Sunday 12 July 2020

BOOK REVIEW - Screamcatcher: Dream Chasers by Christy J Breedlove

Screamcatcher: Dream Chasers
Author: Christy J. Breedlove
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: 24th March 2020

Book Description:
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?

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Jory Pike and the gang have returned with a mission that is quite literally a nightmare. As The Badlands Paranormal Society, they offer a service to all those in need of banishing evil spirits. Why? Because if they don't, who else is going to get their hands dirty and come to the rescue of those in need of help? As prepared as they believe they are, however, there are just some things one cannot prepare the mind for. Will they survive this time around? Only time will tell.

This was certainly an improvement from the previous book, particularly in character development. The dynamics of the characters and their relationship with one another was much more noticeable and their personalities came across a lot more, especially the supporting characters. I still couldn't relate much with characters and didn't connect with anyone other than Jory, but I did appreciate that the supporting characters had more of a presence. The characters appeared younger than their age, which would explain some of their releckless and immature behaviour in certain scenes. I got a Scooby Doo meets Goosebumps vibes a few times, which I believe was mostly down to the way the characters were portrayed. This did help lighten the mood as the characters did encounter some dark and dangerous missions.

It was definitely an exciting book that compels one to broaden their imagination. It's adventurous and intense and delves into a fascinating mythology that hasn't been explored enough. A good read indeed.


Award: Gold
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Author

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