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The Dark Dreamer #1
Published by Parliament House Press on January 29, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
The Sandman is seventeen-year-old Nora’s closest friend and best-kept secret. He has to be, if she doesn’t want a one-way ticket back to the psychiatrist. It took her too long to learn not to mention the hooded figure in her dreams to her mother, who still watches Nora as if she’ll crack. So when Nora’s friends start mysteriously dying gruesome deaths in their sleep, she isn’t altogether surprised when the police direct their suspicion at her. The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers. But the truth might be more than she bargained for…
For the last five years, the Sandman has spent every night protecting Nora. When he hid the secret to the Nightmare Lord’s escape inside her dreams, he never expected to fall in love with her. Neither did he think his nemesis would find her so quickly, but there’s no mistaking his cruel handiwork. The Nightmare Lord is tired of playing by the rules and will do anything to release his deadly nightmares into the world, even if that means tormenting Nora until she breaks.
When the Nightmare Lord kidnaps Nora’s sister, Nora must enter enemy territory to save her. The Sandman is determined to help, but if Nora isn’t careful, she could lose even more than her family to the darkness.
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Let’s begin with how gorgeous the cover for Dream Keeper is because it is one heck of a beauty. In a way, it gives off great dreamy vibes that could go dark any minute.
Welcome to the world where dreams and nightmares form.
Amber Duell brings us to an interestingly crafted world where dreams and nightmares are separate from each other in one world. That world is co-ruled by the Nightmare Lord and the Sandman, who are now enemies after a falling out. From a young age, Nora is entrusted with the secret of the Nightmare Lord’s escape, becoming the Dream Keeper, and is protected by the Sandman for five years.
Dream Keeper gets dark and gets dark quickly.
Duell introduces us to Nora’s peaceful world, but only for a little while. The Nightmare Lord finds Nora’s whereabouts and will do anything to get her to release that dream so he can release his nightmares into her world. Nora finds her friends and family’s safety compromised, with people connected to her meeting their death in all kinds of gruesome ways in their sleep. Dream Keeper gets dark within a few chapters and continues to bring that darkness throughout most of the book.
Engaging but predictable.
From the first page, Duell keeps us engaged in Nora’s story, having something that will get us to turn the next page and finish the first installment. However, Dream Keeper is predictable. I found myself losing some enjoyment because I was always ahead of the characters by a step or so.
Didn’t buy that relationship.
We have the beginning of a relationship with Nora and the Sandman going on, and I’m not buying it. Despite the two knowing each for five years, it feels out of place distracts from the plot of the story.
I still want to read the sequel.
Despite the predictability and the lack thereof relationship, I want to continue in Dark Consort, the sequel to Dream Keeper. I’m curious about Duell’s plans for Nora and want to know more about what will happen next to the characters.