Dream Keeper (The Dark Dreamer Trilogy, #1) by Amber R. Duell

Dream Keeper (The Dark Dreamer Trilogy, #1)

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 ...

Details Dream Keeper (The Dark Dreamer Trilogy, #1)

TitleDream Keeper (The Dark Dreamer Trilogy, #1)
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherThe Parliament House
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult Fantasy

Reviews Dream Keeper (The Dark Dreamer Trilogy, #1)

  • Carrie
    Well now, I have to admit that the first thing drawing me into Dream Keeper would have to be that beautiful cover. But once I took a glance at what the book would be about I couldn’t help but be curious. As a long time fan of horror the line “start mysteriously dying gruesome deaths in their sleep” stood out like a sore thumb and made the think of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, sign me up please. While Dream Keeper isn’t exactly horr...
  • Candace Robinson
    Right off the bat, I was extremely intrigued by this book. I've read three other stories by Duell, so I knew the writing was going to be flawless and the story would be unique. I was not disappointed!First off, I'm going to say I don't get scared or need a blanket when reading a dark or creepy book. Instead, I'm more like, heck yes that was awesome! And there was a whole bunch of fist pumping with the nightmare descriptions!The book is told in du...
  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    This was such an engaging and entertaining foray into the dream and nightmare-scape.Such imagination was expanded here and I was ever so fascinated by the Sandman himself.If I'm being honest here he was hands down my favourite character in Dream Keeper by far: and the best thing overall about this story.I really would have liked to have dug deeper into his backstory than we actually did: hopefully, his particular tale will emerge gradually in fut...
  • Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
    Whoah! Fans of Neil Gaiman, Splintered [by A.G. Howard,] and Nightmare on Elm Street, look no further. Your next read has arrived...or sort of, coming to a bookstore near you in January '19! ;D A book about the Sandman, and the Weaver? Sign me up! I loved Sandy from Guardians, but my *favorite* was Pitch, and if you loved him too I can promise that you'll love Weaver! I'm also a huge fan of Splintered by A.G. Howard and this filled a void for me,...
  • Sheila Goicea
    See my full review of this book on my blog along with others at: foalsfictionandfiligree.comI received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from Parliament House Publishing. Thank you so much!Content Warning: Vivid Death and Gore, Profanity, Possible Emotional Abuse For every light there was a shadow, for every dream, a nightmare. Wow. I requested an ARC of this book on a whim. While a story based on the Sandman sounded interestin...
  • Dianne
    Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream…Amber R. Duell’s DREAM KEEPER is a refreshingly unique read that fulfilled this fantasy lover’s dream of finding another hidden gem in the treasure chest of great reading!Nora has always met the Sandman in her dreams, but when she becomes a suspect in her friends’ murders, only the Sandman can help her find the killer. He has crossed the veil between dreams and the physical world, but he is not alone, the Nig...
  • JenacideByBibliophile
    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, The Parliament House, via NetGalley for an honest review. Opinion:When I saw Dream Keeper on Netgalley, I just knew I had to have it.A retelling of the Sandman, the weaver of nightmares, and a young girl caught up in the middle of it all? Sold. A YA story or romance, fantasy and magic? Sold. A Lord of Nightmares, and a Lord of Dreams. A Night World, and a Day World. It ALL just promised to be...
  • Shelley
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*Dream Keeper is the first installment in author Amber R. Duell's The Dark Dreamer Trilogy. A fair warning, this story is dark. There are grotesque death scenes that may not be suitable for those who are triggered by blood and more blood. Personally, none of this affected me in the way I rated this book overall or my desire to read the sequel. This story alternates between 17...
  • Ash †Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
    Okay so I had this really long review written and sadly, it didn't save. So I'm going to try this again and hope it saves. A person can only have so many emotions! ... And lemme tell ya... This book has a lot of emotions to sort through. LolI freaking LOVED this book. It was Rise of the Guardians meets Nightmare On Elm Street. Two of my favorite things! From the very first sentence of this book, I was instantly hooked. I never wanted to put this ...
  • Kalyn Josephson
    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book! It's just the sort of fantastical escape that I enjoy. The dream world Amber creates is so beautiful and terrifying, the villain compelling, and I can't even being to describe the ending. Let's just say I need book 2 immediately. If you're a fan of dark fantasies, this one's for you.
  • Hélène Louise
    I didn't finish this book and stopped at the half. Not because I didn't like it at all, I was rather entertained, but because of some important things lacking and suddenly some insufferable ones appearing.From the very beginning I had some great difficulties suspending my belief about one particular point: the sandman is not human and is ageless: he exists since forever, since the first humans. But in this story he's also and mostly a seventeen y...
  • Jessica
    Such an amazing tale!The Sandman and the Weaver of Nightmares. Wonderful writing and world building, just wonderful, I tell you. It’s days later, and I’m still thinking about the picturesque night realm that author Amber R. Duell has created. The characters are relatable, the fantasy world rich and lovely, even during nightmare sequences, and the abilities of the Sandman and Nightmare Lord were a joy to see in action. I’m excited to see thi...
  • Inga Lady Of Bookland
    WOW...I need a bit more time to put my thoughts together but what a ride this was. My review probably will be ready later today :)Dream Keeper by Amber R. Duell was kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. So I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Dream Keeper was my first book by Amber R. Duell. I must say, she delivered an amazing dark YA fantasy r...
  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 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...
  • Helenasghost
    OK, so right now I am flailing at the thought of this not having another instalment until heavens know when. Flailing so hard that the flapping of my arms and gums could probably cool bystanders in this disgusting summer heat. I have already posted my appreciation to Instagram, Twitter, 3 different private messages and I'm pretty sure all neighbouring houses within a 1km radius from my residence know how much I love this novel by now.It starts ou...
