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Scapemaker (Scapemaker #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  120 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Matthew is the son of Mr. Nicholas Namely, a local high school teacher. But unbeknownst to Matthew, his father is a dreamscaper whose classroom is connected to the dream-world. From his classroom, his students enter the halls of Scapemaker, a dream-world high school for young dreamscapers.

Following a couple of heartfelt tragic events, Matthew is compelled to investigate th
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Paperback, 466 pages
Published November 19th 2012
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Elicia Cheah
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You can also find this review at http://girlinthewoodsreviews.blogspot...


*SPOILER ALERT*


Detailed Review: Before I was even halfway through the book, I knew that it was going to be awesome. No way could any other person have written like Steve Cypert. His ideas are ingenious and insane. But hey, I just loved it all the way.

By the way, I know the cover looks spooky, but it think it ties in well with the story.

This book made me realise that the dream-world can control the real-world, and how differ
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Megan
Feb 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
***There are spoilers in this post***

I feel terrible leaving this book only one star. Absolutely terrible. I wanted to like this so badly. But it was not a good book. I don't know if I downloaded an un-proofed copy, or if everyone else was able to look past all the mistakes, but the whole thing was just a mess.

I was able to download this for free from Smashwords with a code - otherwise the book is $2.99. And if I had paid $2.99 for this book, I'd want a refund. I'd actually be mad if I paid mone
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Alysa H.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

There were a lot of good ideas in this book - the general premise, the school for dreamscapers -- basically people who shape all dreams -- which can be visited either in either lucid dreams or in one's physical body, the Sandstorm prison, the "haunted house", just to name a few. Apart from a few things that were not fully explained, this book did at least do a good, largely well-paced job of fantasy-world-building (a
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Lourie
*** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

Many revisions have been made to this book since my original review to here is my update:

This is one of those books that I loved right from the moment I started reading.

There was never a dull moment and it held my attention to the very end. It was hard to put down because I felt like I would miss something if I did. The characters are lively, vivid, fun and at times translucent. And there is a wide variety of alternate c
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Diamond
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lukewarm

A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on my blog Dee's Reads

I love the concept of dreams. I am one who always has vivid dreams. When I read the blurb for Scapemaker, I was instantly intrigued. Unfortunately, I almost DNF this book. I got about 15% in and each page was like pulling teeth. Then, almost magically, things started to pick up. I mean really pick up. The plot finally started loving and we got to go into the dream world and explore
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Jonel Boyko
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
You absolutely have to feel for the main character in this novel. I can’t even imagining being in his shoes, yet the author has everything laid out so clearly and vividly that I can’t imagine it not happening. I can’t actually picture myself along on this journey with him. Cypert made this all the easier because he has the ability to make the weird seem standard and everyday.

Scapemaker is so fully and vividly laid out that you feel like you’ve visited it. You can picture every room and outdoor
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Krista
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING!! Keeper shelf material for sure!!! The beginning is informative and enlightens you to things you need to know for later in the book. After chapter 4 the book really takes off and makes grab on with both hands!! It gives you a Lord of the Rings, House of Night , Shark boy and Lava girl feel with the goblins, gremlins, fairies, scary bad guys, and so much more!! The description in this book is fantastic!! From back ground and to characters to actions!! You can almost feel the water, smell ...more
Slawka
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
/I received a free e-book from the author through Smashwords/

I have to say I loved everything about the general idea of the book and the fact that we finally have a male main character in YA just makes it sooo much more interesting! The only reason I gave it 4 and not 5 stars is the strange triangle Matt-Amber-Daedree - it didn't convince me, same goes for some of the dialogues and decisions that characters make. They seem a bit rushed for the sake of the story. But the last chapter made up for
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Emily (Obsessed Reader)
3.5 stars.
video review coming soon!
Aurora
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: the-g-series
Name of Book: Scapemaker

Author: Steve V Cypert

ISBN: 9781300427582

Publisher: Createspace

Part of a Series: Scapemwaker

Type of book: Fantasy, YA, dream world, Old-blood, New-blood, dream world school, Harry Potter like atmosphere

Year it was published: 2012

Summary:

