Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: October 23, 2014
My Rating: ★★★★☆
In 1814, 17 year old Daniel Graham sacrificed himself to save another. Due to this sacrifice he was given a second chance, the recruitment into the Protector’s of the Night. He has spent the last 200 years protecting humans from Nightmares. These aren’t your random Nightmares either; these are demonic creatures with sharp teeth, claws and red eyes who feed off your fear while you sleep. As a Dreamcatcher, he has to protect his charge as well as his partner, a Dreamweaver (who weaves good dreams for their charges). But Daniel wants to step down, as 200 years is a long time as an immortal. He is given a new charge named Kayla Bartlett. She is a curious case with her being in a psychiatric facility for clinical depression. Something about her attracts more than the average number of Nightmares in the night. Something also attracts Daniel to her, enough to break the first Law of the Protector’s of the Night and reveal himself to her and sacrifice his immortality for her.
This book was provided by Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review and blog tour.
Catch Me When I Fall is told from the point of view of Daniel, which is a huge breath of fresh air! It is rare to read a male protagonist voice with a female author. Pretty awesome Batman!
What struck me about this novel was the concept. It is a little similar to the same idea that Charmed had for White-lighter’s. Yeah I just revealed my age, hush! The only difference is that the White-lighter’s protected and trained new witches as opposed to protected them at night from Nightmares. But still interesting nonetheless.
I did have a couple of issues with this novel, however.
I know that the “love at first sight” thing is a hugely common thing with novels. It adds a bit more emotion to the novel. But I think love and lust is being mistaken. I think even Kayla was a little taken aback with Daniel’s insta-love with her. He was definitely in lust with her. With them being teenagers, and since Daniel hadn’t grown up past the typical teenager hormones, this read more as lust at first sight as opposed to love. I wish authors would, especially if they plan on continuing the story through out a couple more novels, build on love. But that’s just me, I suppose.
The other issue really was the word “evaporate”.
Now I don’t wish to make a big deal about it but as a reader and a self-proclaimed Word Nerd, seeing a misnomer frequently used throughout a novel is really jarring. To evaporate means to dissipate completely, there is no possibility of evaporating into something. I understand if the author was trying to make a word her own to signify teleportation, but at the same time there are always other words that can be used for the context of teleportation.
Aside from those couple of problems, I did enjoy the book. I especially liked Seth, he was perfectly funny. I hope in the next book that Kayla gains a bit more substance, as she’s a little stale with the “damsel in distress” syndrome. But overall, it was quite a good novel.
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Author Website: Vicki Leigh
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