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Dream Eater

(Portland Hafu #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Koi Pierce dreams other peoples' dreams.

Her whole life she's avoided other people. Any skin-to-skin contact--a hug from her sister, the hand of a barista at Stumptown coffee--transfers flashes of that person's most intense dreams. It's enough to make anyone a hermit.

But Koi's getting her act together. No matter what, this time she's going to finish her degree at Portland C
Paperback, 219 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by World Weaver Press
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Montzalee Wittmann
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dream Eater by K. Bird Lincoln is an awesome fantasy with an Asian folklore flair. Our gal of the story is more than just a regular gal but something much more. She meets a guy that is more than a regular guy. She thinks her dad is losing his mind but he is trying to warn her about trouble coming. All her life she sees people's dreams when she touches them. She touches her teacher on accident and sees a memory/dream and it is horrifying. She knows she is next. Awesome story! Loved it. Won this ...more
Jeana Budnick
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on my blog

This book was amazing. It drew me in from the very beginning and didn't let go.

I have not read an Urban Fantasy book based on Japanese Folklore before so when i started reading
Dream Eater and discovered that the magic of this book was all Japanese Folklore I was even more interested.

Koi is a very real kind of character. She's spent the majority of her life avoiding physical contact with other people because of the type of power she has. It isn't until she literally b
Ellie Mitchell
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in America, Dream Eater follows college student Koi Pierce as she attempts to get her life in order. This tale follows the tradition of supernatural powers in young women, whereby the power reaches its maturity with the onset of adolescence.

A unique mystery lies at the heart of an action-packed plot line. New friends and foes reveal themselves, pushing a naturally introverted Koi to her limit. I identified with Koi on various levels; I am also an introvert and have always felt like an outsid
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

It’s rare for fantasy books to have a lived-in setting. Instead of existing just to explain backstory to the protagonist, DREAM EATER’s side characters don’t care if Koi Pierce is confused and uncomfortable. DREAM EATER also doesn’t waste time trying to make you like Koi Pierce. You like her or you don’t.

There are moments when Koi feels like a real person, like when she’s talking to her sister and father or thinking about her mother. There’s a strong s
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
~ARC provided from Netgalley~

No more semantics skirting. I was Baku. I ripped dream fragments from people and ate their power.

The number one reason why I was interested in reading this novel was because I am a sucker for Japanese culture so it was really nice to read a novel that incorporates Japanese mythologies and Japanese characters. I personally think that is very rare in an age where werewolves and vampire stories are the norm.

The first book (I believe this is a series) introduces us to Ko
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2017
Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

This book is action packed and filled with some Japanese lure. Which made me request it on that alone. I love anything to do with Asian culture and lure. This story follow Koi, a college student, who can steal a dream just by touching someone.

Because of this, she keeps to herself, a true introvert but something happens and it shakes up her world... I love how even though she does change, she still remains who she is at her core. She's pushed to the l
Pat Esden
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I was thrilled to get my hands on an ARC of DREAM EATER by K Bird Lincoln. I love contemporary paranormal and urban fantasy and have wanted to read this ever since I heard it was coming out. The novel’s main character, Koi Pierce, is a biracial college student who reads flashes of people’s dreams through touch. I love how this ability affects every aspect of her life. It adds emotional depth and complexity to her relationships with family members and all the other characters in the novel. It’s t
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it

I thought this story was very entertaining throughout.

it is the story about a woman named Koi, who lives in Portland, Oregon and has these strange powers that keep her from comfortably touching people.
Every time she so much as brushes a hand against someone, she gets fragments of people's dreams that haunt her consistently.
something is not right with a professor at her Portlan
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very vivid book that was a fun read. It was detailed and I enjoyed reading it. It sucks you in. I wish it was a bit longer though, it was kinda short. I won this book in a giveaway, and I'm glad I did. I would recommend this book, it was interesting and different from most books you find. ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been awhile since a book pulled me in so quickly. Very vivid, I would highly recommend reading.
K. Lincoln
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
So yeah, I'm the author. But here's an excerpt of the Publisher Weekly's review (which you can trust more than me, right?) “Lincoln’s debut urban fantasy unspools a tense plot from hidden family history. Koi Pierce, a biracial college student in Portland, Ore., reads scraps of people’s dreams through touch..... Lincoln successfully mixes Japanese, Native American, and Middle Eastern mythologies in her modern setting, and Koi’s wry voice gives a new perspective on the problems of paranormal gifts ...more
Sadie Forsythe
Not bad, I enjoyed it well enough. I thought Koi was a pleasantly strong character, if clueless. (I've been taking note lately of how often plots are based around young women not being taught their magical heritage until disaster strikes. And this was one more such plot.) I liked Ken, the hero, but didn't feel he was particularly well fleshed out. The same could be said for all the characters, actually.

The writing isn't bad, especially if you like things a little on the heavy, ponderous side. B
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 rounded up. The first bit is decent but it sort of goes off the rails. The pacing is off, the characters are one dimensional and the story line has SO much potential that it never quite hits.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Koi is a dream eater, but these aren't the weird dreams we have at night of going to school naked or losing teeth. She takes in the raw emotions and deepest desires of those around her. Sometimes these are pleasant experiences, but in the case of a professor at Portland Community College, they are terrifying images of murder. All she wants is to get her degree in accounting so she can work from home and not risk accidentally touching people a
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Guess there wouldn't be much of a story if she had thought to wear gloves... ...more
J. Else
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dream Eater is an original urban fantasy that spins together Japanese and Native American mythologies, biracial characters, sarcasm, and suspense into a page-turning adventure.

