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When seventeen-year-old Jory Pike cannot shake the hellish nightmares of her parent’s deaths, she turns to an old family heirloom, a dream catcher. Even though she’s half blood Chippewa, Jory thinks old Indian lore is so yesterday, but she’s willing to give it a try. However, the dream catcher has had its fill of nightmares from an ancient and violent past. After a sleepov ...more
Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Fire and Ice Young Adult Books
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Whispering Stories
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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‘Screamcatcher: Web World’ is a fantasy novel by YA author, Christy J Breedlove. The book is written in the third person and the past tense. We meet Jory Pike, a seventeen year old student of Chippewa heritage, who has recently been orphaned. Her parents died in a car accident and since that time, she has been plagued by nightmares.

Her grandfather owns a curiosity shop where she works part time. Among the items he sells are dreamcatchers, the prototype o
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“’This is an age of bending metal, cutting down the trees of the forest, fouling the waters and blackening the earth with soot and chemicals. The sound of the flute song and drums has disappeared, along with the dances and animal pantomimes. Today the music is born of electric violence and its words are lost in savage mutterings and howls. The world - the great circle upon which all creatures great and small live - is an angry, dying spirit.” He lo
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This was an exceptional new YA Horror/Fantasy novel like no other. So many novels in this genre explore well know and already established mythology, such as that of the Greek gods or the Norse gods, etc. Yet it is rare to find a novel that not only incorporates Native American folklore, but does it in a fresh, unique and action-packed way.

The story not only has fantastic and horrifying creatures, tales of survival and growing romance, but also has a deeply rooted emotional core in the
Amanda Bedingfield
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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It was a quick paced, action packed, fun book. A lot of lore was written into this plot and the characters are what really make it enjoyable. Jory and her friends are young, anywhere from sixteen to twenty something, but they don’t give off an inexperienced vibe which, at my age (25), is a huge turn off now. These characters get thrown into a situation that is terrifying, harsh and fast paced. The way the author portrays their qualities is what kept me enthralled the entirety of this book and at ...more
Sahani Perera
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A read that has the ability of meeting its readers' satisfaction and thirst is hard to come by – such as this fine piece of art produced by Christy Breedlove – if you are a seeker, look no further.

Consisting of 16 chapters, Screamcatcher is a Young-Adult read that will take you on a journey like no other. Bringing out the unique cultural believes of the Native Americans, the underlying story will wrap and take you deep into the heart of a dream catcher. If you are an avid reader with an insatia
N.N. Light
This is a book that a reader who dares to start will find hard to put down. I started thinking I have read something similar but that was only loosely based on a similar premise.

Screamcatcher is incredible in its originality. It is an epic tale of nightmares and reality. The author has a gift to create the most vivid landscape through words. You can feel the temperature, taste the water and feel the insects and animals as if you are living it and not just reading it.

The journey that Jory takes
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I also did a quick Q&A with the author The Irresponsible Reader.

I don't have a lot to say about this one, my views are pretty straightforward and most of the analysis I'd give would be spoiler-heavy, but I do want to try to say enough to entice someone (preferably a few someones) to read this satisfying YA Fantasy.

I really prefer to come up with my own synopses, but I've failed to think of a succinct way to give one for this book (well, I had one that was too succinct and was really unsatisfacto
Danni (_forbookssake)
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sreamcatcher: Web World is definitely not my usual type of book. I usually stick to horrors and thrillers, rather than fantasy and I don’t often venture in to the YA genre either, so this was really out of my comfort zone. However, after reading the synopsis for the book, I was extremely intrigued, and I am glad that I gave it a chance.

The storyline is very unique, and unlike anything I’ve ever read. Using a dreamcatcher as the main part of the plot, and creating an entire web world was an extre
Such a cool concept! I loved the winding together of the supernatural and mythology of Native American tales. The whole idea that dream catchers not only work, but that the nightmares they trap still exist somewhere is unimaginable.

Full review here:
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Engrossing and Intriguing Fantasy

A unique plot revolving around a dream catcher as a treasured heirloom becomes a nightmare for four teenagers and the inside reality of a web world.

