, and Tores the god of nightmares. I loved all three of these characters for their complex and deeply flawed natures. Theo is a soft bean who needs to believe in himself. Fanta is generally distrustful of everyone, which manifests in her being delightfully mean sometimes. And Tores. Oh, my misunderstood, misguided Tores. I can't say too much about him cause of spoilers, but suffice to say he was my favorite character by sheer virtue of being A Complete Disaster. If you like complex morally gray characters, this is definitely a book you should pick up! Gotta be honest, I usually have a hard time getting into high fantasy because of the intense worldbuilding. But not only did Ashaye Brown do a GREAT job of weaving the information in as needed, the writing was super smooth and kept me whizzing through the pages. If anything, I might have liked a little *more* description of the different realms, but honestly I'm here for the story and not the pretty word pictures so it wasn't a big deal to me. The ending of this book pretty clearly sets it up for a sequel, and honestly I can't even be mad at the cliffhanger because it was done REALLY well. There's a twist at the end that had been hinted at throughout the story, so when it came I was both mind-blown and felt very clever for having kind of seen it coming. Basically, I NEED the second book NOW!

  9. 5 out of 5

    anna ✩

    4 stars! I want to start off by saying that this book gave me a completely out of body experience whilst reading it. It was just so easy to get into the words and characters and world and forget where I was for however long I was reading for. The writing style is almost hypnotic and whimsical and it was incredible. Dream Country follows the triplet Gods of Sleep, Dreams and Nightmares as chaotic things start to happen in their realms. Years ago, their mother died and the only thing each of them 4 stars! I want to start off by saying that this book gave me a completely out of body experience whilst reading it. It was just so easy to get into the words and characters and world and forget where I was for however long I was reading for. The writing style is almost hypnotic and whimsical and it was incredible. Dream Country follows the triplet Gods of Sleep, Dreams and Nightmares as chaotic things start to happen in their realms. Years ago, their mother died and the only thing each of them knows about that day is that they all suspect each other of killing her. This book is rich with multiple cultural references, my personal favourite being the use of the Portuguese language. The concept is unique and will keep you glued to the book from the very first page. It is innovative and enthralling and unlike anything I’ve read before. This would have been a 5 star read for me had it not been for the ending. To me it felt abrupt and slightly confusing, although I understand that is most likely part of the appeal and structure of the book. I wish some things had been explained a little better and perhaps not rushed so much. Overall, this was an incredible book rich with multicultural references, appealing characters and a unique storyline concept. Thank you so much to the publisher Onwe for providing me with an arc.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Azrah

    [This review can also be found on my BLOG] **I was provided with an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review* CW: violence, murder, blood, gore, death, animal death, mentions of sex trafficking, kidnapping/abduction, birth/childbearing I love a story that involves mythology and this is one unique and highly enjoyable tale. With influences from Brazillian, Caribbean, Greecian and Kenyan myths and folklore, Dream Country centres around triplet deities - Fanta the Goddess of Dreams, T [This review can also be found on my BLOG] **I was provided with an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review* CW: violence, murder, blood, gore, death, animal death, mentions of sex trafficking, kidnapping/abduction, birth/childbearing I love a story that involves mythology and this is one unique and highly enjoyable tale. With influences from Brazillian, Caribbean, Greecian and Kenyan myths and folklore, Dream Country centres around triplet deities - Fanta the Goddess of Dreams, Torres the God of Nightmares and Theo the God of Sleep. Each being a suspect in the murder of the All-Mother they reside in their own celestial realms, separated by the Gates of Horn and Ivory - which is in some way fatal to each of them but also keeps them safe from one another. Their relationship is conflicting and full of pent up mistrust, but when the arrival of a particular mortal threatens the gates and their realms, they are forced to confront each other in order to avert the crisis. This is a book that will draw you in with its magic and myths and keep you entranced with its whispers of a mystery. The swift pacing and Brown’s absorbing writing eases you into the story as though slipping you into a dream (no pun intended). The similarity in characters and atmosphere did initially give me vibes of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comics, but Dream Country is something totally fresh and new. The world-building has a simplicity to it but is also beautifully detailed, the ambience and cultures for each of the realms being delightfully distinct. I kind of want to close my eyes right now and try to get a glimpse of Zion, Dream Country and yes even The Mountains myself because the imagery had me in a state of awe. Though I’ve got to say the characters were what intrigued me the most, from the 3 siblings to the various minor Gods/Goddesses of the realms, to the mortals living and dead who passed through. Fanta, Torres and Theo were all beautifully morally complex characters and their clashing personalities and relationships were really fascinating to experience. I loved that we also got to explore part of the corporeal world and were introduced to the religion that follows the deities - the Majority. The handful of excerpts from the holy book, The Holy Theologos, that were slipped in throughout the book were really clever, both giving an insight into the background of the lore as well as helping to shape the story going forward. I did find myself getting worried as I was reaching the end because of how little of the book was left and I believe this is a standalone? The story was at its climax, there were things still left unanswered and at first it all felt quite abrupt. However, the more that I think on it the more I appreciate that it’s one of those Inception type endings and I found it quite fitting. All in all this is a standout debut that will leave you wanting more by the time you reach the final page and I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Brown in the future. Final Rating - 4/5 Stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Celina