  • Tonja Drecker
    A trip in Dreamland holds so much more than expected, especially when it comes to what lurks in the shadows.Nora isn't sure whether she's crazy or not, but it doesn't matter. She needs to hide her vivid dreams and hallucinations no matter what, or it's back in therapy with her. Not to mention how badly her mom would take it. But the dreams aren't letting go. They're becoming more alluring than before, especially the stranger, the Sandman. When st...
  • Amy
    This book is vividly full of nightmares that will make your skin crawl. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this book up, but descriptions that made me truly shudder was not one of them. This book propels readers into a world of dreams, somewhat reminiscent of Freddy Krueger, and just as chilling. While I enjoyed the premise and world building, I struggled to find a true connection with the characters. I was rooting for them for sure, but ...
  • Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    *I received an ARC of this book for the Rockstar Book Tours blog tour for an honest review. My review is posted after the tour is over due to the tour's guidelines. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no quotations will be used*Oh man I'm bummed that I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought :/ I just had a few things that were annoying, overly dramatic and just not what I had hoped. A review will be posted on November 5 on the blog and the l...
  • Zola
    I received this book from Netgalley. It was well-written and very readable, but the combination of juvenile language and the extreme death depicted as well as other adult themes was a little confusing when put together as it made it hard to work out who this was aimed at. I guessed the ending about halfway through and didn’t really grow attached to any of the characters. It had the promise of my sort of book, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as ...
  • Maggie
    Thank you to the author for the free copy. It’s much appreciated.Here’s the thing. I really like this book. But I also got a little bored towards the end and skimmed. The story is great. Very creepy in the best way possible. I was loving the imagery and how grotesque it could be at times. It gave me some Nightmare on Elm Street vibes, which is always a good thing!Nora has dreams where she sees the Sandman, and this has happened for a long tim...
  • queen0f_hearts
    Before I start: By Parliament Press, I was provided a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion. How do I put it? This book was quite meh. Of course, it was entertaining and worth reading to some degree but I think it could have been so much more! The premise of the book, especially the Sandman lured me and I felt so very intrigued to read this story. I expected him to be a mysterious character in a magical world. I wanted all the impossible, I...
  • Jessica Julien
    This book blew me away! I was addicted to it from the very first chapter and had a hard time putting it down. Duell does an exceptional job pulling the reader into the world of Dreams and introduces us to a darker concept of the night world where nightmares seep into reality. Her take on the Sandman is brilliant and I loved every second of it.The characters are very relatable and unique--they each have their own personalities that lead the story ...
  • Taylor
    "The universe always kept the balance. For every light there was a shadow, for every dream, a nightmare." Introduction: I had the opportunity to read a sneak peak of The Dream Keeper and was immediately intrigued. Duell's depiction of the Dream Realm was so vivid that I felt like I could almost touch it, and I was fascinated by her decision to use the Sandman as one of her main characters. However, as the story progressed, my initial excitemen...
  • Sonja
    I'm more ashamed at myself that it took me over a week to finish this book, but I just could not get into it as much as I was hoping too. In fact, more times than not, when I had time to read I chose to read a different book that I've read numerous times already. Honestly though, it wasn't actually bad. I thought that the world created here was interesting and the nightmare realm especially fantastic and descriptive. It simply lacked something to...
  • Jen
    DNFed at 64%I tried. I tried so hard to get through this book. I received an egalley of it from YA Bound Book Tours in return for posting a review of it on my blog, however, I just could not get into this book. If it hadn't been for the blog tour, I would have most definitely put it down a lot sooner. I feel absolutely no connection to the characters or story and this was causing me to not want to read period. Not even other books I was reading a...
  • Luxe
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my thoughts in any way.MY THOUGHTSDreams have always given me a certain kind of fascination. I don’t think I’ve read much books about dreams except for Dreamology which is a contemporary. But this… This is exactly what I’ve wanted! When I first heard of Dream Keeper, I was—to put it midly— interested. And when I saw thi...
  • Juli
    I was lucky enough to get a copy of Dream Keeper off NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I know it's early in the year but I've already got one of my favorite books for the year. I started at 8am this morning, had work and then read again until I finished this at 9pm. Dream Keeper follows the story of Nora and the Sandman (yep the one from stories who gives you dreams). I hadn't read anything like it before and though I was initially intr...
  • McKenzie Allyshia
    As soon as I read the synopsis for Dream Keeper I knew I had to read it. The story is very unique and, honestly, really interesting. I love that the story is set between two worlds and also in two different points of views. The entire time while reading I was incredibly engaged in the story. In fact, I had one heck of a time putting the book down. Thankfully while I was at work, I was upstairs answering calls and could read between calls. The wor...
  • Michelle
    I think this is just 3.5, or maybe just shy of 4 stars for me, as there were some parts that kind of dragged, especially the romance parts. I loved the "creepier" parts, and especially the way the nightmares and deaths were described. The plot though! I love this idea of a dream world and nightmare world with Sandman and Weaver keeping a balance! Have you ever had nightmares that felt so real and were so horrible that when you woke it stayed with...
  • Amber Hodges
    I found myself struggling with the beginning of this book, not because it was bad, it definitely wasn't. I was just in a book slump but decided to keep going and man am I glad I did. I found myself eventually not able to pull myself away and devoured the rest of the book.The sandman was breathtaking and I loved following his POVs. You can't help but swoon and want to jump in and help him out. He goes through so much but he holds his heart the who...