Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Dreamstone Review...



Welcome to the Official Blog Tour of:
THE DREAMSTONE,
Book Two in The Dream Keeper Chronicles
A thrilling fantasy-adventure series for middle-grade reader!
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DREAMS:
Dorothy called it Oz,
Alice called it Wonderland,
but Nightmares call it HOME.


When Parker’s mom is dreamnapped by the wicked Mab, it is up to him and Kaelyn to save her.  When they return to Dreams, they discover Mab isn’t their only problem. Gladamyr has lost his powers and the only way to get them back is to become what he fears the most—a nightmare.


In Book 1, The Dream Keeper, Parker and Kaelyn discovered that Dreams was a real place that everyone visits while they sleep. An evil nightmare named Fyren took control of the gateway to that world. Parker and Kaelyn teamed up with Gladamyr, the only dream keeper to escape capture by Fyren, and together they save Dreams from Fyren’s rule. After the defeat of Fyren the children return to Awake to find Mab, Fyren’s next in command, has dreamnapped Parker’s mom.

The story continues in Book 2, The Dreamstone, as the children return to Dreams to save Parker’s mom. Finding her, however, is not their only problem. Mab has waged a war on the Crossing and has sent an army of dragons to bring it down, nightmares have been released from prison, and Gladamyr has lost his powers to shape-shift. Parker, Kaelyn, and Gladamyr must once again defy all odds to set things right and save Parker’s mom before it’s too late.





In Praise of THE DREAMSTONE:

“The Dreamstone, by Mikey Brooks, is a wild stallion of a story: fast, thrilling, and unpredictable. I was hooked in chapter one. If he can snare the attention of an old reader like me, he’ll have kids sneaking this one into class underneath their text books…If this one isn’t a kid-pleaser, I don’t know what is.” –Michelle Isenhoff, author of the Divided Decade Trilogy and the Taylor Davis Series.

“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!" –An Amazon Reviewer.
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Parker watched as the ambulance with his mother inside drove away. He had expected the medics to barrel down the street with sirens blaring and lights flashing, but instead they drove calmly. The cold night air hurt his throat, at least, he told himself it was the air. Whenever Parker tried to hold back his emotions he got a pain way back in his throat. Kaelyn held his hand, but it didn’t really help.

All he could think about was Mab and how she’d taken his mom.

The former ruler of Dreams was vicious and cruel. He had seen what she was capable of when she cut the arm off Mentia, the psychotic clown that chased him and Kaelyn through the vaults. The only thing that guy did was laugh at her. Parker could only imagine the things Mab could do to his mom. Now that Fyren was gone, Mab had a host of nightmares at her command. He shuddered, thinking about the creatures he had seen during the battle in √Čadrom.

“Parker, we’ll find her,” Kaelyn said, trying to comfort him.

“How are we supposed to do that?” he snapped. Kaelyn pulled back, and immediately he felt bad. Heck, she had just lost everything she had ever owned—another gift from the nightmares of Dreams. They had burnt down her house and almost burnt the two of them in the process. Kaelyn had nothing. Not even a picture to remind herself of her dead parents. Yet here she was, the one comforting him. It wasn’t as if his mom was dead, she was just kidnapped, or dreamnapped. “Look, I’m sorry.”

She gave a smile. “It’s okay. Really. I understand.”

“Parker,” his dad called from the car. Parker turned to see his dad was ready to leave. What a jerk! Parker glared at him.

His dad lowered his cell phone for a second. “Look, I’ve talked it over with Zelda and I want you to come and stay with me for a while—at least until your mom is better.”

“No thanks.” Parker turned his back.

“Parker, I don’t have time to argue. Remember—I’m still your father.”

“You sure act like it.”

“I’m acting like it now.”

“You can’t even get out of your car!” Parker shouted. “You can’t even put down your freaking phone. Mom just went off in an ambulance, and you’re more concerned with your stupid work. I’m staying here! I’m not going with you!”

“You’ve got ten minutes to get a bag.” His dad went back to his phone, not giving a sign he had heard a word Parker said.

Parker turned on Zelda. “Did you say I would go with him?”

Kaelyn’s aunt stepped back, worry crossing her face. “Parker, he’s your dad, and who else is there?”

