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Fond of the idea of a dreamworld and of dreamshifters The dragons sorcerers and penguin guardians just make it betterThe 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 now each character and it gave the story 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 after raeding Between the first book in the series and I do plan on remedying this in the near futureThe story is fast paced While it Computers kept me turning the pages wanting tonow what happens next I do wish that it spent a little time with descriptions The worlds in this book are fantastic and have the potential to be so much I really wanted to spend a little time with the scenery and world building There is so much intricacy here and a lot of potential for future development as the series progressesWhile 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 withDo I recommend this book Yes I do For of my reviews visit my blog Imaginary Reads I loved this seuel to BETWEEN All the elements I loved from the first book protagonist Vivian Maylor her penguin sidekick Poe and the sexy artistwarlord Zee returned and Schafer also introduced a second dream shifter Weston Jennings deepening the reader s understanding of dream shifters and their history I love it when a series delves deeply into the world and its history as the series progresses and this second novel in the BETWEEN series doesn t disappoint either in that or in the story itselfI can t wait to see where Schafer takes the series in the third installment Vivian is a healer by nature and training Until a few weeks ago she was working as an ER doctor doing her best to put the wounded and sick back together and make the world a better place Then not only does she find out that she s a dreamshifter with dangerous enemies she gets poisoned by a dragon which activates the dragon blood already running in her veins Now all of a sudden she has this tendency to become a hot blooded predator who sees people as dinner not patients And since dragons have a silent connection that runs through unspoken word she s got a problem with Before You killing them even when they re marauding Wakeworld and shenows they need to be slainZee on the other hand was born and bred to be a dragon slayer His hatred for dragons runs through thousands of years of history and is beyond rationality and very nearly beyond his control He sees a dragon he wants to A History of the Guyanese Working People, 1881-1905 kill it with the same level of instinct a cat has about mice At the same time he has loved Vivian for years before he met hernows it s not her fault that she does the dragon shifting thing and loves her anywayBut damn Dragons are for slayingSo we end up with moments like this destined to tear a relationship apartZee stood over his Blackfrost (Wytch Kings, kill with the gun still in his hand his scarred face alight with victoryVivian watched him wordless fighting to draw breath Silent tears ran down her cheeksHe saw her trouble and the light went out of his eyes Kneeling in the sand beside her he reached out a hand to touch her face She flinched away and he let it fall back Vivian It neededilling You must see that A fresh burn on his cheek etched there by a splash of dragon blood emphasized his wordsNot his fault she told herself Brett had fired the first shot and made it necessary The dragon had Stupid men jokes killed before and would haveilled again She Workbook for Emergency Care knew that but it did nothing to ease the pain at her heart He didn tnow better Zee He was so young Young and beautiful and alive beyond imagining Don t cry Viv It was just a dragon She laughed short and bitter as his words went home Blood of my blood she saidRealization dawned in his eyes too late No you are not one of them not really But I am And you were made to hunt them What are we to do about that REVIEW REVIEW REVIEWWakeworld by Kerry SchaferVivian is the last Dream Shifter This wasn t the career path she d chosen for herself After growing up fearing the dream world with an insane mother teaching her about the various worlds of dreaming she wanted no part of it However she still new all about the dream worlds first was the Between that moment of semi lucidity right before falling into a deep sleep or right before awaking She d also taught Vivian about Wakeworld the world people inhabit when they are fully awake and Dreamworld the world they inhabit when they dream Vivian had lived in fear of her dreams most of her life due to her mother s increasing insanity and her own very lucid dreams As a result she wanted a very planned straightforward scientific life She became a doctor Of course she always wore the dreamcatcher pendant her grandfather gave her when she was seven It was for protection and she never felt uite whole unless she wore it Now Vivian has discovered that she s also part dragon and part sorceress a combination that may alienate her from the man she s seen in her dreams her entire life and only now found the dragon slayer Zee And things are falling apart in Dreamworld Doors are being left open and creatures are escaping from Between into Wakeworld Life in all three places could cease to exist if Vivian and her traveling companions aren t able to repair the damage that s occurred Kerry Schafer is a phenomenal author The characters in Wakeworld are perfectly flawed in ways that are horrendously human or nastily villainous The creatures are described in great detail the mind is able to create them down to the last tooth and claw Wakeworld was a fast paced adventure filled with many different world problems and relationship issues Schafer managed to create a fantasy that was not only imaginative but contained three worlds all with different rules and potential areas to explore and creatures to befriend or avoid The world building involved in this series was uite intricate each book providing detail I do wish maps had been included though it is clear within the story that maps cannot be created since the landscape is constantly changing with every dream I thought this was an intriguing detail to include While I loved this book it ended a bit abruptly The writing was nicely done the phrasing appropriate and clever The characters were likeable or not as the case may be and were very well developed Schafer is a talented writer I look forward to the next book in the seriesThis book receives four fire breathing starsI received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own Genre Urban FantasyRating 35Full Thoughts ShortlyExpected publication January 28th 2014 by Ace. 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 shifterNow Vivian and Weston must work together to defeat a new threat to the dreamworld.
