Catch Me When I Fall: Dreamcatcher, Book One

Catch Me When I Fall: Dreamcatcher, Book One

by Vicki Leigh

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ISBN-13: 9781620074879
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: 10/23/2014
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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Catch Me When I Fall: Dreamcatcher, Book One 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Cait Spivey More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book overall. Full disclosure, I know Vicki through Curiosity Quills. I also received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher to review as part of Vicki's blog tour. CATCH ME has a lot of great things going for it. The mythology is amazing. I love the specific twist on a guardian angel concept, and I liked that while there are hints of a fully rounded supernatural world, this book remained focused on one aspect, the Protectors. Daniel is a wonderful POV character. I'm a huge fan of single point of view novels, and they can be quite difficult to write. Vicki chose well by making the supernatural being the POV character, rather than the human being introduced to the world. It seems like such a small choice, but it makes a huge difference and contributes a lot to keeping me engaged. It helps that Daniel's voice is also thoroughly developed. He was distinct to me right away, and that hooked me. I also love the ensemble cast. It can be tricky to juggle so many supporting characters, but you can tell that Vicki knows them all, and I look forward to seeing more of them. The only one I felt could have used a little more was Samantha--I never quite got the sense that she went deeper than her jealousy. I confess that while the concept was great, I do think the plot was a little wanting. There wasn't anything surprising in it. The reveals, the betrayals, Kayla getting kidnapped over and over and relationships being leveraged...it's all pretty standard. I was particularly irked by the constant damselification of Kayla. I look forward to that not being a thing in later books. However, the writing is strong enough that, though noticeable, the predictable elements weren't a deal-breaker for me. My biggest complaint is the relationship between Kayla and Daniel. Generally speaking, I'm suspicious of romances between humans and centuries-old supernatural beings, mostly because it's rare that the supernatural beings ACT like they are centuries old. That was one thing I loved about the Sookie Stackhouse books--90% of the ancient creatures were really disdainful of humans, and being in relationships with them didn't necessarily change that. I get why it's easy to forget, but that kind of dynamic is so interesting it should be explored. I also felt that this was a lust-at-first-sight thing on Daniel's part, and the subsequent development of the relationship didn't satisfy me because it was all based on big romantic gestures, like touring beautiful foreign locations, instead of smaller, more realistic, meaningful moments. This wouldn't be an issue for me were it not for the confessions of love between Kayla and Daniel at the end. It felt premature--maybe not from Kayla, young as she is, but definitely from Daniel. As I've said, though, I enjoyed this read and I look forward to reading more from Vicki in the future!
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
YA with an Angelic Twist I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Goodreads Blurb: "Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. 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. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him. A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. 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." This book opens with an interesting cast of characters, each of whom performs an unusual task. Typically working in teams of two, there is a Weaver and a Catcher. Daniel is a Catcher, which means that he protects both the Weaver and their human charge from Nightmares. The Weaver, just as the name implies, weaves good dreams for the human they've been assigned to protect. Once assigned the team stays with the human for the duration of that person's life. While the story starts out a bit slowly, that can be blamed upon the need to set the story up. Once the rough outline of the story is sketched out the pace of the story increases, and the arc of the story feels more natural. Daniel is a product of the society he grew up in, and that means he's a chauvinist. He should tell the women he works with that he's simply trying to protect them, but instead he just gets angry when they become frustrated with his attitude, because he expects them to know that he's only trying to protect them. One would think that having been around for some 200 years he'd have gotten a bit more of a modern outlook by now, but it only seems to appear when he's dealing with Kayla. Meanwhile Kayla has retreated to a mental institution rather than face returning to her family home, as she underwent a very traumatic event there. Actually it was two events linked together, and they were bad enough to make her choose to go to the psychiatric hospital. Yet she's actually a fairly strong character when given a chance, so it's a bit confusing that she'd elect to check into a psych ward versus returning home and moving on with her life. Within days of the assignment Kayla and Daniel have fallen hard for each other. Too hard, and too fast in my mind. I can understand Kayla's reaction since she's 16, but Daniel has lived for over 200 years. I'd expect a bit more caution and prudence on his end of the relationship. Yet if anything he is worse than Kayla. Of course the intensity of the situation they find themselves facing might lend itself to speeding up the romance, since every moment feels as though it's on borrowed time. The twist involving the antagonist is a good one, and it should be interesting to see how it plays out in the next book.
writermom17 More than 1 year ago
As a bookseller as well as a book lover, I am always looking for a great new take on young adult fiction. This debut definitely fits the bill. The story is told from the male's viewpoint, something that is all so scarce  these days. Daniel is the hero of the story;a fighter of nightmares which can cause insanity, but  he really just wants to stop being one. He doesn't care about the future until, against his protests, he is assigned to guard a high risk client, Kayla. Something about this tortured young woman touches his heart. She is also targeted for death by a mysterious and powerful man. The twists in this tale are many and well done. Daniel and his team are invisible unless they wish to be seen...but never seen by their charges under penalty of execution. Daniel breaks that rule but because of Kayla's peril is tasked with forming a special team for her protection. And to find out why someone wants her so badly  they are willing to get her. Ms Leigh's pacing is impeccable, just enough to keep the reader turning the page without losing any of the details and the sense of urgency. The characters are believable as teens who despite their difference and quarrels come together with their mentors to find the one plan to save them all from darkness. I plan to recommend this to anyone wanting good fantasy. Will I read the next book? Definitely.