“You can stay with me. Where else are you going to go?” The second he said it Parker wished he hadn’t; or at least tried to sound more tactful. He knew that Kaelyn was handling the fire okay, but Zelda was on the brink of tears anytime someone mentioned the fire or what she lost in it. “I’m sorry . . . really . . . .”

“Parker, I understand, so please, don’t apologize.” Zelda tried to reassure him with a smile. It didn’t really work. Her face was still smudged with black soot, and there were visible tear lines down her cheeks. He at least had a place to go, but Kaelyn and Zelda were homeless. “Your place is with your dad, our place is . . . .”

“Where are we going, Zelly?” Kaelyn asked. They waited for an answer but Zelda only shrugged.

“Look, if I have to go to my dad’s there’s no reason you can’t stay here. Really, my mom wouldn’t mind. Anyway, it doesn’t matter where I sleep. I have to get back to Dreams.”

Zelda looked concerned. “Are you sure, Parker?”

“Dead sure! My mom may be a cold hearted person in the courtroom, but she’s at least human at home—well, when she’s not turning off my video games.”

“Can you call your house when you’re ready to go back?” Kaelyn asked.

“You can count on it, Kae. We’ve got to talk to Gladamyr—I need to find my mom.”

“I know.” Kaelyn gave him a hug.

Parker looked at both Kaelyn and Zelda. He could tell having a place to stay tonight brought them a little comfort, but he still wished he could stay. He thought of his friend and physiatrist, Dr. Gates. He was like the father his own would never be. He wished right now Dr. Gates were here. “Can you explain to Gates what’s going on when he decides to get his butt over here?”

Kaelyn smiled. “You can count on it.”

“Come inside and I’ll show you around. Apparently I’ve got ten minutes.”

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Reviewed By Missy:

DREAM KEEPER by MIKEY BROOKS

An evil shifter has taken over the realm of dreams & it is up to  two 14 year old's, Kaelyn and Parker to put things back the way they should be. The person who is first there to help them is the dream keeper Gladamyr. But can they count on a night mare to really  help them save the world ?

The Dream Keeper by Mikey Brooks is exceptionally written action fantasy book that I fell in love with right from the beginning. There were many characters and each had their own wonderful selves and I enjoyed learning about each one. Even though the story was a fantasy story it really had a moral there that stood out for all to see and feel and may make some people sit back and think back to their days in school & how their actions may have affected someone.   The story flowed along smoothly with no dull or lacking parts. It kept me on the edge and wanting more all the way to the end then I couldn't wait to start the next. I will certainly be getting a copy for my granddaughter for Christmas  as I am sure she will love this as much as I did. I would rate this a 5 and recommend it to all. 


DREAMSTONE BY MIKEY BROOKS

In the next book by Mikey Brooks,  we catch up with Parker and Karlyn again. This time to rescue Parker's mom who has been dreamnapped by Mab. when they get there they find most everything doesn't work & that Gladamyr  has lost his powers and the only way he can get them back is for him to shift into the thing he fears the most which is the Mare that he was but gave up to become the dream keeper. 

I was as thrilled with this book as I was the first. It moved right along and kept me glued to the pages wanting more. I could empathize with the characters throughout the book and felt the fear and the nerves as well as the laughter and joy. Mikey Brooks is an awesome writer that can paint the picture in words so the mind can see exactly what is there and happening. I'm looking forward to reading more from Mikey in the future and   will be sharing this series with my granddaughter. I would raate this book a 5 and recommend it to everyone. 
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Mikey Brooks is a small child masquerading as an adult. On occasion you’ll catch him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of several books including the best-selling ABC ADVENTURES: MAGICAL CREATURES and BEAN’S DRAGONS as well as the middle-grade fantasy-adventure series THE DREAM KEEPER CHRONICLES. His art can be seen in many forms from picture books to full room murals. He loves to daydream with his three daughters and explore the worlds that only the imagination of children can create. Mikey has a BS degree in English from Utah State University and works full-time as a freelance illustrator and cover designer. As a member of the Emblazoners, he is one of many authors devoted to ‘writing stories on the hearts of children’. He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think Tank Podcast. You can find more about him and his books at: www.insidemikeysworld.com



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ISBN:

Hardback: 978-1-939993-22-9
Paperback: 978-1-939993-23-6
eBook: 978-1-939993-24-3

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Hardback: $19.95
Paperback: $12.99
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