Finished Dreamfire by Kit Alloway.  I received a copy from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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?

I was very excited to read this book, because I was pretty sure it was going to be scary—because, HELLO, nightmare dream warriors!

It isn’t scary, and it took me a little bit of time to get into it (basically, I read the first 60 pages or so over the course of three days and then the other 300-ish pages over the course of about three hours).  Once I got involved in the plot, in other words, things were a lot better for me.

I liked Josh immediately.  She’s loyal and clever, but she’s also one of those people who doesn’t let many people in. (Okay, anyone.  She doesn’t let anyone in.)  So the news that she’s going to get an apprentice…well, it’s not great or welcome news.

You can probably guess what happens.

Be patient with this book, and you’ll learn that it’s a fun few hours of your time.  Also the absolute ending has me wanting to read a sequel.  I’m pretty sure it’s actually the best and most chilling setup ever.


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