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Shelley Liked It: Catch Me When I Fall by Vicki Leigh

Series: Dreamcatcher 1
Format: E-Galley | 206 pages
Release Date: October 23, 2014
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Source: Publisher
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*


CATCH ME WHEN I FALLby Vicki Leigh, is the first installment in the Dreamcatcher series. This is a story that has an interesting premise, interesting characters, creepy monsters & villains, and a whole lot of potential for future stories. In Leigh's world, there are those who stand watch over humans while they sleep, and fight off the Nightmares that feed off people’s fears. They are called Protectors of the Night. Protectors fall into two categories: Dreamcatchers and Dreamweavers. Weavers like Daniel, fight off the Nightmares that enter into human dreams. Weavers, like Daniel's friend and partner Tabitha, creates peaceful dreams.

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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20 comments:

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    1. You should check out the description of the nightmares. I swear, they make my skin crawl

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  2. Now this sounds good, and I agree the premise is cool. I wouldn't mind trying this one

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  3. Oh, sounds like a rich universe that could conceivably spawn endless tales, and highly entertaining at that. I love the creepiness :) Now, I'll just have to read about the Nightmares myself!

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    1. Very cool! Let me know if you do so I can read your review!

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  4. I only liked this one as well, which was sad because I was really hoping it would blow me away.

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    1. Maybe the sequel will be better. Here's hoping.

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  5. Oh this sounds like a fun and exciting book. Too bad you didn't love it more. At least you still liked it and it makes me want to check it out.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it Melissa. I'll wait for the sequel to see what happens next.

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  6. Sounds like an interesting one, hope you enjoy book two when it comes out!

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    1. Thanks! author and publisher already promised me a copy when it releases in October!

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  7. Oh dang this sounds awesome! I love creepy stories of dreams like this.

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    1. Hi, Mary! If you do read this book, please let me know your thoughts!

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  8. Where are you finding these series you review here?!?!

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    1. Publisher contacted me, asked if I would like to review these titles. I, of course, said yes, please!!

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  9. Ooo. Now this does look good. I love that cover and the dream concept. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Creepy hands! I'd love to read this one, so I'm adding it to my TBR. Great review!

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