Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review - The Dream Slayer by Jill Cooper

Title and Author: The Dream Slayer by Jill Cooper
Publication Date: June 25th, 2012
Paperback/Hardcover: 312
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

When your dreams come true, sometimes you get more than you bargained for...
Natalie Johnson has always dreamed she’s someone else; calm, beautiful, in control. A chosen warrior with a maniacal arch nemesis and a dreamy boyfriend, the type that can make your knees melt and your heart quiver.
Real life is much different. She’s tormented by a bully and endures the sharp tongue of her father, but finds solace in her dreams.
When her bully ends up dead, de ja vu from a dream hits her hard as everything around her begins to fall apart.
Whatever killed Sarah in her dreams is now in reality, hunting her from the shadows. And it wants her dead.
Somehow as the lines between reality and nightmare blur, Natalie must discover hidden strength to pull her friends and family back from the brink of madness

I have received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review. The concept of the book had me intrigued and curious. I was sure this would be a fun and interesting book and, as it turned out, I wasn’t wrong.
The Dream Slayer is the story of Natalie Johnson an average girl who is bullied by some kids at school and by her alcoholic father at home. When she dreams she’s not so average, though. In her dreams Natalie is the Slayer, a strong and beautiful woman.
When reality and dreams start to mix Natalie will need all her strength to save both worlds from destruction.
Natalie was a good main character. She’s not your average heroine and I really enjoyed the fact that, in her dreams, she was able to become a stronger and more determined version of herself. Even though in reality she’s often bullied and only has a friend that’s always on her side – Tristan – she’s actually a really sweet girl with, who likes to see the bright side of life.
As the story develops, Natalie goes through some changes and slowly becomes a strong young woman and intriguing character.
The secondary characters were interesting as well and added something to the story.
The world created by the author is very intriguing and I enjoyed the switches between the real world and the dream world. The author did a wonderful job creating several different and menacing demons for Natalie to slay in her dreams.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. The Dream Slayer is a fast-paced, well-written book with great characters and great moments of action, romance and humor.
If you like Young Adult, Paranormal book with a kick-ass heroine, I think you’ll be able to enjoy this book.

Rating: Worth Your Time (4 Stars)