Camilla's debut for 9+ entitled, Jarred Dreams was officially launched on May 14 2016 and is currently rated 4/5 stars on both Amazon and Goodreads.
I finished Jarred Dreams yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Two nights ago I read from the beginning of Chapter 3 to the end of Chapter 20 and stayed up until quarter past 1 in the morning - I think that's a good sign...
When I started I wasn't sure if I'd like the genre because I'm not usually into supernatural/just scary books but when I'd read a few chapters in I really got into it and didn't care what the theme was.
The personalities are developed really well; The Dream Thief is spooky and mysterious, and just scary enough to keep me hooked without frightening me off. I think Sade is the perfect heroine because she is pretty much the exact opposite of The Dream Thief - light, bubbly, colourful. I think Sade sounds like the kind of person I'd be friends with in real life.
This is such a gripping story that I couldn't put down - I could picture an entire world, it was so vivid and realistic! I was so sad when I turned the last page.
A really enjoyable and fast paced read with something for everyone.
It manages to cover several genres so would appeal to many children
The characters could be easily related to and the drip feed of intrigue really keeps those pages turning.
Loved the importance of hope, light and colour here and there was lots to discuss with my class of children.
Great as an intriguing read but also good as a discussion starter and writing stimulus for children aged 9+
by Karen Carter
When my copy of this book dropped onto my doormat, it came with a note from the author, Camilla Chester, which said "Be honest, I can take it!". Well, Camilla, I blooming well loved it! Despite this being a book for children and young adults, and me being somewhere in my 40's, I was completely taken in by this somewhat creepy tale of 12 year old Sade's quest to stop the dreaded Dream Thief before it's too late. Sade brings a splash of much needed colour to the dark, grey town of Stanbridge, a town where everyone and everything in it is devoid of life and colour, swallowed up by what Sade calls 'The Grey'. The narrative of the chapters alternates between Sade's perspective, and that of the Dream Thief, along with the voice of a mystery character whose identity is only revealed at the brilliant ending. This is a wonderful book, and if I had children, they would be forced to read it! Thank you so much to THE Book Club on Facebook, Camilla Chester, and the publishers for letting me have this book in exchange for a review.
by Philippa Mckenna
Wow what a page turner. I was so drawn into this book that I could not put it down. What a great imagination this author has. The book is fast paced and the characters are great. This is a must read, and will keep you enchanted until the end. Great job.
by Kathryn Bowlin-mackenzie
Loved this book, not something I would have typically looked for but the characters were compelling and I was gripped from start to finish. A brilliant debut novel....I highly recommend you give it a try.
by Vivien Scivill
I heard about this book on TBC and downloaded it free from amazon.com.
Silly me pronounced the title wrong thought it was about Jarred that is dreaming instead when I stared reading I found out it was about dreams stored in jars. This short story was very entertaining and appropriate for people of all ages. I loved Sade pronounced Sah-day, and my heart went out to her, trying to find out what happened in her town, what caused The Grey. This was a fast paced read and I could not put this book down until I finished it. Luckily for us there is no Dream Thief, imagine a world without dreams...
by Natasha du Plessis
Camilla writes for 8-12s. She has always written but after moving to Hertfordshire with her family in 2010 she enrolled onto an OU Creative Writing Course (receiving a distinction), joined several writing groups and then discovered the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators before finally publishing in 2016.