Dream Catcher by Stephanie Smith

Posted November 4, 2012 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Displaced in a strange and hostile city with no memory of her previous life, Breena finds a friend and savior in music shop co-owner Ciaran. Caught in a relationship he can’t seem to end, Ciaran’s whole life is upheaved by the arrival of Breena and mystery of her origin. Yet neither Ciaran nor Breena can shake the feeling they’ve met before; and as Breena finds her place in the city and begins a new life the two find their easy friendship growing into something more. But as the truth of Breena’s otherworldly origins comes to light, she soon finds that the very nature of what she is could make it impossible to ever truly be with Ciaran. 
Self-publishing has done great things for a lot of people, and the vast majority of the books that I review on this site are self-publishing. You hear a lot of stories online about how books that are self-pubbed are in need of editing, and this is so the case for Dream Catcher. This book has an interesting premise, and could have been a very good book, but in it’s currently form, it is more of a draft than a novel. 
The characters are interesting, and the love story going on Breena and Ciaran could be compelling, but there was lot left undeveloped or worked out. I think part of the reason this is is because the story has a tendency to jump around a bit too much. It leaves the reader with a sense of disjointedness. Another issue with the character development is that the POV doesn’t really give much insight into what the characters are thinking/feeling as the story goes on. I think if you the reader had more insight into the characters the story would work a lot better. 
Overall, I think this is a good premise, and the beginnings of what could be a good story, but the execution needs work. This story feels like a first draft, and the reader will definitely be able to pick up on it. 

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