Scapemaker

Rated 4.20/5 based on 27 reviews
Scapemaker follows Matthew Namely, who is propelled into a whole new world following a few tragic events. After meeting a strasnge 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. More

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About Steve Cypert

Steve Cypert grew up in Los Angeles, California but now resides in South Jordan, Utah. He is married to a beautiful wife, sharing their home with their cute little Shih Tzu, Duke - who you can see by visiting his blog.

Steve has been writing for as long as he can remember, but only recently became an active writer determined to author his writings. Steve has always been very creative and his stories are lined with well-developed characters and detail.

“Port of Errors” is Steve's first novel, which is the first in the "Born of Tyranny" series. He will be adding a second novel, separate from the Born of Tyranny series. This second novel is called "The Son of Nicholas Namely" and it too is the first in a series.

Aside writing, Steve also loves to photograph scenic landscapes, wildlife and zoo-life. He loves the great outdoors and he'll try anything once, including skydiving, cliff-jumping, bungee-jumping and many more adrenaline fueled experiences.

Steve has been a mascot for a triple A baseball team, pick-up and delivery driver for MSS, a DJ at the University of Utah radio station (volunteer for class), where he graduated from, and many other non-traditional forms of jobs. He hopes to make writing his career as it is his second true love beside his wife.

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Review by: karley scanlon on Jan. 02, 2014 :
*** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
I love this book and I can't wait for the next one to come out, it is set in the dream world and it full of excitement, magic, action, everything really, Great book!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lourie Beiter on Dec. 31, 2013 :
*** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

Many revisions have been made to this book since my original review to here is my update:

This is one of those books that I loved right from the moment I started reading.

There was never a dull moment and it held my attention to the very end. It was hard to put down because I felt like I would miss something if I did. The characters are lively, vivid, fun and at times translucent. And there is a wide variety of alternate characters to tickle your fancy as well, such as ghosts, skin walkers, goblins, zombies and killer rabbits just to name a few. Even the villain is written superbly and takes evil to a whole new level.

The author did an amazing job of introducing such a dynamic new world and did it with out the obligatory information dump that usually accompanies the big reveal. As the main character learns and is introduce so are you as a reader.

The book climaxes in the right spot and does leave you with some unanswered questions to pull you into the next part of the series. All in all I have to say watch out Hogwarts because there is a new school in town called Scapemaker High.

** *Please note a few of the negatives I originally mentioned have either been removed or revised and no longer apply.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rose Wallin on Dec. 30, 2013 :
Dreams are things most of us deal with. We wake up grasping at wisps of images, and usually shake them out of our heads with our morning shower. Scapemaker poses a different kind of scenario: what if dreams aren't just in our heads? What if there's a dream world, and it's real?

The idea for this story is as fascinating as it is exciting. Matthew is thrown into a surreal world where dreams are real, even more real than the waking world, all while trying to save his innocent father from a lifetime in the dream-world prison. Battling night-terrors, extraordinary creatures, and his own past full of secrets, Matthew finds himself in a fantastic adventure against evil and darkness. While he tries to win the heart of his dream girl, he learns to use his new-found powers, and with the help of his new friends, he will help protect the future of dreams.

Mr. Cypert created an awesome story with this book. His attention to detail was wonderful, creating a well-rounded and complete alternate reality. I look forward to the sequel, and would certainly recommend this book to any fan of paranormal/supernatural adventure stories.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

~Rose
@Desert Rose Reviews
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Skaistė on Dec. 22, 2013 :
It is enjoyable and interesting story with action, surprises, secrets and villains, with tense and fun moments. It hold my attention and kept me reading further. It tells about a boy being introduced to a whole new world of imagination. There‘s quite amazing world created in here with a lot of details, history, rules, scenery, various characters with various abilities. I can‘t remember reading any book with such a world. Well, it reminds me of „The Neverending Story“ by Michael Ende in some details and in being a story about a world of imagination. But that‘s just a little bit. There‘s a lot of unique details in here.

