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The Dream Slayer (The Dream Slayer #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  137 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
When your dreams come true, sometimes you get more than you bargained for...

Natalie Johnson has always dreamed she’s someone else; calm, beautiful, in control. A chosen warrior with a maniacal arch nemesis and a dreamy boyfriend, the type that can make your knees melt and your heart quiver.

Real life is much different. She’s tormented by a bully and endures the sharp tongue
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published May 1st 2012
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In real life Natalie is a slightly overweight loner and a bully target. In her dreams she is a super cool demon slayer. When the demons she battles in her dreams start to cross over into her real life she needs to discover the confidence to become her alter-ego the kick ass slayer.

That's a pretty cool idea.

Unfortunately the cool doesn't extend much beyond the idea. The story is told from two alternating POVs, Natalie (the bully target) and Natalie (the demon slayer). The same characters appear
Jun 01, 2013 Shane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes dreams are far more exciting than our reality. Jill proves that in her adventurous and exciting new novel. Why open your eyes when you have a stronger sense of purpose only in your sleep? That's if it you don't lose sight of the difference between the real and the unrealistic.

The story opens up with, you guessed it right, a dream. It's all fun and exciting, totally badass at start, but then we're taken back to a reality where Natalie constantly gets the shit kicked out of her. So, basi
Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
3.5 hearts

We've all experienced a funk where NOTHING interests us. I mean you have satellite with over a thousand stations, for Pete's sake and there is NOTHING worth watching on the tube. Then there's an info commercial that really catches your eye. I mean it looks great and sounds like a miracle...God made that AB fat zapper specifically in answer to your prayers, wrapped that baby in gold foil, and presented it to you on Angel wings. So you you dial that toll free number and get your blessing
Michelle Smith
May 18, 2012 Michelle Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been privileged to read the entire series by Jill Cooper. The Dream Slayer is a story with so many layers, lovingly told with an enchanting voice. The story is for Every Person. Who can't relate to those moments of awkwardness as a teenager where you wish the world would quake open and swallow you whole? Who hasn't felt their alter ego stir inside them?

Jill Cooper creatively blends two worlds, that of our Every Girl Natalie and that of The Dream Slayer, both equally harrowing in the fant
Jun 01, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway...

I, too, had a hard time getting the image of Buffy and her pals out of my head as I began this book. I found that as I got further into it, the "reality"-based Natalie finally formed her own identity for me. I enjoyed the story, it was creative and humorous, an easy read. I just felt like I should be seeing it played out on a screen, which is my own problem and not a reflection on the book itself. :) I will have to loan it to a non-Buffy watcher, an
Jul 15, 2012 Sana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Jill Cooper takes the paranormal genre to another level in The Dream Slayer. Natalie Johnson's life sucks; bullied by Sarah the cheerleader, a parent who is always drunk and the other a bearer of the outcomes. It seems like apart from Tristan, the one BFF she hasn't managed to lose to the social abyss that is high school (insert Michelle, captain of the cheerleading team), life is at its worst. The escape? Dreams. Only if that weren't so complicated what with Natalie's dreams now crossing over t ...more
Michelle  novelsontherun

Natalie is a demon slayer and a kick ass one ...... in her dreams. Damien the hottie , Mr Buckle and Mark are also in her dreams. Damien is the half demon hottie.

Now....I am going to be honest and say that I was a tad confused sometimes where reality and dream scenes blurred a bit and my head got the fuzzy wuzzys, but!! I totally loved what Jill was doing.

Picture Buffy the vampire demon slayer and this is how the sub characters and Natalie felt a bit in a comparison w
May 10, 2012 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The cover art on this book is really appealing and had I seen it in a book shop I would be instantly drawn to it, after scanning the blurb I would have bought it, and after reading the book I wouldn’t have been disappointed.

The Dream Slayer is an interesting story, Natalie Johnson has two lives. Her real life is quite depressing she is bullied by the ‘popular’ girl Sarah, she lives with a drunken, verbally abusive father and a mother who is too tolerant of his brutish behaviour. Her other li
Shelby Young (The Haunted Rose)
Jul 24, 2012 Shelby Young (The Haunted Rose) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ya paranormal lovers
Recommended to Shelby by: Jill Cooper
Shelves: dream-slayer
Cover Thoughts-
Love it! The girl on the cover is probably Natalie and she is probably in her dream world because she is holding her sword thing. Bad ass covers like this is what really catches my attention.