Matthew is the son of Mr. Nicholas Namely, a local high school teacher. But unbeknownst to Matthew, his father is a dreamscaper whose classroom is connected to the dream-world. From his classroom, his students enter the halls of Scapemaker
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Hatsunekai Aribal
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: male-authors
I have generally mixed feelings for this book. I have no idea if I love this book or not. The structure was good, as well as the organization. It's interesting enough that I actually finished reading it. Although I am sad to say that I did not scream in agony over Doby's death or cried happy tears when Matt and Amer had kissed. Honestly, this had disappointed me because that's how I know if a book was fine, good, great, amazing or just too damn awesome to actually want to let go of. Also, I real ...more
Sam
Scapemaker is an intriguing first part in a series of YA novels. Matthew is an ordinary teenager—until his father is unexpectedly taken ill, and Matt discovers there is more to reality than he first thought. He learns that his father—and he himself—are dreamscapers. These are people who are able to consciously exist within a dream realm, which is full of fantastical creatures and a multitude of other dreamscapers. Schools in the 'real' world connect to Scapemaker, a dreamscape school for such sp ...more
Andrea Ika
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Review :Scapemaker

Steve V Cypert

Title: Scapemaker
Author: Steve Cypert
Published: November 19th, 2012
Word Count: 122,000
Genre: YA Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Rating: 3 stars
Content Warning: Minor fantasy/paranormal violence, some of which may be a little graphic for younger readers.

Synopsis
The limit between consciousness and subconsciousness is very thin. All we have to do is fall asleep to cross over. But a dreamscaper -- well, he doesn't have to do anything. He rules both worlds.
Matthew is the son o
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Marium
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start with the cover. It really think it's vague and gives one little idea about the content of the book itself. I know the black might be for night terrors, blue for the magineum that appears as blue sand in real world and the eyes on the cover are of a skin-walker, but I still stand by what I just mentioned. The book had a lot of potential and if only the cover would have been intriguing and captivating, it would have been better. I just feel it could be so much more and hope the second b ...more
Yamilé
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Despite 3/5 stars mean "I liked Scapmaker", truth is, I really liked this book.
My actual rating would be 3/5 (my actual rating would have been 3.5/5, but I can't make that work in my computer :(
So as not to spoil the many good points of this book letting you read criticism at the end, the actual rating comes from comparing this book to other books I've read which are better written (in some cases, they also come from larger editorial groups and/or more seasoned writers).
Scapemaker struck me as a
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Amie's Book Reviews
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a free copy SCAPEMAKER in return for an honest review of the book. I believe that when an author asks for an honest review, they actually do want honesty. The purpose of reviews are two-fold. One is for potential readers to read the review and to use it to help determine whether or not they might be interested in reading that particular book. The second reason for author's to want their book's reviewed is that they want constructive criticism. Any good author will always be looking to ...more
Steph And Dani {A Walk on Words}
Scapemaker by Steve V. Cypert
Dani's Rating: 3.5 stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 stars

This review can also be found at:
http://awalkonwords.blogspot.com/

Dani's Review:
Thanks so much to Steve Cypert for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my fair and honest review.

For me, Scapemaker was an okay read. It is a long fantasy book that I think would be better if the slow parts were condensed. The beginning was slow and it annoyed me that it took so long for the main character, Matthew Namely, to f
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Dave Higgins
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This novel is about a boy who discovers he has magical powers and is taken to a school for the gifted. It is a testament to Cypert's world-building that I did not think of the comparison to Harry Potter until I was over three-quarters of the way through the book.

This is the first volume of the Scapemaker series. The story opens with a series of unusual events which reveal that Matthew Namely has the power to enter the dream world. His powers can be dangerous, to both himself and others, so he is
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Amber
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Scapemaker is a beautifully compelling and wonderfully intricate story of discovering an unknown heritage and fighting to honor it with your whole heart. This is an adventure that will inspire and delight daydreamers and readers of fantasy alike. Come and escape down the rabbit hole as we enter a whole new world filled with surprises around every corner and untold dangers along the way. Do you have the courage and heart to forge this trail?

Matthew who is just like every other guy except for the
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Delaine
Dec 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
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There were a couple times that I entertained the idea of just not finishing this book, and it pains me to admit that.