The characters are diverse and well-drawn. The vivid description of the protagonists helps you to know the characters and the situations they face better. It also has sweet and endearing moments.

During one of Jory’s most horrific dream episodes, the dream catcher implodes, sucking Jory and her three friends into its
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Have you ever had a nightmare? A reoccurring nightmare? They are the worst! Our protagonist Jory Pike knows all about it. After her parents’ death she keeps having nightmares. She doesn’t believe in old Indian lore even though she’s half Chippewa, but she is willing to try anything to get rid of the nightmares. Even using a dream catcher.

It couldn’t hurt, right? Unfortunately for her, the ancient dreamcatcher she uses has had its fill of horrible nightmares. During a sleepover with her friends,
Raya Whitehouse
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jorlene (Jory) Pike and Choice Daniels are the people you meet right off the bat, and they greet you with some humor, in this encounter that you get to witness. As they talk in the first chapter you will see a build into what direction the story will be heading into, Nightmares.

Jory has /nightmares all the time that it takes her ages to fall asleep. Jory's grandfather (Albert White Feather Pike) has tried to give her some old herbal remedies like wild black cherry tea to try to help her through
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The book Screamcatcher: Web World by Christy J. Breedlove follows seventeen-year-old Jory Pike who had just recently lost both her parents and has been having nightmares about their death ever since. The only relative that she keeps in contact with is her grandfather and with the death, they both rely on each other to find comfort. She is a half-blood Chippewa and finds herself using a dreamcatcher, gifted to her by Choice even though she does not believe in the tales of the old folklores. This ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it

Screamcatcher introduces readers to a terrifying concept. Where do bad dreams go once entangled in the web of an ancient dream catcher? And what would happen if it exploded, taking four unsuspecting people into a world made of nightmares?

The plot of Screamcatcher is a unique one. I cannot imagine surviving the harrowing journey that these characters went through. I kept wondering, “what next?” Weaved throughout the story are interesting, familiar and unfamiliar to me, Native American lore.
Pamela Scott

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I expected to enjoy this novel, based on the crazy-ass blurb but it exceeded even my humble expectations. I decided to read this because the blurb intrigued me. The blurb, while good, doesn’t do this highly original book justice. A lot of YA Horror/Fantasy novels explore well known myths such as Norse and Greek gods. There’s nothing wrong with that and I’m a bit partial to a bit of Thor or Zeus myself. I don’t t
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The dreamcatcher of legend will only allow good dreams to pass through its center. But what happens to the bad dreams trapped on its web-like paths?

Christy J. Breedlove’s Screamcatcher is first of a WebWorld series and introduces a group of teenagers who accidentally enter a scary alternate universe. Scornful of magic and lore, they’re looking for sleepovers to heal Jory’s nightmares after the death of her parents. But the old dream catcher has finally had enough.

A fascinating premise leads to a
Sandra Lopez
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
A dream catcher: a woven item designed to trap the bad dreams.

All 17-year old Jorlene has had were bad dreams, ever since the tragic death of her parents. But what happens when she stops having the bad dreams and starts living in them?

Story was well-written for the most part, but it was somewhat confusing. At times, it was hard to tell what was going on. I had a hard time picturing where the characters were. I understand they were trapped in this dream world (the dream catcher,) but I just coul
Kaili (Entertainingly Nerdy)
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed Scream catcher web world. It is a YA fantasy novel about 4 friends who fall asleep and wake up in another world. The book has an interesting concept that I haven't really read about before.
The only downside for me is that Darcy is portraied as really young. How she was written made me think she was a lot younger than she was. Other than that the story and characters are really good and kept me interested!
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy.

If you like fantasy and getting immersed in a world of horror with a ride of romance, this is going to be a really interesting read. The author choose a great dreamcatcher and native american theme that was refreshing and not overdone. I would recommend to YA, but adults will enjoy the turns and journey as well.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Screamcatcher is a fantasy novel in which the characters embark on a journey to reach the centre of a world of nightmares, coming to terms with their own fears along the way. With an imaginative and intense narrative, this book was a struggle to put down once I started reading it. The nightmares that the group faced were from the indigenous North American legends; thunderbirds, sasquatches, and giant bison. The various obstacles and solutions that the characters came up with were captivating and ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I was really taken by the premise of this story. It felt unique and I was looking forward to reading it.

