Saturday, July 14, 2012

Blog Tour: The Dream Slayer by Jill Cooper Guest post and Review





Today on the blog I am taking part in the blog tour for The Dream Slayer by Jill Cooper thanks to Supa Gurl Tours. For the full schedule click on the banner above. On my stop for the tour I have my review and a guest post from the author.

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  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 5/2/2012
  • Pages: 312
  • Source: eARC provided by SupaGirl Tours for review/tour
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Overview

When your dreams come true, sometimes you get more than you bargained for...

Natalie Johnson has always dreamed she’s someone else; calm, beautiful, in control. A chosen warrior with a maniacal arch nemesis and a dreamy boyfriend, the type that can make your knees melt and your heart quiver.

Real life is much different. She’s tormented by a bully and endures the sharp tongue of her father, but finds solace in her dreams.

When her bully ends up dead, de ja vu from a dream hits her hard as everything around her begins to fall apart.

Whatever killed Sarah in her dreams is now in reality, hunting her from the shadows. And it wants her dead.

Somehow as the lines between reality and nightmare blur, Natalie must discover hidden strength to pull her friends and family back from the brink of madness.


My Thoughts

Okay, so dreams bleeding into real life, awesome right? I was so excited to read this book. I am fascinated with dreams and the lines between them and real life. When those lines get blurred it has to make for a whole lot of awesome. Well, yes and no. I have to say for a lot of this book I was absolutely confused. I couldn't make sense of anything for the first few chapters at all. The idea of this is really awesome and after a while I was able to grasp it, but I had a really hard time at first. Maybe that is the way it's supposed to be, I don't know. Anyways, I did end up enjoying it though.

Natalie is the girl who gets picked on. She is overweight, not pretty by a lot of the other people's standards, wears glasses, and doesn't have cool clothes. She escapes into her dreams where she is a total bad ass vampire slayer who is pretty, confident, and has a hot guy who adores her. In her dreams she is what she wishes she could be in real life. That's all great until somehow she dreams of her number one bully getting possessed by evil demons and killing herself to warn Natalie, and she dies in real life too. The problem is, now it seems that everyone's nightmares are a reality. Somehow she has brought the dream world to life. She is the only one who can stop whatever is going on, but in real life, she isn't the confident bad ass she is in her dreams.

Tristan is really great. He is her best friend since they were toddlers. He's her BFF in both the real world and dream world. He will do anything he can to protect her and be there for her. Even though she lies to him and keeps secrets, he still really cares about her and can't stay mad at her. He is not the toughest guy ever, but he is honest and caring. Yes, he can totally be a jerk, but when he is, it's for a reason.

As the lines between dreams and reality blur, Natalie finds out that dream Natalie continues to live her life in dreams while she is awake and living her real life. Also things that affect them in dreams also will affect them in real life. If you die in the dream, you will die for real for example. Natalie must learn how to get some of her dream alter ego's confidence and skill to defeat the evil that has leaked into the real world.

Overall this was an interesting story. I didn't like how confused I was for almost the first half of the book, but I did like the great action in it and the creativity of her being able to go in and out of her dreams. There is a great magical element to the story too. It was a fast paced read with a lot of fighting, action, and a little romance. 3 out of 5 stars.

