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Screamcatcher: Web World

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  20 reviews
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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Vaishali • [Vicarious Living]

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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 look
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
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
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 unsatisf
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
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.
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
Julie (HufflepuffGirl90)
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.

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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.
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
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
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: yalit, fantasy
Jory Pike has been suffering nightmares since the death of her parents. To help her sleep, her grandfather gives her a dream catcher. One night, while having a sleepover with her three friends, a storm arrives. The next morning, the gang find themselves in a parallel world where nothing is what it's supposed to be. Chaos reigns everywhere, and Jory and her friends must find the centre of this web world in order to escape before it's too late.

A fast and exhilarating journey through a world of won
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
Happy Booker
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Screamcatcher is a young adult fantasy novel written about a 17-year-old girl named Jory Pike. She has horrific nightmares due to her parent’s death. Her Grandfather tries to help her to sleep, but, nothing seems to work. Jory decides to use a dream catcher from her Grandfathers shop. She decides to do this with her friends, and when things take a turn, they all realize that they are trapped in a web world.

The world built is filled with nightmares, and the characters have to find the center to f
Pages For Thoughts
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Screamcatcher is a very creative concept. I've always thought of dream catchers as pretty, peaceful items, so it was intriguing for them to be representative of evil. I loved the alternate universe! The setting was extremely fascinating and creepy at times. The book was very mysterious, and I enjoyed the mix of danger and excitement. I loved the progress of Choice and Joy's relationship. The contrast between the character's personalities were humorous. It was also really sweet how Choice and Joy ...more
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