Book Review

by Kerry Schafer

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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Everything Dr. Vivian Maylor thought she knew about life has been challenged by the discovery that she is a Dreamshifter. Rising star Schafer continues to advance an elaborate mythology that places her heroine at the intersection of worlds. Schafer proves densely plotted and emotionally charged storytelling is definitely her forte!

Regrettably, Vivian’s grandfather died before teaching Vivian anything about her heritage and duties as a Dreamshifter. Therefore, Vivian and her lover/warrior protector Zee retreat to an isolated cabin to research and learn what they can. Vivian was told she is the last of the Dreamshifters, but soon discovers that is incorrect, for Morgan Weathersby (aka Weston Jennings) still survives. Trying to make a living, Morgan takes hunters into the Dreamworld for an unusual hunt. However, when a hunt goes horribly wrong, an innocent dies. Then Vivian’s pendant is stolen by an old woman, forcing them on a quest for a mysterious and missing key. Vivian and Weston must join forces or dire consequences could impact Dreamworld! (ACE, Feb., 304 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: ACE

Published: February 2014

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Wakeworld

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on February 25, 2014 - 6:59pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

I said in my review of Between, book #1 of the series, that this was an Urban Fantasy unlike anything I had experienced before, and one that I wanted to get lost in again. When I got word that Wakeworld was available, I was excited to dive in.

Wakeworld picks up right where Between left off, but I think if you were coming into this book as a first time reader you could catch on easily enough...

Kerry broadened the scope of The Between series by introducing yet another dimension, some supe groups we hadn't encountered yet, and a really nasty new antagonist. She also brought in another hero, and his story allowed Vivian's story to evolve some more as well.

Between felt very much like your favorite childhood fairytales turned on their head. Wakeworld felt less like that, but did stick to embracing the higher fantasy elements that I loved from book #1, and even took those to another level with the introduction of the new creatures, the continuing evolution of Vivian's dragon side, and more.

Like the first of the series, the book doesn't start out like a bullet, it ramps up nicely and once it hits the plateau, all bets are off and it's an edge of your seat thrill ride until the end, whereupon you'll be wishing for the next immediately.

The characters and world building of THE BETWEEN are fabulous, and the second book of the series made each stronger. Readers that enjoy their Urban Fantasy with some dragons and high fantasy elements, as well as a slightly ethereal edge will likely find Between and Wakewold enjoyable, especially if you're not looking for instant HEA's for your protagonists. :)