8 November 2018

Dream Keeper - Review

Dream Keeper - The Dark Dreamer Trilogy #1
by Amber R. Duell

Dream Keeper
by Amber R. Duell
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Release Date: January 29th 2019
The Parliament House

What they say: The Sandman is seventeen-year-old Nora’s closest friend and best-kept secret. He has to be, if she doesn’t want a one-way ticket back to the psychiatrist. It took her too long to learn not to mention the hooded figure in her dreams to her mother, who still watches Nora as if she’ll crack. So when Nora’s friends start mysteriously dying gruesome deaths in their sleep, she isn’t altogether surprised when the police direct their suspicion at her. The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers. But the truth might be more than she bargained for…

For the last five years, the Sandman has spent every night protecting Nora. When he hid the secret to the Nightmare Lord’s escape inside her dreams, he never expected to fall in love with her. Neither did he think his nemesis would find her so quickly, but there’s no mistaking his cruel handiwork. The Nightmare Lord is tired of playing by the rules and will do anything to release his deadly nightmares into the world, even if that means tormenting Nora until she breaks.

When the Nightmare Lord kidnaps Nora’s sister, Nora must enter enemy territory to save her. The Sandman is determined to help, but if Nora isn’t careful, she could lose even more than her family to the darkness.

(Please note: This story contains vivid death scenes.)

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I loved the concept of Dream Keeper - I think this goes back to a childhood being obsessed by Dream Stone, anyway...the story is intriguing and dramatic.

We are treated to the dual POV of Nora and the Sandman, yep I've got the song in my head too! Nora has something super special to keep safe (no spoilers don't worry). Whilst I really liked Nora and felt for her, it was the Sandman who had my attention from the start! He's fierce, cute, yes cute, and bad ass!

The nightmare scenarios are pretty detailed and horrible at times but in the best way. With elements of sci-fi and horror combined I enjoyed this twisty story.

The Weaver made me smile and not just because of where he lived. Something about him reminded me of the episode of Supernatural where Crowley, the King of Hell is depressed and really entertaining.

The history between the Sandman and the Weaver is interesting, although I kinda wanted them to hug it out. As the big cheese of the Nightmare Realm the Weaver does some horrendous things and I'm pretty sure I shouldn't have liked him as much as I did, but there is just something entertaining about him.

More please!

3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight:

Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany and Maine as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure.

When Amber isn't writing, she's wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.

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