    This was an absolute dream to read. I am impressed and obsessed with Brown’s debut novel Dream Country! It was such a fresh take on young adult novels and mythology. What I adored about this was how sophisticated and beautiful the writing was while also being fast paced and easy to follow. I am a huge fan of Madeline Miller, but a common thing I hear about her work is how literary it is and a bit tough to follow at times. I feel if you are trying to get into literary fantasy focusing on mytholog This was an absolute dream to read. I am impressed and obsessed with Brown’s debut novel Dream Country! It was such a fresh take on young adult novels and mythology. What I adored about this was how sophisticated and beautiful the writing was while also being fast paced and easy to follow. I am a huge fan of Madeline Miller, but a common thing I hear about her work is how literary it is and a bit tough to follow at times. I feel if you are trying to get into literary fantasy focusing on mythology, Dream Country is the most refreshing and perfect place to start. The novel is heavily inspired by Greek, Kenyan, Jamaican and Afro-Brazilian myth and culture. You can learn more about this and the author, Ashaye Brown, in this interview she did with Mary from Bookstore Vibe Blog! I enjoyed learning a little about these cultures in such a rich and beautiful way. Another aspect I loved was how this was focused on family instead of romance, unlike most young adult novels these days. Don’t get me wrong, I love a spicy romance, but this was a nice change and it really kept me invested in the plot. We follow Theo; God of Sleep, Torres; God of Nightmares, and Fanta; God of Dreams. All of their realms are separated by the deadly Gates of Horn and Ivory. Fanta is immune to Ivory and Torres is immune to Horn. Theo is immune to neither. Thirteen divine years ago, their mother was murdered by one of the siblings. Every year on their birthday (several centuries in mortal time), there is a week long event called the Oracle where they can come to the mortal land for five days to sleep while the country of Pangaea are deprived in order to relieve their gods of their duties. This is the only time the siblings can see each other. The novel is at the start of the sibling’s nineteenth birthday where a mortal baby disrupts all the realms. This forces the gods to work together during the Oracle to save their realms and find out the truth about what happened to their mother. Like I said, this book is fast paced, but the world building is so rich. I loved learning about every realm and the mythology. The ending had me on the edge of my seat and I am relieved to know there are two more books coming. Unfortunately, I now have to wait. Maybe I can sleep until then.. Be sure to take this fun quiz to find out which realm you belong in! Thank you to Onwe for the arc! This title will be released April 27, 2021.

  12. 4 out of 5

    emma (pagesofachilles)

    3.5 stars This was so much fun to read! I absolutely adored the mythology and lore, I would easily read an entire book from Brown about specific legends and stories. I also enjoyed the characters too, the writing and atmosphere came together to make a enjoyable read. I did find myself a little confused at certain points, and it seemed as if the story took a little while to gain traction and get exciting. But that’s more of a personal preference, not necessarily a reflection on the quality of the b 3.5 stars This was so much fun to read! I absolutely adored the mythology and lore, I would easily read an entire book from Brown about specific legends and stories. I also enjoyed the characters too, the writing and atmosphere came together to make a enjoyable read. I did find myself a little confused at certain points, and it seemed as if the story took a little while to gain traction and get exciting. But that’s more of a personal preference, not necessarily a reflection on the quality of the book itself. Overall, for fans of mythology but who want something other than the same Greek myths, I would recommend this one! The writing was refreshing, as is a story that follows new characters and lore. Thank you to the publishers for kindly sending me an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy's Book Nook

