Dreamcatcher by Iyana Jenna

Dreamcatcher by Iyana Jenna
Publisher: Prizm Books
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, YA
Length: Short Story (16 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When kids at his school begin to fall asleep and never wake up, Jordan Sullivan remembers the story his parents told him when he was a kid, a story involving his great-great grandfather, a certain warlock, and a dreamcatcher.

When his best friend, Jamie Pavloski, also falls victim to this unnamed symptom, Jordan can do nothing but use the thing to help Jamie—and prepare to face the consequence.

Back in 1873 Zachary Sullivan was cursed by a warlock. And not just he was cursed but also his sons and great great grandsons in the future, as well as all the local children in the town.

In the present day, Jordan’s head is mostly full of basketball, but when a girl from school dies mysteriously quickly followed by another boy dying, Jordan and his friend Jamie can’t help but pay attention. Jordan and Jamie have to act quickly to unravel the mystery and solve the ancient curse.

This is a fast paced short story. I really enjoyed the two main characters Jamie and Jordan. Jordan is the descendant of a teenager who defeated the warlock. Despite the length, this book has plenty of action packed into it. Magic and mystery, curses and wizards. Even though Jordan and Jamie only appear to be in their teens it’s their belief in magical things like the dream-catcher that is the driving force behind the mystery being solved. The story jumps a little bit between the far past, the present, the near-past (2003) and back to the present again. This gave the flow of the story a bit of a jolt to me, but certainly nothing disruptive enough to confuse me. The overall plot had a great coherence and I found myself reading quickly by the end to see the resolution for myself.

A fast story, this is an excellent story and I think this would be a great short piece to re-introduce teenagers to reading. There’s a little bit of many genres I believe will appeal to a wide range of tastes, and the fact the two main characters are men makes me think this will appeal to boys as well as girls. Finally, I feel this story has a plot that’s interesting enough to capture the attention of parents too, making this a well-rounded story. There’s no swearing, no romance as such and is a clean, wholesome adventure that should be well-received by many readers.

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