DonnaFrances More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. I gave it to a few friends, too, and they all replied with the same thoughts: This book is un-put-down-able. Will definitely read the next one.
JAWardWrites More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a completely fresh paranormal romance, look no further. CATCH ME WHEN I FALL by Vicki Leigh takes all of the usual trends of PR and throws them out the window. Firstly, the story follows seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham, so right off the bat we have a unique twist of things by hearing from a male point-of-view MC. Then there is the Dreamcatcher premise that really busts open the door for this series to be truly one-of-a-kind. Basically, Daniel Graham used to be a regular human until he died trying to protect others. Upon his death, he was given an opportunity by the Angels to "live on" while protecting humans from Nightmares, actual creatures who feed off of our fears while we sleep. His job is to protect his charge so he or she lives a peaceful life awake and asleep. Enter his newest charge--sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett. This is the "cha-ching" moment for me because I have to have some kind of romance in my stories. If there isn't at least a hint of it, I get bored very easily, so I was very happy to see the relationship between Kayla and Daniel unfold so prominently throughout the story. It is also very endearing to watch as Daniel goes from infatuation to true admiration for Kayla as the story progresses. If you are looking for a unique premise, a twisty plot, a heartfelt romance, and intricate world-building, you definitely need to pick up CATCH ME WHEN I FALL. This is a smashing debut by Vicki Leigh and I can't wait to get my hands on whatever she writes next!
AvaJae More than 1 year ago
I’m so psyched to be able to publicly review one of my CP’s books! Yay!  CATCH ME WHEN I FALL is a really fun urban fantasy with a unique premise—invisible dreamcatchers protecting their charges from monster-like creatures that are the actual source of nightmares. I love Vicki’s take on nightmares and supernatural protectors and the unique mythology that she creates to piece together the world of Protectors of the Night.  While I felt the romance was slightly insta-loveish and the ending felt a tad bit rushed, the action, swoons, snark and fabulous mythology more than make up for it. Fans of Cassandra Clare’s THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS will especially enjoy the paranormal world Vicki created, as will anyone else looking for a fun urban fantasy read. Oh, and did I mention the action and fabulous fight scenes and epic monster battles?  I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a super fun, fast-paced read! Though I was certainly intrigued by the back cover summary, I was totally hooked within minutes of beginning by the uniqueness of Leigh's story! I don't know what I imagined the story would be about, but I literally stopped at the end of one of the first chapters and thought, "What a cool concept!" I loved the characters, and even though the plot moved quickly, Leigh did a great job of bringing life and personality to each them. I love how Daniel and Kayla connected, after an awkward and forbidden introduction. Also, the fight scenes were amazing! Each twist and turn left me wanting more and MORE. I couldn't put this down and read it in one day! I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel. I can't wait to see what happens next! Content: Includes mild swearing and an implied sexual situation
rjsthumbelina More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one. the world-building was probably some of the smoothest I've ever encountered: it was well-developed, was easy for the reader to understand and follow, and it didn't beat me over the head with histories or myths. The writing flowed well. it was a great mix of fantasy, thriller, and romance. I loved that the romance element never overshadowed the rest of the plot! this was a great fun read, and one that is totally deserving of a full print run! can't wait for the next one Thanks to Net gale and Curiousity Quill for providing a free electronic ARC for review. This in no way affects the outcome of my review
Kelly_Hashway More than 1 year ago
Vicki is my agency sister, so yeah, I was excited to read this book. First, the cover is awesome, and second the blurb let me know this was my kind of read. Daniel is someone I liked from the start. He's very real and so are his feelings. He felt for Kayla just like I did. The poor girl is in a psychiatric ward and being tortured by nightmares. I loved how the nightmares were physical things. Seriously LOVED that. I could almost feel their hands reaching for me while I was reading. Creepy and awesome! There's a twist with Kayla that I really enjoyed and didn't see coming. I won't give spoilers though, so I'll just say it was a great addition to the plot. The dynamic between Kayla and Daniel felt very genuine to me. They both are dealing with a lot. Daniel wants out of his job as a Protector, and Kayla has a tortured past. I think this really draws them to each other and gives them common ground. I can't wait to see where the story goes in book two.
Michelle4Laughs More than 1 year ago
I expected this to be like so many other paranormal books, and was so surprised. First off the main character is a man. Seventeen-year-old Daniel is one of a large group who protect their assigned humans from Nightmares. In another surprise, the Nightmares take the form of vicious creatures instead of the usual ghosts! Daniel is assigned to Kayla as her protector only to find that the number of Nightmares assaulting her far surpasses the normal number. Another twist from the normal, the 'special' one isn't the main character, but Kayla. Besides the plot twists, what made this book stand out for me was the depth of the characters. They weren't flat stereotypes, but flesh and blood with real likes and dislikes. Daniel had a great voice and will be very attractive to female readers. He comes across as, well, male and as a strong person who is full of determination. Unlike so many other male leads, he wasn't interested to the point of blindness in Kayla, but still had time for his job and his friends. I especially appreciated that Daniel actually suffered and was injured, that made the action even more real. The end keep up a fast pace and left me guessing. Characters stepped up. Other characters proved less than loyal. Without giving anything away, there were just a lot of well written, believable action scenes. My only gripe would be that Kayla cried too much. But as she wasn't the main character, that can totally be passed over. I highly recommend Catch Me When I Fall for an entertaining read.  I received my copy for Curiosity Press for an honest review.