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Dreamcatcher #1

Catch Me When I Fall

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In 1814, at the age of seventeen, Daniel Graham sacrificed himself to save another. Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, he has spent the last 200 years as a Dreamcatcher, guarding humans from Nightmares—clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears while they sleep.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, and the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced—because someone with the power to control the monsters seems to want her dead.

Driven by his growing feelings for her, Daniel 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 the 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.

He thought she was just another girl to protect. He was wrong.

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First published October 23, 2014

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Author 9 books170 followers
April 18, 2015
What can I say about this book? I thoroughly LOVED every second of it. Like, no exaggeration LOVED it.

Vicki Leigh has created a premise that is new and unique (at least, in my humble opinion) with her of Dreamcatchers / Weavers vs. Nightmares. I was completely invested from the very first page, and I loved that her characters were all relatable and easy to love, and her leading man was loving and compassionate. Though I often love a good bad boy, supportive, respectful leading guys are so refreshing, and I just loved Daniel!

I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves a good love story with plenty of action. Ages 13+
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2,976 reviews362 followers
November 13, 2014
I originally wanted to read this book because of the unique plot line of Dreamcatchers and Nightmares and I will admit, the pretty cover drew me in as well.

Even though I loved the whole concept of the story, I was still leery going into it. I mean, I have been burned by a pretty cover more times than I really care to admit.

Thankfully this turned out to be every bit as fun and original and the synopsis suggested it would be.

I really liked Daniel. He is some what hardened and calloused to the life he has after doing it for so many years but of course, that one special person, that one special girl, changes everything.

This is more than just a romance however, in fact, it probably has just as much action and adventure as it does romance.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to get into the story and how relatable and likable the characters, all of them, were.

This was a fun and entertaining start to a new series.
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Author 7 books245 followers
July 20, 2014
A fun summer read.

I expected this to be like so many other paranormal books, and was so surprised. First off the main character is a man. Seventeen-year-old Daniel is one of a large group who protect their assigned humans from Nightmares. In another surprise, the Nightmares take the form of vicious creatures instead of the usual ghosts! Daniel is assigned to Kayla as her protector only to find that the number of Nightmares assaulting her far surpasses the normal number. Another twist from the normal, the 'special' one isn't the main character, but Kayla.

Besides the plot twists, what made this book stand out for me was the depth of the characters. They weren't flat stereotypes, but flesh and blood with real likes and dislikes. Daniel had a great voice and will be very attractive to female readers. He comes across as, well, male and as a strong person who is full of determination. Unlike so many other male leads, he wasn't interested to the point of blindness in Kayla, but still had time for his job and his friends. I especially appreciated that Daniel actually suffered and was injured, that made the action even more real.

The end keep up a fast pace and left me guessing. Characters stepped up. Other characters proved less than loyal. Without giving anything away, there were just a lot of well written, believable action scenes.

My only gripe would be that Kayla cried too much. But as she wasn't the main character, that can totally be passed over.

I highly recommend Catch Me When I Fall for an entertaining read.

I received my copy for Curiosity Press for an honest review.
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605 reviews201 followers
February 25, 2016
Original de: El Extraño Gato del Cuento

Esta es la segunda vez que un book trailer me hace leer un libro y luego termino renegando porque no es lo que me vendieron.

Generalmente no soy muy exigente con libros paranormales, he dicho varias veces que el instalove para mi es creíble en esta clase de libros, y para haberle puesto una estrella, pues sí, este libro me ha molestado mucho.

BOYS BE BOYS

La idea que Catch Me When I Fall trae es esta: cada persona tiene dos especies de guardianes de sueño, hasta ahí, a pesar de tener un ligero conflicto con el hecho que habrían dos personas espiando/cuidando mi sueño, trato de ignorar mi molestia. Vi The Truman Show y soy de las que quedo traumatizada de por vida, ¿ok? Mi total problema y creciente repulsión por esta idea vino cuando uno de estos supuestos guardianes dice que si bien hacer su trabajo es un problema para su vida "al menos a Daniel le toco una bonita que puede mirar". Y desde ahí para mí todo se fue al diablo. Mi paranoia se disparó desde ese momento, sobre todo en la manera tan repulsiva que el amiguete este lo dice. Al menos Stephenie Meyer te pintó un escenario donde lo que Edward hacia era "romántico". Pero ¿cómo lo hicieron en este libro? La verdad es que me puso bastante incómoda.

Quizá esté siendo injusta, porque esto fue solo una escena y luego se desarrollan más los personajes y eso. Es solo que estos tipos se ven de 20 pero tienen como un millón de años... Y, no.

Es probable que ya esté muy vieja para este tipo de historias. En lo personal no pienso apoyar eso de "son hombres y así son"

DREAMCATCHERS & DREAMWEAVERS

Mi otro problema con esta idea que Vicki Leigh trae, que en un inicio me pareció bastante interesante, es que siento que ella no profundizó mucho en los qué, cómo y porqué de su argumento.

Me explico: ella dice que cada ser humano tiene dos protectores, para mí todo bien hasta ahí. Es paranormal, de seguro viven en un plano separado y no afecta en nada en el mundo normal. Y, entonces, la historia nos dice que estos seres necesitan departamentos donde alojarse, que ocupan el Coliseo de Roma como sede principal, que el Vaticano los financia porque tienen necesidades. O sea, siguiendo esa lógica, matemáticamente solo un tercio de la población ¿es humana?

Para mí no tenía lógica, si me hubiera dicho que viven en plano aparte u otro planeta, habría encontrado más creíble la historia. El hecho que sea paranormal no significa que deba ser irreal.

Este libro ha sacado la editora maldita en mí.

ROMANCE

LITERALMENTE LA VE EN UNA FOTO Y SE ENAMORA, POR TODO LO SAGRADO DEL MUNDO. Pasan tres días y ya se aman a muerte.



Yo te acepto este tipo de historia si te tomas el trabajo de desarrollarme más los encuentros entre los protagonistas, si me das algo que tengan en común que los haga especiales, dame ALGO.

Catch Me When I Fall es una interesantísima idea muy mal desarrollada, en mi opinión. Me gustó la idea que el Vaticano esté involucrado, siempre he tenido curiosidad sobre ellos y qué exactamente hace, pero siento que falta más en este libro.

Yo no soy escritora y dudo que algún día lo sea, porque cada vez que pienso en escribir algo, inmediatamente mi cerebro empieza a cuestionar los qué, cómo y porqué, y es ahí donde me pierdo. Es por es cuando empiezo un libro, asumo que quien este detrás de él, superó todo estos obstáculos y me dará un material que me asombrará.