Main character, Matthew, is one I rarely find in books. He‘s not one of the characters full of good qualities. He stands out by being, well, I would say stubborn. In a sense he seems to be thinking more about himself than about others (egotistical, as says one of the characters in the book). He breaks the rules. He has his own opinion and seems to be holding it no matter what. He seems to be „I know it all and I know it better“ guy. But at the same time he is friendly, courageous, he cares about his own family, he sets the goal and goes for it no matter what the obstacles are. This stubbornness sometimes gets annoying for me, but that‘s a good combination for a story. If one dares to behave outside the rules, adventures happen. Sometimes bad things do. But that‘s part of an adventure too. And that makes interesting things happen in the story.

Well, there‘s one small weakness. Usually this story is easy to read, but sometimes it gets a little bit rough. It‘s mostly a feeling for me, but I‘ll try to explain what I have in mind. It‘s just a sense that some sentences seem to be put in too straighforward way. Like there‘s separate sentences saying who said what, did what, but together they don‘t make a story as a whole. That was mostly in the beginning, and not that much further in the story. That‘s a minor thing, and it doesn‘t make story less interesting. Just sometimes it makes reading not as fluid as it usually is. Nonetheless, I‘m interested to read what happens next. Whole story and the ending are promising a whole lot more adventures coming.

I was given this book in exchange for honest review (Lovers of Paranormal group and the author).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amber McCallister on Dec. 17, 2013 :
Scapemaker is a beautifully compelling and wonderfully intricate story of discovering an unknown heritage and fighting to honor it with your whole heart. This is an adventure that will inspire and delight daydreamers and readers of fantasy alike. Come and escape down the rabbit hole as we enter a whole new world filled with surprises around every corner and untold dangers along the way. Do you have the courage and heart to forge this trail?

Matthew who is just like every other guy except for the fact that he isn’t. He doesn’t know that he is different until it’s too late and his world is turned upside down. He loses his father the same day that he learns who he really is. With such an immediate disadvantage, he must play catch up and seek help from unlikely people in order to achieve his goal of saving his father. He uncovers precious truths and finds true friendship and more along this harsh yet rewarding journey.

I was immediately taken in by Matthew’s honesty and passion in his fight to uncover the lies and mysteries surrounding the disappearance of his father. He knows he can’t do this on his own, so he seeks out help from a rag tag group of students that prove to be invaluable in helping him accomplish this insanely difficult task that he has taken upon himself. He pulls no punches with them, and doesn’t hold back with his true thoughts and intentions. Time and again his actions while good get him in trouble and his friends are always there to get him out if they can. The bonds of friendship that are forged prove true and lasting, and he becomes a better version of himself as a result.

The world that is Scapemaker is amazing and captivating. There is no end to its beauty and its dangers. While it houses breathless beauty and intrigue, it also hides countless untold dangers. One cannot take anything for granted when in Scapemaker. Always keep your eyes and your mind open for what you miss may come back to haunt you.

Steve Cypert has proven to be quite an intriguing creator of this highly entertaining tale. You won’t be sorry that you chose to read this story. In fact, you will devour it whole and then ask for more. It is sure to fuel and broaden your imagination as it entices your senses. You will get lost in this stunning new world as you get to know fun and passionate characters along the way.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nnekka Robinson on Aug. 22, 2013 :
Loved it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe_zS_oOeEE&feature=share&list=PLPH2NO31O7ZLCN40NOY4vFSSPLJqWWG9T
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lizz Fransen on July 07, 2013 :
I enjoyed the concepts in this book. The author's ideas were refreshing but also contained familiar themes to other books I have read. That being said, I would have enjoyed this book more if it had been thoroughly proofread. I found myself having to figure out sentences where there were extra words and typos. Another reviewer mentioned similar issues and the author commented that they must have been reading an older version of the book, so maybe I had the same version.