    Blog Post: https://amysbooknook.co.uk/2021/04/19... “I guess what we’re afraid of doesn’t have to make sense.” – Ashaye Brown, Dream Country Dream Country follows the story of the triplet Gods of Dreams (Fanta), Sleep (Theo), and Nightmares (Torres). In their celestial home, far above the mortal realm of Pangaea, the land of these major gods have been split and divided into three contrasting regions, separated by a huge wall of Bone and Ivory. This divide was triggered by the untimely and suspiciou Blog Post: https://amysbooknook.co.uk/2021/04/19... “I guess what we’re afraid of doesn’t have to make sense.” – Ashaye Brown, Dream Country Dream Country follows the story of the triplet Gods of Dreams (Fanta), Sleep (Theo), and Nightmares (Torres). In their celestial home, far above the mortal realm of Pangaea, the land of these major gods have been split and divided into three contrasting regions, separated by a huge wall of Bone and Ivory. This divide was triggered by the untimely and suspicious death of their mother, the God of Night. With the siblings separated and under suspicion by the minor gods that inhabit their lands, trust is scarce between the trio, and when a young mortal is thrown into the celestial world, causing the paths of the three major gods to interweave once again, the gates of Bone and Ivory separating their lands no longer seem to be as strong as the siblings once thought… First off, I want to talk about how intricate and beautiful the world building is in this book. Ashaye Brown has created such a wonderfully rich and diverse world, that I truly wish I could visit the lands of Dreams, Sleep, and maybe Nightmares (depending on how brave I am feeling!). Elements of religion and mythology were wonderfully entwined throughout this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of the characters. The narration follows the perspectives of both Theo and Torres, and the description of their abilities were descriptive and imaginative. While I enjoyed the perspectives and intricacies of the rivalry between the siblings, I did have some difficult connecting with the trio. Fanta was quite cruel and unforgiving, Torres was funny, but seemed too driven and unstable, and Theo relied too heavily on those around him, considering he is one of the three major gods. I found it difficult to really enjoy the characters and their development unfortunately, but that is more of a personal opinion. Just because I didn’t connect with any of the characters, doesn’t mean other readers won’t! I also found the story somewhat lacking in any form a romanticism, and would have thoroughly enjoyed a romantic relationships to be involved. I truly loved the world building and imagery of Ashaye Brown’s writing, however I did find that the story focused too heavily on world building at times, which caused the plot to feel somewhat slow. The pace did pick up towards the end of the book though and it had a fantastic ending. I had previously thought this book was a standalone novel, but since the story was left on a massive cliffhanger, I am assuming that this will be part of a series, that I am truly looking forward to reading! Conclusion: Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and world building of this book. The intricate details and back story was wonderfully written, and the language was beautiful in parts! I did find, however, that because I struggled to connect to any of the characters, I wasn’t empathetic or emotionally attached to their individual journeys. The plot was also a bit slowly paced during the middle of this book, but certainly picked up at the end! I would definitely recommend this for readers who are fans of other mythological fantasy reads such as Circe by Madelline Miller. 4/5

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicole (Half Wild Books)