Unfortunately, for me, the execution didn't live up to the promise. I'm genuinely disappointed about that.

I found the narrative to be a bit jumbled and the characters' behaviours and interactions didn't feel to me to be age appropriate.

Ultimately, this simply wasn't sufficiently engaging to keep my interest.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Tabatha Shipley
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
What I Did Like:
-Native American Lore. The Chippewa legends that are woven into this story are, as far as I know, accurate. I enjoyed reading about them and learning some new ones.
-The action. Taking a book into the landscape of nightmares allows you to bend the rules and play with a lot of fears. I thought the author here did a good job of incorporating some of our biggest fears right into the central plot. It made for some intense scenes.
-Ending. I don’t want to spoil anything but I liked the
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5ish stars. The premise behind this drew me in right away, it's not something I've seen done before. These unsuspecting kids are brought into this world of literal nightmares. I really enjoyed the Native American lore. I had a difficult time grasping the world but it nonetheless held my attention and kept me wanting to know more.

Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Screamcatcher from the author im exchange for an honest review.

I immediately liked the easy-to-read style. The words flowed and I was instantly taken aback by how easy the author made writing feel. It felt natural and authentic in terms of both description, characters and dialogue. Jory's relationship with her grandfather was endearing and poignant, but most of all believable. As the plot progressed there were periods when the characters visited each of their family homes an
M.T. DeSantis
I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Read an excerpt on my blog.
I’m always up for a fantasy adventurer incorporating cultures I’m less familiar with. So, when I got the opportunity to read Screamcatcher, I jumped on it. Dreamcatchers are not something I’ve seen a lot of fiction books about—perhaps I’m running in the wrong book circles—but regardless, my curiosity was peaked.
In terms of the dreamcatcher, I was not disappointed. Breedlove captures the tradi
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Screamcatcher: Web World by Christy J. Breedlove takes the readers into a world devoid of colors and packed with dangerous creatures. The story begins with Jory, the protagonist, struggling with the horrid nightmares that would not let her sleep. Ever since she lost her parents in a car accident, she hadn’t gotten a decent sleep. The lack of sleep, however, was not the only problem she was trying to tackle; no matter what she did, Choice Daniels would not stop following her around. She ignored h ...more
Pallavi Sareen
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
In a never before plot, our main characters get stuck in a living nightmare through an ancient dreamcatcher. Jory has recurring nightmares about her parent’s death and no matter what she does or what her grandfather does to stop these bad dreams, nothing seems to be working.
The book is entangled with Indian lore so when Jory’s friend Choice wants to give this old family heirloom (a dreamcatcher) a chance, there’s no point in avoiding it. But things go south when Jory and her friends go to sleep
Becky Baldridge
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
With Screamcatcher, Christy Breedlove takes an item we've all at least heard of and explores a new thought - Where do all those bad dreams go, and how much can one dream catcher hold before it can't take anymore? I don't pretend to be an expert in Native American lore. In fact, I wouldn't even consider myself well-versed, but that's the beauty of this one. I didn't have to know all the lore to completely devour this fantastical story where Jory and friends are thrust into a world made of nightma ...more
Gordon Long
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet another YA Fantasy where our heroes are torn from their everyday world and tossed into a nasty reality where they must survive or die. This novel is stark in its simplicity: four characters, a straight-line quest, most of the conflict against the nature of the land they end up in. The tension is fleshed out with internal conflict in the main character, two very different love stories and a certain amount of inter-personal wrangling. The problematic relationship between Jory, the main charact ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grieving the loss of her parents, Jorlene Pike is having an extremely rough time. While friends and family rally to support her through this difficult moment, accepting this tragedy seems impossible as nightmares plague her dreams. Albert, her grandfather, offers Jorlene a dream catcher to help remove her nightmares, and perhaps, gain closure. One night, after a violent storm, Jorlene and her three friends find themselves magically transported to a dystopic replica of their home town. Realizing ...more
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