Disclaimer: The author provided a copy of this book to me in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Vidya Soni on July 03, 2013 :
I found the concept of this book quite intriguing. It’s a change from the usual vampires and werewolves kind of paranormal. We are introduced to dreamscapers and a whole slew of fantasy creatures with different powers and abilities. The writer has created a whole new and colorful world, which is never easy to do.

The book does need editing and tightening up. And there were some other issues such as that early on Matthew’s friend dies and he shows barely any emotion in reaction. But despite all that, it’s an enjoyable read for a lover of fantasy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: b hanson on June 12, 2013 : (no rating)
I received this book as a gift- and am very happy to review it for you, Steve Cypert. This is a totally unique concept in fictional stories! I very much enjoyed the approach to each new addition- and the more I read, the more I wanted to read. As an adult who has read a lot--it is easy to find areas that are perhaps a bit rough--but viewing as would a young adult-who, regardless of their maturity levels-just see, feel,and describe things differently than do adults--this is perfect for the target audience and would yank them into this new and surprising adventure for the entire journey. I am eager to see the next installment- and will recommend it to my friends who have 11-17 year-olds at home as well.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jules Griffiths on June 06, 2013 :
Wow! What a story!! I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review. This is a book that, once you pick up, you wont want to put down. The characters were engaging and the narrative was descriptive enough to 'put you there' and the story itself was awesome. You'll be introduced to Night Terrors, Ghosts, Zombies and Skin Walkers to name just some of the characters. Mr Cypert made the world of Scapemaker believable and almost real!! I am now eagerly awaiting the next installment - Soul feeders.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: jsscshll on May 21, 2013 :
I struggled at the beginning of the book. It took me about 1/3 of the way through the book before I really got into the story. The story seemed to flow better the longer I read. By the end of the book, I was hooked. Scapemaker is a fresh imaginative story that left me wanting more. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I am looking forward to getting the answers as to who the traiter is and whether Matthew is the one to defeat Nox.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: krista walters on May 12, 2013 :
AMAZING!! Keeper shelf material for sure!!! The beginning is informative and enlightens you to things you need to know for later in the book. After chapter 4 the book really takes off and makes grab on with both hands!! It gives you a Lord of the Rings, House of Night , Shark boy and Lava girl feel with the goblins, gremlins, fairies, scary bad guys, and so much more!! The description in this book is fantastic!! From back ground and to characters to actions!! You can almost feel the water, smell the food , and hear the bones crack. When its supposed to be beautiful its gorgeous. When its supposed to be scary its freaky!! I LOVED IT !! It has everything Normal, weird, scary .... it has EVERYTHING DREAMS ARE MADE OF!!!! So if you think your brave enough, open up your mind to the wonderful, thrilling, and scary things that can happen in Scapemaker.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: krista walters on May 12, 2013 :
AMAZING!! Keeper shelf material for sure!!! The beginning is informative and enlightens you to things you need to know for later in the book. After chapter 4 the book really takes off and makes grab on with both hands!! It gives you a Lord of the Rings, House of Night , Shark boy and Lava girl feel with the goblins, gremlins, fairies, scary bad guys, and so much more!! The description in this book is fantastic!! From back ground and to characters to actions!! You can almost feel the water, smell the food , and hear the bones crack. When its supposed to be beautiful its gorgeous. When its supposed to be scary its freaky!! I LOVED IT !! It has everything Normal, weird, scary .... it has EVERYTHING DREAMS ARE MADE OF!!!! So if you think your brave enough, open up your mind to the wonderful, thrilling, and scary things that can happen in Scapemaker.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alysa H on May 08, 2013 :
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

There were a lot of good ideas in this book - the general premise, the school for dreamscapers -- basically people who shape all dreams -- which can be visited either in either lucid dreams or in one's physical body, the Sandstorm prison, the "haunted house", just to name a few. Apart from a few things that were not fully explained, this book did at least do a good, largely well-paced job of fantasy-world-building (and for a book this long, it better have).

