Friday, November 2, 2018

Dream Keeper (The Dark Dreamer Trilogy, #1) by Amber R. Duell
[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the Dream Keeper blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I'm really happy to share my thoughts on this book with you!

Author: Amber R. Duell
Pub. Date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: The Parliament House
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 288
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

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 at her. The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers. But the truth might be more than she bargained for…

For the last five years, the Sandman has spent every night protecting Nora. When he hid the secret to the Nightmare Lord’s escape inside her dreams, he never expected to fall in love with her. Neither did he think his nemesis would find her so quickly, but there’s no mistaking his cruel handiwork. The Nightmare Lord is tired of playing by the rules and will do anything to release his deadly nightmares into the world, even if that means tormenting Nora until she breaks. 

When the Nightmare Lord kidnaps Nora’s sister, Nora must enter enemy territory to save her. The Sandman is determined to help, but if Nora isn’t careful, she could lose even more than her family to the darkness. 

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. 

Pro: I thought the dual POVs were well-written and wonderfully thought out. It was easy to distinguish between Nora and the Sandman. 

Con: All of Nora's problems were the Sandman's fault. He should have been more honest with her, but instead treats her like a human safety deposit box. His interference made her vulnerable. She didn't know if he was real or a figment of her imagination, yet she looked forward to seeing him whenever she could.

Pro: The world-building is phenomenal! I love that the story focuses on nightmares and the darker aspects of dreams. The creatures were really fun to read about.

Pro: I'm glad I read this one over Halloween! It was unexpectedly dark and disturbing. There was a lot of blood and gore.

Con: I stayed up way to late to read this one, so my review might not make a lot of sense! I'll double check everything in the morning. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Dream Keeper. I was invested in the story and the characters, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

About Amber:

Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s constantly moving with her husband and two sons as a military wife. Before becoming published, she had a wide range of occupations including banking, bartending (though she’s never tried alcohol), and phlebotomy (though she faints with needles). She also volunteered as a re-enactor at the local Revolutionary War fort and worked near shelter cats which led to her previous crazy cat lady status. 

She does her best writing in the middle of the night, surviving the daylight hours with massive amounts of caffeine. Her favorite stories are dark with a touch of romance and a villain you either love to hate or hate to love.

When not reading or writing, she enjoys snowboarding, embroidering, snuggling with her cat, and staying up way too late to research genealogy. She loves to travel and has visited more countries than states. Kissing the Blarney Stone and hand-feeding monkeys in the mountains of France will be hard to beat, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to find the next real-life adventure.

Giveaway Details: 
1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International. 

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Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/22/2018- Smada's Book Smack- Review
10/23/2018- A Court of Coffee and Books- Review
10/24/2018- Oh Hey! Books.- Excerpt
10/25/2018- BookHounds YA- Excerpt
10/26/2018- Loie Dunn- Review

Week Two:

10/29/2018- MetalPhantasmReads- Review
10/30/2018- Falling For YA- Excerpt
10/31/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland- Review
11/1/2018- Am Kinda Busy Reading- Review
11/2/2018- Do You Dog-ear?- Review


  1. Oh this one looks good and the cover is so pretty!

    1. It was an enjoyable read and I think the cover is amazing! :)

  2. Glad you enjoyed this overall and there is nothing wrong with a darker read every now and then. ;)

    1. I agree! I think they offer a different perspective and show us a side of things that we don't normally see. I really liked the scary nightmare aspect of this one! <3

  3. I get so excited over great world building. It makes for such a rich reading experience. Sounds like Nora really suffers at the hand of the one she loves, though - even though it’s inadvertent.

    1. I love falling into new worlds! It's so great when an author can take you somewhere unimaginable, but also make you feel like you've been there before. She and the Sandman have an unusual relationship, and he really does care about her. She was just unknowingly a part of something scary and life-threatening. He should have been honest with her from the start! I think she would have understood.

  4. I love the cover, I hope to read this book!
    Thanks :)

    1. If you have a chance to read it, let me know what you think!

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    1. The cover is stunning! It's what initially caught my attention, but the blurb really sold it! :)

  6. I added this one to the goodreads based on the blurb alone then came back to read your thoughts. This sounds awesome and I loved the cover.

    1. I hope you have a chance to read it soon! I thought it was unique and had incredible world-building. <3


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