Well now I have to admit that the first thing drawing me into Dream Keeper would have to be that beautiful cover But once I took a lance at what the book would be about I couldn t help but be curious As a long time fan of horror the line start mysteriously dying ruesome deaths in their sleep stood out like a sore thumb and made the think of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies sign me up please While Dream Keeper isn t exactly horror it is a darker young adult fantasy with some ruesome deaths involved so it may not be for everyoneSeventeen year old Nora has had an ongoing relationship with a figure in her dreams known as The Sandman
every night for years Nora learned a while ago that talking of The Sandman to her night for years Nora learned a while ago that talking of The Sandman to her and family was a no no as it would only land her into treatment yet again However now another entity of the dream world has found Nora and this one is not her friend The Nightmare Lord
tracked down Nora after The Sandman hid the key to his down Nora after The Sandman hid the key to his within Nora making her the Dream Keeper and when others around her begin to die violent deaths Nora knows she needs to face The Nightmare Lord in his territoryThe Dream Keeper by Amber R Duell is the first book of the young adult fantasy The Dark Dreamer Trilogy One thing I can say is it s certainly different and didn t take long to rab my attention While it has the darker almost horror vibe to some of it the story also has a bit of romance making it one of those that crosses enres and I do love a Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood good mix to a story Obviously being part of a trilogy there was an ending that left the door open for in the series which will certainly be interesting to see what the author comes up with nextI received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalleyFor reviews please visit This was such an engaging and entertaining foray into the dream and nightmare scapeSuch imagination was expanded here and I was ever so fascinated by the Sandman himselfIf I m being honest here he was hands down my favourite character in Dream Keeper by far and the best thing overall about this storyI really would have liked to have dug deeper into his backstory than we actually did hopefully his particular tale will emergeradually in future instalmentsSo In itself as a story the prose used throughout Dreamkeeper had such a lyrical feel to itAlso though YA this actually had a much darker vibe to it than I was originally expectingThis is not an actual criticism just an observation I myself prefer it when there are shades of rey involved makes things a tad meatierSo I found this a bit light on developed secondary characters and also it did et slightly repetitive at times in regard to Nora s nighttime wanderingsI secondary characters and also it did Elena's Conquest get slightly repetitive at times in regard to Nora s nighttime wanderingsI disliked that we neverot a name for the Sandman It left me feeling slightly disconnected to him as an individual and as an extension a romantic interestI also found it a tad disconcerting that certain pivotal players were introduced so late in the Sister of My Heart game without any prior mentionsDespite this I still enjoyed myself with this it s an extremely imaginative storyI also liked where this eventually took us and originally I was not sure if I wasonna read the nextinstalment of this as I wasn t really that invested overall but with that finale how could I not I so King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies gotta see where this is heading to nextSo on that note folks I will love ya and leave yaI voluntary reviewed an Arc of Dream Keeper The Dark Dreamer Trilogy 1All opinions expressed are entirely my ownReviewed By Beckie Bookwormhttpswwwfacebookcombeckiebookwormwwwbeckiebookwormcom Mr Sandman bring me a dreamAmber R Duell s DREAM KEEPER is a refreshingly uniue read that fulfilled this fantasy lover s dream of finding another hiddenem in the treasure chest of Rescuing Gus great readingNora has always met the Sandman in her dreams but when she becomes a suspect in her friends murders only the Sandman can help her find the killer He has crossed the veil between dreams and the physical world but he is not alone the Nightmar Disclaimer This book was sent to me by the publisher The Parliament House via NetGalley for an honest review OpinionWhen I saw Dream Keeper on Netgalley I just knew I had to have itA retelling of the Sandman the weaver of nightmares and a youngirl caught up in the middle of it all Sold A YA story or romance fantasy and magic Sold A Lord of Nightmares and a Lord of Dreams A Night World and a Day World It ALL just promised to be SO AMAZING I mean I justloved itWith the description above basically Class of 92: Out of Our League giving away the ENTIRE book I realize that it would be vastly unnecessary for me toive my own synopsis So let s just jump right in shall we I have a feeling this review if Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story going to be short and sweet Wellshort and sourThis book had a TON of promise but really fell flat for me The reason for that MAY be because it feels like it targets a younger audience Pre TeenTeen by the characters coming across as childlike and adolescent rather than somewhat mature The author chose to use phrases like sorry not sorry in one instance. 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 dyingruesome deaths in their sleep she isn’t altogether surprised when the police dire. ,