Lamentablemente este libro me ha tenido queriendo sacar mi lápiz rojo y decirle a la autora que cosas podría mejorar.

Y, Kayla, que personaje para inútil

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273 reviews101 followers
October 5, 2014
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"Marlene created dreams; I fought off Nightmares. Which meant I was spending nearly every day in battle, and I would never get to see the Heavens."
-- Vicki Leigh, Catch Me When I Fall

Thank you Curiosity Quills Press for providing me with an advanced reading copy for review.

Catch Me When I Fall is yet another novel which stands out in the aspect of 'good premise, bad execution'. Never before have I wanted to love an ARC so much but just couldn't. The premise of this book is something I had never heard before. After reading the synopsis I was all set to go on an amazing adventure I would never forget. It was original and therefore caught my attention in an instant. However, the originality was only to be seen in the beginning of the book, because all the rest was something I'd seen countless times before.

To discuss the premise of this book, you can't but agree that the idea behind it is absolutely brilliant. Seven billion people having two Protectors watching over them isn't all too realistic if you ask me, yet the idea of creating something more out of the guardian angel legend is amazing. Leigh did what few authors couldn’t do and managed to build an intriguing world around that particular idea. I loved the world building despite several info dumps. I loved the combination of a Guardian Angel with dreams and nightmares. I haven’t read anything like this before and I absolutely loved it. This was what made me want to read this book so desperately. I think you can guess by now how big of a disappointment this turned out to be.

The romance took over the entire book so much that in the end I felt like I was drowning in it. It all started with a case of young teen love where all of the sudden the insta-love escalated into an eternal romance. The worst part about this is that their romance is entirely based on appearances considering the insta-love. It still surprises me how fast this transition went. I can’t do anything but to call it rushed and an obvious plot device.

It doesn’t happen often when the characters in a book did nothing for me, but it definitely was the case here. I can label every one of them as an okay-character. There wasn’t anything special about them, something that should have made me go crazy or at least care about them. I didn’t connect with any of them, and in my opinion it had a lot to do with how the story was told; by telling things, not showing them. It was told what a horrible past Kayla had, or what happened between her and her father. It was never shown enough for me to really bond with any of the characters, which resulted in not caring about them as much as I first wanted to.

The plot is one of those things that also could have been way better. While it has the potential, it's filled with all the YA clichés with the most dramatic love scene at the end. When it comes the plot of the book itself, I had to do my best to look further than the countless love scenes and insignificant actions scenes There could have been a lot of mystery built around who the warlock actually was. Nonetheless, that didn't happen and eventually finding out didn't shock me at the least. It wasn’t only the mystery involving the warlock, but there is a serious lack of mystery in this book in general. The supposed plot twists in here don’t even count as plot twists because it never felt like an actual twist. Because of this it was way too easy to put the book down, while it was difficult for me to find the motivation to pick it up again.

Catch Me When I Fall is after all, not a great novel despite its compelling premise. Considering the dull characters, the insta-love and a plot that could have been so much better, I warn you to not fall for the fascinating synopsis. I hate myself for several reasons now that I've written such a negative review about a book I had thought I'd love.
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7 reviews1 follower
September 21, 2014
Choosing which book to read and review is often hard, it can be hit and miss whether the book catches you imagination and pulls you into its world.

Catch Me When I Fall had me hooked from the first paragraph.

My first impressions of the main character, Daniel, was that I felt sorry for him being trapped in his roll as a Dreamcatcher/Protector of the Night (which will be referred to as PoN from now on). Being a PoN means basically spending every day in battle, protecting unwitting humans from Nightmares (Demons). A PoN can be killed, a second and final death for them. If this happens they cease to exist. No heaven awaits them as reward for all they've done.

To me this seemed harsh, my first thought was had Daniel done something truly awful in his human life to be sentenced to serve as PoN? The answer it seems, is no. To be a PoN is to die protecting someone else. It is an offer, one which can be refused. Daniel's choice for becoming a PoN was simply for his family, he was young when he died and he did not want to completely leave them.

The character of Daniel reminds me a lot of Jace Wayland from the Mortal Instruments series. Actually a few references in this book remind me of others book series' for example;



There are Witches and Warlocks in this book also known as Magus, their creation (a demon and a human procreate and the child is born a Witch or Warlock) reminds me a lot of the Dhampirs (a Moroi and a Human procreate and the child is born a Dhampir) from the Vampire Academy series as well as Warlocks (Demon and Human procreate and the child is born a Warlock) from the Mortal Instruments series.

Anyway back to Daniel, he's been a PoN for over 200 years and is one of the best Dreamcatchers currently in service. In his human life he was the son of an Earl and at the tender age of 17 he joined the army and went off to war in 1812, where he died.

I won't go into too much detail here as I don't want spoilers, but the gist is, he gets a charge named Kayla and in typical style of these kinds of books he starts to fall for her. There is a Big Bad which is after Kayla and Daniel does all he can to protect her whilst trying to defeat the Big Bad.

There are a few other characters or sidekicks as I like to refer to them, that are essential to the story. We have Giovanni who is the kind of boss to the PoN, my impression of him is dislike and distrust. Personally I felt after first meeting him, if a Nightmare decided to go on a suicide mission it could start by killing Giovanni.



Then there's Bartholomew, he's Giovanni's boss and is as old as time itself it would seem, he appears to be a wise old guy, kind and likes a good budding romance. I really like this character a lot.



Of course no story is complete without the best friend, the little sister/brother and an ex. Well we get those in the form of Seth (funny guy, likes a good prank and a good knees up.), Tabbi (sweet little sister kind of girl, great banter between her and Daniel really does remind me of a sibling relationship.) and Samantha (Daniel's trainee who he had a one night stand with and then told her it was a mistake - ouch).

I absolutely adored this book, the setting and events were very descriptive and the character progression is great. The flow of the storyline is well written and I can't pick a fault at all with this book. To be truly honest, I can't wait for more.

It's clear that author Vicki Leigh has a blossoming career ahead of her and I for one will be right there buying her books as they're released.

So, make sure you add the date for this book release to your calender and get it hot off the shelf, you certainly won't be disappointed.
release date: 23rd October 2014
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923 reviews78 followers
December 21, 2014
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.

Loving all things unique, I couldn't resist reading this, I was drawn in by the premise because not only was it unique but it was intriguing. I was slightly wary because I've had a bad run recently with seemingly good premises that have then disappointed me.