Koi is an introverted girl who goes through some major development as she comes face to face with an ancient evil. Soon she’ll discover family secrets that change everything she knows about the world. Koi is a unique main character who carries the story in sympathetic and unpredictable ways. She doesn’t want to be a hero,
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I got an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley a while back, and now that it has been out a while I have finally gotten to reviewing it. I got pretty far behind in reviewing this semester, but my winter break has given me some time to slowly get caught up. I became aware of Dream Eater through the publisher’s newsletter, which I have been on for a while, and the premise really grabbed me. I love fantasy books that use real mythology as its starting point (Rick Riordan remains one of
Macy Klingerman
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Do you love books about paranormal creatures? Is urban fantasy your thing? Are you tired of seeing the same old, same old in these genres? Dream Eater is totally the book for you. With a dragon, bakus, and a kitsune, I guarantee that the Dream Eater can provide you with a totally unique reading experience like nothing you've ever read before.

Now, I'll admit that I'm a sucker for werewolves, and I may or may not harb
Catherine Schaff-Stump
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I read Dream Eater at the suggestion of a friend, who recommended the author to me, given my background with Japan and historical fiction. First of all, let me explain that I read Dream Eater and Lincoln's new book Black Pearl Dreaming back to back, and that is perhaps why I am a little more severe upon Dream Eater. Dream Eater is a fine example of urban fantasy and begins to introduce the Japanese mythology (as well as meso-American mythology) that pulls me through the book. The plot is pretty ...more
Full disclosure: I only read the first three chapters of this book. The only reason I made it that far is because I try really hard to finish books that I win in giveaways.

The premise--a girl who "steals" other people's dreams, against her will, when she touches them--is intriguing, but Dream Eater handles the concept so awkwardly that the end result is actually really boring. The main character (Koi--and her sister's name is Marlin--I guess they're lucky that their mom was a marine biologist a
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading a lot more out of my norm lately. I am so glad I got to read this! Koi has been avoiding touching people or people in general most of her life since they cause her to take a piece of them with her. She never understood why she would be dreaming others dreams until a persistent Ken enters her already crazy life. With a father suffering Alzheimer’s, a little sister forcing her to take a turn caring for him, figuring out how to juggle classes and shake the weird professor off he ...more
Sarah Awa
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I thought the main character was likeable and sympathetic. The writing has good, witty turns of phrase and epithets like "Mr. Sniffer-Stalker" that made me grin. It's also very atmospheric and immerses the reader in the story; I felt like I was there in rain-drenched Portland (where I've never been before but now want to go).

I also like how this book incorporates a few different cultures' mythologies and shows common threads weaving through all (or most) world mythologi
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of issues. Weird pacing, shallow characterization, painfully awkward romance. And it drives me crazy when books do the thing where the MC has an important question, that would be easily answered by those around them but somehow some new crisis *always* manages to pop up right when you think they will get an answer. It’s lazy writing and not an acceptable substitute for actual plot tension. And I know she’s a Portlander but the level of coffee obsession was over the top.

That a
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fantasy
A rollercoaster of different emotions running through one person and you are along for the ride. Meet Koi just a regular student trying to get on a Portland Community College, well kinda. She has a condition, she can see others dreams. When a professor her world turns to hell and a strange man comes around things go from bad to worse.

A very fast paced book that keeps on going from one disaster to another. Interesting and draws you in, bringing to a world mixed with dreams as well as a twisted n
Linda Lassman
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. The online blurb sounded interesting and Japanese mythology isn't something I'm tremendously familiar with--I know a bit, but not a lot. I found the characters interesting and while I think the action bogged down occasionally, it was generally well-paced. I got a little tired of the main character, Koi, reacting to pretty much everything with anger a little wearing, but given her background and that for a fair bit of the book she didn't really know what was happening to her, ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc, arc
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. The world is new and different for me. Koi can see parts of people's dreams when she touches them. But no one has really explained what is going on. So she has to learn on the job so to speak with the aid of a sexy Kitsun shifter. And she better learn fast and well because the world is actually hanging in the balance. The character development in this book is very good and the world building is
David Thompson
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dream Eater by K. Bird Lincoln creates a whole new paranormal world highlighting Japanese legends but weaving in myths from many cultures. The protagonist is college-age Koi Pierce, an extreme introvert (as she cannot touch others without being force-fed their dreams). She has been kept in the dark about being a baku (dream eater) but the reality of what she is and what she can do suddenly crashes down on her and her family. Koi starts out a whiny somebody but the author develops a good characte ...more
Shawn Wells
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was truly difficult to rate. I finally settled on a 2 although a 3 did come to mind. On the one hand, the concept is intriguing and the writing flows on the page. On the other hand, I have never hated a protagonist so much. She got on my nerves with all of her whining and stupid decisions. She was self-absorbed and too stupid to live. She just annoyed me so badly that I had to force myself to keep reading. I kept hoping she would get better but nope, she was annoying until the bitter end.
Nicole Strand
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was definitely different than other urban fantasy I’ve read as it focuses a lot on Japanese folklore which is really cool. The main character finds out she’s more than just plain normal and meets a guy that is as well.
She sees people’s dreams when she touches them. Which can sometimes be confusing. By the end of the book, Koi really grows as a character and comes into her own.
InD'tale Magazine

An urban paranormal tale with a mixture of native mythologies, “Dream Eater” is the first in the “A Portland Hafu” series and a new twist in a genre full of vampires and werewolves.

Read full review in the 2018 March issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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K. Bird Lincoln is an ESL professional, breast cancer survivor, and writer living on the windswept Minnesota Prairie with family and a huge addiction to frou-frou coffee. Also dark chocolate-- without which, the world is a howling void. Originally from Cleveland, she has spent more years living on the edges of the Pacific Ocean than in the Midwest. Her speculative short stories are published in va ...more

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