Natalie Johnson spends her days pretending to be a normal high school student, while her nights are filled with doing her job; slaying vampires and other evil that infest her town. But the vampires are acting strangely, for some reason they are able to communicate with her, come out in the daytime and masquerade as human. Figuring out how to stop them, and what is causing them, takes most of Natalie's time, though with the help of her friends and her mentor, Charlie Buckle, she knows that she can do anything.
For some reason it seemed to take me ages to read books 1 & 2 of Dream Slayer (which is no reflection on the books themselves as I really enjoyed them, I think it was more what was going on at the time outside of books!) but Dawning Apocalypse seemed to fly by. Natalie is more mature in this book than she has been before, and spends less time worried about how she looks or how people see her. Instead she just gets on with it, though I do think some of that is her feeling secure in her relationship and in her friendships.
I found the relationship between Paladin Natalie and Slayer Natalie interesting in Dawning Apocalypse. Whereas before they had some similarities, they seemed to stray further from each other in this book, even if their feelings towards the men in their lives kind of overlapped a bit and confused them. Their relationships themselves had even taken different turns, and while Tristain has grown on me as a match for Paladin Natalie, I'm still very confused about how I feel about Damian. There is something off about him.
The vampires, and other magical elements of the story are like nothing that I've read before, and come across as unique and interesting. I had no idea how Natalie was going to save the day (though I had little doubt she would!) and this led to a few surprises along the way.
One of the best things about this book though is the focus on relationships. A lot of young adult fiction has a tendancy to forget about family relationships, sad but true, whereas Dream Slayer doesn't. Yes there is the romance between Natalie and Tristan, but it is built on a friendship, but alongside that are lots of other different types of relationship and it works well.
Dawning Apocalypse counts towards Winter COYER
The epic two book finale starts here. The stakes are higher. And the enemy is one of their own. It's all come to this. This moment in time. Everything Natalie Johnson has fought for. Newly promoted paladin commander Natalie Johnson is about to bring the demonire tracking system online. If she's successful Meadow's Creek may finally be safe from bloodsuckers. If not, the egg on her face will be enough to make a gourmet omelet. But when old friends and foes begin showing up in town under questionable circumstance, it's clear something new is on the horizon. The murder of a prominent official threatens to cripple the brittle peace Natalie has brought to town. Alternate realities and timeline jumps all converge revealing truths, deceptions and worst of all, roads not taken. Natalie must face her worst fears, her biggest regrets, and most of all a deep longing that nothing will ever be the same again. Meanwhile a long sought after ally brings them all to the brink of madness. And his betrayal? Could be the biggest heartbreak of them all. In the tradition of young adult vampire fiction such as Twilight and Buffy the Vampire slayer, comes The Dream Slayer.
Buy on AmazonThe 2nd part in the epic finale starts here. Once [SPOILER] believed in her and now, one last time, Natalie will put everything to the test to bring him back. But with half of Natalie’s team in critical condition, the fight won’t be easy. WOMP’s order to shoot [CENSORED] on sight to protect their vast empire of secrets will pit Natalie against the organization she’s been faithful to since she first heard the word paladin. Now that relationship will be put to the test. Natalie will find a way to restore his soul, no matter the risks. No matter the stakes. Even if it means revealing her identity and location to her mortal enemy. And the end? Well, it might just prove to be the very beginning. In the tradition of young adult vampire fiction such as Twilight and Buffy the Vampire slayer, comes The Dream Slayer.
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