Saturday, March 9, 2013

Scapemaker by Steve Cypert & Giveaway

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 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.

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.

Buy your copy online here today!

Enter below to win 1 of 3 Smashwords ecopies of the phenomenal young adult fantasy, Scapemaker. 
Winners will be announced Thursday March 14/13. Good luck!!!

Good luck to everyone!!!


  1. Your review makes me want to read this book :)

  2. I highly recommend it. Good luck on the contest and perhaps it will come sooner rather than later!

  3. Sounds interesting. Thank you for sharing :)

  4. I'd want to go along with them! Thanks for the contest :) BTW did you know that the link for Steve's fan page on GR leads to FB?

    1. Ummm.... Oops??? I'll have to fix that when I get home from work tonight. I love technology sometimes.... Thanks. And Gooluck on the giveaway!

  5. I would love to have a relative that is a dreamscaper! I would beg them to teach me how to do it or take me along with them when they do it!