Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.
I have received a free e-copy of the book Screamcatcher: Dream Chasers by Christy J Breedlove to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.
Here is the book blurb.
Seventeen year-old Jory Pike knows a thing or two about Indian lore from her half-blood Chippewa ancestry. She can trap, hunt and fish with the best of them. She has a team of three other teens friends called The Badlands Paranormal Society. Instead of bagging groceries or playing on I-pods, they think they can excel at banishing evil spirits. They hope to cleanse houses and earn fat paychecks for their services.
Dream catchers aren’t just the chic hoops tourists buy at novelty shops–they work. And sometimes they clog up with nightmares until they collapse under their own evil weight, imploding and sending the dreamer into an alternate world. Jory uses her worst nightmare to enter the dream catcher world. She’s pulled her teammates in deliberately. Everything goes right on schedule but they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. Now Jory and her friends are there, trapped between the people who have confessed their sins to the Great Spirit and are seeking a way out, and the monsters and evil spirits, which are happy to keep them trapped in the web world forever.
They were once considered Seekers in the dream world. Now they’ve become vigilantes and call themselves Pathfinders. Is it spiritual enlightenment they after? Or have they now become fatally reckless?
This is book 2 in the Screamcatcher series, aimed at YA readers. I haven’t read book 1, but found this worked perfectly as a stand-alone read. It is fantasy, a genre I don’t usually read, but I was hooked from almost the beginning.
It starts off with a team of 4 main Pathfinder characters, Jory, Choice, Lander and Darcy, all aged 16-18, who have been commissioned to sort out a huge evil dream catcher which is giving its current owners nightmares. They make the jump into an alternate nightmare world, starting on the bad outer rim of the dream catcher, where the neighbourhood seems to have been burnt to the ground. All is in ruins, nothing useful can be found and they need to head west, searching for the good Seekers, moving from sector to sector, heading to the centre where good can pass through.
But everything seems stacked against them, challenges, monsters, difficult terrain, extreme weather and huge walls between sectors.
So can they find and rescue some Seekers? And can they reach the centre?
Screamcatcher: Dream Chasers is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. A great read. Highly recommended.
I’ve never actually seen a dream catcher, but I’ve even been eying up my wind chimes suspiciously since reading this book.