I was drawn in by the first page, and there was plenty going on, lots of action and so on, and you couldn't stop reading. The world created by the author was fantastically done, it was unique, it was well detailed and explained. I loved the Dreamcatchers/Weavers going against the Nightmares, the entire concept was fantastic, with the Nightmares being real and actual physical beings, and I've never come across anything like it before, the author describes the world and the politics of it without going overboard on the information and ruining the pace.

All of the characters where easy to connect with and easy to like, they where all written very well with depth and they came alive as you read. I've not read many books that are done from a male perspective and I thought it was not only interesting but also well done.

The romance was not taking over the plot, it was there, but it didn't overshadow the action and the plot, my only issue with it is that it was too close to instalove for me to be fully behind it, even though they where cute together.

There where a couple of twists that surprised me, and I really liked it because it was a good addition to the plot, and there was nothing added to the story just to create drama, everything just made the plot better.

I'm excited to see what's going to happen next in the second book, and where things are going to go!
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76 reviews68 followers
July 20, 2015
I loved the description for this book when I first read it. I’ve never read a book before like this with Dreamcatchers and Dreamweavers. In Catch Me When I Fall, the Nightmares are real creatures that the Dreamcatchers fight and kill to protect people while they sleep. I loved the concept of this book and it was an easy book to jump into! Right away, from chapter 1, we get to see Daniel fight off Nightmares. Even when I would set the book down for a time, I could easily start reading again and get into the book. Definite points here for good pacing.

“No. They��re actual creatures. Contrary to scientific belief, a Nightmare isn’t developed in the human brain. They’re the result of demonic creatures that grab hold of you while you sleep and force the images into your head.”

The main girl character’s name is Kayla and Daniel is her new Dreamcatcher, since the last catcher and weaver that watched over here were mortally wounded. I felt kind of neutral towards Kayla. She didn’t really do anything to make me dislike her, but I just didn’t really care all that much about her. The romance seemed a bit rushed in the beginning and I didn’t really see why Daniel liked her so much in the beginning. It mostly seemed like he was just physically attracted to her. I mean, they still had their cute couple moments that made me smile.

“Kayla startled when I went corporeal. “So, you actually do watch me sleep. Creep,” she said. A chill ran down my spine. “Yes-no-well, not exactly. I protect you while you sleep. I don’t just stand there and stare.”
Tabbi laughed from behind me. “Calm down Daniel. She’s just giving you a hard time.”


I really liked Daniel as the main character. Even though I thought he fell in love a little too quickly, he’s a good leader and really cares about his friends. Even just being a Dreamcatcher is such a big risk since he’s risking his life to protect other people and not really getting anything in return. The description for this book is rather long and seems like it gives a lot away, but there was actually a lot about the plot that surprised me. Secrets are revealed about Kayla’s past and people they thought they know betray them. There is also plenty of action with Daniel and the team fighting off not only Nightmares, but also warlocks, witches, and a wraith.

I’m definitely excited to see how the plot develops in the coming books with this battle that’s just starting up. The cover for this book though seemed weird to me when I first saw it with those two creepy hands, but it does fit the book well. I also always think it’s cute when the book title is mentioned in some way and this book does in the last couple pages. Also bonus points for no cliffhangers or love triangles! Overall, a great start to this new series! I’d recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting paranormal book.
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November 16, 2017
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Daniel had a choice when he died 200 years ago, he decided to stay attached to the world of the living, fighting off the Nightmares that haunt sleeping people every night. When his new assignment is a sixteen year old, depressed girl named Kayla things get out of hand quickly.

Although the premise was very original, it got me thinking straight away. If only a fraction of the dying people chooses to become these Protectors of the Night, and training takes over a century, then how would everyone have two of them (considering that they are really dropping like flies). Since these Protectors are dead, why do they need to live in an apartment and steal decorations? How come no-one notices them living in apartments and all.

While these questions and more where in the back of my head I was still really enjoying reading it. Unfortunately there was an overdose of instalove and main character Kayla was a special snowflake if I ever saw one. Things got a little bit confusing near the end, but I'm curious to see what the next book in the series will bring.

Catch me when I fall is the first book in the Dreamcatcher series.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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Author 102 books486 followers
August 25, 2014
Vicki is my agency sister, so yeah, I was excited to read this book. First, the cover is awesome, and second the blurb let me know this was my kind of read. Daniel is someone I liked from the start. He's very real and so are his feelings. He felt for Kayla just like I did. The poor girl is in a psychiatric ward and being tortured by nightmares. I loved how the nightmares were physical things. Seriously LOVED that. I could almost feel their hands reaching for me while I was reading. Creepy and awesome!

There's a twist with Kayla that I really enjoyed and didn't see coming. I won't give spoilers though, so I'll just say it was a great addition to the plot. The dynamic between Kayla and Daniel felt very genuine to me. They both are dealing with a lot. Daniel wants out of his job as a Protector, and Kayla has a tortured past. I think this really draws them to each other and gives them common ground.

I can't wait to see where the story goes in book two.
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80 reviews490 followers
November 25, 2015
I really, really, really, really, really wanted to like this more than I actually did. The synopsis sounded so intriguing, and the author is so sweet, but the overall execution of the book really fell flat for me. I was able to predict everything that happened, and the romance was the definition of 'insta-love', which I've never been a big fan of. Additionally, a lot of the plot points were very similar to the ones in the Mortal Instruments series. It could just feel that way because of the supernatural elements of it, but I also felt that it had a lot of the same tropes as other extremely popular YA novels.

I don't think I'll be continuing on with the series, which is a shame because I had such high hopes for it, but I'm glad to see that other people are enjoying it.
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1,941 reviews1 follower
November 10, 2014
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Protectors of the Night work while humans sleep. Dreamcatchers defend against Nightmares which are physical beings from the other side of the veil who feed off fear and other dark emotions and Dreamweavers create and project good dreams for the humans once they fall asleep. Daniel Graham was 17 when he died and took up the mantle of Protector. For over 200 years he’s kept the Nightmares at bay and with his current charge dying a natural death at an old age he’s ready for his break. Except he doesn’t get one. He’s immediately assigned to Kayla Bartlett, a 16-yr-old who is currently in a psychiatric facility and whose Dreamcatcher team was attacked. Daniel discovers that there’s something different about Kayla and he needs to figure out the who, what and why before she is harmed or his team is killed by the Nightmares.

