Monday, November 25, 2013

School Library Journal Review of INSOMNIA!

Life is busy.

I finally got home from all my traveling and things are crazy. I've got line edits and proposals coming out my ears at this point so it's been a bit hard to find time to post. It will probably stay this way through the holidays, but after that I'll be around more.

I did want to pop in today to share a new fantastic review for INSOMNIA from School Library Journal!

Without further ado, here it is:

JOHANSSON, J. R. Insomnia. Bk. 1. 360p. (The Night Walkers Series). Flux. 2013. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780738735931.

Grades 8 UpParker Chipp is dying. Dr. Brown confirmed Parker’s suspicions that lack of sleep would drive him mad before killing him, but Parker cannot confide in anyone, because who would believe him? Johansson’s adult personas are limited by their inability to accept the supernatural and understand the teen experience, both in the form of a ridiculous principal and a concerned yet oblivious mother. Before Mia moved to town, Parker was counting down the days he had left because he’s a Watcher: a dream-walker. He is tortured by the dreams of the last person to make eye contact with him, but Mia’s dreams offer unexpected respite from his condition; Parker can rest and dream his own dreams while inhabiting Mia’s. Unfortunately, his triumph quickly turns sour when she feels violated by his attention, especially when she receives sinister emails, seemingly from Parker. This thriller embraces every conflict imaginable with horrifying results, whether Parker is battling his own good and evil halves, his friends and reputation, or an unseen foe. Insomnia is a suspenseful mystery not entirely resolved at the end, leaving readers biting their nails while waiting for the sequel.–Jamie-Lee Schombs, Loyola School, New York City

Dude! This review is so very happy-making. This line:

"This thriller embraces every conflict imaginable with horrifying results..."

and any review that ends with:

"leaving readers biting their nails while waiting for the sequel."

is made of awesome. :)

Hope your Monday is as happy as mine!