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.
Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.
Series: The Dark Dreamer Trilogy #1
Author: Amber Duell
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: Parliament House Publishing
Page Count: 288
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Cover Artist: -
My Rating: ★★★★★
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Full Book Synopsis
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.
(Please note: This story contains vivid death scenes.)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I 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 interesting, I was apprehensive because of the warning in the description. While yes, there are vivid death scenes, I think it helps to make this story all the more realistic, and powerful. Nightmares are in our minds, but when they become a tangible thing…it shows how terrifying our realities can be.
The story immediately starts off with the Sandman. The plot is divulged by the Sandman himself, along with the protagonist, Nora. For years, Nora has struggled to believe that she is OK. After her parents split, she began meeting the Sandman in her dreams after asking for his help to sleep. Convinced she was on the verge of a mental break, Nora’s mother is determined to “fix” her by sending her to counseling, and monitoring her day and night activities. Nora quickly learns that she must keep her dreams of the Sandman a secret so her mom doesn’t worry. While Nora thinks the Sandman is a part of her imagination that works in tandem to govern her state of mind, she realizes that her tie to this timeless being is much deeper than she realized. Because, the Sandman is real.
One thing that this book does so well is that it never allows the reader to become bored. Moreover, it’s not filled with “plot fillers.” It’s filled with applicable and creative twists and details that literally give it a dreamlike quality. I find the concept of dreams and nightmares to be a very difficult topic to pin down, yet, I believe Duell did a beautiful rendering, and personifies them in the Sandman and the Weaver well.
This book, without a doubt, will make you feel anxious! With Nora constantly waging war in her mind about everything in the waking world and dreamland, I constantly was questioning what was real and what wasn’t. I thought it was a very interesting take on a character.
Although I can’t really say anything for spoiler reasons, I loved the ending! I kept thinking while reading, how is this possibly going to end? And when it did, I was shocked! This book was so well written. The writing style, description, overall creativity, plot line, and complex characters, altogether made a dream of a book. The author’s ability to create realistic monologues of the character’s thoughts floored me.
There were a few areas that I felt that needed some explanation, but I’m hoping (and expecting) them to be explained in the sequels to come. Like:
>(view spoiler)[The Sandman has basically always been around, or has for a long time. Doesn’t that make him immortal and unable to die? Also, non-human? More details, please! (hide spoiler)]
>More backstory on the Weaver and Sandman’s friendship and more of what happened.
I really, really don’t want to wait until the next book comes out in this series! I’m very much looking forward to it! This book is a definite pre-order for me!
Sexual content: Kissing.
Violence: Quite a bit, with gore and vivid death. Because of this, I would highly recommend this be read by, at least, mature readers.
My Rating: ★★★★★
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