Genre: Urban Fantasy
Inhale is a beautiful story about love and fate wrapped up in dreams come true and topped off with a hot bow of luvst (that fun stage between lust and love) to tie it all together.
Can you fall in love with a dream? Zoe Morgan did. First, her lifelong dream to work with whales that led her to the Cetacean Research Network, and then her encounters with her dream man, whom she deems Mr. Perfect, a hardbodied Aussie rockstar named Gavin Cassidy in real life.
Meanwhile, Gavin, lead singer of popular Australian rock band Just Breathe, is dealing with his demons, namely a Fyre elemental called Scarlett. As a Sentinel, his duty is to protect the Wyldlings (regular humans) from Elementals like Scarlett while they dream and to try to restore the Balance of Elements—fire, earth, water, and air. Unfortunately, Fyres like Scarlett are overrunning the Dreaming, causing people to die and go nuts in the real world. Only with Zoe’s help can Gavin hope to set things right.
Inhale follows Gavin, Zoe and Scarlett through the craziness that is the Dreaming and real life. Though a bit confusing in the beginning, with everything concerning the Dreaming, Realis (reality), and the Veil separating the two, along with the Elementals and their power struggle, the book is well worth diving into. Grey gives us an impressive mythology to inform her Australian setting. With a diverse group of main and secondary characters, Inhale becomes a story with a life of its own. Love, lust, betrayal, intrigue, and a Prophecy? Yes please.
Grey’s writing is strong, fluid. Each point of view she provides has his/her own style of narrating, so it doesn’t feel like you’re reading a story from a master narrator. It’s apparent that each character has been crafted with love and care, even the villains. From Yileen, the mentor to Sentinel Gavin, to Zoe’s BFF Adriene, to the elemental hierarchy, Scarlett, and her cohort Sinnder, Grey’s given us a world that’s not only imaginable, but likely. At least this would explain all those effed up dreams I have…
I would strongly urge fans of any kind of urban fantasy to pick up this book.