The concept of the book is a great one, one I haven't come across before. But there were some things I could just not bode with in terms of character development and the amount of detail used to describe things that only need a few words, not paragraphs. At one point I felt overwhelmed with the description of a scene that it all just escaped me, I could not
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Colleen Bratley
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reality is nothing but our perception. Steve Cypert takes our perception through a new door, and we are only dreaming.
Well that's what the story tells you anyway. Dreaming is, for some, an ability to be in another dimension and as alive and active as what we believe is our normal reality. Actually more alive and more able to do things which are believed to not be possible otherwise. Confusing? I was confused at first even though I thought I knew what was going on, but then I had to question thin
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Skaistė
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is enjoyable and interesting story with action, surprises, secrets and villains, with tense and fun moments. It hold my attention and kept me reading further. It tells about a boy being introduced to a whole new world of imagination. There‘s quite amazing world created in here with a lot of details, history, rules, scenery, various characters with various abilities. I can‘t remember reading any book with such a world. Well, it reminds me of „The Neverending Story“ by Michael Ende in some deta ...more
Katie/Doing Dewey
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Scapemaker takes place in a world were some people, known as “Dreamscapers”, are born with the ability to enter a dream world in which monsters and myths are real. Although Matthew’s father teaches dreamscaping, Matthew is unaware of the existence of Dreamscapers until his father’s mysterious descent into a coma forces him to learn. He quickly finds that his father’s coma was caused by events in the dreamworld, events which have left a powerful talisman his father was guarding unprotected. Now M ...more
Brenda Ayala
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-author
I really enjoyed this book for the most part. I loved that the entire premise was centered around dreams and imagination. Hunter's tattoos were an idea I have seen before, but the way it was done here was impressive. I also thoroughly enjoyed Nurse Addie's name and the transformations of the animals. I only wish I got to see the beta fish transform! And while this may seem stupid, I was relieved the names of the characters weren't ridiculous. Many authors have a tendency to use fancy names in ni ...more
Maria
Scapemaker is a young adult fantasy novel that follows Matthew into an exciting new world – of dreams. This book puts me in mind of Harry Potter – a hidden school amongst the real world, mystery, adventure, and unusual characters and abilities. However, this is not a wizard-type book. This story takes place within the dream realm (and the real world.) Those who can cross over to the dream world consciously are known as dreamscapers, and Scapemaker is the school where Matthew ends up attending.

M
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Erleen Alvarez
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
For more of my review, visit Books For YA!

Scapemaker is an action-packed paranormal novel about an extraordinary boy and his mission to prove his father’s innocence. But in order for him to do that, he will have to explore the uncharted world of dreams, make friends with the other dreamscapers and defeat the evil creatures called night terrors.

Matthew Namely is just a normal 15 year-old boy who loves to play football. But some series of events changed it all. First, his father went comatose the
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Kelsey
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
My Thoughts: When I first started this novel I was a little bit worried because the characters seemed off to me. This was partly because of what will from now on be known as writer warm up (the characters spoke funny but don't worry it stops). I was happy to find out that the real reason for this awkwardness was that they were hiding something. The author did an outstanding job of making sure that the reader understood the place the story took place in as well as all the strange...let's call it ...more
Nani
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished-2013
When I first started reading this book I became a little on the defensive as a reader. It took a couple chapters to get into the book because I felt like there were things that I just wasn’t being told to understand. Then again the main character didn’t know about or understand much yet either. Retrospectively it made the main character better to understand as he was pretty “out of touch” and confused too. Some of what seemed like parallels to the Harry Potter series were a little disturbing, ma ...more
Tanya Johnson
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Matthew hasn’t been sleeping well, he’s been having nightmares. Little does Matthew know he’s a dreamscaper, like his father, Mr. Namely (Matthew’s dad)’s classroom is a doorway to the halls of Scapemaker; a school for future dreamscapers to learn more about their gifts. After his father is found comatose, Matthew starts to investigate what happened and is thrown into this new world he never knew existed. Along with a few new friends, Matthew sets out to find out what happened to his father and ...more
Hope
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
First Impression: Who doesn’t want to escape inside a dream world? Let’s go…

Characters: Humans are not the only beings represented in author Steve Cypert’s creation. I appreciate nods to many different character and monster types throughout Dreamscape – my favorite were the lunchroom Imaji. Other notable descriptions of the Magineum keepers and Goblins stayed with me longer than the story itself.

World Building: Scapemaker has a decidedly Harry Potter feel to it – if Harry roamed the halls of dr
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Steve is the second child of seven born in Los Angeles, California to a wonderful mother and father. Born into the LDS faith, Steve served a 2 year full-time LDS mission at the age of nineteen in the northern half of Ohio.

At twenty-four he moved from his parents’ home in Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, Utah to try out life on his own. 2 decades later he still lives in Utah, where he found and marr
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