Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter: Elle Boca
What would you do if you could change the way things happen and make them turn out the way you want? What would you could wish for something to change and it becomes reality if you have the power to do it? What would you do if you could make believe do things even if they did not want to? What if you could control and manipulate people to do things and obey you against their will? This is a powerful story about trust; manipulation, power, revenge and fear tied together in a story about a teenage girl named Amy whose life changes in one split second. Jogging one morning she senses that someone is watching her and comes face to face with a man who seems to know an awful lot about her. Looking at him and listening to his words she realizes that he knows more about her past, her mother and her life. But how? Remembering about her kidnapping and her fear of strangers, Amy immediately demands to know who this man is and what he wants. His knowledge about her past, her mother who is away and has left her alone, seems vast and frightening. As she carefully listens to him and observes his actions she realizes that there is more to him than he is letting on. But, what he reveals surprises her as he claims to be the father she never knew or had. Telling her more about him, why he was absent from her life did not endear her to him any more. Telling her more about herself, the special powers that she possess as a Weeia, she learns that they are a superhuman race each having special and specific powers unto themselves. But, just how much about herself and her powers should she reveal to this man, what did he want of her and why did he appear at this time?
Claiming that she had powers that closely mirrored his she stated that her mother told her to hide her powers because if others knew it would be dangerous to them and to her. Amy is a dreamshifter. He has the ability to make people do things against their will, she has the ability to see things in her dreams, change the way they happen and alter time. So, what would you do if someone appeared in your life at will and told you that you had special powers that were linked to his and wanted your trust? With her mother out of town Amy is left to fend for herself but events are manipulated, orchestrated and created that will endanger her, bring her to a better understanding of her powers and test her loyalty, faith in herself to save someone she loves.
Her father is a powerful man and quite dangerous. He is capable of interfering with time, changing events that have happened in the past and creating the future as he sees it. As he tries to endear himself with Amy someone else shows up and things get out of hand. Duncan Bittersdorp is his name and his is a great character with an odd personality that you just love from the start. Standing up to her father, not putting up with his attitude, he manages to envelop himself into Amy’s life in order to protect her from harm. Little does she know that there is an eminent danger that will cause her life to be placed in jeopardy and hopefully not get killed?
Explaining more about her father to Amy, she learns that he is concerned one of the Elders and probably the most powerful one. Duncan for some reason has decided to take on the role of protector and his special power is quite unique. Although they are total opposites and basically should repel each other for some reason they don’t and she is able to not only get along with him but also avail herself of his special power, which is Speed Walking! Spending time with him and getting to know more about Duncan is quite an experience and his loyalty to her is unparalleled. But, someone is out to get Amy and she has no idea why or who? Before leaving her, her father handed her a cell phone and as we all know that have their own tracking devices and while at the beach something happens. Speaking with a psychic she learns more about herself as she refers to her as Unelmoija: that alone should have sent out red flags. As she learns the true meaning behind the name we learn that someone is out to hut her, bad people are looking for her and she warns her against her father. But, leaving is woman proves even more dangerous as Duncan is shot protecting her and just who is behind it has yet to be revealed. Definitely not wanting to deal with her so called father Duncan requests that she communicate with him through her mind and thoughts as they need his help to find out who was behind the shooting, who was after her and why. What we learn you won’t believe as Thomas McKnight, her father reveals the history behind his past but not before we learn more about Amy why she and her mother had to flee and go into hiding, the fact that her sister Kat is missing without a trace and the reason she had to move. She is a Weeia and they cannot kill another Weeia unless all of the Elders vote on it and agree. But, when someone threatens her father’s family he would be allowed to deal with the problem in his own way. Weeias each have special super human powers. Duncan has superhuman tasting abilities and can eat and never gain weight. His physical and mental abilities allow him to succeed with humans.
We get to know her father as her mother reveals his past and what it has to do with the Cuban missile crisis in the 60’s, Kennedy’s death and many other assassinations. What would you do if you could alter time? What would you do if you could undo events that happened in order to recreate history? What would happen if what you tried to do make thousands of people disappear? What would you do if you wanted to correct this and could not? Within the pages of Chapter 6 the author creatively weaves the history of the past and intertwines it in the present bringing two worlds together. Describing her father’s abilities, how he tried to undo the damage he caused and the end result that hampered and changed his personality you begin to wonder just how stable he is and why they would even want to trust him. But, they needed somewhere to stay and help Duncan recover and then Amy needed to be placed somewhere save. Dreamshifting is her power and as she describes it to her mother we enter a whole new world along with Amy.
Trust is a powerful word and placing Amy with people that owned an estate was supposed to keep her safe. But when she, Duncan and her mother are about to enter the limo that was sent for them an explosion occurs, Amy is taken and locked in the limo and Duncan and her mother are nowhere in sight. Receiving what is supposed to be a note stating that they are both okay and that her mother was injured but okay now, it never dawned on Amy that something was strange.
As we learn more bout Douglas Estate the author creatively takes readers inside the minds of some very sick people who uses drugs, poisons and lethal shots in order to control Amy’s actions, thoughts and prevent her from dreamshifting and using her powers. Punishments stiff, food withheld and a safe haven that was anything but. When Amy finally realizes what is happening just what she does will allow readers to know just how astute and clever she is and why she will stop at nothing to find out who these people are that are running this place, why they want to kill her and hopefully using her powers can contact Duncan to help her.
As she enters her mother’s mind and can see her in her dreams what she learns about the explosion will change everything. Amy cleverly uses her skills to help her escape, get into her mother’s room and hopefully will encourage her father to help her save her mother’s life. But, will he and can he before it’s too late. When faced with the truth about those running this place and meeting the owners, Amy learns the harsh truth or reality behind why she is the main target for murder. Headaches, nauseous, sick, and unable to focus and a poison that she was injected with are some of the obstacles she faces in order to survive. But, will she and will she be able to bring her mother back as she in a coma and seems to living in the past in her own world and mind.
Why does the psychic call her Unelmoija? Why would someone want to kill her if they hear that name? Is this Amy and is she the most powerful Weeia to exist? Will she be their hope or their downfall?
As Duncan, Amy and her father devise a plan to bring her mother back that will take the risks, whose life is in danger and will it succeed? An ending that will make you wonder just what is next for Amy and will she ever be free of the toxin that was injected in her? Will her mother be saved? Is her father going to remain in her life or will he disappear? A story of trust, love, revenge and one young teenage girl whose powers have yet to be cultivated and whose energies and abilities are still raw as we wait for the sequel to see where this goes next. Creatively written and definitely a unique plot within the short novella by author Elle Boca.
Fran Lewis: reviewer