Unfortunately, for me, the good ideas did not trump the poor execution. There were problems with grammar, punctuation, various "isms", characterization, POV-jumping -- you name it and it was problematic. It feels like this book was never edited or proofed at all. In fact, all of this was so bad that I actually feel a bit used. It's as if the author is using his Read-2-Reviewers as editors, rather than sending a real finished book out into the world.

Aside from grammar, punctuation, and word-choice problems, this was just WORDY WORDY WORDY. I'm not sure how to best describe this... It was like, the author was watching his story as a movie in his head and trying to describe every action with as much detail as possible so that his readers would be able to mentally replicate his vision. I'm sure that this comes from a good place - that the author loves his created world so much that he wants to render it exactly - but it's really a snooze to read, and takes away readers' ability to imagine and perhaps love this world, too. Description is nice; too much description is not, and can even border on insulting. There is also a lot of e-ink wasted on unfunny jokes.

Related to the "wordy" problem is that many of the characters speak in really affected ways. They tend to speechify, for example, and those who do not speechify go the opposite direction, not speaking enough and being given to giggling and catchphrases. The two extremes also tend to be divided along gender lines, too. Another problem concerning character voices is the rather unfortunate coding of certain characters as black via some really offensive linguistic stereotyping. At one point during a battle towards the end, I half-expected one character to shout of "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies!" (And though it's not a linguistic issue, this book also has racially problematic tones in its portrayal of skinwalkers, due to a too-heavy reliance on the Magical Native American trope.)

I won't go into more detail regarding inconsistent and/or unrealistic characterizations, which abound, but I will say that this issue is not helped by the random POV-jumping. The book is basically from Matthew Namely's POV, but there are also very frequent injections of other characters' motivations and feelings, usually but not always when they are about to perform an action or speak to Matthew, that Matthew would not be able to know. These are seemingly accidental; I get the impression that the author just didn't realize he was doing it, or that he would have to make a conscious decision about whether to go with a straight-on Matthew POV or an omniscient narrator. Or, just completely rearrange the structure of the book so as to have different scenes shown from different POV's. Again, I think this stems from the author's "movie in his head". That is, when one is watching a movie that has a central POV, one can still get camera shots of other characters' faces, which can reveal their secret motivations and feelings to the audience, if not to the central character. Unless you're writing a screenplay, this is a lot harder to pull off on the page.

I have been waffling back and forth between giving this 1 or 2 stars, because even though I didn't like it and found it a struggle to keep reading, I did like some of the ideas and scenes. I wish I could give it 1.5. I am perplexed by the number of good reviews that other readers have given this book. The problems were just WAY too much for me.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kimberly Sheridan on April 30, 2013 :
What a wonderful read. It starts a bit slow, which is needed to build out the setting/characters. Watch out - it becomes a real page turner. I couldn't put it down- and when I finished I was checking to see when the next book comes out.

Steve brings into the book some new paranormal types (at least for me), and it's fun seeing how these young people learn to adapt to their new abilities. Matthew, the main character in this book, learns a great deal about his dad and realizes that the future he had planned is no longer an option. He needs to take care some things that his dad was involved in.

His writing style is such that you feel like a 'fly on the wall', you're actually there as things happen.

I highly recommend this to any age, it's a great escape and very enjoyable.

I received this book for free from the author in return for an honest review of the book
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kimberly Sheridan on April 30, 2013 :
What a wonderful read. It starts a bit slow, which is needed to build out the setting/characters. Watch out - it becomes a real page turner. I couldn't put it down- and when I finished I was checking to see when the next book comes out.

Steve brings into the book some new paranormal types (at least for me), and it's fun seeing how these young people learn to adapt to their new abilities. Matthew, the main character in this book, learns a great deal about his dad and realizes that the future he had planned is no longer an option. He needs to take care some things that his dad was involved in.

