So today we have a very special guest on the blog; it’s my thirteen year old sister! No idea what to call her…maybe myfurrytable or something like that? Not a clue, but she’s here to review The Dream Snatcher since she loved it so much! Here we go…
Title: The Dream Snatcher
Author: Abi Elphinstone
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Middle-grade, fantasy, mystery
Release: Out now!
Which animal is similar to this book? I would compare a wildcat to this book as they are solitary creatures and hunt alone. The story has a very unique plot and characters. Despite the fact that they are solitary, wildcats can be very loyal to family members and protective of their young. This reflects the theme of friendship that is covered in the book. Wildcats are also very cunning and clever in the way that they hunt, much like the clever twists and turns of this book. In addition to this, the villains of the story are very sly, rarely without an intelligent backup plan to get what they want.
The blurb says: Twelve-year-old Molly Pecksniff wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare – the one with the drums and the rattles and the masks. The Dreamsnatcher is waiting. He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life. Because Moll is more important than she knows… The Oracle Bones foretold that she and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back against the Dreamsnatcher’s dark magic. Suddenly everything is at stake, and Moll is drawn into a world full of secrets, magic and adventure.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Dream Snatcher for so many reasons. It has such an interesting and exciting plot to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout and the characters develop so much during the story. Whether they’re good, bad or just a bit strange, you get to know them so well and really feel strongly towards them.
This book made me panic for the characters, sympathise with them and triumph alongside them. I also really liked how fast-paced it is as it somehow balances information and realistic amounts of time to figure out clues with extremely tense action perfectly! Not to mention how good and suitable to the story the ending was. Elements of it were unexpected and packed with suspense and others were exactly what I’d expected however, in a very satisfying way.
I would give The Dream Snatchers 10 paw prints out of 10 because I absolutely loved it! I would definitely highly recommend it to anybody aged nine plus!