Author: Kit Alloway
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Dream Walker (Books #1 & #2)
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Format: Paperback, 704 Pages
ISBN-10: 1250122511 (St. Martin’s Griffin)
ISBN-13: 978-1250122513 (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Reviewed by: Kristie
Kit Alloway’s Dreamfire and Dreamfever are now available in paperback for the first time, together in one stunning package. Discover the exciting and turbulent world of the Dreamwalker in this convenient bind-up.
Unlike most 17-year-olds, Joshlyn Weaver has a sacred duty. She’s the celebrated daughter of the dreamwalkers, a secret society whose members enter the Dream universe we all share and battle nightmares. If they fail, the emotional turmoil in the Dream could boil over and release nightmares into the World.
Despite Josh’s reputation as a dream walking prodigy, she’s haunted by her mistakes. A lapse in judgment and the death of someone she loved have shaken her confidence. Now she’s been assigned an apprentice, a boy whose steady gaze sees right through her, and she’s almost as afraid of getting close to him as she is of getting him killed.
But when strangers with impossible powers begin appearing in the Dream, it isn’t just Will that Josh has to protect–it’s the whole World.
Quick & Dirty: Creative story where nightmares can have deadly consequences. I recommend for fans who want to try a paranormal of a different type.
Opening Sentence: The sewer wasn’t the worst place for a nightmare, Josh Weaver admitted to herself as she fumbled with the boxy, rose-gold lighter in her hand.
The Dreamworld collection is two books in one, Dreamfire and Dreamfever. This series is set in a modern-day world where hidden groups of families all walk into people’s dreams to help solve nightmares because if the terror gets too great then it will overcome the dreams and come to the real world.
Dreamfire sets up a creative world where people known as Dream Walkers go into nightmares in order to resolve them so that their terrors won’t bleed over into the real world and cause destruction. Joshlyn Weaver is a gifted dream walker. At seventeen she is one of the best dream walkers around but she is withholding a dark, deadly secret that continuously eats her up inside. Josh is given a prophecy scroll during her birthday party, she doesn’t want to open it after she saw how it destroyed someone close to her after they opened their scroll. She is told that she is to expect an apprentice to show up at a certain time.
Will Kansas unwittingly finds himself becoming an apprentice to Josh when she realizes that he has a naturally talent for dream walking. Will is drawn into a close-knit group of families and friends who all have this weird talent. In the meantime, dreamers are being hunted down and their souls are stolen so they never wake up again. Josh is trying to track down these mysterious men without any more people losing their souls.
Josh is in a bad place when this novel starts. She devotes herself to her dream walking which she believes is the only thing that she is good at. Will coming into her life is a good thing. He begins to ground her and even help her realize some of the mistakes that she is making. Will has his own complicated background that he is trying to run away from because he is constantly scared that he will give in to his terrors.
There are some creative names within this series. I love the use of different and strange names but I will say that I did have issues with the whole male/female switch to the names and that did confuse me at times. The book does come with a list of the character names at the beginning I think just because of this. Josh for the female lead, then Lauren (female spelling) and Haley are two of the males while Winsor and Whim are non-specific. It took me over half the novel to get the names straight without having to go back and remember who was who again.
Overall, the first book is full of secrets and hard won truths. There is quite a bit of action and some terribly imaginative nightmares.
The second novel in this series is where things really start to fall apart. As the second book in a trilogy, I’m not really surprised. A few months have passed since the ending of Dreamfire, just long enough for Josh, Will and Haley to heal from the wounds they received after their fight with Feodor. Unfortunately, Josh and Will have more than just wounds to heal, they have other issues that they must work through. Issues that seem them grow further and further apart.
Josh and Will go into a dream in order to work on some of their fears when they run into a strange person that wasn’t a dreamer in the dream. They pull her out of the dream into the world only to find out she is the long-lost princess of the Dream Walkers. Complicating matters, Josh’s grandfather is leading the charge for a whole new government over the Dream Walkers and it doesn’t include royalty. He is also undermining Josh and trying to figure out what powers she holds over the dream world.
This novel was quite a bit of a downer because almost all of the characters are fighting each other and dealing with some very terrible demons. Also, Josh literally has to make a deal with the devil in order to fight her grandfather who is trying to tear apart the dream world for his own gains.
Prepare for quite a bit of science speak. The characters discuss a lot of dream theory. There is more mystery and infighting than action but when stuff starts going the novel goes quickly. There is a resolution to the main story that they are against in this novel and it sets up the final book in the trilogy. I cannot wait to read the final installment because I really want to know how this story will play out. I’m not really sure how everyone will get their happy ending.
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FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Dreamworld. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.