He was real, and he was a monster.
Obsession is deadly.
No one learns that better than Luna Ketz, a pessimistic high school senior. Caught between the intentions of her Muslim father and business-minded mother, boys are the last thing on Luna’s mind, but this fact doesn’t detour the mysterious Chance Welfrey from trying to gain her affection.
Luna doesn’t think twice about him until girls at their high school begin to disappear. Girls who tended to hurt her. Girls she wished would disappear. When she receives a call from a long-lost friend, normalcy goes out the window as she’s plunged into the paranormal. There’s a world beneath the surface of the unconscious mind, and the killer knows how to navigate it. Luna is in danger and although she can avoid the killer in reality, she cannot avoid him in her dreams.
*Rated for mature adult themes and depictions of violence*
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This book is for YA. It had some interesting concepts. ****spoiler I couldn't like any of the characters and they all acted dumb. Why would you let someone in, lock the door?? Her father after talking 10 min with this kid is gonna trust him ?? Neither max nor Luna seem to find out anything about dreamworld, and both are such whiney wimps. All Luna had to do was have her dad smell her breath or take her to hospital and check for alcohol. The police don't follow up on see where Chance lives ? They don't see his house ? During all of this none of the kids check out his house ? Where does he eat dinner?? Luna is a straight A kid, but her father and teaches believe Chance ?? Does he do homework ?? Needs to be edited and spell checked. I didn't think I could finish it especially when she got grounded and handed over to Chance lol, it really seemed like all the characters were brain dead. Gl to the writer, harder to write a story, then a review.
Luna Ketz has a problem; the most popular boy in town just won’t leave her alone. Most of the other girls at her school, including her best friend, would do anything to have Chance Welfrey pay attention to them. But Luna sees something darker in Chance, something that no-one else does. How far will he go to keep anyone else from learning what she knows? What seems to start off in fairly standard stalker/serial killer territory eventually develops into something a lot more paranormal as the characters actions in the Dreamworld (as they come to call it) have ramifications for each of them. I will admit that I had some difficulty following everything relating to this, but then I haven’t been at my best this past week so maybe a re-read will fix that. Luna carries the bulk of the novel and it is her we get to know best. Initially, she is merely bemused and irritated by Chance’s attention to her; but as the story progresses and she learns more about him she becomes more terrified. Her fears, and her frustrations when everyone seems to be all too willing to dismiss them are well drawn. For the most part, she is quite believable and grounds the entire story, although there were moments where I found her somewhat frustrating. Chance is a bit more of an enigma. We are gradually told his motivations in pursuing Luna but I don’t recall them given any origin. However, since this is the first in a projected nine-part series, I expect this will be explored in future instalments. Chance is a bit more of an enigma. We are gradually told his motivations in pursuing Luna but I don’t recall them given any origin. Similarly, a supporting character conveys the majority of the background we’re given about the Dreamworld but no explanation is given for how they know this. However, since this is the first in a projected nine-part series, I expect this will be explored in future instalments. Also, since there are future books on the way, (book two is already available, with book three soon to be released), this does end with an almost cliff-hanger. I did enjoy this book. It has a creeping, insidious atmosphere that draws you in. While there is obvious violence, it doesn’t glorify it and there is more than enough of interest to get me buying both the 2nd and 3rd books.
What a brilliant introduction to the series Dead By Morning makes. Here’s a horror story with heart – but it’s of the pulsating, thrilling kind. Luna and Chance are the main characters, but readers will enjoy the interplay and realism between Luna and her father. This is a well written coming of age story that seems to be going one place before Chance decides to take things into his own hands – literally. "It is almost like we are inside Luna’s head, just a nano-second before things just happen to her." The horror genre has been done to death, but there are shades of great originality within the pages, and though it is a long story, it does pull you along. I didn’t know what to make of Chance – and in the first third of the book, I bet readers won’t either. It works because we are not spoon-fed information before it happens. It is almost like we are inside Luna’s head, just a nano-second before things just happen to her. This is a strong debut that cannot be dismissed as yet another YA story. There are more in the series so I would like to see where this goes. Luna may not be a character one instantly warms to, but she is drawn out of realism, and I actually prefer a girl with flaws than some honey-dewed Mary Sue. It was the braver decision by the author to create her this way, and the story is all the more powerful for it. One of the best blood-curling stories I have read for a long time.