Release Date: February 19th, 2015
Genre(s): Young Adult Contemporary, Magical Realism
Publisher: The Lovely Messy
Paddle boards, bonfires & bikinis won’t help Penny. She craves the boy from the woods; not knowing she’s already caught in his nightmare.Penny’s nightmare is ruling her life and she doesn’t know why. It started a few months ago, and since then Red Bulls, 5-hour Energy Shots, and Starbucks drive-thru are her lifeline.When Penny’s parents decide to take their research of a rare Native American cult to a remote cabin for the summer, she's less than enthused.Then Penny meets Delsin in a clearing in the woods, and her view of the world awakens. Apathy defines her, but Delsin lives life to it’s fullest. A shaman-in-training, he is everything Penny is not.Each morning she comes to the woods, handing pieces of her heart to him, but when Penny is confronted with her worst nightmare, Delsin asks for a sacrifice Penny didn’t see coming.
“Listen, Penny. I know we are different in many ways, but you have this gentleness about you, and I don’t see it in many people. Most of the girls I’ve known are so intense. You are different.”
“So you keep saying.” But I relaxed a bit with his confident words, knowing that he liked me, straight up. “I should probably get back. We’ve been gone for hours.” I thought about Ollie looking for me. I didn’t want him to find me here. I didn’t want to share this place with him. With anyone.
“I know. I don’t want you to get in trouble, on my account.” He stood and took my hand.
He climbed out of the cave quickly, and then gave me his hands to hold, pulling me out easily. His arms were strong and he helped me to my feet. Once again we were on top of the rock, looking out at the woods, breathing in the mid-day air. But Delsin’s eyes were looking above, into the sky, as if searching for something far from his reach, and he raised his hands, too. As if wanting a hand to part from the clouds, to reach out and take him away.
I didn’t stare. I let him have his moment, even though I didn’t understand it. And I looked out, straight ahead, over the trees.
I didn’t know what I was looking for.
CHITCHAT WITH ANYA MONROE
Tell us five things about yourself readers wouldn’t know!
1) In The Dream Catcher, Penny gets sucked into several TV series. I have plenty of guilty-pleasure-shows myself. Namely (don’t judge!), The Bachelor. I’ve been watching it for years (with my husband!). We were even in a Fantasy-Bachelor-League last year together, which, just to clarify, was like Fantasy-Football, not the Fantasy-Suite! And he beat me. I KNOW!
2) When I was in Jamaica a few years ago I went to this cliff diving spot where people were doing crazy jumps. I was like, I so got this! One hundred feet? Ain’t no thing! Until I got to the ledge. Then I was like, Umm, I’m going to do the ten foot jump…
In The Dream Catcher Penny and Delsin take cliff and waterfall jumps, and that is seriously impressive. Because, apparently, I’m not that badass.
3) In The Dream Catcher Penny has a reoccurring nightmare that is freaking her out and so she’s trying to stay awake for as long as possible. Obviously she has extenuating circumstances that are keeping her from getting some shut eye, but I love sleep way too much to stay awake that long. I’m an eight or ten hours-a-night kinda girl. And I still need coffee to function.
4) Penny and Ollie are best friends and their relationship is central in The Dream Catcher. Growing up is crazy hard and complicated, but so is just being a person in general. That’s why friends and finding your people is so important. However, I’m a little jealous of the proximity Penny and Ollie live to one another. Like, they live in the same house for most of the novel. My best friend lives across the country so we rely on texts and FaceTime and voice memos to keep in touch. Thank goodness for WiFi!
5) I’ve never made out under a waterfall. In The Dream Catcher Penny and Delsin do, and I’m kinda jealous. It seems terribly romantic. I need to remedy this, stat.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anya Monroe likes to write stories and paint words on her walls. She believes in love at first sight and fights for happily-ever-afters. As a wife and mom to six kids, she carves out time to write between carpool pick-ups and date nights because words are her heartbeat. She lives a ferry ride from Seattle and is a total Pacific Northwesterner who drinks chai lattes and wears Birkenstocks and has dreadlocks. She's a cliché, but doesn't mind it. Not even a little.
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