    Hi! You can find HalfWildBooks here for more bookish content! Thank you Onwe for sending me an ARC of Dreamy Country!! (3.5/5) Dream Country follows three siblings, Theo, God of Sleep, Fanta, God of Dreams, and Tores, God of Nightmares. They are separated by gates crafted by Horn and Ivory, and animosity keeps them even further apart, with none of them trusting each other since the death of their mother. They all suspect each other, but the truth is, none of them remembers what happened. Ruling the Hi! You can find HalfWildBooks here for more bookish content! Thank you Onwe for sending me an ARC of Dreamy Country!! (3.5/5) Dream Country follows three siblings, Theo, God of Sleep, Fanta, God of Dreams, and Tores, God of Nightmares. They are separated by gates crafted by Horn and Ivory, and animosity keeps them even further apart, with none of them trusting each other since the death of their mother. They all suspect each other, but the truth is, none of them remembers what happened. Ruling their separate lands has never been easy, but when a newborn baby with the power to destroy the gates appears, the siblings have to decide if they can risk trusting one another to save their world, of it they will use the newborn's power to destroy it. We follow the perspective of Torres and Theo, getting a glimpse at the strain they are under when ruling each of their lands. I found Torres a very interesting character, but I took me a while to become invested in Theo. He refers to himself as a coward a lot, and while his ambitions are there, he finds it difficult to take action and make decisions, which made his sections feel a little slower to read. Torres, on the other hand, is afraid of his Nightmare abilities but doesn’t hesitate when he knows what he wants. This mix of power and fear made his chapters very entertaining. Fanta is the third god, and as we never got a perspective from her, I felt somewhat detached from her character. We only see her when her brothers do, and as the God of Dreams, a land that is not all that peaceful, I wish we had got more of an insight into her character. Each God is blessed with power: to induce sleep, to control dreams, to evoke nightmares. Nightmare was an interesting magic system to explore, especially since Torres was so reluctant to use his power. The mythology of this world was well done, the excerpts from the Holy Theologos provide a deeper insight into the Kenyan, Brazilian, Caribbean and Grecian lore. We have the mystery of the All-Mother, and practice of the Majority, where mortals have the chance to live beside Gods for five days, a practice which is considered an hour, but limits their lifespan to fourteen years. I found that the pacing of the book slowed in the middle. We spend a lot of time exploring Dream Country, and while it was insightful to see the world, it felt a little repetitive. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot! The concept of having a sibling rivalry and mythology was very entertaining, and I enjoyed how Dream Country was not as peaceful as we expected. This book explores themes of family, trust, ambition and power in a well built world that fantasy readers are sure to enjoy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    A.M.

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. DREAM COUNTRY is a YA fantasy inspired by world mythologies from Kenya, Brazil, the Caribbean, and Greece. Focusing on the sibling rivalry between the gods of Sleep, Dreams, and Nightmares, we explore the heavenly realm in the aftermath of murder. The setting and culture are standouts: I enjoy discovering the heavenly domains, the major and minor gods, and the connection between the human and divine realms. DREAM COUNTRY is also one of the (rarer I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. DREAM COUNTRY is a YA fantasy inspired by world mythologies from Kenya, Brazil, the Caribbean, and Greece. Focusing on the sibling rivalry between the gods of Sleep, Dreams, and Nightmares, we explore the heavenly realm in the aftermath of murder. The setting and culture are standouts: I enjoy discovering the heavenly domains, the major and minor gods, and the connection between the human and divine realms. DREAM COUNTRY is also one of the (rarer) YAs focused on familial rather than romantic ties. Despite being siblings, Theo, Torres and Fanta have little trust in each other, and struggle to work together to resolve an unexpected crisis. Sarcastic, shade-of-grey Torres is my fave character by far, and I'm curious to learn more about gate-keeper Rogan too. I struggle to connect with idealistic, naïve Theo and brash, self-centered Fanta - but as the imposed boundaries between siblings dissolve, it's interesting to see their evolution begin from archetype to multidimensional character. While this novel is pitched as a whodunit, the world-building takes precedence over the murder. As a plot-hungry reader, I was left wanting more, so I'd recommend this primarily to fans of mythology and character-driven narratives. Have to say, though, that I was NOT expecting that ending, which partly assuaged my impatience with the plot. (Also: can we have a spinoff novel just with Torres and his talking crows?) READ THIS IF... you enjoyed Gods of Jade and Shadow.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Empress of Bookingham