First Thought-
Just what I was looking for! Romance, Adventure, Paranormal, and Slayers! I can not wait to get started on this book!

What I liked-
There is so much to like! First off Butt kicking heroins are my favorite characters. Natalie is basically a nobody wimp nerd by day and a somebody bra
Jul 14, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Natalie is a teenage girl who has low self-esteem, is overweight, has an abusive father, and is targeted by bullies. She has always dreamed of being someone else, never having realized what a special person she is. After being attacked on the school bus one morning, her best friend Tristan takes her to the nurse's office. Soon thereafter, Sarah, the girl who has been bullying her, ends up dying tragically. Natalie then begins to remember the dreams she has been having. Dreams where she is a "sla ...more
Jul 09, 2012 Daniela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes dreams are more than what they seem. They're an escape from reality. A new world we can create just by thinking about it. A new person. A new you. They make our lives so much easier... except in this case.
Normal Natalie is the the insecure, self-conscious teenager who's constantly bullied. Her father is a drunk, her mother allows her own husband to hit her, her sister never visits, and the family is plagued by the haunting memories of a dead son. On the plus side, she's got an awesome
Melissa Storm
Jun 26, 2012 Melissa Storm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natalie Johnson takes the adage "if you dream it, you can be it" to a whole new level. In fact, her dreams have spilled out into the real world and now threaten her life and the lives (and sanity) of all those who matter to her. Man, that'll teach Nat to dream of demons, vampires, and evil magic-doers--or is it magic evil-doers?

Jill Cooper's debut novel offers a lot of *punch.* Bam, kapow, hiyaaah! Witty dialogue, memorable characters, and hilarity in the face of certain doom all make for a stun
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
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Although I’m not into fantasy this book was really good. It was a bit confusing in the beginning I didn’t know she was dreaming. Natalie was bit clueless about the whole best friend romance thing. Tristan made it WAY too obvious. In the beginning I felt pity for Natalie but I also wanted to smack her for not standing up for herself.

Her alter ego “the slayer” was very witty and stronger than Natalie, but I feel like she could channel her alter ego if she just gain
This review appears on my blog, Starting the Next Chapter.

When I first read the title for this book, I was intrigued. What context did the phrase "dream slayer" refer to? Was it a slayer of out of control dreams, or was there something else. Reading the description cleared that right up and my interest was fully piqued. The concept is an especially fun one. I knew it had the potential to be a really fun read. As it turns out, I was correct in my thinking. The Dream Slayer is a truly fun premise
Stina Madison
Full review here:

Natalie Johnson is a girl tormented by a bully at school and her alcoholic father at home, but when she dreams Natalie is the Slayer. Strong, beautiful, and completely in control, the Slayer is everything that Natalie isn't but desperately wishes she was. When the Real World and the Dream World begin merging together, Natalie will need to find the strength hidden deep inside herself to claim her destiny and save both worlds from destructi
Jul 18, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Dream Slayer - loved it actually. It's really different from all the other paranormal stories out right now. Dream Slayer is a complex story with two worlds - the real world Natalie lives in, where she is an over-weight, bullied girl with a bad home life. In the dream world Natalie kicks butt and fights evil and has a strong sense of confidence and self-worth. The real action begins when the two worlds start to collide.