This is quite a different take on fantasy and one I haven’t seen before. I like the idea of the Dreamcatchers though the Nightmares sound pretty icky. I found the world interesting and well-developed and the characters are ones I felt I could hang out with. I didn’t quite buy into the insta-love between Daniel and Kayla though and while I expected Kayla to make some “dumb” teenager mistakes I was less forgiving of Daniel. Yes, he was 17 when he died, but he’s been around 200 years. Not just around, but fighting monsters. He is not a kid and shouldn’t be making dumb mistakes and behaving in the typical teenage fashion characteristic of that age group. However, the plot is a good one with plenty of action and I enjoyed watching it play out. A battle has been won, but the war is not over. I’m curious to see where this series goes next.
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71 reviews6 followers
September 10, 2014
Wow. I wasn't sure If I would love this book when I started the first chapter, or if I would really connect with Daniel, the main character. I was wrong!

First, two things I didn't love:

1) There were one of two inconsistencies that I don't want to give specifically because it will spoil the story. Probably not even noticeable to some readers but I'm naturally analytical.

2) As a bit of a feminist, I wish that Kayla had kicked a little more butt in this story and helped more, but I can see great potential for her to do so in the future.

BUT there are many things I did love:

Kayla goes through TERRIBLE experiences and is in a mental institute, but she isn't whiny. Points. Both she and Daniel grow and develop and are equal parts vulnerable and strong. Points. Nightmares and dreams and warlocks. Points. I really enjoyed the character development on the entire supporting cast as well, and grew to like each of them in their own way. The comedic relief is great but not overdone. Tabbi is hilarious, and the way Leigh goes about the idea of a 12 year old with the personality of someone who has lived much longer for funny yet makes one ponder what that must be like.

Best of all, I CARED about these characters. I found myself yelling COME ON and my heart tensing at all the right moments when things were just so terrible for Daniel or Kayla. This is a great first novel and I will definitely be reading any following in the series!


Disclaimer: I work with the publisher of this book. I paid for this copy and am reading it in my own free time. The thoughts here are my own honest opinions and do not represent publisher or author. Thanks!
November 10, 2014
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

In a world where good and evil are fought while you sleep. Daniel is one of those that fight against the evil. As a dreamcatcher it comes with the job. A job assigned by angels, for over two hundred years he has spent guarding his assigned humans against nightmares. Horrible evil creatures that try to invade our minds while we sleep. His new assignment though is different. He wants to protect her not only in her sleep but in reality. He reveals himself to her and together they must unravel the mystery behind her nightmares.

After tragic events Kayla finds herself in a mental institution. Suits her fine because she does not want to go home to her mother and THAT house. Everyone thinks she is crazy but she knows what she saw. Everyone except Daniel. Her dreamcatcher. He is the only one that can save her from her nightmares and the only one that believes that she is not crazy.

Feelings grow, secrets are revealed and their entire existence is threatened. When they find themselves surrounded by the evil will they be able to save themselves and all of mankind?

My Thoughts: WOW. WOW. WOW! I couldn’t put this book down. So action packed. And so very very very original and refreshing. Every page kept me glued!
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Author 4 books57 followers
July 24, 2014
This book was a super fun, fast-paced read! Though I was certainly intrigued by the back cover summary, I was totally hooked within minutes of beginning by the uniqueness of Leigh's story! I don't know what I imagined the story would be about, but I literally stopped at the end of one of the first chapters and thought, "What a cool concept!"

I loved the characters, and even though the plot moved quickly, Leigh did a great job of bringing life and personality to each them. I love how Daniel and Kayla connected, after an awkward and forbidden introduction. Also, the fight scenes were amazing! Each twist and turn left me wanting more and MORE. I couldn't put this down and read it in one day! I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel. I can't wait to see what happens next!

Content: Includes mild swearing and an implied sexual situation
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May 26, 2021
In some ways that third star feels like gift. I guess overall the writing isn't bad but it included a lot of tropes I don't like. I thought the idea was an interesting one, everyone has dreamcatchers and dream weavers, the latter give us good dreams and the former fight nightmares. It's a job you get if you die helping someone. Daniel has been a catcher for centuries and for me this ended up a problem.

The reason for it is we have at least two other weaver/catchers, both women, who have been in the business as long as him but while he's the top dog they're still trainees. It smacks of internalized misogynism especially when he's always dismissing them or protecting them.

My other issue is the insta-love. Yes I know in theory it exists but if it turns you this stupid maybe it shouldn't. Daniel's former human has passed away from old age. He's assigned to Kayla, a 16 year old girl in a mental hospital (whose rules make no sense) who is being beset by nightmares in numbers never seen before and suddenly he's smitten. He's going visible to humans. He's touching her etc which could get him not only kicked out of the corps but basically killed off. He can't help himself. Ugh, honestly. This is the kind of crap that gives YA a bad name.

Kayla for her part is supposively there becausae she believes she killed a man with fire using her bare hands. We do learn there are witches who work with the catchers and others who are evil naturally. As more and more nightmares come, Daniel is evaporating Kayla all over the world siteseeing in the name of protecting her up until we learn the truth about her and she's kidnapped.

There were some good ideas in this but the world building is shaky and the YA romance insta-love plot overwhelms the good idea. It sets up for book two at the end but I'm not motivated to read on. And while not really the author's fault, look at the cover. I know small indie publishers are hampered by what they can get from stock photos but does that look like a 16 year old girl on the cover? It was distracting.
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132 reviews27 followers
January 25, 2015
Originally posted at Revenge of the Feels

*Thank you to Curiosity Quills Press for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This has got to be the most fascinating and stunning read of the year!

Vicki Leigh’s writing is so amazingly detailed and the story she wrote, the life she infuse into her characters is simply just too incredible for words! It is hard for me to imagine that Catch Me When I Fall is her debut novel!

Ever since I saw Miss Leigh on twitter, I have been eagerly, waiting with utmost impatience, for her debut novel. I was intrigued by the book mainly because it would be told from a male’s point of view, and also, the four words 'Protector of the Night'

Truth be told, most YA novels are told from a badass heroine’s view and since I have read so many of the books with the same genre, I thought Daniel Graham, the protagonist, would just have the same badass and impulsive personality in a male form. Oh boy, was I wrong!

Since his death 200 years ago, Daniel Graham, a Protector of the Night, spends his time fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the Nightmares, clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. To become a Protector, also known as a Dreamcatcher, one must have died while trying to protect another. In short, giving up your life to save another.

I love the whole Protector-of-the-Night business. First of all, one can evaporate to anywhere they want just by thinking about it! How cool is that! Secondly, they can go invisible and corporeal whenever they want! The only downside would be, when a Protector dies, he or she would just be floating around in a black void. There is no heaven for them to ascend to. Still, it would be cool to be a Catcher!

