Format: E-Galley | 206 pages
Release Date: October 23, 2014
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal
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 200 years as a Dreamcatcher, guarding humans from Nightmares—clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears while they sleep. 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—because someone with the power to control the monsters seems to want her dead.
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.
He thought she was just another girl to protect. He was wrong.
*Actually leaning more towards 4 stars*
Protectors are sworn to protect for eternity. Catchers and Dreamers tend to work with the same human until they pass away, or they are killed by a Nightmare. Daniel died for someone else during the War of 1812, and was given the chance to serve a higher calling. Daniel is one of the best catchers in the entire organization, a good leader, and a person who has 200 years of experience behind him. When he is tasked with protecting 16-year old Kayla Bartlett who's previous catcher was killed, things don't go exactly as planned. Someone very powerful is after Kayla, and that someone is sending wave after wave of nightmares to take advantage of and exploit her vulnerabilities.
Kayla, while not the primary protagonist, is important. She was sent to a mental hospital after killing a rapist using her hands to create fire. Nobody, not even her own mother, believes her story of what happened. Kayla is in a bad situation, and it gets worse as the book progresses. At first, she isn't into the whole idea of people watching over her as she sleeps. BUT, when she sees a Nightmare for the first time, she understands that things are a bit over her pay grade literally speaking. Kayla's character is one that has a whole lot of room for growth now that her secret has been revealed. Kayla doesn't necessarily stand out as a heroine, but her character is one to watch because in the end, she is the one the villain needs by his side.
I think the romance between Daniel and Kayla was one brought forth out of Daniel's progression in finding someone he can connect to even though it might mean his own life. Catchers are forbidden to reveal themselves to their charges. Perhaps it was a bit of love at first sight. Perhaps it moved a bit too fast. Yet, I think it made Daniel more human and not just a tool against the Nightmares. There are a few note worthy characters to mention like Seth, Samantha, Tabitha, Trishna (witch), Ivan, Bartholomew, and Nolan. These characters stand with Daniel against evil, and betrayal. There are a few questions I do have after reading this story. I am hoping that those answers to my questions carry over to the second novel called Find Me If You Dare.
CATCH ME WHEN I FALL is filled with action, and of course, romance. Almost right from the start, Daniel realizes that something is terribly wrong with Kayla's situation, and it snowballs when it finds out his team has been betrayed. The battle with the villain is far from over, and I foresee more bloodshed ahead. I was hoping to avoid the synopsis for the second book, but alas, I couldn't help myself. Eager for the publisher to share the next installment with me once it become available,
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