Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Kirkus Review for INSOMNIA + Giveaway

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty reviewness, I wanted to let you know that there is a signed Insomnia ARC giveaway going on over at the Nawanda Files starting today! Becca is even giving a sneak peek at her review that won't be posted in full until June. Stop by, check it out and enter to win--

after you read the rest of the post, of course...

So last week, I got my very first trade review and it was from Kirkus. On their site, they call themselves "The World’s Toughest Book Critics" -- so yeah, I was shaking in my proverbial boots. And I was driving somewhere in my car when it dinged across the screen of my phone and I proceeded to try very hard not to hyperventilate. To be honest, just like most debut authors, I was completely terrified to even open the email. And since I was driving, I couldn't safely open it anyway--but I knew that whatever it said, I'd have to face it sooner or later. So I had my son open it and read it to me...

And I'm SO glad I did. 


Author: J.R. Johansson

Review Issue Date: May 1, 2013
Online Publish Date: April 10, 2013
Pages: 360
Price ( Paperback ): $9.99
Publication Date: June 8, 2013
ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-0-7387-3593-1
Category: Fiction
Series: Night Walkers
Volume: 1

Parker has been unable to sleep for three years, ever since he began to inhabit the dreams of other people.

At age 16, Parker believes that his lack of sleep will kill him soon, after it drives him into psychosis. Parker calls himself a “Watcher.” Every night he believes that he sees the dreams of the last person with whom he had eye contact that day. While trapped in these dreams, he cannot sleep. One night, he meets new-student Mia and finds that her dreams are so simple that he can lie down within them and get some real sleep while she’s dreaming. Desperate for more sleep, he begins stalking her. Meanwhile, Mia receives threatening emails that appear to come from Parker and grows terrified of him. Parker convinces his friends that his paranormal ability is real, and they agree to help him with Mia—but Parker begins to suspect that he may have entered the psychosis he has feared. Is the stalker real, or is he really Parker? Johansson, writing from Parker’s point of view, scatters clues and red herrings about. Parker’s plight will convince readers, although they will not know if he’s innocent or psychotic until the final pages. The ending sets up the sequel in what promises to be an interesting new series.

The premise combines with the tension resulting from Parker’s psychological quandary to keep pulses pounding(Suspense. 12 & up)


WOW! I just want to read that last sentence over and over and over and over and...

you get the idea. Anyway, if you have a Kirkus subscription you can see the review on their site here. If not, then...just read the one above with me again. :) I mean, I wrote the book and it even makes ME want to read it! 

Happy Wednesday! How is your week going? Mine is pretty freaking splendiferous. And don't forget to go enter the new giveaway!


  1. Congrats!!! So excited for you, and for this book! Sounds amazing! :)

  2. Wow congrats! That is one of the least scary Kirkus reviews I've ever read, ever. CONGRATS!!!!! also your print date=my birthday=all good things, Jenn. You are gonna rock the book world with Parker and Mia :)

    1. Aww, thank you, Rachel! :) And an early happy birthday to you!

  3. I am so, so happy for you. This is great.

  4. So thrilled for you! And this is so-well deserved!!