Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Book Review: Scapemaker

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Title: Scapemaker
Author: Steven Cypert
Genre/s: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy


Matthew is the son of Mr. Nicholas Namely, a local high school teacher. But unbeknownst to Matthew, his father is a dreamscaper whose classroom is connected to the dream-world. From his classroom, his students enter the halls of Scapemaker, a dream-world high school for young dreamscapers.

Following a couple of heartfelt tragic events, Matthew is compelled to investigate the unbelievable mysteries surrounding those events and is propelled into a whole new world. Matthew and his mother, Mae, are soon coerced into moving across the country for his father's strange medical needs. While attending his new school, Matthew comes to know the secrets that Daedree, an annoying girl from his former high school, has locked away. Matthew also meets Amber, a beautiful enigmatic girl who leads him to Mr. Xoner's classroom. While there, he learns the art of dreamscaping (which has been in the Namely bloodline for thousands of years).

Matthew will come to know of Nox Celare, otherwise known as The Sandman, who is after a special element called Magineum. Neck deep in skinwalkers, sandsleepers, zombies, soul feeders, ghosts, dream-world criminals known as “night terrors” and more, Matthew learns he is in over his head. Matthew must not only solve the mysteries surrounding those tragic events, but he will also have to protect the Magineum with his life and find a way to be with the one girl of his dreams. Filled with secrecy, mystery and a forbidden tangle of young love, this new life will lead Matthew to unbelievable characters with the most extraordinary abilities he could never have imagined.

Scapemaker will keep you grounded in the real world while at the same time make the fantastical world around it that much more possible and enduring. This tale of young adult paranormal fantasy will keep you guessing and wanting more.

My Thoughts:

Scapemaker is an action-packed paranormal novel about an extraordinary boy and his mission to prove his father’s innocence. But in order for him to do that, he will have to explore the uncharted world of dreams, make friends with the other dreamscapers and defeat the evil creatures called night terrors.

Matthew Namely is just a normal 15 year-old boy who loves to play football. But some series of events changed it all. First, his father went comatose the same day that they found the dead body of his best friend, Doby Brown. Then because of his father’s condition, her mother decided to move to Utah where there is a facility that could take care of his father. And because of the move, Matthew doesn’t have a choice but to continue his studies at North Park High where he will meet Mr. Xoner. And that’s where the secrets about his father’s situation, Doby’s death and his true identity will unravel.

This book was actually pretty cool. I haven’t read anything that is about the dream world before so this was definitely new and original to me. The setting was really creative and imaginative with all the trapdoors that was actually a portal to other places but there were also a few times where I got confused when the characters suddenly cross over from real world to dream world especially at the last part. And speaking of the last part, I really don’t get why in all the possible places to ask someone to be their date, Matthew decided to asked Daedree when the situation was very crucial and serious. I mean, there were times when that kind of move felt romantic but in this case, it was really a bad timing and it was annoying. The characters were okay but I didn’t find a character that stood out from the rest. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of characters here have special abilities and they have their unique personalities but I don’t know why, no one grabbed my attention.

Anyway, this book was an okay read. I like it but I wasn’t in love with it.

My Rating
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