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Book 1 of 7 in the Dream Slayer Series

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"Jill Cooper's debut young adult paranormal novel offers a lot of *punch.* Bam, kapow, hiyaaah! Witty dialogue, memorable characters, and hilarity in the face of certain doom all make for a stunning read." -- Emlyn Chand, author of the award-winning Farsighted series 

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In the tradition of young adult vampire fiction such as Twilight and Buffy the Vampire slayer, comes The Dream Slayer.
The Dream Slayer: Book 1 
The Demon Royale: Book 2 
The Uninvited Novella The 
Dawning Apocalypse: Book 3 
Frozen Reverie: Book 4 (coming 2014)

Young Adult paranormal series that features two worlds, and two girls with a shared destiny. Vampires, Demons, and monsters lurk in the shadows where a group of chosen kids must fight to protect their city all the while struggling with love and lost with a mild sense of humor.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470112299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470112295
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,066,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Dream Slayer is a fast-paced story with a unique paranormal twist.

The heroine, Natalie, is a downtrodden teenage girl who suffers through daily bully attacks at school, only to go home and deal with an angry, alcoholic father. She's self-conscious about her appearance, doesn't value herself, and has one friend (Tristan), who she leans on heavily for support. My heart went out to her almost immediately.

In Natalie's dreams, though, she's an entirely different person: confident, thin, pretty, and a demon slayer. Yep. While Natalie sleeps, she becomes a kick-ass monster killer who immediately reminded me of Buffy. I'm a HUGE Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan and this story reminded me of my favorite show.

The side characters: Tristan, Michelle, and Mr. Buckle provided fun one-liners and comic relief, and reminded me of Buffy's Scooby gang.

The unique twist I mentioned above comes in the form of alternate dimensions. Natalie's found a way to "bridge the gap" so to speak, and I found myself a bit confused on more than one occasion as I tried to discern which world she was in, and which version of herself and friends were battling demons. Still, despite the temporary confusion, I felt the book was very unique, and I enjoyed reading about a heroine who didn't fit the typical "slayer mold". Heroes and heroines come in all shapes, sizes, and packages, and Natalie rose to the occasion when her friends needed her.

Fun weekend read!
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So I'm of two minds when it comes to this book. On the one paw, there are moments where I liked it. But on the other paw, there are some elements that just kept me from getting into the story as much as I would have liked.

One of those elements was the continual parallels to the TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There are a lot of them. And yes, I almost put the book down and walked away because I was finding it difficult to get past the whole fan fic vibe. Now don't get me wrong, I love Buffy as much as the next cat, but this was not at all what I was expecting when I picked up the book to read. To say it was a distraction is a bit of an understatement. I couldn't get the TV show of my head while reading. Believe me I tried.

Another element which I found distracting was the jumping between Natalie's reality and her dream world. There were several moments where I couldn't figure out which Natalie I was reading about, the real Natalie or the slayer Natalie. Yes, the manner and tone changed depending on which Natalie was taking center stage, but I still got confused at times when the change over happened.

Despite all this, I still found the story to be an interesting one. I loved that Cooper made her main character the subject of bullying and abuse. She did a wonderful job conveying the hopelessness and low self-esteem a lot of victims feel who are subjected to bullying on a daily basis. Plus the abuse Natalie and her mother face at the hands of her father at home is also realistic. So much so, that my heart went out to Natalie. It was really nice to see her come into her own as the story progressed.

Over all, I liked the story and would be curious to see what the sequel holds in store. At the very least this is the start to an intriguing series of books.
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Once I got past the slow parts, this was a pretty good book. Natalie is a teenager going thru teen stuff, she's kind of the outcast girl with few friends even though she grew up with half the school. She begins to have dreams of herself with an alter ego, a demon slayer. Little does she know that these dreams will bleed into her reality and take her on quite the adventure. Kicking butt, love, lust and friendship renewed. Fun story.
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Jill Cooper is a great author. Natalie has two lives. She has her best friend, Tristan, who she has known since early childhood. However, she does not have many friends in school except for Charles. Sarah and Michelle were her friends at one time yet now they pick on her. Sarah hit her while they were on the bus, and it was a good thing she didn't have a concussion. Her dad was an alcoholic and would lose control and her mother waited on her husband hand and foot .
When Natalie went to sleep she would become beautiful, slim, fearless, and she became the slayer, she would fight demons and vampires. She also had another slayer named Damien who would help her and her heart would beat faster when they got close. She would almost melt when he kissed her yet she didn't know if she could trust him completely. What would happen if the dream world became part of reality? This is an Excellent story.
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I read this in less than 2 days. Couldn't put it down. Fast paced and so much fun. The world building was interwoven with witty dialogue - internal and external - and fun action.

I was cocnerned at first that maybe the humor would detract from the action, but surprise-surprise when it only enhanced it. That was a shocker for me. I've never seen that pulled off in books - in movies, sure, but not books. When I'm sitting on the edge of my seat and then suddenly laughing out loud, there's a lot going on and you know I'm engaged.

Great read. I can't wait for the rest of the series. Grab yours now... seriously!
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