Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dreamwalk, by Sarah MacManus- Review

After the death of her mother, eighteen year old Chloe Hawthorn is haunted by terrifying nighttime hallucinations. Determined to take control of her dreams, she uses them to find Shane Anderson, a charming and troubled musician whose online videos have been holding her in thrall. She finds him in the Dreamtime, sweating out heroin detox in a run-down rehab center.
Chloe sets out to find Shane in the waking world and discovers her dreams have been taking her into the past. Horrified, Chloe realizes Shane doesn't survive his addictions. In order to save him, Chloe must master her Australian mother's legacy — the secret of walking the Dreaming through time. But what price will Chloe pay for this Dreamwalk and will she save Shane only to lose him forever?

Dreamwalk had the honour of being one of only two ebooks I've ever enjoyed.  There are a lot of really bad ebooks out there people.  So many in fact I feel there should be ebook police, because apparently it's just far too easy for someone to digitally upload a book to Amazon and sell it.  I'm with Beth Fish Reads on this one, Editors are important for a reason.
So doing my due duty on the ebook patrol, I'm telling you up front Dreamwalk is not only grammatically correct with no glaring typos, but it has a cohesive story with no big plot holes.  Better yet?  I really enjoyed it.
Chole and Shane are very likable, and as improbable as their relationship is, (he's from the past, she's from the future) I found myself cheering them on.  Though I have to say, he's older than her while in the past, and  although my hopeless math skills couldn't put a number to it,  I'm guessing that makes him quite a bit older than her when they meet up in the same time frame.  All the same I liked them, and my first question to Sarah was- well, do they get together??! See her guest post on the topic.
For me though, the originality in Dreamwalk was in the actual act of Dreamwalking, and some of the Australian aboriginals beliefs and practices behind it.  I loved that it tied back to her mom and customs passed down through women.  It was a really nice touch to something that would otherwise be just another paranormal YA thing.
It's always refreshing when something breaks the mold a little bit in YA, and Sarah definitely achieved that with this story.  So next time you're feeling stuck in a rut of stories with different titles but the same old romances give Dreamwalk a try. 
Dreamwalk, by Sarah MacManus
EPublished by YoungRebel Publications, March 2011
Buy the Ebook on Amazon
read an excerpt on Sarah's site


  1. I agree that it's hard to find well done self pub books. Makes the ones that are grammatically correct and don't have big plot holes even more impressive. This sounds very interesting with the Aboriginal features. Something I don't know about.

  2. Thanks for doing this review, I love finding new indie authors that are actually good. I'm an indie author, and I know how hard it is to break away from the stigma attached. Thank goodness for free samples.

  3. I'm a bit late to the party, but wanted to mention that Dreamwalk is not self-published. It is published by a great new indie publisher in England called "Young Rebel Publications," and edited by Jacqueline Young.

    They've been great to work with, so I want to make sure they get the credit they deserve.

    If you're looking for new authors in ebooks that are fresh and different, but NOT self-published (and unedited), look for books from the small, independant publishers. Some are better than others, but it's working checking out their titles.