The Catchers/Protectors have a home in Rome where they rest and from the book, the place they live in is a beautiful and magnificent castle of some sort. Thanks to the amazing writing by Vicki Leigh, it is so easy to imagine the place where they live and train!

Back to Daniel, he is going to be my book boyfriend. (That means no touchy-touchy ladies! He’s mine!) He is a badass, without the attitude. I have absolutely no idea what kind of words would best describe him, but simply put, he can be a badass male without having to be a jerk.
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No wait, I found the words. BADASS GENTLEMAN!

He can't stay away from Kayla and his feelings, his affection for her...oh my god, its just too GREAT. THE FEELS ARE TOO MUCH FOR ME TO HANDLE!

Kayla Bartlett is one of the few female characters that I actually like in all the books of the YA genres that I have ever read. When I first read the blurb, I thought there are only two types of personality she could have – the badass but impulsive hardass ones, or, the soft, weak and vulnerable kind.

I was wrong. AGAIN.

Really, Miss Leigh does surprise me with every traits she infuse into her characters because Kayla is a combination of BOTH! I thought Kayla would be the latter seeing as how she was in a psychiatric ward, but I was pleasantly surprised when I read the book. Besides, how can one be physically weak when you have something that no one else have? (That’s a hint!)

Samantha, Seth and Tabbi. My other three most favourite characters in the book.

Samantha is an understudy and Daniel is her mentor. When I first started the book, I don’t particularly like Sam very much and especially so after I read what happens between Daniel and her. She was mean to Kayla and it got on my nerves. Though, in the end, she won my love for her because her actions was just a way of showing how much she cares about her mentor.

Seth is a Catcher and Daniel’s best friend, and the funniest person in the book! (That’s a cue for you guys to read and find out WHY!) Tabbi is a Dreamweaver, someone who weaves good dreams for their human charge while they sleeps, and the Catcher would kill the Nightmares, and the cutest, sweetest person ever!

I am going to stop now because I am literally bubbling with excitement inside and I don’t want to blurt out any spoilers! Look forward to the book readers, it is filled with so much life and emotions, and not to forget, PLOT TWISTS!

I can’t wait for the sequel! No wait, I NEED IT!

Highly recommended to readers who are fans of the Young Adult genre who are looking for a new, fascinating and refreshing read of the supernatural and fantasy world!

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537 reviews26 followers
August 6, 2014
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.


Goodreads Blurb:
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.



This book opens with an interesting cast of characters, each of whom performs an unusual task. Typically working in teams of two, there is a Weaver and a Catcher. Daniel is a Catcher, which means that he protects both the Weaver and their human charge from Nightmares. The Weaver, just as the name implies, weaves good dreams for the human they've been assigned to protect. Once assigned the team stays with the human for the duration of that person's life. While the story starts out a bit slowly, that can be blamed upon the need to set the story up. Once the rough outline of the story is sketched out the pace of the story increases, and the arc of the story feels more natural.

Daniel is a product of the society he grew up in, and that means he's a chauvinist. He should tell the women he works with that he's simply trying to protect them, but instead he just gets angry when they become frustrated with his attitude, because he expects them to know that he's only trying to protect them. One would think that having been around for some 200 years he'd have gotten a bit more of a modern outlook by now, but it only seems to appear when he's dealing with Kayla.

Meanwhile Kayla has retreated to a mental institution rather than face returning to her family home, as she underwent a very traumatic event there. Actually it was two events linked together, and they were bad enough to make her choose to go to the psychiatric hospital. Yet she's actually a fairly strong character when given a chance, so it's a bit confusing that she'd elect to check into a psych ward versus returning home and moving on with her life.

Within days of the assignment Kayla and Daniel have fallen hard for each other. Too hard, and too fast in my mind. I can understand Kayla's reaction since she's 16, but Daniel has lived for over 200 years. I'd expect a bit more caution and prudence on his end of the relationship. Yet if anything he is worse than Kayla. Of course the intensity of the situation they find themselves facing might lend itself to speeding up the romance, since every moment feels as though it's on borrowed time. The twist involving the antagonist is a good one, and it should be interesting to see how it plays out in the next book.
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537 reviews26 followers
August 6, 2014
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.


Goodreads Blurb:
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.



This book opens with an interesting cast of characters, each of whom performs an unusual task. Typically working in teams of two, there is a Weaver and a Catcher. Daniel is a Catcher, which means that he protects both the Weaver and their human charge from Nightmares. The Weaver, just as the name implies, weaves good dreams for the human they've been assigned to protect. Once assigned the team stays with the human for the duration of that person's life. While the story starts out a bit slowly, that can be blamed upon the need to set the story up. Once the rough outline of the story is sketched out the pace of the story increases, and the arc of the story feels more natural.

Daniel is a product of the society he grew up in, and that means he's a chauvinist. He should tell the women he works with that he's simply trying to protect them, but instead he just gets angry when they become frustrated with his attitude, because he expects them to know that he's only trying to protect them. One would think that having been around for some 200 years he'd have gotten a bit more of a modern outlook by now, but it only seems to appear when he's dealing with Kayla.

Meanwhile Kayla has retreated to a mental institution rather than face returning to her family home, as she underwent a very traumatic event there. Actually it was two events linked together, and they were bad enough to make her choose to go to the psychiatric hospital. Yet she's actually a fairly strong character when given a chance, so it's a bit confusing that she'd elect to check into a psych ward versus returning home and moving on with her life.

Within days of the assignment Kayla and Daniel have fallen hard for each other. Too hard, and too fast in my mind. I can understand Kayla's reaction since she's 16, but Daniel has lived for over 200 years. I'd expect a bit more caution and prudence on his end of the relationship. Yet if anything he is worse than Kayla. Of course the intensity of the situation they find themselves facing might lend itself to speeding up the romance, since every moment feels as though it's on borrowed time. The twist involving the antagonist is a good one, and it should be interesting to see how it plays out in the next book.
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125 reviews70 followers
November 13, 2014
I really enjoyed this book overall. Full disclosure, I know Vicki through Curiosity Quills. I also received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher to review as part of Vicki's blog tour.

CATCH ME has a lot of great things going for it. The mythology is amazing. I love the specific twist on a guardian angel concept, and I liked that while there are hints of a fully rounded supernatural world, this book remained focused on one aspect, the Protectors.

Daniel is a wonderful POV character. I'm a huge fan of single point of view novels, and they can be quite difficult to write. Vicki chose well by making the supernatural being the POV character, rather than the human being introduced to the world. It seems like such a small choice, but it makes a huge difference and contributes a lot to keeping me engaged. It helps that Daniel's voice is also thoroughly developed. He was distinct to me right away, and that hooked me.

