Author: Kit Alloway.
Series: Yes, #1.
Source: Publisher, for Review.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin.
Published Date: 2/24/15.
"Joshlyn Weaver has always lived with a big secret. Ordinary kids spend their free time going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and searching on the internet. But for her, an evening at home usually means entering people's dreams. For many generations, her family has been part of a very powerful and very secretive society of dream walkers. Tasked with the responsibility of lowering the world's general anxiety—which only leads to war and strife in the waking world—their job has always been to stop nightmares before they go too far. By stopping nightmares while sleeping, they help to stop nightmares in real life. But when an ancient feud within the dream walker society resurfaces right when a seemingly unconnected series of very strange and very scary events start occurring during her dream walks, Josh finds herself in a race against time. The one true dream walker has never been known. Could she be the one?"
Dreamfire is one of those books that I read based purely on the synopsis...okay, that might be a little bit of a lie, because the cover probably has something to do with it too. But I'm used to having the safety net of other reviews, or Goodreads ratings, and that just wasn't there this time. At the time I was offered Dreamfire for review, there wasn't really anything on Goodreads, and none of the blogs I follow and trust hadn't read or reviewed it yet.
Why did I ultimately pick up Dreamfire? In a strange way it reminded me of Archived by Victoria Schwab; the whole idea of someone going somewhere and helping out the dead/living. Besides that tiny comparison, if you can even call it that, Dreamfire was nothing like Archived.
Dreamfire, follows the story of a girl named Josh, who goes into peoples' nightmares, and either helps them get out, or helps them completely eliminate the dream. Even though the dream is completely up to the dreamer, it can be a lot harder than just convincing the dreamer that they can change this entire thing at any time.
Josh has been a dream walker since birth. She has seen everything and learned a lot. While many people around her congratulate her for all her hard work and amazing success, Josh still struggles to believe it entirely. Receiving her scroll for accepting another four (or so, don't quote me) years of dream walking, she isn't sure what might be hidden inside.
But as the celebration of Josh's success carried on and the party got a little bit more wild, someone spilled the contents of her scroll. Josh doesn't know for certain if or who it would be, but she would be taking in an apprentice, and train them in the ways of a dream walker. Seems like a good thing? Yes. But Josh isn't sure of herself. She doesn't want to be emotional invested in someone, and have to worry and protect someone else in a dream. Not again...
Even though, the story didn't turn out the way I hoped, I couldn't get enough. There was so much to learn and know about the dream walker "world". I absolutely loved it. Besides that, there was tension, confusion and heartache. Josh is still overcoming the loss of a boy she loved, a best friend she betrayed and the fact that she has an apprentice.
Overall, Kit Alloway built an amazing community of dream walking and cast of characters! Josh knew who she was, and accepted it. She wasn't embarrassed or ashamed of being a dream walker; she fully embraced it, and that's what I loved about her. I mean HOW annoying is it when someone can do these AWESOME things, but hates it? Or is embarrassed of it?
Will was oblivious throughout most of the story, sweet and understanding (even though he had no idea what was happening half of the time). And he brought our view into the story. He was on the same playing field as we, the readers were, and was learning everything about dream walking along side of us.
If there was one thing I wanted more of, it would have to be of Josh's dreams. What happens when she dreams? Does she have nightmares? Do other dream walkers help her out? I HAVE TO KNOW!!
What is the most upsetting about Dreamfire? That I just gulped it down within a few days, it was released a few days ago...and now I have to wait for the second book to be released....
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