Saturday 15 December 2018

Book Review: Dream Keeper (Dark Dreamer #1) by Amber R. Duell (Fantasy/YA)

Title: Dream Keeper (Dark Dreamer #1)
Author: Amber R. Duell
The Parliament House

Publication Date: 11 September 2018
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley

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.

Dream Keeper was an entertaining and captivating read. I loved the premise, and I enjoyed the presentation of the characters, especially the Sandman and Nora. The potential romance was nicely handled, and the pacing was good, keeping me always keen to turn the page and find out what would happen next. The ending went a different way than I'd expected, and I would be interested to read on to book two of this trilogy, to see how things work out. This is something a little different from the usual YA fantasy fare, so I'm sure it will appeal to many readers looking for a story that's fresh and new. 4.5 stars

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