I also love the ensemble cast. It can be tricky to juggle so many supporting characters, but you can tell that Vicki knows them all, and I look forward to seeing more of them. The only one I felt could have used a little more was Samantha--I never quite got the sense that she went deeper than her jealousy.

I confess that while the concept was great, I do think the plot was a little wanting. There wasn't anything surprising in it. The reveals, the betrayals, Kayla getting kidnapped over and over and relationships being leveraged...it's all pretty standard. I was particularly irked by the constant damselification of Kayla. I look forward to that not being a thing in later books.

However, the writing is strong enough that, though noticeable, the predictable elements weren't a deal-breaker for me.

My biggest complaint is the relationship between Kayla and Daniel. Generally speaking, I'm suspicious of romances between humans and centuries-old supernatural beings, mostly because it's rare that the supernatural beings ACT like they are centuries old. That was one thing I loved about the Sookie Stackhouse books--90% of the ancient creatures were really disdainful of humans, and being in relationships with them didn't necessarily change that. I get why it's easy to forget, but that kind of dynamic is so interesting it should be explored.

I also felt that this was a lust-at-first-sight thing on Daniel's part, and the subsequent development of the relationship didn't satisfy me because it was all based on big romantic gestures, like touring beautiful foreign locations, instead of smaller, more realistic, meaningful moments. This wouldn't be an issue for me were it not for the confessions of love between Kayla and Daniel at the end. It felt premature--maybe not from Kayla, young as she is, but definitely from Daniel.

As I've said, though, I enjoyed this read and I look forward to reading more from Vicki in the future!
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23 reviews
January 19, 2015
Review originally posted on my blog.

The first thing I enjoy about this book is the cover. I find it very expressive, especially now that I know how things work. In the center are Daniel and Kayla, those creepy claws trying to catch them are the evil forces - the Nightmares - and the setting is the psychiatric ward, where Kayla is held because of her so-called mental problems.

Besides the cover, I like the storyline, which is pretty original, and, if you read some of my previous reviews, you'll see I'm quite a critic when it comes to this matter. Of course, I haven't read all the books in the world, so I don't know for sure if the main idea of Catch Me When I Fall is entirely unique, but I can tell that none of the books I've read so far are about Dreamcatchers - immortal people who are meant to protect humans while sleeping from Nightmares (which are palpable, hideous, frightening and capable of true harm creatures). Daniel Graham is a Dreamcatcher too, more precisely, a Protector of the Night, and he is one of the best. That's why he's given a more challenging and dangerous assignment: to watch over Kayla Bartlett. And here comes the falling-in-love-really-quickly-part. Don't get me wrong, I think this couple is really cute, and the way Daniel (who is the narrator) speaks about her is absolutely charming, but I wish Vicki had made it more realistic and less chimeric and even obsessive at some point. I really don't get why authors choose to create such fantastical relationships and, hence, remove the evolution I (and many other readers) crave for.

Apart from the romance side, I must say, I'm really pleased with the connections that are outlined ongoingly. The more pages you read, the more surprising things come in sight, things (related to both Daniel's and Kayla's past, but not only) which bind together and give birth to something great. Also, I admire Vicki for narrating through a male voice. Daniel is indeed a likeable character. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about Kayla. She's nice too and she had my compassion most of the time, but she seemed a bit too whiny and powerless for my taste. From this point of view, I hope I'll see a progress in the next book.

Ultimately, I find it terrific that Catch Me When I Fall has a few obvious influences from Supernatural (TV show I adore; actually, my favourite). The first I remember are the demons, the sulfur smell and the use of latin which, just so you know, fit perfectly in the novel. These influences made me happy and created, strictly in my opinion as a Supernatural fan, a friendly atmosphere.

To conclude, I believe Vicki Leigh has a bright writing future in front of her. The first book in the Dreamcatcher series is not perfect (less romance would've been ideal), as far as I'm concerned, but is gripping, catchy, entertaining and has that authentic thing I look for in novels.
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192 reviews12 followers
December 27, 2014
It seems like ages ago since I read a really decent YA Paranormal Romance novel. All the ones I have read recently have been off the mark somewhere along the line and left me disappointed. I was beginning to wonder if the genre had lost its sparkle or something until I picked this one up and my faith was restored – I’d just been picking up the wrong books!

I will confess that I chose to read this book based on the cover alone, I didn’t even glance at the blurb (which, for the record, I think gives too much away). The way the people on the front are the only colour against the monochrome and their simple, but hopelessly loving embrace made it clear from the off that there was going to be some romance involved. The super creepy, giant clawed hands surrounding them were intriguing and hinted at something beyond the ‘normal’ world and all put together it had me sold.

The first chapter of Catch Me When I Fall felt a little clunky, with a bit of back filling and fact giving that could possibly have been eased in better elsewhere but plenty happened and the characters were interesting enough that I had no issues with continuing to turn the pages.

Once into its stride, Catch Me When I Fall was fast-paced and full of demon-slaying action which kept you constantly on alert. The ‘Nightmares’ were very effective monsters – the thought of them slithering into your bed at night and forcing nightmares into your head and in doing so, stealing bits of your memories and soul is positively creepy. They were well thought out and it was great to have something other than vampires or werewolves being the main threat in a book.

The romance between Daniel and Kayla was very satisfying – they were clearly meant for each other but that didn’t stop them having insecurities and arguing when things got stressful and scary. It was a very natural romance and it made a nice change to not be a love triangle with the main character choosing between two potential ‘mates’. There was awkward history between Daniel and another character but again it was naturally handled and not a major plotline – just enough to show that the characters had normal relationships and lives.

Whilst I loved Catch Me When I Fall, it missed out on a star for the awkward first chapter and also the fact that as much as I loved it, the ending felt a bit rushed. The big closing battle was just getting started and then it finished – I’m not sure why, but it just seemed very sudden. I wanted a couple more pages of action before the end played out, it almost felt as if it was cut short in order to make the cliff hanger ending more effective but instead it just felt a little forced.

That being said, I will be looking up book two when it comes out because I really want to know what happens next!
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36 reviews3 followers
January 21, 2021
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I always want to give the benefit of the doubt to indie publishing companies/self published authors. Perhaps some people set the bar lower for these authors, as they perhaps lack the resources of traditionally published authors. Nevertheless, I’m not writing reviews for the authors or the publishing companies. I’m writing reviews for the readers. Should we all lower our expectations just because an author goes an alternative route to sharing his or her book? No, I don’t think so. A less than stellar book is a less than stellar book no matter who wrote it. You can put bunny ears on a duck but that doesn’t mean the duck is magically a rabbit. The trappings don’t matter: a duck is a duck, and a mediocre book is a mediocre book.

