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Slumbering

(The Starlight Chronicles #1)

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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  68 reviews
A narcissistic teenager who doesn't believe in destiny. 
A city under supernatural attack. 
An adventure that unfortunately changes everything. 

Sixteen-year-old Hamilton Dinger leads a charmed life. He's got the grades for the top of the class, the abilities of a star athlete and Tetris player, and the charisma to get away with anything. Everything se

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Paperback, 206 pages
Published December 28th 2012 by WestBow Press (first published December 19th 2012)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Slumbering (The Starlight Chronicles #1) by C.S. Johnson and narrated by Nicholas Santasier is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. This book is a preteen/teen book and is quite funny in many ways. The main guy of the story, Hamilton, is so incredibly self centered, narrow-minded, obnoxious, entitled (he thinks), and so much better than anyone else that he is so unlikable. The way the author makes him react to situations is so brilliant, I would have never thought of it! It ...more
William O'Brien
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A spectacular experience!

The Starlight Chronicles: Slumbering by C S Johnson

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Starlight Chronicles: Slumbering- is an interesting tale of fantasy which will be super for YA fans.

The reader will be captivated throughout this adventurous story of good verses evil.

This tale will certainly draw in the adult reader as well as the younger ones in this dynamic warrior/warfare novel. Surely, there is a great deal more to satisfy the re
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Merie Shen
Ever get tired of those typical fantasy stories? You know, normal, but different, plain, but pretty, awkward, but attractive teenaged female heroines whose lives are overturned when the most popular guy in school falls for them?

Yeah, well, I'm tired of those kind of stories too. Which is why I picked up this one.

You know the superpopular, egotistical, self-centered jerks who overpopulate fantasy nowadays? Hamilton Dinger is one. And you know what? That is actually viewed as problematic.

I've nev
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Elle Bee
A Great (Christ Honoring) Gift for any Avid YA Reader!

When I first saw Slumbering on Amazon, I fell in love with the cover. Instantly I knew I needed it on my shelf. In fact, reading the description was just my GIBC (greedy inner book collector) humoring protocol before snatching a copy.

Photo, Mine, all mine

That being said, I did not fall in love with the prologue as quickly as I did the cover. I was confused about what was going on and found the experience slightly jarring. If this happens to you, you must continue
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Hamilton Dinger is a popular student that only thinks of himself and what he can gain from others around him. When a meteor strikes his hometown and Hamilton is hailed as a hero. Hamilton becomes even more full of himself. Yet something else happened, he can see things that no one else can. Then Hamilton comes face to face with the reality that monsters are real. He denies that he has a gift to protect the people he cares about. Can Hamilton get past his ego? Will he accept his gifts? Your answe ...more
Kara
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been in my TBR pile for months and finally had the chance to read it...didn't like Hamilton at all for the first few chapters, he is so egotistical it's comical. However, he kept implying how his life changes and I wanted to know more. I even admire how much he likes this one girl enough to save her life twice, as selfish as he is, I was surprised he did that much.

Then the meteorite hits and everything changes. Hamilton starts having weird dreams that are very realistic, he starts
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Jada Ryker
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Wingdinger of a Story

The Starlight Chronicles: Slumbering, by C. S. Johnson, is the first volume in a series geared toward YA readers.

The story opens with a shadow monster over Apollo City, on Lake Erie in Northern Ohio. Wingdinger, a superhero with a pet dragon as his sidekick, is experiencing a normal day of fighting monsters. The monster loves cruel humor, and has been dubbed The Jester by the media.

Wingdinger doesn’t have the market cornered on superhero work. White-winged Starry Night, wh
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Peter John
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Starlight Chronicles is a great example of Young adult fantasy. A mixture of other worldly concepts blended with a view into the mundane life of a teenager. Hamilton Dinger’s world revolves around him. Computer games, football, and girls, nothing else seems to matter to him. As long as he stays part of the popular crowd and enjoys himself he doesn't see what else life has to offer and he is quite happy with that. Then something happens to rock his world and the world of everyone around him. ...more
Little Bee
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Slumbering in exchange for an honest review.

