Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Are you a fan of portal fantasy? How about a main character filled with awe and innocence? Or a dashing older man with secrets? If any of that catches your interest, you’ll want to check out Roam by Dez Schwartz. Roam is an innovative fantasy novel with a sweet romance and a premise that leaves worlds open to discovery. There are witches, vampires, ghosts, and more.
Review of Roam
The main character, Ethan Roam, is young (at first it isn’t quite clear how young he is) and naive. But that naivety helps perpetuate his innocent and trusting nature. Ethan is good and the book makes sure you know that.
You try to be better than the thing that’s knocked you down.
Despite having constant nightmares with a frightening wolf and never getting a decent night’s sleep, Ethan remains positive and excited about life and its mysteries. At times, his innocence seems to make him more trusting than I think he should or would be – but perhaps that’s just my cynical nature projecting.
Ethan’s dreams lead his pseudo-Uncle to suggest a potential solution. That solution is the deliciously older and secretive Dr. Grady Hunter. Grady has ulterior motives and is also full of delicious innuendos, which Ethan gradually learns to respond with. The build between Ethan and Grady is somehow simultaneously too fast and a slow burn. The character development perfectly represents the nature of emotions, especially when those emotions might be manipulated for other means.
Roam is an enjoyable, quick read with an interesting concept. It’s available now from NineStar Press.
An Interview With the Author
The author of Roam, Dez Schwartz, has been a member of our Geek Girl Pen Pal community for several years participating in forums and on social media. Like many of us, Dez enjoys IGGPPCamp (because who doesn’t?). After reading Roam, I asked her few questions, including our favorite pen pal connecting question.
Ethan Roam suffers from night terrors and vivid daydreams, which lead him to the doorstep of the eccentric Dr. Grady Hunter, who thrusts him into a world of supernatural misfits. Ethan quickly learns that there’s more reality to his dreams than he suspected.
As Ethan unravels the truth behind his nightmares and falls into his first experience with love, he also finds himself the target of a sinister plan.
Ethan’s trust in his new companions will be tested and he’ll have to decide who he can rely on and who he must defy in order to survive a fatal Halloween night.
About Dez Schwartz