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(Dream Walker #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  491 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Joshlyn Weaver has always lived with a big secret. Ordinary kids spend their free time going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and searching on the internet. 

But for her, an evening at home usually means entering people's dreams. For many generations, her family has been part of a very powerful and very secretive society of dream walkers. Tasked with the responsibi
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Faye, la Patata

This was my mantra upon finishing this book. And boy, did I keep on repeating this with much fervor and passionate flailing. I mean, guys. GUYS. I found a 5 star book. THIS IS NOT A DRILL: I FOUND A 5 STAR BOOK. Where's the confetti?! Where are the champagne?! WE NEED A GODDAMN CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN OVER HERE.

I am getting goosebumps all over my skin as I type this. I don't even know how I'm going to review this book in the most logical, cohere
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Your nightmares follow you like a shadow, forever. ”

-----Aleksandar Hemon

Kit Alloway, an American debut author, pens her very first YA fantasy novel, Dreamfire that happens to be the very first book in the Dreamfire series. The series unfolds the life of a teenage dream-walker who walks tens and thousands of nightmares of common people to save them from the fear of the nightmare grasping them forever. This is a no-ordinary story of a very ordinary teenager walking the dreams and nightmares a
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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So you’re probably wondering what I ended up doing with Dreamfire with it’s slow and draggy pace. I was about halfway through until I started skimming, but I’m glad I didn’t DNF it because the ending was satisfying.

The setting was really interesting. Dream walkers are trained to enter nightmares and to resolve or end their dreams to reduce the dreamers’ anxiety. The dream walkers operate as a secret society with their own ri
Rashika (is tired)
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Actual Rating 3.5

When I first read the blurb for this book, all I could think of was how awesome it would be to read a book that was about a secret society of dream walkers and I have to say… I was definitely let down in that department. It isn’t so much about a secret society of dream walkers as it is about the characters and the development they undergo over the course of the book. What I am trying to say is that this book was not wanted it
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

Dreamfire was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I loved the cover and the concepts of dream walking was so intriguing to me. For the most part, the ideas were very well executed by the author. I found myself really enjoying the scenes where Joshlyn transported herself into people's nightmares to save them. What the book didn't impress me at was the characterization and the pacing. I never really got a full hold of Josh's character. I think I wanted to know her on a much deeper level.
March 7th 2017: 2nd reread in progress. Already loving it again.

My interview with Kit Alloway!

3rd July - Okay I can't stop thinking about this book so I'm updating it to 5 stars

This book needs more attention. Loved it, will be keeping an eye on this author.
Eme Abarracoso
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was good! The action, world building and romance sequences were very well written and easy to get into. I love the idea of dream walkers it was a breathe of fresh air! It kept me so entertained and I loved all the characters! The plot was interesting and I feel like this book opened the doors for a great trilogy to come! I can't wait to read more of this world!!
britni leona
This was me throughout this entire book...

I applaud you Alloway, you kept me guessing the entire time. When I thought something was going to happen, you turned around and said "plot twist!"...You also pulled strong emotions out of me, when something amazing happened to a character I rooted for them, and when something tragic happened I wanted to throw the book across the room.

Overall I enjoyed reading this book, there was never a point where I felt like I had to force myself to read throu

Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This review first appeared on Readers in Wonderland

DREAMFIRE was such an interesting book to read. I mean, it’s about Dreamwalkers, people who enter nightmares and help resolve them. Add in some villains and character conflicts to the dream lore and you have a nice little novel there. It was the perfect thing to keep me entertained while I had no internet for a few days (the struggles).

The plot of DREAMFIRE is quite slow to build. Most of the first half of the novel is introducing you to the hu
Michelle Sedeño
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-4-5-stars
Originally reviewed on The Escapist.

Rating: 4.5

*This review is based on advance reading ecopy. There might be some changes with the finished copy.