Slumbering is an uniquely, original, YA epic fantasy about a teenage boy that learns he was once a warrior for a Star Prince and at some point was sent to earth where he became human until his powers unlocked. As such, this story is about his "acceptance " of responsibility for his role to fight off evil demons and protect his friends and community (the latter more so out of obligation than desire).

Even though I have given the book
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Jacob Airey
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a Y/A superhero fantasy that has a lot of anime influence making it a lot of fun.
Kandi Wyatt
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun unique twist to the superhero theme. A good representation of what it would be like if a jock teenager suddenly became a hero. It's fast-paced and easy reading. Moving on to book 2.
Jake Yaniak
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Starlight Chronicles: Slumbering by C.S. Johnson is not the kind of book I normally choose to read. My favorite writer is Arthur Schopenhauer, the father of philosophical pessimism. So when I realized that this book was filled with 'humor' of all things, I was a bit worried. But as I read, I was amazed to find that the book was actually, truly funny.

The story largely takes place in the main character's high school, which definitely brought back a lot of memories. It will feel nostalgic to a
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Colleen Bratley
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story takes you to another place, another time and even another dimension, yet you never leave the same town, people and normal day events.

I have to admit, the story has you wondering at times what exactly the overall summation of the events that are happening really means. You can follow it easy enough, but you can't quite piece it all together until near the end. Then, as I am sure the author intended, you get the picture, well at least you think you do. To a degree, there are purposely pl
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Savannah Jezowski
Intriguing Premise

The premise of this story, and the great cover, snagged my interest. I love a good disaster story, and the idea of a meteor crash and monsters being unleashed on the world definitely caught my interest.

And those elements did fascinate me. My favorite parts of the story were the meteor crash and the battles with the monsters...but sadly these events are overpowered by long, long segments of just normal high school life that don’t really do anything to further the story.

I had t
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Jenn
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Starlight Chronicles is the story of Hamilton Dinger aka Hammy or Dinger. High School sophomore, foot ball player, and as you may have already guessed typical high school boy until the night of the football party when an event of epic proportions will cause Dinger to be chosen as a hero. A calling he is not sure he wants to have or can handle. Dinger gradually realizes that he must step up and accept his fate so that he can help others and once he does he is helped by a dragon named Elysian ...more
Everything Marie
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Starlight Chronicles is the story of Hamilton Dinger aka Hammy or Dinger. High School sophomore, foot ball player, and as you may have already guessed typical high school boy until the night of the football party when an event of epic proportions will cause Dinger to be chosen as a hero. A calling he is not sure he wants to have or can handle. Dinger gradually realizes that he must step up and accept his fate so that he can help others and once he does he is helped by a dragon named Elysian ...more
Stephanie
I actually have the Kindle and Audible version of this book, and it was really fun to read along while listening. Reading that way was interesting because I normally form my own "voice" in my head for each character. The audible narration wasn't quite "right," at least in my opinion. The narrator wasn't animated enough for the tone of this book, and the pacing was too slow. The narration needed as much excitement and enthusiasm as the book itself.