I won’t begin with the premise/plot of the book. The synopsis does a pretty good job of summing it all up. The plot itself wasn't exactly unique, nor did it bring anything new to the table. It did add several twists, one of which was well placed and somewhat of a surprise, the other having zero emotional impact while simultaneously causing a massive plot restructuring. No, that’s not a good thing. If a twist is so titanic as to form the backbone of the plot going forward, the emotional impact should be assured to be equally as impactful, or it forms a dissonance between the reader’s emotional state and the current events of the novel. Outside of a lack of impact, the plot was perfectly fine. 3 / 5 for plot.

I almost lumped the next category in with plot, but I did want to address it separately, as this was the strongest point of the novel: worldbuilding. Admittedly, the world building was not particularly deep, but the author gets props for some unique ideas. Basically, protectors are dead people resurrected(?) to protect normal humans from nightmares, the manifestation of evil that infest human minds with bad dreams and feed off the subsequent fear (at least I think that’s what they do). The dynamic between catchers and weavers, and the dreamers they protect was something novel, but I wish the idea had been expanded upon to a greater degree. Some questions were not answered, such as where did the nightmares come from? What came first, nightmares or protectors? Other supernatural creatures exist, such as magus, which are part demon/part human individuals with magic powers. Both warlocks and witches (magus subtypes) play a large role in the second half of the novel, but very little is revealed about them, nor is the magic system explained. I would have liked to see these ideas expanded upon more. 3 / 5 for world building.

Unfortunately, I saved the worst for last: characters. First, let me be clear: I don’t always need good character development. If the ideas, the world building, and/or the plot is strong enough, the characters don’t need to be. However, in the majority of novels, including this one, strong characters are a necessity to help drive the plot forward and to help the world come alive. Sadly, the characterization and development here actually did MORE harm than good. Quite frankly, it was a bit of a mess. It is quite possible that I am not the target audience for this book. I found the main characters, who were clearly written as sympathetic, extremely annoying and cringe-inducing. The character I liked the most was Nolan, a side character with a small role towards the end of the book. He was written as an extremely unlikable guy, with an arrogant attitude and full of smug witticisms. His spunk and ‘tude quickly made him my favorite (also his clear dislike of the main character mirrored mine). Then there’s the main character’s love interest. She’s the most perfect most beautiful girl in the whole world...apparently. In reality, she has a personality that is more unstable than a thorium radioisotope. She cycles through no personality, to shy, to being energetic and outgoing, witty and sarcastic, tough wanna-be badass, to angry and bitter, to terrified and cowering over the course of about five pages. Talk about whip-whiplash. The main character is also wildly inconsistent, but not to the same extent as the love interest. The side characters are mostly likeable, but two dimensional in nature.

This book is supposed to be a young adult supernatural romance. One problem: the glorification and romanticization of toxic relationships. The main character falls for the love interest at first sight (*cough* cliche *cough*). She’s just sooo beautiful to him. He becomes increasingly obsessive over her, watching her like a hawk, trying to control her every action because he’s “concerned” for her safety. He gets insanely jealous when other people take up her time or touch her (even if its platonic). He constantly goes through bouts of irritation and anger because of her and starts lashing out at everyone around him. His decision making skills become compromised around her. It’s like several hundred years of experience gets thrown out the window because loooooove. But it's okay, because looooooveee. Stalking and obsessing and constantly oogling someone is okay because looooooooveeee right? He’s also constantly thinking how beautiful she is, how pretty she is, blah blah. What about her other characteristics? What about her intelligence? What about her abilities? It’s as if our main character only sees her as a love OBJECT, not a person. As someone who has had a controlling, obsessive significant other, I found the story from his point of view deeply sickening.

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), the love interest is just as toxic as the main character. Her constant mood shifts keeps the main character off balance and unprepared for what she is about to throw his way. During disagreements and conflicts, instead of communicating effectively (and communication is a keystone for any successful relationship) she just storms out of the room and sulks by herself. This happened multiple times during the book. She also tends to get angry a lot about things that really aren’t worth getting angry over. Usually this has to do with someone not divulging information the very second they see her. Instead, it's revealed later and then she has a hissy fit and storms off. Then in one particularly disturbing scene, she became angry and threw a book at him with full force, which of course hit him in the face and gave him a nasty gash. That’s right, their relationship devolved to physical violence. Of course, he didn’t get angry or upset with her (AS HE SHOULD HAVE!) and he didn’t leave her (AS HE SHOULD HAVE). Instead he appeased and forgave her. Dawg, what? She just tried to commit boyfriendicide by book and you are just going to crawl back to her because she’s so beautiful and perfect? *VOMIT* Characters: 1 / 5 but decreased to 0 / 5 due to the romanticization of abusive relationships.

There are other issues with this book on top of everything I’ve listed including inconsistent writing, awkward, unnatural dialog, and inappropriate use of passive voice causing a degree of separation from action.

Overall: 2 stars, one rewarded for unique ideas and one for likeable side characters and sensible plot.

September 22, 2014
“As Protectors of the night- me a Dreamcatcher and she a Dreamweaver- we were both sworn to guard humans for the rest of eternity.”

Catch Me as I fall is narrated by Daniel, a 17 year old boy, but he is not a normal 17 year old boy, he died in 1827. For the past 200 years, Daniel has been spending his nights in battles, as a Dreamcatcher, and that means Daniel fights off nightmares from digging into human’s dreams. No, he is not a ghost, he has been given a second life and he can still die and he would just end up in a black void, cease to exist. Daniel has grown a bit tired of fighting these nightmares, he is too burnt out, but things change when he is given a new charge after his current charge passes away.

Kalya is a depressed 16 year old who resides in a mental ward, and this is Daniel’s new charge! There’s something about Kalya that drew Daniel to her and he has never felt this way about anyone before and the nightmares seem to love her too. Daniel will stop at nothing to figure out why the nightmares love her so much and will do anything to protect her, including reveling himself to her.
This was a great book about good vs evil, both Dreamcatchers and Dreamwears would work together to stop the nightmares. I loved how the nightmares were played like a movie as the dreams were, but instead they were creatures. An example of what a nightmare could look like is; a scaly humanoid body, red eyes, and point claws, but all nightmares looked differently.

