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The Dream Slayer (Volume 1) Paperback – May 2, 2012
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A 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story line I would recommend this book to teens and young adults I can't wait for book two. Read itPublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
I limped my way through this book. It is a cheesy and badly written story with an unbelievable storyline. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
i loved the story line. and it was great better then i ever thought thanksPublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dream Slayer is really an awesome book!!! I found that the start of the book was a little bit slow - but then it seemed to really pick up. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sue Ann B
I really liked this book! What a cool concept of the real world reflecting the dream world!
Well done Ms. Cooper! Can't wait to see what happens with Natalie and crew next!
I thought this book had a very interesting plot. It was unlike anything I've read before and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Amber Garza
3.5 stars from me...I have to say I really enjoyed this story. I loved the dream aspect...so creative. I thought the writing was great and the book flowed perfectly. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by lharley77
This was an interesting book that had reality tightly interwoven with dream worlds. Natalie is strong in one and bullied in another. I felt for her - in both worlds. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Amber L Garr