I liked the fact that the heroine, Natalie, is "plus size." (o
Jul 21, 2012 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A paranormal story where Natalie (the main character) has a split reality she is a bullied insecure girl and in her dreams she is a slayer. The book follows Natalie's struggles and battles in both the dream world and reality. Then one dream changes it all and brings the dream world into reality and puts the reality Natalie in a predicament where she must become as strong and confident as her other slayer personality. Natalie's character gets put to the test when Morach, a demon ...more
#EPICFAIL. Wants, REALLY HARD, to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Reads like BTVS fan fiction. The dream dimension thing could be cool if only it were well-written. Sadly, it is not, and all attempts to ape the Buffy 'verse, humor and vernacular fail miserably. I cannot, for the LIFE of me, figure out how there is an entire series of at least 5 books of this atrociously executed premise, other than they must be self-published. Book 1 is virtually unreadable. (Srsly, did I mention the fanfic ripoff ...more
Amber Garza
Jul 09, 2013 Amber Garza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book had a very interesting plot. It was unlike anything I've read before and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is about mousey teenage girl, Natalie who is bullied and ridiculed at school. But at night she dreams she is a demon slayer. Eventually her dreams start affecting what is happening in reality. I loved when the two worlds started to weave into one another, even if I did get confused at times. I also loved seeing the growth in Natalie, as the real Natalie started to become ...more
S.M. Blooding
May 16, 2013 S.M. Blooding rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. I have to admit that when I first opened it up, I thought, "Oh, I'm reading Buffy the Vampire Slayer." However, when we hit the Real World, I was able to see the complexities that were woven into this story.

Natalie feels powerless. Well, she is in real life, not because she lacks power, but because she doesn't believe she can be powerful. So she escapes to her dream world where she had power and she's a kick-butt gal. She finds her power that way, and then scares the ever l
Bonnie Paulson
Jul 29, 2012 Bonnie Paulson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in less than 2 days. Couldn't put it down. Fast paced and so much fun. The world building was interwoven with witty dialogue - internal and external - and fun action.

I was cocnerned at first that maybe the humor would detract from the action, but surprise-surprise when it only enhanced it. That was a shocker for me. I've never seen that pulled off in books - in movies, sure, but not books. When I'm sitting on the edge of my seat and then suddenly laughing out loud, there's a lot goi
Eisley Jacobs
Mar 22, 2013 Eisley Jacobs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Natalie Johnson is pretty much your average bullied teen with an abusive father... but that is about where the average ends! The novel starts off in a chase (quite literally!) and doesn't let up until the final face off! The novel is well paced and characters are likeably flawed in BOTH worlds. I found myself wishing she'd end up with one boy and then the other... then the opposite in the next second. Loved that triangle.

Someone mentioned Buffy in another review and I had to laugh... Buffy has n
Sandy Grissett
Jan 25, 2016 Sandy Grissett rated it it was amazing
Great read. Natalie has two lives. She has her best friend Tristan who she has known since childhood. However, she gets picked on at school and does not have many friends.

Jill Cooper is a great author. Natalie has two lives. She has her best friend, Tristan, who she has known since early childhood. However, she does not have many friends in school except for Charles. Sarah and Michelle were her friends at one time yet now they pick on her. Sarah hit her while they were on the bus, and it was a
Dec 17, 2012 Geri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, won, recommend
I got this book free from Goodreads First Reads.

Be careful what you just might discover they're more real than you ever could have imagined.

Real world Natalie is chubby and always unsure of herself.
Dream world Natalie is a svelt, kick-ass slayer who always knows what she's doing.
The two Natalie's are more alike than anyone including herself realised.

I loved this book and need to read the next one - Demon Royale.
Laura Greenwood
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I received a copy of Dream Slayer in exchange for my review.

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
Michael Cooper
Jun 26, 2012 Michael Cooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book about the most unlikely of heroes. Natalie Johnson is a downtrodden girl who never gets a break. She dreams about a better world where she is popular and everyone likes her. This isn't terribly uncommon--except the world she dreams of is real...

Sue Brooks
Jan 13, 2015 Sue Brooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dream Slayer is really an awesome book!!! I found that the start of the book was a little bit slow - but then it seemed to really pick up. Once you do get past the slow part - you will find it hard to put the book down!!!

Natalie is a typical type teenage that is going through typical type teen things. She's not a very popular girl and has very few friends in school. She starts having dreams about being a demon slayer. I don't write spoilers so I will say this -- read the book and you will love i
Clare Atel
Jul 31, 2012 Clare Atel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, captivating, leaves you wanting more...
Carolyn Seiver
Jul 28, 2012 Carolyn Seiver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can read my review on Amazon :)
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Author of the YA Dream Slayer series, Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundries, but most of all strives to entertain.

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