    This was quite interesting given once tried a certain book based on mythology and could go past page 15. Not only did I pass page 15 but finished the whole book and I did enjoy. The world building initially was intense but creatively done. What started as chaos to me, Ashaye soothed me with an explanation of how the world works after a chapter ends. Found this ingenious. The tale started on a high note but did dip at some point. However it got moving and fast. I loved this about the book. I cou This was quite interesting given once tried a certain book based on mythology and could go past page 15. Not only did I pass page 15 but finished the whole book and I did enjoy. The world building initially was intense but creatively done. What started as chaos to me, Ashaye soothed me with an explanation of how the world works after a chapter ends. Found this ingenious. The tale started on a high note but did dip at some point. However it got moving and fast. I loved this about the book. I could have even finished it within one sitting but life. The narration was in first person and followed the perspectives of both Theo and Torres. While I enjoyed the perspectives and intricacies of the rivalry between the siblings, I did have some difficult connecting with the trio. Themes of religion, familial trivia and mythology were wonderfully entwined throughout this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction of the main characters. The trio were quite diverse and that added juice. Though I didn't connect with any of the characters. I'm still looking for that part that has Kenyan elements to this day. 🤣

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    My mind is officially blown!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Arc Received from WeAreOnwe, super excited to read this it sounds so good 🥰🥰

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    ARC review of Dream Country by Ashaye Brown 4/5 stars Spoiler Free I was very lucky to receive an arc of this book by Onwe. The book follows three gods, Sleep, Dream, and Nightmares. However we only get the pov of the gods of Sleep (Theo) and Nightmares (Tores). The world building of the book was great! Sometimes I did get a little bored with the descriptions, but overall the picture of the realms was awesome. The realms are inspired by Kenyan, Brazilian, Caribbean, and Greek culture. So, it was re ARC review of Dream Country by Ashaye Brown 4/5 stars Spoiler Free I was very lucky to receive an arc of this book by Onwe. The book follows three gods, Sleep, Dream, and Nightmares. However we only get the pov of the gods of Sleep (Theo) and Nightmares (Tores). The world building of the book was great! Sometimes I did get a little bored with the descriptions, but overall the picture of the realms was awesome. The realms are inspired by Kenyan, Brazilian, Caribbean, and Greek culture. So, it was really cool to see some references to cultures that are usually not in ya books. I originally thought the book was a standalone, yet as I neared the end I went wait what?! Turns out it is intended to be a series, which is super cool. One thing that bothered me was that I only liked Tores and his bird hahah. Theo is weak-minded and depends on others. On the other hand, Tores is that broody, sarcastic character that I just love! The other goddess (Dreams, Fanta) was too rude for me to like her, yet I admire her protective nature and strong will over herself and realm. The plot does lag some. I feel as if I was waiting for the gates to fall the entire book....then what? There was a lot more room for the author to make a more intriguing story. The plot was still good, but I was waiting for that extra push (this is partially why I did not rate it a 5). My other issue with the book is that it was very boring in places with too much description. If you were wondering about romance, there is very little. One character has a past love that comes up as an issue, however it does not affect the plot. Overall, the book was good. Towards the end, it finally picked up with a shocking ending. I hope to see Theo become more independent in the next book. Tores was definitely my favorite character, and his crows of course. I am anxious to see where the next book goes!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Alyesa

    Young Adult fantasy, diverse voice, dreams and nightmares, and my friend who was reading it at the same time comparing its vibes to one of my all-time favourites 'Strange the Dreamer', of course I had to read this and see the world for myself...and what a world it is. I will be honest and say it took me several chapters to get into the book, purely from the complexity of the worlds, which took me a little while to understand. Once my mind had captured the worlds though, it was full of colour, be Young Adult fantasy, diverse voice, dreams and nightmares, and my friend who was reading it at the same time comparing its vibes to one of my all-time favourites 'Strange the Dreamer', of course I had to read this and see the world for myself...and what a world it is. I will be honest and say it took me several chapters to get into the book, purely from the complexity of the worlds, which took me a little while to understand. Once my mind had captured the worlds though, it was full of colour, beauty, nightmares, characters, and intrigue from there onwards. The writing itself captures you mind and flows from one page to the next, letting you focus and envelop solely on the story and each of the character's journey through it. In fact, it envelops you so much that it is very easy to suddenly go from page 50 to the last page without releasing you have spent the entire day reading when you should have been working. Of course, I had my favourite character, but each of the main characters have their own individual personalities and visuals brought to life through Ashaye Brown's brilliant words. There were a few negative aspects to the book, but not anything that would stop me reading or recommending it others (as I will definitely be doing). The complexity of the worlds does take a while to get used to as I mentioned at the beginning, and the end felt a bit quick in passing for my liking, but that could have been me enjoying the book so much I wanted it to carry on for 100 more pages. So, in hindside less negatives and more aspects. A huge thank you to Weareonwe and the author Ashaye Brown for sending me a copy of this gorgeous book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Hart

