Screamcatcher: Web World

Screamcatcher: Web World

by Christy J. Breedlove


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When seventeen-year-old Jory Pike cannot shake the hellish nightmares of her parent?s deaths, she turns to an old family heirloom, a dream catcher. Even though she?s half blood Chippewa, Jory thinks old Indian lore is so yesterday, but she?s willing to give it a try. However, the dream catcher has had its fill of nightmares from an ancient and violent past. After a sleepover party, and during one of Jory?s most horrific dream episodes, the dream catcher implodes, sucking Jory and her three friends into its own world of trapped nightmares. They?re in an alternate universe?locked inside of an insane web world. How can they find the center of the web, where all good things are allowed to pass?

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ISBN-13: 9781680467482
Publication date: 04/06/2019
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Screamcatcher: Web World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
WhisperingStories 22 days ago
‘Screamcatcher: Web World’ is a fantasy novel by YA author, Christy J Breedlove. The book is written in the third person and the past tense. We meet Jory Pike, a seventeen year old student of Chippewa heritage, who has recently been orphaned. Her parents died in a car accident and since that time, she has been plagued by nightmares. Her grandfather owns a curiosity shop where she works part time. Among the items he sells are dreamcatchers, the prototype of which has been suspended from the ceiling in the back of his shop for years. She somewhat reluctantly agrees to try using this device in the hope it will nullify the impact of her nocturnal terrors. Instead, the reverse happens and along with three friends, she is propelled into a parallel world where the horrific thoughts of the subconscious minds of many generations are manifested. The four friends try to make sense of their new surroundings; everywhere looks slightly different. Colour seems to have vanished from the world with every road, house and tree covered in a blanket of dust. Their families are missing and the people they meet are hostile. Before they can escape back to their own reality, they have to fight many a foe and work out exactly what has led them to become trapped in the web of this alternative universe. The group find themselves fighting for their very survival in a surreal world where deception and violence prevail. There is certainly no shortage of action and suspense, with the author using a whole variety of literary devices to tell her story. If I have a criticism, it is that Jory seemed to accept most of what was going on without too much thought or introspection and her leadership skills are remarkably well developed for someone of her age. This is an unusual concept with its roots embedded in Native American history which definitely gives it a unique feel. I confess to having never heard of the Anishinaabe indigenous people who live in Northern Midwest America and Canada, so it was with interest that I searched for information. I was intrigued by the idea that the author has taken their folklore and woven a modern story around it. I would have appreciated more of this angle and perhaps less fighting with monsters. The bitter sweet ending will not be lost on its target audience, whom I’m sure will thoroughly enjoy this book. I award four stars.
Momma_Becky 6 months ago
With Screamcatcher, Christy Breedlove takes an item we've all at least heard of and explores a new thought - Where do all those bad dreams go, and how much can one dream catcher hold before it can't take anymore? I don't pretend to be an expert in Native American lore. In fact, I wouldn't even consider myself well-versed, but that's the beauty of this one. I didn't have to know all the lore to completely devour this fantastical story where Jory and friends are thrust into a world made of nightmares, a world of no color where the worst of the worst will test them to the breaking point. The story moves at breakneck speed from the time these teenagers enter the nightmare world, and it doesn't let up. I would be hard put to pick a specific genre for this one because the author runs the gamut with that. It's most certainly a fantasy, but we also get action, adventure, and even a bit of sweet romance. It also reminds me of dystopian fiction, and some coming of age for these young adults as they learn to defend themselves in the worst of circumstances. As far as a target age group, I would consider Screamcatcher's target audience to be older teen to young adult, but I'm well past both of those and I found this one almost impossible to put down once I started. Any fantasy requires some world building, and Breedlove does it with style. We're drawn into this nightmare realm and the author paints vivid pictures with her words. Not only could I visualize this terrifying world, but it's given to me organically throughout the story. In addition to the setting, every new nightmare is well-written and gripping. The only drawback for me came in the form of character development. That's not to say that the characters aren't well-drawn, they certainly are in that we get a good look at how each deals with their circumstances and it's not hard to feel Choice's love for Jory. That said, I would've liked a bit more into Jory, especially. Obviously, she's dealing with plenty of inner turmoil, and she's forced to dig deep into her heritage if there's to be any hope of escape. But, I wanted more of what was going on inside her head as she came to grips with this new reality, more of the things that shaped her into the person she is. Here, I have to add that more of Choice would've also been a big plus for me, but that wasn't a deal-breaker. He comes across as pretty much an open book, and it's not hard to figure out his motives for anything. In the end, I was thoroughly gripped by the world Christy Breedlove has created. Screamcatcher starts with a gorgeous cover, and its inside is filled with originality and an edge of your seat tale that kept this reader turning pages well into the night.
JeyranMain More than 1 year ago
Screamcatcher is a young adult fantasy novel written about a 17-year-old girl named Jory Pike. She has horrific nightmares due to her parent’s death. Her Grandfather tries to help her to sleep, but, nothing seems to work. Jory decides to use a dream catcher from her Grandfathers shop. She decides to do this with her friends, and when things take a turn, they all realize that they are trapped in a web world. The world built is filled with nightmares, and the characters have to find the center to find a way out of it. The living nightmare is written in detail, and the pace of the story is fast. The characters have engaging personalities, and each to their own fills the story with humor, emotions, and have their backstory. I particularly enjoyed the relationship Jory had with her Grandfather. The story got more intriguing as it went along. The dialogues for a young adult book were suitable for the genre, and that is something I usually look out for when reading these kinds of stories. I read too many young adult books where the dialogue does not sound like a teen story. I was gladly satisfied with this one. I recommend this book to young adult fans and horror book readers.
Alextheshadowgirl More than 1 year ago
In a never before plot, our main characters get stuck in a living nightmare through an ancient dreamcatcher. Jory has recurring nightmares about her parent’s death and no matter what she does or what her grandfather does to stop these bad dreams, nothing seems to be working. The book is entangled with Indian lore so when Jory’s friend Choice wants to give this old family heirloom (a dreamcatcher) a chance, there’s no point in avoiding it. But things go south when Jory and her friends go to sleep in Jory’s house but wake up in a hellish world. Plot: I loved the plot. It was so unique and fast-paced. After every chapter, I was waiting for new twists and turns, just expecting to read what new amazing instance the author’s imagination could conjure up this time. I especially liked the second half of the book. It was definitely more action-packed than the first half. Characters: There is just some wrong vibe I got from Choice. Every time I would read about him, I’d find more and more reasons not to like him. But Jory turned out to be the most likeable character in the book despite everything. I liked the presence of her grandfather in the book as well. Writing: The writing was the most interesting part of the book and though I liked the world-building and the characters as well, the book would have been nothing without great writing. The dialogues were well-managed and the prose described the emotions of the characters perfectly. Plus, this book was quite easy to read and I could picture all the scenes as if they were playing out like a movie. Climax: Ah, the endings are often something that lead to disappointment. And even in this book, it was somehow the same case. I found the ending to be a little predictable and though there is nothing particularly wrong with that, I just really think there was scope for a major mind-blowing twist at the end.