Happy Monday everyone! Today the lovely Cait from Notebook Sisters is here to share her review of INSOMNIA by J.R. Johansson! We thought it would be such a fun idea to do a swap review: I review a book on her blog, she reviews one here on The Bookish Daydreamer. I’ve been dying to read this book, you’re going to love her review. Make sure to visit all her links (listed at the bottom) and follow her! She’s awesome and I absolutely love her and her sister’s blog. You’ll love it too, trust me! Plus, she’s Australian. SO jealous!
Be sure to check out my review of THE TRUTH ABOUT LETTING GO by Leigh T. Moore over on her blog!
Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
Release Date: June 8, 2013
Series: The Night Walkers #1
Her dreams released his darkness.
“After four years of sleeplessness, high school junior Parker Chipp can’t take much more. Every night, instead of sleeping, he enters the dreams of the last person he’s made eye contact with. If he doesn’t sleep soon, Parker will die.
Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. But what starts out as a chance meeting turns into an obsession; Parker’s furious desire for what he needs pushes him to extremes he never thought he’d go. And when someone begins to terrorizing Mia with twisted death threats, Parker’s memory blackouts leave him doubting his own innocence.”
To put it simply: INSOMNIA is creepy and delicious (emphasis on the creepy). If the cover isn’t enough to make a bookworm’s heart beat, the storyline will keep you up late into the night. (It’s called insomnia, after all.)
I’ve had this book marked on my To-Read shelf on Goodreads for a looooong time. I followed the pre-release build up! I counted down the days!! And then finally, finally, I had my hands on the creeptastic cover and could devour it. I found it a fairly quick read, though it IS 330 pages. The writing is smooth, though a little wordy at times. The book kept “summing up”, which drives me nuts as a reader. I just wanted to know WHAT COMES NEXT. (Heh…hehe, points to the author, eh?)
Characters are my favourite part of a book. I ask a lot from characters (and tend to pout if they don’t deliver). INSOMNIA’s characters teetered on the cliffs of Yawn and Laugh, which is an interesting combination. The narrator, Parker Chipp, is a “Watcher”, which means he never (never ever, ever) sleeps, but instead cruises the dreams of others. Exhausting? Yes. Zero sleep can kill a person, as he’s finding out. He had a good voice and definite layers as a character – but his humour felt flat. His best bud, Finn, is hilarious! So while Finn dropped some crazy lines that made me grin, Parker almost always let the joke die. Flat. ARGH. I love humour, and the potential was there – but dead.
Mia is the answer to Parker’s dreams (literally). He can finally “sleep” if he watches her dreams, which turns him into a stalker and her into a girl who freaks out on every second page. Addie is Finn’s sister, and (as I figured 1/3 through) Parker has a secret half-crush on her. Addie was spunky and sweet, and Mia was tough and sad. They still deflected Finn’s jokes to the point of making him sound lame (so sad).
What the characters lack, the plot twists make up for. The plot is tight and the twists caught me off guard. I thought I’d figured out who the “stalker” was, but noooo. Totally wrong. That saying, I was a bit disappointed at the ending. I loved the climax, woah, I was gripping that book for dear life. But the end twist felt just a tiny, tiny bit like shoving a puzzle piece into the blender. It had the “wow” factor, but (for me, anyway) it ended with, “wow…oh-kay, seriously?”
Least to say, I can sum up this review with the wise words of: a) soccer is dangerous, b) people who don’t sleep are insane, and c) if the plot lags, HIT SOMENE WITH A CAR (this may or may not have happened multiple times). If you like stories with the contemporary chill and the thrill of supernatural sleeplessness, INSOMNIA will not disappoint.
|Cait gave it 4 Thought Clouds!|
Cait reads, writes, and eats YA novels. She blogs (a lot) and is a peanut butter enthusiast. She has been known to take books to social venues and read while other people converse. She believes this should be commonly practised. After finishing INSOMNIA (and doubting she’ll ever sleep again), she’s reading REBOOT. Who needs sleep when you can read?