Theresa contacted me to read and review her novel, Warehouse Dreams. I was immediately attracted to the story by the blurb. It has taken me a lot longer to read than I wanted, but last night I started at Chapter 17 and read through till the end. The book was so good that I could not put it down. It took me several weeks to get through the first 17 chapters because I had other commitments. But, I always felt the pull to come back.
- Title: Warehouse Dreams
- Author: Theresa Halvorsen
- Publisher: S & H Publishing, Incorporated on July 3, 2020
- Genre: Sci-fi Romance
- Pages: 348
- Available Formats: Paperback & Kindle edition
- Rating: 5/5
Many thanks to Theresa Halvorsen and S & H Publishing, Inc. for gifting me a signed paperback copy of Warehouse Dreams in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Trigger Warnings: Discrimination, Violence, Bombing, Alcohol/Drug Use
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Warehouse Dreams Blurb
Kendle’s job is on the line every time she rescues a Wild teen. But Wilds, with their uncontrolled psychic abilities, need her help. They need the chronically underfunded Warehouse, the only school available for Wilds. But accepting a teen with potentially dangerous abilities puts her at odds with her boss; refusing means the teen faces life institutionalized, sedated, and under restraint. Stephen, the new telepathy teacher, is a Bred. His wealthy parents paid for his perfect genetic code. He’s not used to the Warehouse’s long hours, to students who float beds through walls during nightmares, or send fishbowls through windows-not to mention the food sucks. The only bright spot is the fascinating Wild teacher in the next room who plays amazing cello or guitar music late at night. Kendle doesn’t think Stephen belongs at the Warehouse, but when he helps save her and her students from a violent mob, she wonders if she was wrong…and if a Bred like Stephen might fall for a Wild like her. But Kendle has little time for romance. As society ramps up its hatred of Wilds and the Warehouse’s resources stretch desperately thin, Kendle must find a way to keep the director from expelling the most gifted students as dangers to the school.Copied from back cover of paperback
I loved getting to know Kendle, Stephen, and the gang from Phillip’s Academy. Kendle’s character is like none I’ve ever read before, and she is so interesting. Though, she did annoy me sometimes with her disparaging ideas about Stephen. The kids are also the stars, and that was refreshing. Leo, Becca, and Casi are incredible characters.
The setting is depressing. But when the Wilds are as discriminated against as they are, it is understandable. The lack of money to run the Academy is a strong indicator of how deplorable the conditions are. But, Kendle makes it work and is adamant that the Warehouse be a comfortable place to live.
I have to say that I shed a lot of tears while reading. The misunderstandings and the miscommunications between everyone were stressful and difficult. Theresa writes the relationships so well that I felt like I knew these characters. I felt for them as if they were part of my real life. I didn’t want to let them go.
The only dissatisfaction with the book is that I would have liked a better wrap-up of the story. If there is to be a sequel, the ending is perfect. Otherwise, there is a huge part of the story that I would love to know more about. This restlessness could also be my inability to accept that the story did end. I badly wanted this book to go on forever.
I award Warehouse Dreams a full 5 out of 5 stars. Theresa Halvorsen wrote a stunning sci-fi story that includes a touch of romance. It is incredibly well-written. This novel would please anyone who loves sci-fi and romance.
About the Author – Theresa Halvorsen
Theresa Halvorsen has never met a profanity she hasn’t enjoyed. She’s generally overly caffeinated and at times, wine soaked. She’s the author of both nonfiction and speculative fiction works and wonders what sleep is. When she’s not writing or podcasting at Semi-Sages of the Pages, she’s commuting through San Diego traffic, to her healthcare position. In whatever free time is left, Theresa enjoys board games, geeky conventions, and reading. She loves meeting and assisting other writers, and being a Beta reader is a particular joy. Her life goal is to give “Oh-My-Gosh-This-Book-Is-So-Good” happiness to her readers. She lives in Temecula with her amazing and supportive husband, on occasion, her college age twins and the pets they’d promised to care for.