Thursday, 22 August 2019

BOOK REVIEW - Screamcatcher: Web World by Christy J. Breedlove

Screamcatcher: Web World
Author: Christy J. Breedlove
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2019

Book Description:
When seventeen-year-old Jory Pike cannot shake the hellish nightmares of her parent’s deaths, she turns to an old family heirloom, a dream catcher. Even though she’s half blood Chippewa, Jory thinks old Indian lore is so yesterday, but she’s willing to give it a try. However, the dream catcher has had its fill of nightmares from an ancient and violent past. After a sleepover party, and during one of Jory’s most horrific dream episodes, the dream catcher implodes, sucking Jory and her three friends into its own world of trapped nightmares. They’re in an alternate universe—locked inside of an insane web world. How can they find the center of the web, where all good things are allowed to pass?

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Jory Pike has been suffering nightmares since the death of her parents. To help her sleep, her grandfather gives her a dream catcher. One night, while having a sleepover with her three friends, a storm arrives. The next morning, the gang find themselves in a parallel world where nothing is what it's supposed to be. Chaos reigns everywhere, and Jory and her friends must find the centre of this web world in order to escape before it's too late.

A fast and exhilarating journey through a world of wonder and tribulation with relatable characters who make you feel their presence from start to finish. I like a good mythology, so delving a little into Native American lore was rather exciting. I got a real Alice in Wonderland vibe from this book. While I wasn't too fond of Darcy and Lander, as they didn't add much in the way of progress, I did engage well with Jory and Choice - Albert too (can't forget granddad) - and the dynamic of their relationship. Their bond felt organic and authentic. Jory really pulled me into her world - no pun intended. She was a likeable and engaging character who carried the story well.

From time to time, I did find it hard visualising this chaotic world. The writing wasn't as visually descriptive as I would have liked for a story like this. The characters came alive but the world didn't come alive as much for me, and that's what I was most looking forward to experiencing.

It was a quick and enjoyable read.


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 Stars
Source: Author

1 comment:

  1. I'm honored to appear on your review page, Al. Thank you for your insightful analysis. It's food for thought when I prep the second book during edits--Chris