Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: The Dream Slayer by Jill Cooper

Blurb taken from Goodreads:

When your dreams come true, sometimes you get more than you bargained for...

Natalie Johnson has always dreamed she’s someone else; calm, beautiful, in control. A chosen warrior with a maniacal arch nemesis and a dreamy boyfriend, the type that can make your knees melt and your heart quiver.

Real life is much different. She’s tormented by a bully and endures the sharp tongue of her father, but finds solace in her dreams.

When her bully ends up dead, de ja vu from a dream hits her hard as everything around her begins to fall apart.

Whatever killed Sarah in her dreams is now in reality, hunting her from the shadows. And it wants her dead.

Somehow as the lines between reality and nightmare blur, Natalie must discover hidden strength to pull her friends and family back from the brink of madness.

My Review:
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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