Jun 072013
 
  Insomnia final Product Details
  • Title: Insomnia (The NIght Walkers) Book 1
  • Author: J. R. Johansson 
  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (June 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738735930
  • FTC FYI: I bought my own copy of this fantastic book!!
Today is the release day of this book! How cool is it that I am reviewing the book on it’s birthday!! Today would be a great day to purchase your own copy.
Book Description:
Her eyes saved his life. Her dreams released his darkness.

Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets–and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.
 
Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia’s eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he’s gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it’s Parker.
 
Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?

My Review:
I’m so excited to review Insomnia! Ever since I first saw the cover I knew I would love this book. In fact, I pre-ordered the book so I could get my hands on it as fast as I  could. The cover is one of the best I’ve seen this year. If you think the cover is creepy and haunting,this gives you a good idea about what you will find inside.

Even though main character Parker scares you with his bizarre actions, he is a very sympathetic character. You can’t help but feel his pain when he longs so much to be able to have a good nights sleep. Parker doesn’t sleep at night because he lives within others dreams. He wanders undetected in the dream of the last person he made eye contact with.  As I was reading this book I felt a more appropriate title for this book would have been, Intense!
The story hooks you from the beginning and never sets you free until the end. I was so impressed with the great writing in this book considering this is Jenn’s first published novel. If you are familiar with I’m Not a Serial Killer, by Dan Wells, it is a creepy and fantastic book. I need to warn Dan that Jenn is fast on his tail for mastering the creepy factor. She has created such a dark tale that keeps the reader guessing and freaked out. This YA thriller I can guarantee you is going to be making a name for itself and it’s author.

I asked the author about the 2nd book in the series and here is what she told me…

“The 2nd book is in process, and it should be next summer but we don’t have a specific date yet. The name is very close to being decided and I’m really excited about it. In this book we’ll delve more into the world of the Night Walkers. All the same characters, plus new ones and we’ll answer a whole lot of questions.”
I also wanted my readers to know Jenn’s exciting news about her book. Here it is…
“Insomnia is set to be published in five languages so far: English, Italian, German, Chinese and Hungarian! I’m thrilled to have my story coming out in so many countries!”


I’ve told you why I like Insomnia so much, I wanted to know what the author liked about her book. She gave some great answers and I have to agree with all of the reasons.

The Five Things I Really Like About Insomnia
 
1 – How different it seems to be from every other book out there.
2 – How the psychological thriller aspect can really keep you guessing.
3 – The characters (Parker AND his amazing friends).
4 – The creep factor (I love hearing it gave people the chills).
and last but not least…
5 – The cover. It conveys everything I wanted it to and so many things I didn’t even know I wanted. LOVE IT.

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Meet Author J.R. (Jenn) Johansson: IMG_8183_CROPPED_WEB

 J.R. JOHANSSON is a young adult thriller author published with Flux & FSG/Macmillan. Her debut, INSOMNIA is coming June 2013. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, playing board games, and sitting in her hot tub. Her dream is that someday she can do all three at the same time. She has two young sons and a wonderful husband. In fact, other than her cat, Cleo, she’s nearly drowning in testosterone.
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INSOMNIA on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12260608-insomnia

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  2 Responses to “Insomnia (The NIght Walkers) Book 1 by J. R. Johansson: Blog Tour Review and Giveaway”

  1. I’m so excited to read this book. I’ve been waiting for it since I read Jenn’s query.

  2. [...] LDSWBR, Sheila: 5 stars. “Even though main character Parker scares you with his bizarre actions, he is a very sympathetic character. You can’t help but feel his pain when he longs so much to be able to have a good nights sleep . . . As I was reading this book I felt a more appropriate title for this book would have been, Intense! The story hooks you from the beginning and never sets you free until the end. I was so impressed with the great writing in this book considering this is Jenn’s first published novel. If you are familiar with I’m Not a Serial Killer, by Dan Wells, it is a creepy and fantastic book. I need to warn Dan that Jenn is fast on his tail for mastering the creepy factor. She has created such a dark tale that keeps the reader guessing and freaked out. This YA thriller I can guarantee you is going to be making a name for itself and its author.” [...]

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