His writing style is such that you feel like a 'fly on the wall', you're actually there as things happen.

I highly recommend this to any age, it's a great escape and very enjoyable.

I received this book for free from the author in return for an honest review of the book
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jenn on April 24, 2013 :
The story takes hold of your mind and gently pulls you into a whole new world. Written eloquently without too much information to distract you, the author paints every scene with grace and intrigue. Well thought out locations and fleshed out characters keep the pages turning. Well worth the read.


A free copy was granted by the author. Thank you for the opportunity to read a very well done book. Keep writing!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cheap Regrets on April 20, 2013 :
--Spoiler free review--

First of all, thanks to Mr. Cypert for giving me a free copy for me to read.

I have to say that I'm not used to read fantasy books, but I liked this one a lot. It was very original! The whole alternate reality is very well constructed, but the alternate reality also interacts with the real world.

Scapemaker is about a boy, Matthew Namely, that is forced to discover a dark and magical world in his dreams to prove his father, that's resting in coma in a hospital in the real world, is not guilty of murder.

I would describe this book as a mixture of Inception, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and Fringe (yes, the TV show) If you like any of those things, you'll have a great time reading this book.

Though there were some typos, I completely understand that. Cypert is an independent publisher. And I'm not a native english speaker so typos don't bug me at all.

This book has everything: Goblins, zombies, time-travel, shape-shifters, etc. It is an exciting ride beyond the borders of the imagination.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mia on March 23, 2013 :
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!
I hope (for your sake) that you give it a try, if you haven’t already! You wont be disappointed! NEVER!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Brenda Knight on March 21, 2013 :
I received a copy of Scapemaker from the author in exchange for an honest review. I had no prior knowledge of Mr. Cypert or his work.
I really enjoyed this book. There was so much information in such detail that at times it was slightly confusing. I would go back in the story to refresh my memory and easily figure out what I hadn't paid enough attention to the first time through.
I love the dream world built within this story as well as the large cast of interesting characters. I couldn't seem to put the book down. Even though I was very ill with cold/flu symptoms, I read the entire book in a few days time. (I waited until I was feeling better to write my review.)
This is a great story with great characters that has plenty of action, fantasy and some young romance, (but not too much).
I eagerly await the next installment of this series.
I highly recommend this really good read to any fans of YA SciFi Fantasy.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jonel Boyko on March 03, 2013 :
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.

Dreamscape 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 Dreamscape. 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.

Please note that I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tanya Wemett on March 02, 2013 : (no rating)
this is an enjoyable read. Mr. Cypert was able to transport me into a realm that I had never gone before, but had often times thought about, I mean seriously, who wouldn't like to be able to control their dreams and to incorporate the dream world into a school, although, I must admit, my thoughts did travel to the fact that these kids are sleeping all day, so why aren't they awake all night? but I managed to ignore that little niggle and delve deeper into the story.

The characters were engaging and well defined, the descriptive narratives, in my opinion were well done, not over the top and at any given moment, I knew where I was, even at those moments when I had to return to my 'waking world', the story was there waiting for me with that seed planted in my head, keeping Scapemaker, in my thoughts.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dave Higgins on Feb. 16, 2013 :
This novel is about a boy who discovers he has magical powers and is taken to a school for the gifted. It is a testament to Cypert's world-building that I did not think of the comparison to Harry Potter until I was over three-quarters of the way through the book.

This is the first volume of the Scapemaker series. The story opens with a series of unusual events which reveal that Matthew Namely has the power to enter the dream world. His powers can be dangerous, to both himself and others, so he is enrolled in Scapemaker, one of a several schools for those capable of interacting with dreams. While he is still attempting to come to terms with another world parallel to the mundane his best friend is killed and his father left in a coma. When his father is blamed for murder and the loss of a mystical artefact, Matthew sets out to prove him innocent.

