Natalie is two people. In her dreams she is beautiful, confident and attempts school at the same time as hunting (and killing) demons. In real life she is slightly over weight and a victim of bullying. When the two worlds start to merge, real life Natalie learns that there's much more to her than just a girl who gets teased a lot, and with the help of her friends, as well as her dreams, she realises that she might just have what it takes to save her town...
The first chapter of The Dream Slayer draws you in and takes you on a journey with Natalie, though it did have me questioning if I had picked up book 2 by accident because it was that intense. It did become clearer though that what was happening was a dream, which made the chapter make much more sense!
The seams between dream Natalie and reality Natalie were interesting. At the beginning of the book they were barely recognisable as the same person (well except for the fact that the reader knows they're the same person) but as the story progresses they begin to seep into each other a bit more (though they're different looks wise so that remains the same) with reality Natalie taking on more characteristics of dream Natalie.
The other dream characters were slightly different. In reality people played different parts in Natalie's life than they did in the dream world, for example Charles Buckle had very different roles, as did Damien (well kind of...that one is a bit complicated!) I thought this helped with keeping it straight in your head which world was which, though it made cross overs (such as Damien) more complicated.
There's very little romance in The Dream Slayer, though there is a bit, and I can see potential for it to get a bit messy, particularly if Damien and Tristan continue to face off about the whole thing. I really hope it doesn't turn into a love triangle, though if it does I'm still not sure which of them I think is better.
Natalie really underwent a journey in The Dream Slayer, I'm currently reserving judgement on how much other characters grew though, and that made the story interesting and enjoyable. I'm intrigued to see where this one goes.
As a paladin champion, it is Natalie’s job to deal with the undead with quick judgment or else run the risk of major casualties. But when evidence surfaces that some demonires don’t want to feed off humans, Natalie is faced with a moral dilemma that goes against her closest ally and the moral code of the position she holds. With human foes and demonire allies, Natalie Johnson is about to make a decision she might never be able to take back. Meanwhile a deep-seated anger threatens to destroy the principles she holds most dear. In the tradition of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Shadow contains mature themes balanced with humor and quirky situations.
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Reading Order:The Dream Slayer (perma- free) - http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Slayer-Jill-Cooper-ebook/dp/B007ZRYPV6 Demon Royale - http://www.amazon.com/Demon-Royale-Dream-Slayer-Book-ebook/dp/B009NIE3J4 The Uninvited: Novella - http://www.amazon.com/Uninvited-Paranormal-Novella-Dream-Slayer-ebook/dp/B00BIUSMOM Dawning Apocalypse - http://www.amazon.com/Dawning-Apocolypse-Dream-Slayer-Book-ebook/dp/B00IA6ZKO2 Frozen Reverie - http://www.amazon.com/Frozen-Reverie-Dream-Slayer-Book-ebook/dp/B00NDA0GZI Sacrifice: Novella - http://www.amazon.com/Sacrifice-Dream-Slayer-Novella-Book-ebook/dp/B00ND9FH44 Necromancer's Kiss: Novella - http://www.amazon.com/Necromancers-Kiss-Dream-Slayer-Novella-ebook/dp/B00ND9FJGU Shadow - http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Dream-Slayer-Book-ebook/dp/B00OYULQTG Resolve: Coming Soon Fury Finale: Coming Soon
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