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The Dream Slayer [Kindle Edition]

Jill Cooper
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Book Description

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. 

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

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 2014) 
Fury Finale (Coming Dec 2014)


Editorial Reviews

Review

"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: #14,066 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3.9 out of 5 stars
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3.9 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting paranormal twist June 8, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Fun! July 29, 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Is it a dream or reality? March 22, 2013
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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!) and doesn't let up until the final faceoff! The novel is well paced and characters are likeably flawed in BOTH worlds. I found myself wishing she'd end up with one boy and then the other... then the opposite in the next second. Loved that triangle.

Someone mentioned Buffy in another review and I had to laugh... Buffy has nothing on Natalie! She's is the slayer I'd want watching my town!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and never dull February 20, 2013
Format:Paperback
I was so intrigued by the concept of this book, I couldn't wait to read it. I'm so glad I did! It was interesting and, though I was a bit confused at first at the switches between the two Natalies, it didn't take long to get to know how they sounded and could tell them apart easily.

I don't even know how to describe this plot (the blurb above does a great job), but I will say that it was never boring. I was fascinated by how the two worlds began to intersect and how the different characters from each were the same, but different.

The author's writing skills are exceptional, and her descriptions are clear and three dimensional. I could see all the characters, the settings and more. I really felt as though I was right there with Natalie, especially when the action picked up.

She created a love triangle (if there are two Natalies, does that make it a love square?) of sorts with Tristan and Damian, but honestly I found Damian's interest a little odd. Tristan, though, is a sweetheart and clearly the right one for at least one of the Natalies.

Action packed, with a cast of well-rounded characters, The Dream Slayer is a young adult book I can happily recommend for teens of all ages. The violence is there, of course, but not overly graphic (except, perhaps, one place at the end during an almost demon buffet) and the romance is sweet. I am looking forward to the sequel -- maybe the Natalies will meet?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 23 days 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 16 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 17 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 17 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 18 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 19 months ago by sherre salcido
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Paranormal Lovers of All Ages
Natalie has a rotten life. An alcoholic, verbally abusive father, a school bully and more — who could blame her for dreaming a whole new life for herself? Read more
Published 21 months ago by LAS Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Buffy Meet Natalie
What happens when your dreams start to come true? Especially your dreams about being a demon slayer. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Judy Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
The Dream Slayer is a good start to a new Young Adult series. Cooper does an excellent job transitioning the writing from real life Natalie to the dream Natalie. Read more
Published 21 months ago by April
4.0 out of 5 stars FANTASY NOVEL
I liked this book it was really good with the fantasies. I really liked how it had two stories merge into one with the dream and real life.
Published 23 months ago by Kara
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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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