Saturday, July 13, 2013

Review - Scapemaker by Steve V. Cypert

Published January 1, 2013

Matthew is the son of Mr. Nicholas Namely, a local high school teacher. What Matthew does not know is that his father is a dreamscaper, whose classroom is connected to the dream-world by a single door. From his classroom, his students enter the halls of Scapemaker, a dream-world high school for young dreamscapers. Following a couple of heartfelt tragic events, Matthew is compelled to investigate the unbelievable mysteries surrounding those events and is propelled into a whole new world. Matthew and his mother, Mae, are soon coerced into moving across the country for his father's strange medical needs. While attending his new school, Matthew comes to know the secrets that Daedree, an annoying girl from his former high school, has locked away. Matthew also meets Amber, a beautiful enigmatic girl who leads him to Mr. Xoner's classroom. While there, he learns the art of dreamscaping (which has been in the Namely bloodline for thousands of years). Matthew will come to know of Nox Celare, otherwise known as The Sandman, who is after a special element called Magineum. Neck deep in skinwalkers, sandsleepers, zombies, soul feeders, ghosts, dream-world criminals known as "night terrors" and more, Matthew learns he is in over his head. Matthew must not only solve the mysteries surrounding those tragic events, but he will also have to protect the Magineum with his life and find a way to be with the one girl of his dreams. Filled with secrecy, mystery and a forbidden tangle of young love, this new life will lead Matthew to unbelievable characters with the most extraordinary abilities he could never have imagined. Scapemaker will keep you grounded in the real world while at the same time make the fantastical world around it that much more possible and enduring. This tale of young adult paranormal fantasy will keep you guessing and wanting more.

About the author:

Steve is the second child of seven born in Los Angeles, California to a wonderful mother and father. Born into the LDS faith, Steve served a 2 year full-time LDS mission at the age of nineteen in the northern half of Ohio. At twenty-four he moved from his parents’ home in Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, Utah to try out life on his own. 2 decades later he still lives in Utah, where he found and married his beautiful wife, Katie. Today they live in South Jordan, Utah with their bald little 6 month old son, Ozzie and their very hairy son, Duke - a three year old Shih Tzu.


Tanya's Review:
Matthew hasn’t been sleeping well, he’s been having nightmares.  Little does Matthew know he’s a dreamscaper, like his father, Mr. Namely (Matthew’s dad)’s classroom is a doorway to the halls of Scapemaker; a school for future dreamscapers to learn more about their gifts.  After his father is found comatose, Matthew starts to investigate what happened and is thrown into this new world he never knew existed. Along with a few new friends, Matthew sets out to find out what happened to his father and to help change events that have been set in motion.  Through their journey, Matthew encounters the Sandman, zombies, ghosts, sandsleepers and many more.  The question is how much Matthew willing to do to protect the Magineum and to bring his father back from his coma.

This story was interesting to say the least.  It took me awhile to get into the story and see what it was about. At first I thought it moved along rather slowly but I pushed along hoping that things will change and they did.  I was drawn into the world of Scapemaker and all the evil that was hiding there (yes there is evil lurking amongst the dreamscapers.  There were a few twists along the way that compelled me to continue reading to see who/what was behind all of this.

The characters each added their own personal element to the story thus turning the story into something I couldn’t wait to find out more about.  Matthew is a young man that had to learn a lot about things he never knew existed and in such a short time but he never stopped believing that his father was innocent and with that he showed a strong will…I was very proud of Matthew as well as a friends who believed in him and what he was doing.

This isn’t my typical type of book to read lately however I was pleased in the end.

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