Thursday, September 29, 2011

Book Review--Emerine's Nightmare

Emerine's Nightmare by Anna del C. Dye. I found this middle grade book fascinating in a weird, strange way. It would definitely be someone's nightmare and the first few pages were twisted in a nightmarish way, but so beautifully written that it compelled me to read on. I thought the main character was a female at first, but it's not and I liked that in the end. I felt Emerine's sorrow and troubles and relief when things all began to make sense. It is one that anyone could read, but I wouldn't recommend for everyone, especially those who aren't particularly fond of events that border on the twisted side of things. It receives a :):):):) Here's an interview with the author, purchase info, and a blurb about the book. Let me know what you think!

What would you do if one night, life as you know it changes and you are left alone in despair? That is how Emerine’s nightmare starts and now all he does is run.
His family lived at the edge of the forest until dark shadows killed them all. Now they want him, and so does a magic tree. He has never seen dark shadows or enchanted trees before. Emerine has to get to the heart of Red Forest, to the fairy people. Only then he will be safe. Safe? He has never heard of fairies before and once he gets there what?

Thank you so much for bringing me to visit your blog, Bonnie. It is always a pleasure to be with your friends.

So, tell us about your new book.

It is called Emerine’s Nightmare and is for children. The protagonist is a boy that is persecuted by dark fairies. They have killed his parents and now it’s his turn.

What other characters are in this book?

Humans, fairy boys & girls and the son of the Sun God.

Why a fairy book?

It was a challenge I gave myself. I never read a book with fairies and wondered if I could write one. So I read one story on the internet and wrote Amerine - Fairy Princess. That is what this story was originally called.

Really how interesting. Why change?

I changed my mind when I went to a class and we were told that there was a shortage of boys’ books on the market. That gave me the idea to turn her into a boy. It was a lot of work but it turned out well.

Who should read Emerine’s Nightmare?

Children from 6-years-old up. Especially boys…I double dare you!!!

Since this is a book for children is there more than words on its pages?

Like always, you are so perceptive. Yes, it’ll have a few drawings made by me (with a lot of help from Photoshop.)

Lol. Is it true you received an award for this book already?

Yes. When it was “Amerine - Fairy Princess” it won second place in a short story contest. Then when I changed it to a boy protagonist and it became “Fairy Prince” it won first place in a first page contest.

So, it started as a short story and developed into what you now have?

Yes, from Amerine Fairy - Princess (2500 words) to Emerine’s Nightmare (12615 words.)

How is Emerine’s Nightmare different from your other published books?

It has a boy protagonist and the theme is darker than I am accustomed to.

Since all know me as the sweet young adult author who writes Elf series and Princess Romances, this Halloween-y tale really breaks the mold.

Since we are on that topic of broken molds, do you plan to break any other molds?

Yes. There is a shortage of boys’ books especially between 4th – 7th graders and I want to try my hand at helping fill that void.

Now I am curious. What else are you brewing?

I just finished the rough draft of the first of a new series for boys called “The Intergalactic PI.” Then it will come the title of that book “In the case of …”

Can you tell us more?

It is about an 11-year-old boy who is a genius and his parents don’t know it. He is so bored with the pretence of his normal life that he decides to have an alternate life. His genius helps him create an almost human robot and the two of them travel the galaxies investigating crime.

Wow! But what about your Elf series? Are you done with them?

No. My elf series is to close to my heart and, like I have said before, there are 7 books in that series. The next stand-alone book, the fifth in that series, is called “The Royal Elf of Abalon.”

When will we see it on the market?

It is in the editing process right now and will come out about April of next year.

How wonderful. Elfs books, fairy books and now intergalactic books there should be something for everyone’s taste.

I hope so. It is so fun to write that I can’t help it. And I do appreciate your time and that of your readers.

Where can we find Emerine’s Nightmare?

You can find Emerine’s Nightmare in the following formats:




The Kindle and Nook are only $3.99

and the e-book $2.00.

The first two are available at the normal sites, the e-book from my website.

1 comment:

  1. It looks awesome, Bonnie. thanks so much.
    Anna del C.
    Author of "The Silent Warrior Trilogy"