Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Quick Review: The Dream Keeper by Mikey Brooks

If you guys haven't seen it yet, Mikey Brooks has come out with his latest book, The Dream Keeper.

Mikey and I have gotten to know each little a lot more the last year. We are both hosts of the Authors' Think Tank podcast, we are both active in the ATT group, we are in the same critique group, and we shared a room at LTUE back in February.

But this is where things go crazy: he is my brother-in-law, a fact we didn't know until after we had become friends. After realizing this, it turns out that we've been to a few family events and weddings and didn't even know each other. Seriously, what are the odds?

While chatting over story ideas, I was excited to pick up The Dream Keepers when I got a blurb from Mikey. Here is the book description:
Dreams: Dorothy called it Oz, Alice called it Wonderland, but Nightmares call it HOME. When an evil shifter takes over the gateway to the realm of Dreams, it falls to 14-year-olds Parker and Kaelyn to stop him. Their only hope lies with Gladamyr, the Dream Keeper, but can they trust a Nightmare to save their world? THE DREAM KEEPER is an upper middle-grade fantasy-adventure that will keep you turning the pages.

It is right about one thing, it WILL keep the pages turning. The pace of this book is very fast as it seems like a lot of things is happening all at once. The characters do take little pauses to reflect on the events that are happening, which is nice because we get a chance to catch our breaths, but then excitement ensues again. I think this is a great book if you are looking for a good way to pace an adventure novel.

I found the book to be a fun and humorous middle grade read. I know, I know, you are thinking I'm a little biased because Mikey is family. Well, I might be, but here are what others are saying about the book:

"The Dream Keeper is a fun, fantastic ride through both Dream and Nightmare. Brooks has written a book that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Bravo!" —Michaelbrent Collings, bestselling author of The Billy Saga and Hooked: A True Faerie Tale

“This really is a cracking novel. Action-packed and spellbinding!”—Cas Peace, author of The Artisans of Albia series.

"If you like the Percy Jackson, Fablehaven, or the Harry Potter series, you'll love this!" -Brooklyn

"Mikey spins such a magical tale that will sweep you off your feet." - Konstanz Silverbow

You can pick it up at Amazon by clicking here. You can also visit Mikey's website to get to know him better and to find out his other projects by visiting http://www.insidemikeysworld.com/.