Screamcatcher

Web World

Young Adult - Horror
218 Pages
Reviewed on 08/08/2020
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Author Biography

Chris H. Stevenson, (pen name, Christy J. Breedlove) originally born in California, moved to Sylvania, Alabama in 2009. His occupations have included newspaper editor/reporter, astronomer, federal police officer, house cleaner and part time surfer. He has been writing off and on for 36 years, having officially published books beginning in 1988. Today he writes in her favorite genre, Young Adult, but has published in multiple genres and categories. He was a finalist in the L. Ron. Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, and took the first place grand prize in the Entranced writing contest for The Girl They Sold to the Moon. Screamcatcher: Web World took first place in the N.N. Light YA book of the year contest in 2019, and also received a 5-star review and badge in the Reader’s Favorite Awards contest He writes the popular blog, Guerrilla Warfare for Writers (special weapons and tactics), hoping to inform and educate writers all over the world about the high points and pitfalls of publishing.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

When her friend places a dream catcher over her bed to bring an end to her nightly terrors, an eighteen-year-old girl and her friends are pulled into a world where bad dreams are confined in the thrilling young adult novel, Screamcatcher: Webworld by Christy J. Breedlove. Every night since Jory's parents died, she experiences nightmares relating to their accident. Attempting to help her, Jory's friend Choice buys an ancient dream catcher and arranges it over her bed. Darcy and Lander join Choice at Jory's for a night of games and movies. Because of over drinking and the onslaught of a storm, Lander and Choice sleep over on the bedroom floor. During the intensity of the storm, they are all jolted awake by a bolt of light searing through the room and exploding the dream catcher. Strangely, the brilliant light created an electromagnetic pulse, damaging the city's electricity, batteries, and vehicles. When the teens step outside, they are shocked to find all the buildings boarded up, and the town deserted. There is no one else around, other than a group of vigilantes wanting to kill them. Horrified to discover they are in some kind of altered reality, Jory and Choice lead them through terrifying landscapes and monsters, including werewolves, thunderbirds, and dinosaurs to find an exit back to their world. Will Darcy, Lander, Choice, and Jory ever find their way out of the web? Or will they spend the rest of their lives in the nightmare realm?

Native American myths and legends come alive in the extraordinary shiver-inducing upper YA adventure, Screamcatcher: Webworld by Christy J. Breedlove. The journey the characters experience is captivating, and it is inspiring to witness the conflicts they face and how each of them grows and matures. The Native American elements of the story are intriguing, and I was impressed with how well they were woven into the plot. I enjoyed every aspect of the book, and am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Breedlove's Screamcatcher novels. I highly recommend it to everyone who loves science fiction novels with plucky characters and mythical creatures based on legend. Because there is some strong language and a bit of alcohol use, the book is probably more suitable for young adult readers and above.