I am excited to share a review for another book that I loved, Catch Me When I Fall by Vicki Leigh. This YA paranormal romance is told form the perspective of Daniel, a dreamcatcher...you know, like this thing...
Except in this story, dreamcatchers are real guardian angel type supernatural beings that hang out in your room while you sleep and literally catch your nightmares before they get to you. They also kill them with lots of black blood squirting everywhere and burn the bodies in the middle of your room while you're sleeping. Feeling ready for a good night sleep now? :)
My only complaint about the story was that the supernatural elements in the story required more suspension of belief than usual (even for paranormal). The dream catches and dream weavers are real corporeal beings that need to eat and sleep and feel pain, but they can also just be invisible whenever they want to catch nightmares in your room. Once you accept these crazy rules, you'll love the story.
And I did like the author's take on supernatural creatures, because I care a lot more about supernatural creatures that are human-like. I want a character who can eat, sleep, have sex, feel pain, die, etc and Daniel can do all those things.
I had trouble putting this book down once I got started. The characters are likable yet tragic and the story is easy to get into. I loved being in Daniel's head. He's such a great hero. And Kayla is a wonderful heroine. Strong, but needing love, and as a patient in a psychiatric ward she isn't your standard fare YA girl. It's got all the goodness you expect from a well written YA paranormal romance, but is still very imaginative and unique.
About Catch Me When I Fall:
Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.
Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.
A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.
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About Vicki Leigh:
Vicki is an editor for Curiosity Quills Press and is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
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