Reviewer: Kelsey

Author: Steve Cypert
Format: eBook (series)
Pages: 589 (according to the ereader used)
Rating: 7.5

Summary (via Smashwords): Scapemaker follows Matthew Namely, who is propelled into a whole new world following a few tragic events. After meeting a strange and beautiful girl, he learns the art of dreamscaping. Matthew will come to know of Sandman, who is after a special element called Magineum. Neck deep in skinwalkers, sandsleepers, zombies, night terrors, and more, Matthew must risk his life to save the magineum.

My Thoughts: When I first started this novel I was a little bit worried because the characters seemed off to me. This was partly because of what will from now on be known as writer warm up (the characters spoke funny but don't worry it stops). I was happy to find out that the real reason for this awkwardness was that they were hiding something. The author did an outstanding job of making sure that the reader understood the place the story took place in as well as all the strange...let's call it magic. I loved how original this was. It was different than anything I'd read; however, I felt like it was one of those things that could be real. It made me wonder if it couldn't. Harry Potter did the same thing for me. Why couldn't something like this be true? That thought, though incredible, is also terrifying after seeing the bad that can come from people who only want power.

This story was one of the best I'd read in a long time for explaining characters and their motivations. I'll even overlook the cheese 'I kinda like like you' moment that two of them had. Also, I thought it was great for two of the main characters to bicker. Dae was right though, Matthew was a bit conceded. I'm so glad he got over that in the end.

This novel ends with a lead into the next book in the series though so be prepared to be pulled into it before it starts and left with a lot of questions. I might need to get my hands on the next one to find out how it ends. I want a happy ending, really is it too much to ask?

Final Thoughts: Very few authors could pull off writing a whole new world where almost everything needs to be explained, this one can. This book has everything from ghosts to mermaids (sorta), zombies to love, action, mind reading, flying, and magic. If you like fantasy novels than this would be a good one for you. It has everything and more.

P.S.Nightmares after this book are the worst. I'm not saying it gives you them. It's just that I can't help but wonder if maybe the book is true after all...
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Title:  Scapemaker
Author:  Steve Cypert
Series:  Scapemaker #1
Published:  November 19th 2012
Page Count:  482
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Shelf:  Contests & Giveaways
Rating: 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Matthew is the son of Mr. Nicholas Namely, a local high school teacher. But unbeknownst to Matthew, his father is a dreamscaper whose classroom is connected to the dream-world. From his classroom, his students enter the halls of Scapemaker, a dream-world high school for young dreamscapers.

Following a couple of heartfelt tragic events, Matthew is compelled to investigate the unbelievable mysteries surrounding those events and is propelled into a whole new world. Matthew and his mother, Mae, are soon coerced into moving across the country for his father's strange medical needs. While attending his new school, Matthew comes to know the secrets that Daedree, an annoying girl from his former high school, has locked away. Matthew also meets Amber, a beautiful enigmatic girl who leads him to Mr. Xoner's classroom. While there, he learns the art of dreamscaping (which has been in the Namely bloodline for thousands of years). 

Matthew will come to know of Nox Celare, otherwise known as The Sandman, who is after a special element called Magineum. Neck deep in skinwalkers, sandsleepers, zombies, soul feeders, ghosts, dream-world criminals known as “night terrors” and more, Matthew learns he is in over his head. Matthew must not only solve the mysteries surrounding those tragic events, but he will also have to protect the Magineum with his life and find a way to be with the one girl of his dreams. Filled with secrecy, mystery and a forbidden tangle of younglove, this new life will lead Matthew to unbelievable characters with the most extraordinary abilities he could never have imagined.

Scapemaker will keep you grounded in the real world while at the same time make the fantastical world around it that much more possible and enduring. This tale of young adult paranormal fantasy will keep you guessing and wanting more.

My Review:

You absolutely have to feel for the main character in this novel. I can’t even imagining being in his shoes, yet the author has everything laid out so clearly and vividly that I can’t imagine it not happening. I can’t actually picture myself along on this journey with him. Cypert made this all the easier because he has the ability to make the weird seem standard and everyday. 

Scapemaker is so fully and vividly laid out that you feel like you’ve visited it. You can picture every room and outdoor scene that the characters go into. Even all of the rules for the realm are clearly laid out so that you would know what to do and how to act when you arrive. This story is so absolutely unique and very out of this realm without seeming over the top crazy that you can’t help but want to journey there. Not only is the world vividly put together, but the story itself is well written and fast paced. 

Cypert’s cast of characters is also very intriguing. All of the major characters were quite well developed. You actually got to know them as if they were your high school friends. They also acted and spoke like characters of their own age. There were differences in dialogues based on age, and the locale where the characters grew up. This attention to detail was greatly appreciated. It was also very interesting to see the differences between some of the characters in the real world and in Scapemaker. They were the same, yet somehow different. 

As a whole, this was an awesome novel. Cypert makes everything seem so very real that it doesn’t seem like a fantastical notion. It leaves you wanting more, but in a very good way.
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Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would actually be able to go through the entire book (initially). The first couple of chapters were a little slow paced for my liking. But I couldn’t be more glad for not putting it down. It has been one of my best reads in early 2013. The plot is so enriching and imaginative, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities. For those of us, who associate the “paranormal” with either vampires or werewolves or such – we will definitely begin to reconsider and rethink the vast horizons of the supernatural world.

Scapemaker is the first book in the series and follows the life of Matthew Namely, as he tries to cope with a parallel universe – the dream world. Where all just seems to be a mind game, but actually is as much a part of reality as himself.  A sudden dire circumstance leads to Matthew questioning himself as well as those around him. What he considered true was far from it. When part of your identity was always concealed and you were bought up under false pretences, what is a teen-aged boy  to do?
Creatures so unimaginable, it leaves you mind-boggled in an attempt to process their existence.Night walkers, Sand sleepers, Soul feeders , Skin walkers, Dreamscapers, Imagi, dragons and so much more! :O
Kudos to the author for crafting all this from scratch, it is truly an awe-inspiring deed! Matthew is a very likable character. And the bonding with his mother is just so adorable! Daedree and Amber add equal doses of girly drama and help keep up the love-triangle. Hunter is just a BIG PAIN IN THE A** and more than once, I have wanted to kick him hard! I mean talk about bad timing! Can’t he just leave Matthew alone?! Well, technically speaking, no, cause he is the villian. But still… The whole plot is soo different than anything I’ve EVER read which just doubles the excitement and anxiety.Its a very articulately written book. As I said before, the first couple of chapters were a little slow, only to cusion the impact of the forthcoming fast paced chapters (and to make them more understandable). Its like collecting all the pieces of a puzzle. Only when you have them all, can you understand the bigger picture. :)

Well I could just go on and on, its that good! Oh, and I just realized something – this book has so effectively held my attention I totally didn’t realize I just finished a book of 519 pages so fast! I didn’t realize I was on the last page and in that instant I was so shocked and wanting more. :’( Its cruel to have to wait till the 2nd book comes out. But anyway,  let Mr.Cypert work his magic even more amazingly! :P
That’s all folks! I hope (for your sake) that you give it a try, if you haven’t already! You wont be disappointed! NEVER! :D

Rating – a GAZILLION stars out of 5! ;) is that allowed? Well, never mind, you get the point!

-Spreading the Bookish Love.
Mia

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