Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Review: Dream Slayer by Jill Cooper

Synopsis:  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 quiver and your heart melt.

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

Review:  I really liked Dream Slayer - loved it actually. It's really different from all the other paranormal stories out right now. Dream Slayer is a complex story with two worlds - the real world Natalie lives in, where she is an over-weight, bullied girl with a bad home life.  In the dream world Natalie kicks butt and fights evil and has a strong sense of confidence and self-worth.  The real action begins when the two worlds start to collide.

I liked the fact that the heroine, Natalie, is "plus size." (or maybe just overweight). Granted, we all want to be the beautiful, Barbie doll heroines in the other stories out (like society tells us we should be), but we’re not. I think it’s great to have a heroine who isn’t perfect by today’s standards – who is normal and real. I think because she isn’t some idealized version of what a girl should be according to Hollywood and magazines etc, that she more relatable and more likable. We all wish that we could be something more – someone heroic and brave, and it’s great to have a lead character that can be heroic and brave while also being herself. Thank you for that. It’s refreshing. 

Overall, I rate this book 5 stars.  It's well worth the read, and I hope to learn more about the secondary characters in the next book.

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About Jill Cooper : 

Jill Cooper loves tea more than coffee and is obsessed over finding that perfect recipe. She lives in Danvers, MA with two cats, a toddler, a husband, and a 1964 yellow taxi. Her life is chaotic, but fun. She is currently working on a new Sci-fi thriller and the sequel to the Dream Slayer. She can be contacted at


theevasmommy said...

Thanks for your review! I appreciate it!

engelsigh said...

It was my pleasure. I really loved the book.

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