Wakeworld

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Vivian Maylor is trying to hold it together. But her attempts to build a life with the man she loves seem doomed by the dragon inside her yearning to break free. Vivian is a dreamshifter, the last line of defense between reality and the dreamworld, and the only one of her kind.
 
Weston Jennings also believes he is the only one of his kind. He fears his powers as a dreamshifter, and resists learning to control them. After suffering a ...

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Overview

Vivian Maylor is trying to hold it together. But her attempts to build a life with the man she loves seem doomed by the dragon inside her yearning to break free. Vivian is a dreamshifter, the last line of defense between reality and the dreamworld, and the only one of her kind.
 
Weston Jennings also believes he is the only one of his kind. He fears his powers as a dreamshifter, and resists learning to control them. After suffering a tragic loss, Weston heads deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to embrace a safe life of solitude. But when a terrible mistake leads to an innocent’s death, his guilt drives him to his former home, where he encounters what he never thought he would find: another shifter.
 
Now Vivian and Weston must work together to defeat a new threat to the dreamworld.
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
In an alternate present-day U.S., Vivian Maylor was handed power and responsibility without the training she needs to carry out her duties as a Dreamshifter. By contrast, Morgan Weathersby has an abiding desire to avoid the obligations that come with his Dreamshifting abilities, accepting an unjust reputation as a murderer and the appellation “coward” instead. Vivian’s quest for the knowledge she needs to battle the beings of the Dreamworld results in her lover, Zee, getting lost in another universe. It also unites Vivian with Morgan. Apart, they may be doomed. Together, they can protect the worlds. This middling sequel to Between offers nothing new for urban fantasy readers: the untrained guardian forced to accept duty, a partner torn between love and obligation, and so on. Agent: Deidre Knight, Knight Agency. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-17
Second (Between, 2013) in an urban fantasy series where three worlds--Wakeworld, Dreamworld and Between--are real. In the series opener, ER doctor Vivian Maylor learned that she is the last of the dreamshifters, one who can move at will from one realm to another. She's also able to transform herself into a dragon--and she's a sorceress. Unfortunately, nobody instructed her on how to awaken or use any of her powers. In the Dreamworld, her boyfriend, bookseller and artist Zee Arbogast, is the Warlord, slayer of dragons, and Vivian doesn't know how to tell him about herself. Wherever she goes, she's followed by a smart, brave penguin named Poe. Becoming a dragon has drawbacks, too, since dragons follow their own instincts and care nothing for humans. Meanwhile, Morgan Weathersby makes a living by conducting small parties of hunters into the Dreamworld, where they can bag spectacular trophies. He's actually a dreamshifter too, but he rejected the calling as a young boy and was forced to witness his father slaughter the rest of his family, a crime for which he was blamed. When his latest safari goes dreadfully wrong, he decides to return to his roots and learn about his origins, either to take up his calling or put an end to himself, he isn't sure which. Meanwhile, an old witch steals Vivian's protective amulet and locks her out of the Dreamworld. She learns of the existence of another possible dreamshifter, who might be able to help, and goes off to find him. This is only the beginning of a huge and complicated plot--sometimes overly so--vigorously narrated within spectacular and vivid settings, with action that rarely slackens. Best of all, it's set forth in prose so evocative that it practically leaps off the page. Baffling sometimes but enthralling and hugely enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425261248
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Series: A Book of the Between Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 587,625
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kerry Schafer lives in Washington State with her family. Her job as a Mental Health Crisis Response Specialist takes her regularly into odd pockets of reality that provide inspiration for her writing. A self-styled perpetual student, she earned an RN from Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta; a BA in English (Honors) from York University in Toronto, Ontario; and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University. She is the author of Between.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

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    Wakeworld is a beautifully written story with a unique concept.

    Wakeworld is a beautifully written story with a unique concept. I love a good fantasy with a world (or worlds in this case) that is well crafted and believable, and I very much like the concept of having the dreamworld, the between, and the wakeworld (of our current reality). As a constant day dreamer, I am particularly fond of the idea of a dreamworld and of dreamshifters. The dragons, sorcerers, and penguin guardians just make it better.




    The characters are interesting and well-developed. They were people whose lives I could become invested in. I especially like how the story alternates points of view, as it let me get to know each character more, and it gave the story more dimension. Though hesitant to embrace her identity, Vivian is a strong character, and I have high hopes for her continued growth in the next book. I also like Weston. There's something about a broken character that really pull at my heartstrings. The other characters are wonderful as well. However, I feel like I could appreciate some of the characters a lot more after raeding Between, the first book in the series, and I do plan on remedying this in the near future!




    The story is fast-paced. While it kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what happens next, I do wish that it spent a little more time with descriptions. The worlds in this book are fantastic and have the potential to be so much more. I really wanted to spend a little more time with the scenery and world building. There is so much intricacy here and a lot of potential for future development as the series progresses.




    While it is possible to read Wakeworld without having read Between, I do recommend reading the first book beforehand. It would have given me a better perspective to start with.




    Do I recommend this book? Yes, I do!

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle *ARC prov

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle
    *ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

    I said in my review of Between, book #1 of the series, that this was an Urban Fantasy unlike anything I had experienced before, and one
    that I wanted to get lost in again. When I got word that Wakeworld was available, I was excited to dive in.

    Wakeworld picks up right where Between left off, but I think if you were coming into this book as a first time reader you could catch on
    easily enough...

    Kerry broadened the scope of The Between series by introducing yet another dimension, some supe groups we hadn't encountered yet,
    and a really nasty new antagonist. She also brought in another hero, and his story allowed Vivian's story to evolve some more as well.

    Between felt very much like your favorite childhood fairytales turned on their head. Wakeworld felt less like that, but did stick to embracing
    the higher fantasy elements that I loved from book #1, and even took those to another level with the introduction of the new creatures, the
    continuing evolution of Vivian's dragon side, and more. 

    Like the first of the series, the book doesn't start out like a bullet, it ramps up nicely and once it hits the plateau, all bets are off and it's an
    edge of your seat thrill ride until the end, whereupon you'll be wishing for the next immediately. 

    The characters and world building of THE BETWEEN are fabulous, and the second book of the series made each stronger. Readers that
    enjoy their Urban Fantasy with some dragons and high fantasy elements, as well as a slightly ethereal edge will likely find Between and
    Wakewold enjoyable, especially if you're not looking for instant HEA's for your protagonists. :)

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