Review Quotes - Revised and Expanded Edition
(Where applicable, click on the link following the reviewer's name
to visit the full review at original posting)
"This novel will appeal to fans of Charles DeLint
with its urban approach to Irish mythology. At times I was mesmerized while at other
times...I had to get up and turn the lights on..."
Kate, Bitten By Books Reviews
Dreams is an engaging book...As a reader, you don't want to miss a word.
the roller coaster eventually stops. Yes, you are much disoriented as you look
up from the pages of the novel. Yes, as a child would, you want to ride the
roller coaster again." —8 out of 10, Urban Fire Books
"There’s a magical feeling you get when you read the best Urban Fantasy
novels. They take you to places and let you experience fantastical events and
incredible characters you would never have met in any other way. You get pulled
into them, and become for a few wondrous hours a part of the author’s world.
That’s how I felt while reading Yesterday’s
Dreams by Danielle Ackley-McPhail."
—Professor Crazy, BSC Reviews
Danielle Ackley-McPhail has put together a brilliant
tale of mythical characters in a modern
setting. YESTERDAY'S DREAMS
brings together fantasy and reality in a way that will
have you believing that
fairies and sprites truly live among us.
—Pamelina H., fantasy artist,
We'd all be better served if more writers could reflect
their passion in their work as well as
[Danielle Ackley-McPhail] has with YESTERDAY'S DREAMS.
—Dustin Grovemiller, :::the footnote:::
"Yesterday's Dreams is an interesting mix of Celtic myth, women's
empowerment literature, and urban fantasy...The story, though set in a modern
period, is imbued with all the details and richness that readers expect from
Celtic lore." —John Ottinger III, Grasping For The Wind Reviews
YESTERDAY'S DREAMS is an entertaining and well-crafted tale that promises much
more to come.
—Dru Pagliassotti, The Harrow
For readers who want something a bit different...YESTERDAY'S
DREAMS just might fill the bill.
—Pamela Dodd, Roundtable Reviews
Review Quotes - Original Edition
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[Danielle Ackley-McPhail] certainly seems to know her
Celtic mythology…a solid story.
—Piers Anthony, bestselling author of the Xanth series
(source, personal letter)
YESTERDAY'S DREAMS is an elegantly written book, as deep
as the River Shannon
and as swift as Maggie’s sprite. It’s also an auspicious
beginning for this new writer who seems to have sprung among us like Athena
from the head of Zeus, fully armored and wise in the ways of literature.
—Dan Cragg, co-author of the bestselling Starfist series
(review posted on Amazon)
A powerful, poignant tale...a writer of talent, imagination, and superb storytelling ability.
—The Midwest Book Review
YESTERDAY'S DREAMS…is a compelling fantasy, evocative of
the author's Irish heritage.
The fight between good and evil is always powerful
and it is well represented here in
Ms. Ackley-McPhail's story. Those readers
who like fantasy with a mythic twist will want
to read this beautifully written
—Cynthia Meidinger, The Best Reviews
…Something I would easily recommend for fans of Celtic
myth, fantasy novels, New York set stories
and something I would recommend for
people—like me—who are not instant fans of the genre
but must be lured by
hidden strengths within.
—Seth Janifer, Fictionauts (site now defunct)
This fantasy story by first-time author Danielle
Ackley-McPhail… is a delightful, mesmerizing entry.
I was enthralled by the
characters and swept into the story. This coming-of-age tale is a wonderful
into the world of elves and magic that you really don't want to miss!
—Vicki Ball, www.booksnbytes.com
YESTERDAY’S DREAMS takes the typical fantasy theme of
good vs. evil, but places it in modern times with modern day dilemmas…The
setting and Kara’s disbelief make for a fabulously fresh tale that hooks the
audience from the moment Lucien sees his prey. The prime characters appear real
enabling the audience to believe that the magic is real in the music.
—Harriet Klausner, The Best Reviews
YESTERDAY'S DREAMS is a compelling tale of love,
family, and sacrifice.
It blends modern day with ancient magic in a good,
sink-your-teeth-in, readable novel
that fantasy fans should enjoy.
—Christine Morgan, Sabledrake Magazine
…A gripping and satisfying tale, one that at once evokes
emotions, stimulates imagination, and
causes reflection. Add Ackley-McPhail's
YESTERDAY'S DREAMS to your keeper shelf, and
eagerly begin waiting for the next
installment of the series.
—C. Penn, Midwest Book Review, November 2002
YESTERDAY'S DREAMS is an enchanting tale of Celtic
mystery, musical magic and
malevolent forces. It is hard to believe that this
is Danielle Ackley-McPhail's first novel as the
writing style is confident and
fluid. She explores Celtic mythology with an accuracy that must come
either extensive research or a great deal of personal insight.
—Lesley Mazey, The Eternal Night
You will be clutching this book in your hands until you
have it finished...[Danielle Ackley-McPhail] kept me reading on in desperation
until I found out what happens in the end...There had better be a sequel…
—Jennifer Jordan, Books n Bytes
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, spins an intriguing tale of
suspense and magic.
—Tina Morgan, Fiction Factor
I was entranced by Kara and her precious Quicksilver,
turning the pages anxiously to find out her fate. YESTERDAY'S DREAMS had a
phenomenal climax that left me disappointed that the novel was finished. This
is a "first rate" first novel for Ms. Ackley-McPhail.
—Melissa M. Curran, Scribesworld
Danielle Ackley-McPhail shows a real love for the
mythology and legends of Ireland and the Celts. From Sidhe elves to fairies, to
the dark gods of ancient Athens, the legends come to life in this novel.
—Books for a Buck
YESTERDAY'S DREAMS is a wonderful tale of Celtic legend
A must read for anyone who loves all things Irish.
—Marge Robbins, Simegen
It is to be hoped that Ackley-McPhail will carry on,
growing her themes, her story and her skills.
—Duncan Lawie, The Zone SF
YESTERDAY'S DREAMS is a Celtic fantasy for the Buffy generation.
—Mark Greener, The Alien Online
YESTERDAY'S DREAMS and Danielle's writing style is like
a warm blanket you wrap yourself in
to keep off the chill — comforting, deep,
—Tee Morris, author of MOREVI,
(review posted on Amazon)
Bringing real Irish elves into the modern world is
a fascinating way of writing Fantasy.
This is a good first attempt and a
fairly entertaining read by Danielle Ackley-McPhail.
—Conan Tigard, The Reading Review
Danielle Ackley-McPhail turns fantasy to plausible
reality in YESTERDAY'S DREAMS.
The characters in this story are so
charming and alive they spring from the story to haunt and taunt like
soft Irish mist long after the final page is read. I found [this] a
delightful page turning adventure into imagination, and certainly look forward
to reading more works by this author.
—Charlene Austin, The Writers and Readers Network Collaborative
(Carrie Anne Lyons, author of Dream Pictures)
Ackley-McPhail is an extraordinarily talented writer, add
to that her knowledge of people, literature and the mythology she wields so
well, and the whole package is one not to be ignored!