Guest Post

Day in the Life of Jill Cooper
Like most writers my day is less than glamorous, but it starts early. Usually at about 6AM, yes that is not a typo, I crawl out of bed and stumble over to my computer. This is when I do an email check, and facebook—I’m not going to lie. If I wrote the night before, I’ll read over what I did and write as much as I can until a small voice begins to bellow from one of the bedrooms.
“Mommy, where are yoooou?” She’s only two so she’s very relentless with her calling until I get her out. Then it’s all the usual stuff, breakfast, getting dressed, brushing hair and teeth, and making lunch for her Daddy.
She will charge away down the hall to bring him his lunch bag and I’ll get maybe another 2-3 minutes of writing, blogging, or reviewing before I start to do the dishes from the night before.
While my mind wants to be tugged away to an imaginary world where I am currently plotting and writing, it’ll be hours before I get to do it again. I’m a SAHM, which means I made a promise in my heart that my daughter comes first. If it wasn’t for her, I’d have an office job. I take the good days (outings, parks, pool, the zoo) with the bad (tantrums, whining, colds, being stuck in the house, etc).
Some days I want to pull my hair out and wonder why I don’t have a job where I can get dressed up, wear nice shoes, and talk to adults about stuff other than Poop and Strawberry Shortcake.
But then there are other days when we have so much fun, I wish Eva never had to go to bed. When she looks at me and tells me she loves me, or how happy she is, those are the days I treasure forever.
So we do our thing whether in the house or at the mall for a playdate, have lunch, and then I settle her down for a nap so I can get to write. Hopefully for at least two and a half hours, but sometimes if I’m lucky I’ll get three. I’ll work on my WIP, edit whatever is currently in its later stages, and send emails out to business contacts (editors, cover designers, book bloggers, etc)
And when she wakes up I have to shut the imaginary worlds that are craving my attention down and focus on her, because that’s why I’m here. That’s why I’m Mom.
I get pulled in a lot of different directions. We play, make dinner, she helps me do laundry, we clean up, I scold the cats and then regret it because she’s scolding them too.
Bed time for Eva is at 7 and if I’m lucky her dad comes home in time to play with her for five minutes before she goes off to bed. Then I serve him dinner, write, and we watch some TV together unless he’s currently writing something too.
I head to bed around 10:30 most nights and get ready to do it all over again. All the while I wear T-shirts most days, shorts or capris in the summer, and yes I admit it, my hair is almost always pulled back in a scrunchy
It’s not a glamorous life, but it is a fun life.



About Jill Cooper :

Jill Cooper loves tea more than coffee and is obsessed over finding that perfect recipe. She lives in Danvers, MA with two cats, a toddler, a husband, and a 1964 yellow taxi. Her life is chaotic, but fun. She is currently working on a new Sci-fi thriller and the sequel to the Dream Slayer. She can be contacted at http://www.jillacooper.com



It was so great to have Jill do a guest post for my blog tour stop. Her little girl is adorable too, don't you think? 
Jill is also doing a giveaway for a kindle fire here. And there will be a twitter party with Jill on July 18th from 8-9pm EST using the hashtag #DreamSlayer It should be fun!!

Thank you to Supa Gurl Tours:

14 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting concept. It happens a lot, being confused at the beginning of a book/series, but it sure is tough. I'm glad you ended up enjoying the story.

    I liked the guest post. It's always neat to see how authors manage to write and live their lives.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It was a really cool concept. I am glad I ended up liking it too. I was so sad that I was confused by it at first. I love seeing how authors mange to write while going about normal every day things too.

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  2. The concept of the book seems really interesting, but it's really too bad that you were mostly confused during the first half of the book. It makes reading seem like a chore then !
    Still, I'm glad you enjoyed the book overall ! Lovely review, Amy ! :)

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    1. Even though I was confused, I was so intrigued and was like "What is going on?!! I want to know! Am I going crazy that I don't get it?!" Lol!! So it was confusing, but not in a way that made me want to put it down.

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    2. That was what I was going for, but sorry if you found it frustrating. I thought it would be more interesting/page turner like that way than to spell it all out in the beginning. I am glad you ended up liking it!

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    3. I did really enjoy it. I thought maybe we were supposed to be confused, but wasn't sure lol! I really did end up liking it though. I love the whole alter ego thing and it affecting each other too. And the romance was so sweet. :)

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    4. LOL! Thanks! I love sweet romances :)

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  3. Thanks for the review and for letting me guest post!

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    1. You're welcome!! It was my pleasure!!

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  4. I saw your reading statuses for this one a few days back; that being the first time I heard of this novel. I like the premise for it. It does sound very intriguing. I also love when dreams and such are incorporated into stories *Falling Under* so this sounds right up my alley. It sucks that you were confused half way through though, that's no fun. Either way, great review! I might have to checkout this book sometime down the road.

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    1. It was an enjoyable book to read. I am looking forward to reading more of Jill's books.

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  5. I've seen this theme of dreams becoming reality a couple of times now. It does sound interesting. Sorry you were confused for some of it. That holds me back.

    Valerie

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    1. I love the whole thing with dreams. It's really a cool idea. Although I was confused it was really good. It's cool to get to know both of the Natalie's and other characters.

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  6. Such a fun guest post!! It's always so interesting to see the life of an author. And I also love your review, Amy! I'm sorry that you were so confused in the beginning [that happens alot to me] but I am glad that you ended up enjoying this one overall. The concept sounds pretty cool, albeit confusing. I may just have to check this one out!

    Fabulous review, Amy! <3

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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