The lead character, Hamilton, is grating, but tha
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Myra Gabor
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the author and voluntarily chose to review it. It was quite enjoyable.
Hamilton Dinger is at the top of his social heap. He's the guy everyone wants to know. There's a few dark spots in his life. Such as, why is the girl he's interested in only interested in dating a nerd. Then there's the phone call from his parents. Leave that party now and come home. It seems there's a meteor on its way to Earth. Using his charm has enable him to wiggle out of any poten
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Cheryl
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guess that this is ok for YA, but it did nothing for me. The protagonist is very egotistical, so much so that I didn't care for him. Hoping he learns something by book 2.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of Slumbering in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Slumbering is the first novel in the Starlight Chronicles series by C.S. Johnson. It's a young adult fantasy series that it sure to please fans of both genres. Slumbering follows young Hamilton Dinger, AKA Dinger, AKA Hammy, on a surprising and unexpected journey in his very own hometown.
Dinger is used to be the best in school. He's brilliant, he's a great athlete, and everything comes naturally to him. Especially when i
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Jessica Bronder
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hamilton Dinger is one of those guys I hated in school. He thinks he is entitled, self-centered, popular, and a general pain in the butt that everything just loves, according to him. But when a meteor hits town and releases the Seven Deadly Sinners things go crazy. Hamilton has hidden abilities that he is going to have to learn how to use if he is going to protect everyone from the Sinners. Thankfully he has Elysian and Starry Knight to help him accept this new reality and get him caught up to s ...more
Zuzana Nikorovičová
I'm actually surprised how good it was. When I started reading this, I thought that the ego of the main character and his chit chatter would be boring, not interesting for me and overall that I wouldn't like this book because of this. Now I'm totally pleased! Yeah, the protagonist, Hamilton, is 16 years old guy who believe the universe is spinning because of him, so typical teenager. He's driven by his ego, his platonic love to Gwen and football = stereotypical American high school sweetheart. E ...more
Debe Kaiser
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read for a first in a series. I couldn't put it down and then had to order the whole series.
Jessica Belmont
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m just going to say it: every time I read a novel by C.S. Johnson, I’m so blown away within the first few chapters, I already know it’s going to be a 5☆ novel for me.

I am blown away by the vivid world building C.S. Johnson always manages to include. Slumbering is no different. I felt like I was transported into this story and I was witnessing the events first hand.

The characters are no different. Each with their own unique sense of personality, I felt like I knew them. Particularly, Hamilton,
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BookLoversLife
This book was really interesting, in the way that it made me feel, which I'll get to in a bit!! So this is focused on Hamilton Dinger. He is a above average student whose life is going good... that is till a meteor crashes into his town and awakes some dormant powers he had, but it also awakens other things, and now Hamiltons life is forever changed!!! Whether for the better you will have to read it and see.

I devoured this book, which I'm quite surprised with because starting out I love/hated t
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Claire
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hated the lead character ... but it seems like he was designed that way on purpose, so I'm not sure how to feel about Hamilton. Self-centered to the extreme it seems like the series has lots of personal growth planned for him and I saw the start of it in this book.

There are some interesting elements to the world this book is based on but I'm still finding it confusing, I'm not sure how it's all supposed to work, I'm assuming later books will shed more light on this, but I find it a bit frustra
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Shakera
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Hamilton Dinger is your average 16 year old boy. Quite intelligent, athletic, popular, self-absorbed, "My parents are ruining my life!", "I don't understand why Gwen doesn't want me?! I mean, I'm quite the catch!" As I said, your average teenager. Until a meteorite hits his town. Turns out Dinger, not so average!

The meteorite released the deadly seven sinister and they have broken out of their prisons. To sustain themselves, they need human souls. With Dinger's abilities no longer dormant, can

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Kristine
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a fun unique novel that people of all ages can easily enjoy!! The unique characters are full of depth and very believable with a fun dash of fantasy. Though, it was a little slow to start for my tastes; it was absolutely worth the wait. And I also love the author’s different style of writing, which was quite refreshing. A must read for anyone who enjoys fantasy!!!
Michelle VanDaley
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The male lead Hamilton in this story drives me absolutely insane with his self centered egotistical attitude - but that is a good thing. I believe that any Author who can evoke such feelings from me must be doing something right! Nicolas Santasier is a great narrator. His characters have distinct easy to follow voices that I really enjoyed. I look forward to more in this series and from this Author & narrator. ...more
John Boettcher
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Starlight Chronicles: Slumbering is the first book in an epic-type YA series that features strong themes that are prevalent YA readers: popularity, self-centeredness, caring, fitting in, and belief in something bigger and more powerful than yourself.

The story starts out with a little tease, a bit of storytelling that you won’t get revisit until well into the book; but juicy enough to keep your attention captivated throughout the book. Once you read the first chapter, you have to find out wh
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C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me. ...more

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