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The Dream Slayer [Kindle Edition]

Jill Cooper
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Book Description

"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

It all starts here. Her journey to a warrior. A champion, but Natalie doesn't know that yet.

She's the butt of everyone's jokes, the mockery of Meadow Creek High. She wants nothing more than to disappear into a day dream. Unaware that dream is about to become reality.

There she is the beautiful Slayer. A chosen warrior on a mission with faithful family and friends--everything Natalie could ever wish for. Everything that Natalie isn't.

But with a murder that reminds Natalie of a day dream she's had, she comes to realize the line between dream and reality are fading. With her family and friends unhinging from madness, Natalie is going to have to do something she's never done before.

Stand on her own two feet and face evil in the unflinching darkness.

In the tradition of young adult vampire fiction such as Twilight and Buffy the Vampire slayer, comes The Dream Slayer.






Reading Order:

The Dream Slayer
Demon Royale

The Uninvited: Novella
Dawning Apocalypse
Frozen Reverie
Sacrifice: Novella
Necromancer's Kiss: Novella
Shadow
Resolve Coming Dec 18
Fury Finale Coming Dec 18

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.


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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

From the Author

If you're a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer you'll love the Dream Slayer series. A blend of genre bending fiction mixed with the supernatural, romance, comedy and drama with a unique spin on the slayer concept.

As someone who was bullied growing up by kids and sometimes adults, it was important to me to show a heroine that struggles to get through day to day life. Natalie's journey isn't easy. By the time you flip the page on the 7th full length novel Fury, her adventure from coming from meek to the ultimate leader will be finished. You'll have witnessed a young girl go through hell and back, loved and lost, standing up to the forces of evil and her own family.

Natalie isn't perfect but she's a roll model. She answers the question, what would Buffy had been like if she didn't have the perfect Mom, the fancy house and the designer clothes. How would all that hardship shape her journey, what kind of person would she be?

Plus we have hot guys, loving romances, and lots of vampires to stake.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4138 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470112299
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZRYPV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,507 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting paranormal twist June 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings December 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dream Slayer May 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been privileged to read the entire series by Jill Cooper. The Dream Slayer is a story with so many layers, lovingly told with an enchanting voice. The story is for Every Person. Who can't relate to those moments of awkwardness as a teenager where you wish the world would quake open and swallow you whole? Who hasn't felt their alter ego stir inside them?

Jill Cooper creatively blends two worlds, that of our Every Girl Natalie and that of The Dream Slayer, both equally harrowing in the fantastic and every day life. Jill Cooper doesn't shy away from the wicked, nor does she sugar coat her characters' worlds and she does it so magically that you're rooting for your favorites--regardless of what side you're one.

She deliciously paints evil against a beautiful backdrop and takes the reader through a fast whirlwind of suspense and horror anchored with solid characters. There were times I was truly afraid for the protagonist and her friend, and times when I cheered with their triumphs. It is more than just a teen story with vampires and dark fangy things in the night. It is a story about finding inner strength and overcoming adversity, even when everyone wants to see expected failure.

If the supernatural is your passion and you want to sink your teeth into a little more than a young adult paranormal story, you'll love Jill Cooper's The Dream Slayer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great action packed story! July 31, 2012
By Amy
Format:Kindle Edition
Okay, so dreams bleeding into real life, awesome right? I was so excited to read this book. I am fascinated with dreams and the lines between them and real life. When those lines get blurred it has to make for a whole lot of awesome. Well, yes and no. I have to say for a lot of this book I was absolutely confused. I couldn't make sense of anything for the first few chapters at all. The idea of this is really awesome and after a while I was able to grasp it, but I had a really hard time at first. Maybe that is the way it's supposed to be, I don't know. Anyways, I did end up enjoying it though.

Natalie is the girl who gets picked on. She is overweight, not pretty by a lot of the other people's standards, wears glasses, and doesn't have cool clothes. She escapes into her dreams where she is a total bad ass vampire slayer who is pretty, confident, and has a hot guy who adores her. In her dreams she is what she wishes she could be in real life. That's all great until somehow she dreams of her number one bully getting possessed by evil demons and killing herself to warn Natalie, and she dies in real life too. The problem is, now it seems that everyone's nightmares are a reality. Somehow she has brought the dream world to life. She is the only one who can stop whatever is going on, but in real life, she isn't the confident bad ass she is in her dreams.

Tristan is really great. He is her best friend since they were toddlers. He's her BFF in both the real world and dream world. He will do anything he can to protect her and be there for her. Even though she lies to him and keeps secrets, he still really cares about her and can't stay mad at her. He is not the toughest guy ever, but he is honest and caring. Yes, he can totally be a jerk, but when he is, it's for a reason.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
i loved the story line. and it was great better then i ever thought thanks
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!!
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 more
Published 12 days ago by Sue Ann B
4.0 out of 5 stars good but slow start
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting!
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!
Published 2 months ago by YoungHeart
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Plot
I thought this book had a very interesting plot. It was unlike anything I've read before and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amber Garza
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read...
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 more
Published 19 months ago by lharley77
4.0 out of 5 stars Two worlds in one!
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 more
Published 19 months ago by Amber L Garr
4.0 out of 5 stars Completely New Idea
I loved the dream and reality worlds that Jill Cooper developed. In reality a normal, overlooked, overweight female has an enormous burden on herself to do well and to make her... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Christy Powers
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
There is not enough interest to buy the next book of the series, I can not even find enough words to describe this book,
Published 21 months ago by sherre salcido
4.0 out of 5 stars Is it a dream or reality?
Natalie Johnson is pretty much your average bullied teen with an abusive father... but that is about where the average ends! The novel starts off in a chase (quite literally! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Eisley Jacobs
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More About the Author

I could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.

But instead, I'll say I don't want to write like everyone else. I don't want to craft stories you've read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you've ever read.

I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad.

If you do, then I'll have succeeded. If not, I'll keep trying.

She can be contacted at http://www.jillacooper.com and please like her to keep up to date: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jill-Cooper/319251368110396

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