The story line wasn’t predicable either; there were so many different twists that kept the read interesting! The story also painted a great picture and made me use my imagination, which I love to do!
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43 reviews82 followers
February 12, 2017
If you are looking for a completely fresh paranormal romance, look no further. CATCH ME WHEN I FALL by Vicki Leigh takes all of the usual trends of PR and throws them out the window.

Firstly, the story follows seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham, so right off the bat we have a unique twist of things by hearing from a male point-of-view MC.

Then there is the Dreamcatcher premise that really busts open the door for this series to be truly one-of-a-kind. Basically, Daniel Graham used to be a regular human until he died trying to protect others. Upon his death, he was given an opportunity by the Angels to "live on" while protecting humans from Nightmares, actual creatures who feed off of our fears while we sleep. His job is to protect his charge so he or she lives a peaceful life awake and asleep.

Enter his newest charge--sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett. This is the "cha-ching" moment for me because I have to have some kind of romance in my stories. If there isn't at least a hint of it, I get bored very easily, so I was very happy to see the relationship between Kayla and Daniel unfold so prominently throughout the story. It is also very endearing to watch as Daniel goes from infatuation to true admiration for Kayla as the story progresses.

If you are looking for a unique premise, a twisty plot, a heartfelt romance, and intricate world-building, you definitely need to pick up CATCH ME WHEN I FALL. This is a smashing debut by Vicki Leigh and I can't wait to get my hands on whatever she writes next!
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Author 35 books83 followers
August 28, 2015
I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I found Vicki Leigh’s "Catch Me When I Fall" to be hauntingly brilliant! It hooked me from the very first page.

The characters in Leigh’s story of Nightmares and Sweet Dreams stayed with me long after I closed the book. This well-written imaginative story had beautiful, well-developed characters. My favorites were Daniel and Kayla. Their emotions bled right off the pages. Their emotions triggered the sympathy button for me. I felt bad for all the Dreamcatchers and Dreamweavers and how they came into existence. Seth and Tabbi stuck out for me. Such noble actions from those two. You have to love them.

Leigh did a wonderful job on creating creepy, evil villains. Thankfully, I am not prone to Nightmares (even I did I’d want Daniel as my Dreamcatcher…read the book!), and was able to sleep after reading her book before bed.

"Catch Me When I Fall" is such a creative book. Are you familiar with dream catchers (if not, click here to learn: http://nativepeoplephotographer.typep..., now that we’re on the same page, you can understand the creativity behind Leigh’s book. Even the cover reminds me of a dream catcher. Brilliant!

I highly recommend "Catch Me When I Fall"! There’s hold your breath action, intrigue and even a serious plot twist. I had the same reaction Daniel had when the twist happened. Oh, and there is romance…duh! I loved this book and can’t wait for the next one.
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November 29, 2015
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I can't, I'm sorry, I just can't. I downloaded this book for free on Friday (Black Friday to be exact) because it sounded really interesting. I had never heard of nightmares being actual creatures that you can fight. So I picked it up and started reading it. I can't tell you haw many times I groaned while I read the 70% of this book.


There was quite a bit of action in the book, but it was all kind of the same to me. They were not all exactly the same, but they kinda were at the same time. It seemed like they were fighting in the same situations, doing the same things over, and over again. It got boring after a while, and I started to care even less that I already did for the characters.


I was extremely annoyed by the characters. Daniel was your normal, run of the mill protector; confident, powerful, and suffering from an extreme case of insta-love. He had seen her a whopping two times, and he was already head over heals for her! She had not even seen him. I mean, I get that you are two-hundred years old and kinda depressed, but you don't need to fall in love with the first girl your age that you protect! Then there is Kayla. She kept telling Daniel that she was not fragile, but I would not have believed her if I were Daniel either! All she did was sit around while Daniel and the other protectors were out risking their lives. I just could not stand to read anymore after a certain point, and those are some of the reasons I put the book down.
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410 reviews66 followers
September 22, 2014
Catch me when I fall has been my first reading in English and although I have taken longer than I'd like I managed to finish it. It certainly is a very original book and be narrated by a guy also adds some points because I'm not used.

Everything is so well explained that makes it a pretty believable story and also has an ironic tone that makes me laugh so loud because it has some very funny points. Another thing I liked is the action because it had just the right amount so that the book would make you not heavy and also has intrigue by what has you on edge most of the book. Yes, the ending is a bit predictable but very well done.

The characters have really enjoyed Kayla but no. Daniel has been great, very protective and insistent, is a friendly guy and fighter, does not purport to be someone else. Instead, Kayla did not like me too because it's a screamer. She maybe did things right but every scene she appears she only cries. I know the situation where she is and everything that happens to her is too much but if you're safe and people protects you, cry no more... anyway. Moreover, there are many more characters that I loved as Seth or Tabbi.

English for me I found it a bit tricky because there were words I had never seen but I understood very well most of the book and the truth is that there have been few times that I had to look up a word.


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July 21, 2014
I received an advance copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

In the unique and complex world that Ms. Leigh has created, Dream- catchers and weavers protect all humans from Nightmares, evil creatures that feed on our bad dreams and experiences. The good guys work on the side of good/God and are appointed in their afterlife if they died through self-sacrifice. They aren’t allowed to interact with humans in any way – on penalty of “death.”

Daniel has been a Catcher for over 200 years and one of the best. But now he’s fallen for one of his assignments, Kayla. She’s under an unprecedented level of attach from the Nightmares and more.

Daniel is British – I love it when his accept peeks through. The connection between him and Kayla is palpable and the tension of that relationship and the attacks on Kayla grow exponentially through the book. Ms. Leigh did an awesome job building the stakes and unleashing one new bombshell after another to attack Daniel and his partners. I very much enjoyed this book, and the editing was impeccable. Highly recommend. The only nit I had was that the ending occurred a bit abruptly although it was a satisfying solution. I look forward to additional works by this author.
October 12, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Vicki Leigh. I could hardly stand to put it down. I just wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next. Daniel is a Dream catcher who has over 200 years of experience fighting nightmares. Kayla is a young girl who seems to attract more nightmares to her than the average human. What is so special about Kayla that draws the nightmares to her? What is she hiding? Daniel has always kept his distance from the people he was protecting. The number one rule of being a Dream catcher is you can never reveal yourself to the humans. Why is Daniel so drawn to Kayla that he is willing to risk his eternal soul? You will have to read this amazing, well-written, strong characters and thrilling suspenseful book to find out. I did not want to post any spoilers.....I do not like to reveal spoilers in the books that I post reviews for being an avid reader who doesn't like to know the end of the book. However, I will tell you this is a must read and I can not wait until the next book is available.
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