The magical system in this book is interesting and internally consistent, and is placed within a believable adaptation of the modern world; while there are fantastical elements such as gremlins and dragons, they are only part of magical society, and there are sound reasons for them not to interact with the mundane world.

The plot is engaging with a good balance of serious magical threats and mundane teenage problems. It advances at a good pace without seeming rushed.

The characterisation is mixed. Most of the main characters have distinct believable personalities; the two potential love interests are particularly well realised, and make full use of the potential of a world in which a person's physical appearance can vary between the mundane and dream worlds. However, Cypert often tells the reader what a character is like instead of letting their dialogue and actions show their character. Combined with heavy use of adjectives and complex speech verbs, this counteracts the effect of otherwise solid work.

The point of view is often centred on Matthew but sometimes strays between several other characters within the same scene, or adopts an entirely external view. In some scenes the narrator is omniscient, and some early scenes use divine irony, whereas in others even a character's words are hidden from the narrator. Along with the didactic style of the writing this often makes Cypert's choice to share information or not very obvious to the detriment of immersion.

As an additional consideration for British English speakers, these stylistic issues made the use of American English more than usually noticeable.

Overall I enjoyed this novel, and will probably read the rest of the series. However, the ideas were let down by a lack of editing.

I received a free copy of this book from the author.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: vicky jepson on Feb. 11, 2013 :
I downloaded this book because Im a big fan of dreams and dream interpretation so exploring the dream world was something I was looking forward to. The book is crammed full of lots of different characters with many different abilities and is quite fast paced once it gets going - all of this keeps things interesting and it is easy to read. I would say it is probably aimed at a younger audience - round about the teenage mark I reckon so I found it a little too young for me. It was sometimes a little difficult to keep track of what was happening and of all the different characters' abilities, but that is much better than a book that is too simple and boring. I sometimes felt that the characters made decisions I wouldn't have expected them to make or that their abilities were adapted just to wrap up certain events quickly. The idea for the story line is really good and the end of the book leads nicely onto the opportunity for a second book. I think if was 13 or 14 this would be a 4 star book for me.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lourie Beiter on Feb. 07, 2013 :
I loved this book. Dreamscapers – people who are able to enter the dream world and protect the non-scapers from night terrors. But watch out because you will encounter ghosts, zombies, skin walkers, magic chutes, soul feeders & a few more characters. But don’t be fouled because all of these characters are not like what you have read before. They all have their different spin. The story opens and the plot unfolds quickly. The heart racing adventure keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I would liken this book to “Yoda” meeting “Neo” and going on a hike with the “Goonies.” If you believe you can do it, you can! The only thing that really bothered me about the book was in the beginning. I thought the author didn’t know the difference between the words was & were. It was extremely annoying, however as the story gets going this comes up again and the author reveals his humor by making fun of his own character. The writing is simple and not weighed down. It would have been nice to see a little more description but this is not meant to be a negative since the book stands up to scrutiny. The story doesn’t end nice and clean, there are some questions that have not been answered, but you will not mind. This reader will look forward to the 2nd book Soul Feeders. I hardly ever rate a YA book a 5 but his one deserves it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: marsha thalleen on Feb. 01, 2013 :
I gave Scapemaker a 4 instead of 5, but mainly I think I might not be the target audience for this book. I'm (a little) older and had dificulty relating to the characters. That being said, the story is well written and well thought out. It could use more description, for my taste, and at points came acrossed as jumbled. It did come together in the end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Slawka Grabowska on Jan. 28, 2013 :
***SPOILER ALERT***
/I received a free e-book from the author through Smashwords/

I have to say I loved everything about the general idea of the book and the fact that we finally have a male main character in YA just makes it sooo much more interesting! The only reason I gave it 4 and not 5 stars is the strange triangle Matt-Amber-Daedree - it didn't convince me, same goes for some of the dialogues and decisions that characters make. They seem a bit rushed for the sake of the story. But the last chapter made up for any of my doubts. I am definitely going to read about the Soul Feeders!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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