Amber R. Duell ✓ 5 ReadA story based on the Sandman sounded interesting I was apprehensive because of the warning in the description While yes there are vivid death scenes I think it helps to make this story all the realistic and powerful Nightmares are in our minds but when they become a tangible thing it shows how terrifying our realities can beThe story immediately starts off with the Sandman The plot is divulged by the Sandman himself along with the protagonist Nora For years Nora has struggled to believe that she is OK After her parents split she began meeting the Sandman in her dreams after asking for his help to sleep Convinced she was on the verge of a mental break Nora s mother is determined to fix her by sending her to counseling and monitoring her day and night activities Nora uickly learns that she must keep her dreams of the Sandman a secret so her mom doesn t worry While Nora thinks the Sandman is a part of her imagination that works in tandem to How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead govern her state of mind she realizes that her tie to this timeless being is much deeper than she realized Because the Sandman is realOne thing that this book does so well is that it never allows the reader to become bored Moreover it s not filled with plot fillers It s filled with applicable and creative twists and details that literallyive it a dreamlike uality I find the concept of dreams and nightmares to be a very difficult topic to pin down yet I believe Duell did a beautiful rendering and personifies them in the Sandman and the Weaver well This book without a doubt will make you feel anxious With Nora constantly waging war in her mind about everything in the waking world and dreamland I constantly was uestioning what was real and what wasn t I thought it was a very interesting take on a character Although I can t really say anything for spoiler reasons I loved the ending I kept thinking while reading how is this possibly oing to end And when it did I was shocked This book was so well written The writing style description overall creativity plot line and complex characters altogether made a dream of a book The author s ability to create realistic monologues of the character s thoughts floored me There were a few areas that I felt that needed some explanation but I m hoping and expecting them to be explained in the seuels to come Like view spoilerThe Sandman has basically always been around or has for a long time Doesn t that make him immortal and unable to die Also non human More details please hide spoiler Whoah Fans of Neil Gaiman Splintered by AG Howard and Nightmare on Elm Street look no further Your next read has arrivedor sort of coming to a bookstore near you in January 19 D A book about the Sandman and the Weaver Sign me up I loved Sandy from Guardians but my favorite was Pitch and if you loved him too I can promise that you ll love Weaver I m
also a "Huge Fan Of Splintered "fan of Splintered AG Howard and this filled a void for mea huge fan of Splintered by AG Howard and this filled a void for me world building is epic as well as eerie and it is tangible at every twist and turn I felt entirely immersed in this world for better or worse I m thankful I didn t have nightmares because I m a wussAside from the world the characters were reat too each of them had their moments of rowth and they were easy to differentiate Duell knows how to create characters with depth which she uses to shatter your heart The over arching plot is reat too A Moonrise girl who is left touard something precious and believes herself to be insane as she escapes to the dream world to meet The Sandman and prefers to be in that world versus reality It s fast paced it s romantic it s horrifying and it is altogether a wonderful book Shelf it sueeze it and love it Source PublisherGenre Young Adult ParanormalRating 35 4ThoughtsDream Keeper is the first installment in author Amber R 35 starsI enjoyed reading through this however I felt like the concept was Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi good but execution is so so The beginning and end of the book wasreat but the middle part not so much It kinda dragged and was too focused on reassurances and the romance A bit cliche on some moments but I did like that it didn t shy away from the ore and death as well as the description of the creepy nightmares Each problem was conveniently solved and was done in a page or so despite pages of planning for the worseAs for the characters they were fine to me but I wasn t a big fan of how the Sandman was too obsessed and protective of Nora not in a toxic way And I wish his name wasn t the Sandman I kept laughing in serious moment because of how ridiculous I found his name to beWhat I hated the most is how the last 100 pages or so was all just planning for the ending which ended in a page or two in the end The ending was predictable but I m interested in what the author will do with it in the next bookOverall it Was Cliche And Convenient cliche and convenient I like the writing style I m interested in how things are oing to change and what will Nora do in the next bookThank you Netgalley for providing me with the digital copy for an honest review. E 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 breaksWhen 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 