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What’s New On My Shelves This Week?

This week, the new arrival on my shelves, here at Fiction Books, was a review request from a brand new author on the scene. This post will therefore also be attached to my ‘New Author’ pages, as I introduce Najeev Raj Nadarajah to you all, with his debut novel in the YA Dystopian/Fantasy genre.

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for January 2013 is: Lori over at Lori’s Reading Corner.

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Lori, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

DREAM CASTER (Book One of the Dream Cycle)  by NAJEEV RAJ NADARAJAH

Haunted by memories of his massacred settlement, sixteen year old Weaver seeks cover in a hidden refuge among the remains of a ruined city once known as Toronto. In the midst of building a new life, Weaver discovers he can do something strange: cast dreams into reality. Convinced it’s just an anomaly, Weaver ignores it. That is until he learns of a mysterious man who harnesses the ability to animate nightmares into existence; the very man who ruined his world. The peaceful life Weaver hoped for begins to unravel as waves of chaos begin to break loose about him. In a race against time, Weaver must learn to cast aside his denial of being a dream caster to master the accursed ability that has befallen him, before his new home is destroyed and humanity’s pushed to the brink of extinction.

Life couldn’t possibly get any worse. Or perhaps, it could…

Unfortunately, Najeev has yet to establish his own website, so he has provided me with this short introductory biography and photograph, which I hope will help you get to know him a little better….
Photograph of author Najeev Raj NadarajahNajeev Raj Nadarajah was born in Sri Lanka in 1985.
By the late 80s, his family had fled the war-torn country and settled in Toronto, Canada where they would begin a new life far from the turmoil of the world they had left behind.
By the age of four, he had taught himself to read, and within a few short years, he had begun tackling J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Hobbit. It was while ploughing through the pages of The Hobbit that his love for reading and writing began and blossomed into, what is now, an unwavering passion for the fantasy genre.
Najeev, enjoys ogling novels, scribbling stories, wandering aimlessly, pointless debating, hunting dragons, finding anomalies, and chasing dreams.
‘Dream Caster’, being the first part of the ‘Dream Cycle’, is his debut novel and if you want to keep up to date with the book’s progress, then Najeev has an active facebook page, here.

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a download of ‘Dream Caster’ was sent to me free of charge, by its author, Najeev Raj Nadarajah.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • I didn’t know you read this kind of thing. We might convert you to reading fantasy books yet. LOL. Seriously, I shall be watching for your review to hear what you think as it sounds intriguing.

    • Hi Cath,

      I am a recent convert to the fantasy genre, only thanks to the author review requests I have received. I started off by simply not being able to say no, then found to my surprise, that I actually quite enjoyed some of the books in the genre. I am still not sure that I would actively seek out the fantasy section in a bookshop, but as an occasional read, there are some interesting titles out there.

      This is another book which has been written ostensibly for the YA market, so I shall see how I get on with it.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always value your comments.

  • Dream Caster sounds like interesting fantasy. Wonderful that the young author has been reading from such a young age and tackling The Hobbit as well 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      ‘Dream Caster’ has so far received a couple of mixed reviews on Amazon, although there has been much more feedback on Goodreads, and all of it very positive, so I am hoping for another interesting dip into the fantasy genre, when it gets to the top of my reading pile! I understand that Najeev is already well into writing the second installment in the series, so I shall need to be careful that I am not playing ‘catchup’!

      Personally, ‘The Hobbit’ is not one of the books at the top of my list to be read and I have no inclination to watch the film either, I’m afraid … just not my thing!

      Thanks for stopping by, hope all is well with you.

    • Hi Mary,

      Fantasy isn’t one of my strongest genres, although I have been introduced to quite a few great books, as the result of direct, author review requests.

      Thanks for commenting on the blog look, it was just time to bring it up to date a bit, although I do have to rely on my tech support (AKA Hubbie!) for any changes.

      I always appreciate your visits and I hope that you have a good week also.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      Fantasy isn’t a genre that I would read on a regular basis, but when the odd great sounding premise presents itself, then that’s okay. Dreams versus Nightmares, certainly sounds like an interesting and pretty frightening scenario!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I don’t think I would want to turn either my dreams, or my nightmares into reality somehow! I don’t often remember either, however when I do, the memories are not often pleasant ones – although maybe not so bad as to bring humanity to the brink of extinction – that would be a really scary thought!!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, have a good week.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I am going to enjoy the book, whilst being frightened to death, I think …. Well at least too frightened to sleep, just in case I have dreams or nightmares LOL!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

    • Hi Pat,

      Interesting and quite disturbing too. The thought that someone could make my dreams or nightmares become reality, just doesn’t bear thinking about!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a good week.

    • Hi Kristen,

      Enjoying discovering new authors, is why my review pile is threatening to topple, nearly as much as my own TBR pile.

      I just find it so difficult to say ‘no’ to a debut book by a new author.

      Some of the lesser known authors, produce some fantastic stories and my normal reading boundaries have been challenged on several occasions and all in a positive way!!

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Tracy,

      A couple of the reviews already published, have commented that this is a book definitely suitable for the YA audience, at which it is targeted. I am hoping that it does have some wider appeal for the adult reader also, but not to worry either way, it still has a good strong storyline and I am looking forward to reading it.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you are not too snowed in up there, you sound to have had it much worse than us Southerners!

    • Hi Holly,

      I have never read Hunger Games, although I have watched the film, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It reminded me of the film The Running Man, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

      The idea about this book being set in a time when humanity sounds as though it is already existing as an underground movement and that Weaver’s adversary could send it to the very brink of extinction, is an intriguing thought.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      It is great to be able to enjoy books from so many different genres, written by some excellent debut authors. Broadening my reading range to include genres which I wouldn’t normally browse in a bookshop, has only added value to the experience.

      I am looking forward to reading ‘Dream Caster’, as dystopian fantasy has hitherto slipped through my net.

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits are always valued.

    • Hi Vicki,

      I have certainly had my eyes opened to some new genres, since I have been accepting review requests. Obviously, I have enjoyed reading some far more than others, but that is usually no reflection on the books or authors, just my personal preferences.

      I also like to be able to help introduce new authors to the scene and whilst some tend to fall by the wayside after just one debut book, many others contact me multiple times, which is great to think that they are continuing to enjoy what they do, are experiencing some degree of success and are sticking with it!

      This book is aimed at the YA market, however I have found that so many books are more than suitable for the adult reader also and I am certainly looking forward to a storyline which I have never encountered before.

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments are always welcome.

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