    Dream Country by Ashaye Brown “A sibling rivalry to fuel your worst nightmares…” The synopsis for this book really hit the spot for me, the concept of triplet gods of Sleep, Dreams and Nightmares massively appealed to me. I have to say that this debut is a resounding success for me. Ashaye has written something special and unique, as a reader I felt I was reading something truly new… a story that hasn’t been told before. It is steeped in mythology, culture and a richness that excited me. The story Dream Country by Ashaye Brown “A sibling rivalry to fuel your worst nightmares…” The synopsis for this book really hit the spot for me, the concept of triplet gods of Sleep, Dreams and Nightmares massively appealed to me. I have to say that this debut is a resounding success for me. Ashaye has written something special and unique, as a reader I felt I was reading something truly new… a story that hasn’t been told before. It is steeped in mythology, culture and a richness that excited me. The story itself follows sibling gods Theo, Fanta and Torres, who were spilt up since they were six years old when their mother, the All- Mother was murdered. Separated by the deadly gates of Horn and Ivory to live in their separate realms; Zion, Dream Country and Os Pesadelos. Each have been accused of killing their own mother, and each desiring the truth of what happened that fateful day. Over the years bitterness has crept in, suspecting each other of the murder. When the gates between realms start to crumble, bringing chaos and destruction can the siblings help each other, or will they never be able to reforge the trust they have lost? You’ll have to read to find out. I would recommend this gorgeous book to anyone who enjoys mythical, lore inspired novels. It is lyrical and beautifully presented. It took me a little while to get use to the world, but once I was, I powered through effortlessly.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sinead Penney

    For me this was such a unique book as I haven’t read anything with this sort of premise before! I really enjoyed the story! The world building was easy to understand from the start so I was able to get into the book quite quickly without much confusion, which you can often get when starting a fantasy. The characters were all well developed and I enjoyed having the multiple pov’s! One thing I really adored though was the author’s descriptive writing! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who For me this was such a unique book as I haven’t read anything with this sort of premise before! I really enjoyed the story! The world building was easy to understand from the start so I was able to get into the book quite quickly without much confusion, which you can often get when starting a fantasy. The characters were all well developed and I enjoyed having the multiple pov’s! One thing I really adored though was the author’s descriptive writing! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mythology, fantasy, mystery and family tropes! I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Millie Bradshaw

    Dream country is a newly released fantasy story, written by a debut author, and its amazing. The world building is rich, layered with mythology and completely unique. I adored this book and absolutely ZOOMED through it! The characters are completely compelling and dysfunctional in their own ways, there is no perfect character in this, and for me personally, no perfect villain. I could understand and see the injustice suffered by all the characters, however my favourite was Tores, he is the epito Dream country is a newly released fantasy story, written by a debut author, and its amazing. The world building is rich, layered with mythology and completely unique. I adored this book and absolutely ZOOMED through it! The characters are completely compelling and dysfunctional in their own ways, there is no perfect character in this, and for me personally, no perfect villain. I could understand and see the injustice suffered by all the characters, however my favourite was Tores, he is the epitome of morally grey (then again, they all are to an extent) however he was the character I felt for the most emotionally, and honestly I can’t wait to see where this story is taken next!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I loved reading Dream Country !. Brown takes your imagination on a rollercoaster ride through Dream Country, entwining you with mythology,, culture, and family feud, slowing only to engage you with the building of the fantasy worlds. This YA fantasy is especially well written engaging and imaginative, I was left wanting more. This is a must read from Brown, I can't wait for the next book I loved reading Dream Country !. Brown takes your imagination on a rollercoaster ride through Dream Country, entwining you with mythology,, culture, and family feud, slowing only to engage you with the building of the fantasy worlds. This YA fantasy is especially well written engaging and imaginative, I was left wanting more. This is a must read from Brown, I can't wait for the next book

  25. 5 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ z. ♕ ˊˎ˗

    i saw caribbean and i leaped for this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  28. 5 out of 5

    Onwe

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather

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