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To avoid spoilers I wanted to point out that I enjoyed Wakeworld even than Between so you should definitely check out the series Note I received Wakeworld from the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review The giveaway is provided by the publisherWakeworld by Kerry Schafer Between 2Published by Ace on Jan 28th 2014Genres Adult Fantasy Urban Fantasy Length 304 pagesHow I got my copy PublisherVivian 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 indWeston Jennings also believes he is the only one of his Macroeconomics 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 shifterNow Vivian and Weston must work together to defeat a new threat to the dreamworld StrengthsI had some complaints about Vivian s character in Between but Wakeworld completely turned those around Vivian is so much stronger and really comes into her own in Wakeworld It was clear that she s come to terms with the fact that life is going to be crazy now and that she is the one that needs to deal with it go VivianBecause Wakeworld continues with the multiple points of view there was a lot of depth added to all the major characters Zee is dealing with a lot and gets his own storyline for much of Wakeworld Jared reveals some of what is going on in his head and of course we get a new villain who also has some interesting motives Wakeworld really pulls on the benefit of multiple points of view in that we get tonow all the characters involved much better than is possible through a single PoVThere is a lot world building in Wakeworld since Vivian finally has a chance to start figuring out how this whole crazy Dreamshifter thing works Places that were hinted at in Between are featured prominently in Wakeworld and wow I don t think those images are ever going to leave my headThere is a new character in Wakeworld who I at first wasn t happy with but came to adore Weston is a pretty darn broken man but you Out know me and my love of broken characters The ending was pretty darn epic and pulled at my heartstrings majorly Gah I need book three now pleaseWeaknesses You may or may not be aware that I love dragons Vivian is still pretty judgmental of dragons despite her shifting abilities and it started to grate on my nerves She of all people should understand that dragons aren t all the same D The ending makes me really hopeful that this will turn around though There were times while reading Wakeworld that I had no idea how a scene or object looked due to lack of description I understand wanting toeep a book fast paced but I also want to be able to imagine all these cool fantasy worlds we re visitingThere is a lot of romance angst in Wakeworld I understand where Vivian and Zee are coming from given the situation but I also wanted to The Hero (Thunder Point, knock their heads together at times While there isn t a heavy swoon romance element there is a fair amount of angst in WakeworldSummaryWakeworld is a seuel that continues to build this series and makes me really excited to find out where things will go I enjoyed it even than Between and highly advise you to continue with the series I m really liking this combination of urban fantasy and high fantasy elements that Wakeworld continues to intertwine and think this is a great series for fans of both genres Also props Ace for an urban fantasy cover with the heroine in a strong and realistic pose Let s continue this trend I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewReview Courtesy of Books That HookKerry Schafer goes in my top ten list of urban fantasy authors I loved Wakeworld probably than the first book BetweenWakeworld continues with Vivian s story She is part sorceress part human and part dragon More importantly she believes herself to be the last of the Dreamshifters In this story Vivian must retrieve the Key she lost in the previous book to stop someone I won t name who from opening the gates to the Forever which would lead to the deaths of many dreamersThat s an overly simplistic explanation it s the bare bones of what happens But I think this is a book with too many surprises I could spoil if I say too muchRomance There is tension between Vivian and Zee because he is a dragoniller and she is part dragon It s hard for him to reconcile his hatred for dragons with his love for Vivian There is a sex scene but it is mild Romance is an element in this story but it takes a back seat to the important issue of saving the worldCharacters All of the characters are well developed even the secondary ones The villain is believable and well motivatedSetting I really enjoyed Schafer s setting descriptions I thought it was very easy to visualize the locations I could even imagine how things smelledPlot Everything flows well and fits together Some people might not like all of the loose ends This is definitely a cliffhanger with a lot of unanswered uestionsPacing Excellent I didn t want to book this book down from the time I started it until the time it ended In order to eep a strong pace the author chose to forego a lot of backstory For that reason I suggest reading the first book before this oneImagery As I mentioned as part of setting the descriptions are very vivid I particularly liked how certain emotions came through behavior and action For example when the author says shivering like a rabbit under the paw of a coyote p32 I could feel what the character was feeling at that momentOverall Again I ll say how much I loved this book I appreciated that the romance didn t take over the plot The characters stay on task and focus on the bigger picture The writing was clear and well planned I am looking forward to reading book three The NothingI recommend this series to readers who like less aggressiveviolent female characters less focus on the romance and of a fantasy feel because the book sometimes takes place in locations other than our reality which is the Wakeworld Vivian is courageous strong and caring but she is not a typical ass icking or snarky urban fantasy character So if you are looking for something different I strongly suggest checking out the Between series by Kerry Schafer Wakeworld is a beautifully written story with a uniue 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. 