than her family to the darknessPlease note This story contains vivid death scenes. And then words like perturbed and Alien Alpha grotesue in the next Though the writing is VERY descriptive and paints a beautiful picture of the dream and nightmare world I felt like I was caught in a wind tunnel of conflicting writing styles At one point it feels elouent and mature and the next it is simplistic and feels cheesy I almost felt like I was reading a soap opera at times Unfortunately I didn t have a strong connection to Nora and the Sandman especially when it came to their romance When the reader starts this book they are thrust right in the middle of the story There isn t much of a premise so it eventually backpedals you through past events to catch you up Sometimes this works in stories but in this case it was just confusing Due to the uick start and even uicker romance it doesn tive the reader adeuate time to connect to Nora and the Sandman The Sandman ended up sounding like a brooding teenager even though he s supposed to be decades old and Nora didn t seem to have much of an emotional response to the murders around herwhich is strange Shouldn t she be freaking the fk out I would be So instead of exciting and fresh these characters came off as uite dull and unimpressive The flow of the writing and the structure of this story also left me a little unsettled With the beginning starting from nowhere and being rushed it made me think that this series was oing to be PACKED with exciting moments I mean it would have to be for this to be a trilogy and start that way right Well yes and no I wasn t bored while reading but I DID feel like there wasn t a lot of meaningful and necessary moments happening Things felt a little out of order or rushed in spots and slow in others My editing brain kept wanting to rearrange different paragraphs and sentences so it was a bit hard to et through Another confusing aspect was that a bunch of REALLY important characters didn t come into this story until the end By the time I ot to these new characters I was already checked out of the story and skimming the lines Maybe if they were introduced earlier it would have kept my attention and interest I thought the character of Baku was very creative so I wish he would have had a bigger role and made a stronger connection with Nora or the Sandman It could have been a memorable and amusing duo for the reader to et hooked onThis really came off negative than I was anticipating which is unfortunate This story had a lot of reat ideas and moments but I think some final editing could have really improved it Though I am slightly curious to see if the writing and characters improve in book two I probably won t be picking up the next copy With the characters and flow of writing falling short Dream Keeper turned out to be a real dud for me This is of course is just my "opinion A lot of other readers really enjoyed this story so "A lot of other readers really enjoyed this story so t use my words as law Even though you could This is one of those You ve ot to turn your brain off to read this books There are so many things that could have been saved with better editing but ended up being mediocre as is First of
all the Sandman an eternal being that is thousands of yearsthe Sandman an eternal being that is thousands of years falling in love with a 17 year old irl that should by all accounts be an infant in his eyes is cringey at best problematic at worst I KNOW THAT STORIES ABOUT MYTHICAL BEINGS that stories about mythical beings in love with humans are suuuper common and have been since well ancient civilizations but that doesn t mean that we don t know any better in 2k19Secondly the Weaver and the nightmares are pretty pathetic We re supposed to take them really seriously especially after the Weaver kills a few people and conveniently only kidn Right off the bat I was extremely intrigued by this book I ve read three other stories by Duell so I knew the writing was oing to be flawless and the story would be uniue I was not disappointedFirst off I m Beautiful Ghosts going to say I don tet scared or need a blanket when reading a dark or creepy book Instead I m like heck yes that was awesome And there was a whole bunch of fist pumping with the nightmare descriptionsThe book is told in dual POV and I already knew Sandman would be my favorite chapters which they were But Nora s were Alexandra, Gone great too she was a strong character that made choices for heself Now let set down to swoony business the Sandman was sweet and can I just keep him in my pocket Also I want to o to my own private sand beach like now have a sand whip and kapow it against the sand just becauseSo far this is my favorite book by the author fab ab ab writing and especially the world which was such a cool concept Loved it Give me the next one now See my full review of this book on my blog along with others at foalsfictionandfiligreecom I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from Parliament House Publishing Thank you so muchContent Warning Vivid Death and Gore Profanity Possible Emotional Abuse For every light there was a shadow for every dream a nightmare Wow I reuested an ARC of this book on a whim While. Ct their suspicion at her The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers But the truth might be than she bargained forFor 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 uickly but there’s no mistaking his cruel handiwork Th. .