Friday, July 12, 2013

Review of Scapemaker by Steve Cypert

Scapemaker by Steve Cypert

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 young love, 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.

Steve V Cypert was born in Los Angeles, California.  At twenty-four he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where, two decades later, he continues to live. At age 34 he found and married his beautiful wife, Katie. Today, at age 40, he and his wife still live in Utah with their toddler and Shih Tzu. Steve graduated from the University of Utah in 2003 where he graduated with a 4 year degree.
For as long as he can remember, Steve has loved to come up with creative and far-fetched stories. In 2011 Steve finished his first novel, a work of historical fiction. He wrote Port of Errors in just three months. However, it took him ten years of research, editing and putting the missing pieces together.  In 2012 he wrote a second novel, the first in a series of four. Though, this time it was a YA paranormal fantasy. The title, at first, was The Son of Nicholas Namely, but Steve soon changed it to Scapemaker, which is also the name of the 4 book series. As of January 2013, the outline for the second book in the series was completed.

Steve loves photography. He shot weddings for a few years, but loves wildlife and landscape; he also loves volleyball and hiking; he has a mountain bike, but never rides it; finally, he is a self-professed indulgent and fanatically addicted big screen movie junkie. His favorite color is green. He loves steak and prime rib – medium rare or rare. His “lucky” number is 4. His favorite ice-cream is mint chocolate chip. And he loves horseback riding and country swinging – which he is very good at… sloppy, but good!

My Review of Scapemaker
Rating: 3 of 5 stars 
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I love the concept of dreams. I am one who always has vivid dreams. When I read the blurb for Scapemaker, I was instantly intrigued. Unfortunately, I almost DNF this book. I got about 15% in and each page was like pulling teeth. Then, almost magically, things started to pick up. I mean really pick up. The plot finally started loving and we got to go into the dream world and explore the crazy things Matthew was experiencing.
Let me just say I'm glad I stuck with it. Matthew is a normal high school student whose father is a professor. After a strange incident at school (we don't know the details); Matthew's dad Mr. Namely appears in a catatonic state in which he cannot awaken. Months pass with no change and eventually Matthew moves to With his mom Mae and attends a school where things aren't as they seem.
He begins to learn of the dream world. It's an actual world where some other students learn to be Scapemakers, to walk in the dream world. Matthews father was a very skilled one, thus Matthew inherited some ability. Once we learn about the Dreamscape world and alternate high school-- things move really fast. It's weird because the first part of the book moved super slow. I was a little overwhelmed by all the different elements of this new "world." For example: there are night terrors, spirits, vampires (totally different concept of them, btw), and an outside dream world called Imagī Nation. No, it's Not a Saturday morning Animè cartoon. :D
As Matthew learns more about his talents at Dreamscaper high, the mystery unravels about his father. He aims to free his father from the prison he's in (being in a coma and all, I'm not gonna explain more because I don't want to give it away). Matthew solicits the help of several classmates to hunt down who set his father up. On the way they encounter many crazy things, including the Sandman aka Nox, who is Matthews step-brothers evil dream half (confused? Yeah I was too). So the mystery unravels and the ending is pretty good.
Overall I'm giving this book 3 stars mostly based on creativity and subject matter. The ideas were there. The speed of the plot wasn't to my liking. There were also too many different elements, I think some should've been left out so the reader would be less confused. Such as the dream vampires I could've done without. There were cooler ideas that could've been more emphasized.
If you like dreams and imaginative unique stories, I suggest reading Dreamscaper.

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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.