To Reap the Spirit

The Dead Dreamer Series Book 3

Young Adult - Paranormal
382 Pages
Reviewed on 02/27/2021
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

To Reap the Spirit is the third novel in The Dead Dreamer Series by Sarah Lampkin. Surviving her junior year at college was almost a battle. After barely getting away from the Guardians, Brenna was ready for a break. She was bringing big changes to her life, but she had no idea that fate was planning something bigger. While an old enemy was back to cause havoc, Brenna’s biggest concern came in the form of exposure. Her secret was out, and now everyone wanted her dead. She had lost any semblance of control she had, and now her biggest priority was to live. Danger was coming at her from every direction, and Brenna had no idea who to trust. No one around Brenna seemed to have the answer, but she knew she could not trust anyone other than her closest friends. Was Brenna going to survive this?

Although I hadn’t read anything from the author before, I fell in love with her writing style. The narrative was powerful, it drew me in and held my attention from the get-go. I was lost in the chaos and the drama surrounding Brenna and how she handled the situation. Fiercely independent and protective of the people she loved, Brenna was unapologetically critical and strict. She was strong-headed, calm, and ready to take action whenever it was required. She had her head on straight even when she had no idea who she could trust because not many people were being honest with her. I loved the dialogues, the buildup of the story, and how the characters developed genuinely. To Reap the Spirit by Sarah Lampkin is a smartly composed and brilliantly executed book.

Ankita Shukla

To Reap the Spirit by Sarah Lampkin is the third book in The Dead Dreamer Series. Being a dead dreamer, Brenna is technically dead, but she has made peace with her soul leaving her body every time she closes her eyes. She has figured out many hidden facts about the Fade -- a place where demons, fairies, and spirits exist. Additionally, she has also continued releasing demons by breaking seals; this is something that the Gatekeepers and Guardians of the Keepers do not approve of. Yet, Brenna feels that breaking the seals is the only way to maintain balance and prevent the brutal deaths of humans at the hands of fairies. Her defiance and Guardians' belief in their theories have resulted in some deathly repercussions for Brenna. As the level of danger increases for her, she struggles to maintain even a semblance of sanity and normalcy.

Sarah Lampkin has defined clear and relatable characteristics for each of her characters. Whether it's Brenna's impulsive behavior or Aeria's protectiveness, the audience can predict each character's basic nature. This predictability helps in forming a bond with the people and the story. Many well-placed twists glue readers to the pages. Sarah Lampkin has woven the true meaning of friendship and family into the tapestry of the plot. The vivid and clear descriptions of the intricate worlds of Fade and Veil are another praiseworthy aspect of the book. Overall, readers of paranormal Young Adult fiction will enjoy the engaging story of Brenna in To Reap the Spirit. Even though the author has done well to fill in the important details from previous books of the series, I would still recommend reading the first two books of The Dead Dreamer Series before indulging in this one.

Samantha Gregory

To Reap the Spirit: The Dead Dreamer Series, Book 3 by Sarah Lampkin is the third book in the series featuring Brenna. Brenna has the ability to visit the realm of the dead in her dreams, in a place called the Fade. Her spirit leaves her body and she faces untold dangers in the Fade. All she wants to do is get through college and live her life, but she can't escape this other world and must fight to preserve it. After facing the gatekeepers and winning, Brenna learns that the Fade is more than she ever knew and that there are new enemies heading her way. Can she beat them? Brenna is back and her problems are only getting worse. Just when she thinks she is done with one bad guy, a new one arises.

Sarah Lampkin has written an entertaining third installment with To Reap the Spirit: The Dead Dreamer Series Book 3. Brenna is a great character who fights like hell to take on forces greater than her. She is determined and resourceful and you can back her as a character. The story is well written, reasonably fast-paced, and I kept reading to find out how it ended. I think the series could do really well on the market as it is suitable for paranormal and urban fantasy fans who love a series and will devour this one. I would certainly recommend it. I am not sure if the author has more books planned, but I would definitely read them.