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Wakeworld is the second book in this series and not having read book one jumping into Wakeworld was not a difficult leap although it is obvious there are major world building events and introductions to the character profiles that are missed Even with this the story is beautifully written and the characters come alive making this reader want to The Eight Human Talents know about the Dreamworld the Between and penguin guardians Yes you read that right penguin guardian or familiar whatever he really is There is a world of dreaming the between and a wakeworld which is the world of our current reality In the dream world war is always on the horizon as the evil ueen wants to destroy all worlds and all that is beautiful and this is starting to leak over into the Wakeworld There are magical creatures sorcerers dragons giants and of course a broken champion I really liked Vivian Weston and Zee and enjoyed following their journeys through the tale There is plenty of action throughout the book heartache as well as determination that shines in our heroes and makes you want tonow them even better Of course Poe is the calm in the storm and I do love me some Poe well who wouldn t love a giant penguin who is always calm never says a thing and leans up against you when you need a hug The story is told from multiple point of views that at times switches and can become confusing if you are not paying attention so be aware that if this is not your reading preference Bottom line Wakeworld is a uniue and very well written book and I would definitely recommend it to speculative fiction fans and although it is not an absolute necessity would recommend starting with book one Between if you are able as there are moments in this installment I think would be better appreciated with of the back story The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger and I am definitely looking forward to what happens next I received this book from NetGalley Description nicked from BNcom 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 A Vacation with the Lord kind Weston Jennings also believes he is the only one of hisind 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 I had some trouble connecting with this book but some of that is my own fault I didn t realize that this was the second book in a series until I had already started reading There were things that had obviously happened in the first book that were having repercussions in this one and I had to pick up on those as I went along Although I do have to give props to the author for making it possible for me to do so and not just plowing straight ahead and leaving a possibly new reader in the dustIt s interesting the way the author has set up the various layers of the Dreamworld It seems like there is a layer called the Between which lies obviously between waking and dreaming and a general layer of Dreamworld There also seems to be enclosed or pocket Dreamworld areas as evidenced by spheres that dreamshifters can use to enter these areas This is something that I wasn t too clear on but again this may be an issue with not having read the original book I was able to get enough of an idea of Dreamworld s structure to get through the book but I would have liked to have The Internet and Democratic Citizenship known I felt that the book picked up steam as it went along getting momentum as Vivian was forced to confront the dragon inside of her often I think it s a pretty obvious metaphor for Vivian becoming comfortable with her growing association with the Dreamworld as she doesn t willingly allow herself to shapeshift until she really accepts that she has a responsibility to the Dreamworld and its denizens This is paralleled by Weston s inner journey to accepting his powers he never wanted to use them to begin with as he has the same realizationI would have enjoyed this book if I had read the first one in the series but as it stands I found Wakeworld to be a pretty good read Schafer got enough info into this book toeep me from being lost and there s no shortage of action and thrills I m seriously considering going back to pick up the first book because I am curious about how this all got startedThis review originally appeared on Owlcat Mountain on March 3 2014 Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION s Pack Alpha ChelleARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest reviewI 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 inWakeworld 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 enoughKerry 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 as wellBetween 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 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 There will be a giveaway for Wakeworld on my blog starting Feb 6th 2014 Wakeworld by Kerry Schafer is the second book in the Between series a fresh urban fantasy series bringing in some fun high fantasy elements and dream magic Wakeworld features a lot of character development for Vivian which I really appreciated along with lots world building and an ending that will leave you dying for book three There will be spoilers for book one so feel free to check out my review of Between instead though be sure to scroll down to enter the giveaway still Also before you run away. 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.
Kerry Schafer writes fantasy with its teeth sunk into reality mystery that delves into the paranormal and as Kerry Anne King women’s fiction that embraces the dark and twisty realms of humanity She lives in a little house in the big woods and spins her tales early in the mornings fueled by massive amounts of coffee