The Dream-Maker’s Magic
Young Adult / December 19, 2016

Safe-Keepers #3. Author: Sharon Shinn Summary: Kellen’s mother has always insisted that her only child was born male, not female—so Kellen has been raised as a boy. Then she is forced to go to school, where she meets Gryffin, whose mind is as strong as his legs are damaged, and the two become friends and allies. A few years later, the two get jobs working at a nearby inn, the Parmer Arms. When it is discovered that Gryffin is the kingdom’s new Dream-Maker—someone whose mere presence can help dreams come true—he is whisked away to the castle, leaving Kellen behind. By now, their friendship is shading into something more.Will it endure? (Published summary.) My Thoughts: A quiet, sweet romance with some interesting underlying motifs. I must say I especially liked the details Shinn put into the worldbuilding – such as the Wintermoon festival and all its mythology and connotations. Content Review: Sexual content: Gang of middle-school boys pull a girl’s clothes down to see if she’s really a girl (it’s ambiguous). Boy says he has to go somewhere else when his room’s ‘in use’ by people who were in the tavern. It’s non-explicit, but implied to older readers what they…