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!