Dreamfire is a rare gem you couldn't find at the top of the world. I saw this when I was browsing Macmillan's catalog and I am in awe after reading the blurb. I thought I wouldn't have an opportunity to read it due to time constraint. I tried my luck on Edelweiss and search for it and saw it was ready for download. No need requesting! Lucky I am ind
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, disliked-books
I'm bored of this story.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

This was by far, one of the longest trilogy I have read in a very long time. It’s not that the books were long but they felt very in depth as in each page felt as if was loaded with a lot of information and a lot of text. On my average, I’ll take around 2-3 days to finish a book but these pretty much took me a week at the minimum for each book so it completely ruined my reading schedule (sorry Emily! LOL). However, I still trudged on because I did fi
Kelly Gunderman
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Dreamfire is an interesting YA debut that mixes a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of romance, and a little bit of action to create a gorgeous story with meaningful characters and a plot that will leave you wondering what’s really going on in your own dreams.

“‘When a nightmare triggers one of a dreamer’s deepest fears, we call the fear dreamfire. It has a different feel to it, and if someone gets caught in
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book and I had a a love hate relationship.

In the beginning I was like

Then it got much better and by the end I was like

Basically the pros and cons align with the progression of the book.

The Beginning
The book jumps right in. We find out about the Dream and Josh's apprentice, Will, and it's all great... but everything is so darn serious and it lacks finesse. In the first five pages you find out that her boyfriend died, she is estranged from her former best friend, and her mom died making a
Kelly Hager
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I was very excited to read this book, because I was pretty sure it was going to be scary---because, HELLO, nightmare dream warriors!

It isn't scary, and it took me a little bit of time to get into it (basically, I read the first 60 pages or so over the course of three days and then the other 300-ish pages over the course of about three hours). Once I got involved in the plot, in other words, things were a lot better for me.

I liked Josh immediately. She's loyal and clever, but she's also one of t
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A brilliant read, especially after the slump of mediocre books I've been reading lately. It is fast paced with prett cool characters and a fascinating plot. There were very few things I didn't like about it! I thought maybe Josh was too hard on herself and that Will could have used a bit more depth, and that perhaps the last few chapters were expanded on a bit more as they felt a little rushed. However I have a sneaky suspicion - and desperate hope - that there will be a sequel and these issues ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to read this book. It looked so amazing! The blurb sucked me in and I waited with baited breath for my copy to arrive and then...I couldn't get into it. I read about 30 pages, and it took me forever because I wasn't invested in what was happening I have seen a lot of other reviews just now that say similar things, but those people kept going with it and I guess it supposedly gets better. I couldn't finish it. M
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
FOUR STARS(June 16, 2015) : This book was amazing! I know the author and I am so proud of her work! The beginning half may be a little slow but the second half can be easily knocked out in a day

FIVE STARS( June 16, 2016): Okay so the first time I read this book it was really good but I had a hard time getting into it in the beginning because I hardly understood any of the technical dream walker like concepts. But this time I totally got into it when learning about the junta and Dreamfire and stu
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Well, I admit it had my interest for a time being. But the story is boring, I don't like the characters, and did I mention I was bored? Josh's supposedly "best" friend is a bitch, Will is just...not interesting, Josh is annoying, and I could go on and on.
So basically, I didn't like the book in the least.
Jessie Potts
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jan 20, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf, abandoned
I just can't with this book. I didn't get far because the writing wasn't something I enjoyed. This was my second attempt so think I'll just call this one a DNF and admit it doesn't work for me.
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Review to come
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a Goodreads firstreads win!

Josh is a very talented Dreamwalker who receives an apprentice (Will) on the night of her 17th birthday. Josh has a lot of doubts about herself and blames herself for the death of her ex Ian.

Will does not come from a Dreamwalker family and has lived in the county system. He now has to get used to this new world and having a family.

The Dream World and our World are threatened by two men in trench coats. Can Josh and her friends stop them in time?

It took me a lo
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing compelling read right from the first few pages. I enjoyed it tremendously.
Anna N.~Back in Black!
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Bethany Neff
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book could be slow so some readers, but I appreciate learning about the theory of how things work in a different universe. This book was the library's book club selection, and I was impressed. I can't wait to read more by this author, especially in the Dreamealkers world!
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Took me a while to get into this book but wow there were some intense moments in there!
Hadia Aslamy
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was so interesting! The concept was one I've seen done a few times, but I haven't seen one done as well as this in a while. The characters were good and the plot was riveting.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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