Book Review: Insomnia (The Night Walkers#1) by J. R. Johansson


Insomnia (The Night Walkers#1) by J. R. Johansson

Publisher: Flux

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: June 8, 2013

Pages: 360 (hard cover)
Insomnia (The Night Walkers#1)

It’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.

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?

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Flux  for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

(My Opinion)

Insomnia is a creative story that most people wished were true. Hell, I wish I could be a Night Walker and know what some people dream about! That sounds pretty cool, right? Right? Anyway, the story follows Parker, who has been dealing with this gift/curse for four years now without sleeping a wink until he meets Mia who changes his life forever. The story starts out with a little too much information before most of the characters or past events are introduced. And speaking of the characters, only the main and strong secondary ones really stand out for me. The rest of them are very stiff and choppy, like unfinished thoughts. This makes if hard to give the book a better rating. Still, not a bad start to a series or a bad début either. Nice job, J. R. Johansson.

While reading this, a few things become apparent to readers. First, there are not very many clues to keep us reading. It’s as if the author is relying mostly only on the dark, crazy actions of what Parker does to keep the book interesting and mysterious. Second, the novel moves pretty quickly with the more important details and events being rushed or skimmed. I get irritated every time this happens because the important parts happen too quick while the less important fillers are played a lot more slowly. Third, it’s apparent that there are a lot of unanswered questions by the end of this. How did Parker become a Night Walker? How come his mom doesn’t know/isn’t one too? Can anyone become a Night Walker? Although we get some information regarding these questions, I think that there should have been more to keep readers a little more satisfied.

Parker is a crazy, sleep deprived character who I really enjoyed reading about. His creepy, stalker-like tactics to see Mia are wacky and very frightening. Especially when his inner demons take hold and show just how desperate he can be to get what he needs and wants. He’s a realistic and unpredictable, I felt like a stalker just reading this! The idea for this is refreshing and new, I love it!  Even though the ending is pretty transparent, I wasn’t exactly expecting that person to be that person. It’s a nice twist to a great book that I recommend to readers who are looking for books that involve dreams and stalker with funny, sarcastic characters you just can’t get enough of.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds

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2013 Book Challenges: March Edition

Geez! The Sophomore challenge is starting to be a pain in my ass! I have books for every other challenge except for that one! Fingers crossed April is a better book month for me.

2013 Reading Challenge

Goal: 100

Read: 12


Insomnia by J. R. Johanson

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Crash by Lisa Mcmann

My Ex From Hell by Tallulah Darling

Mind Games by Kiersten White

You Know What You Have To Do by Bonnie Shimnko

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkins

Butter by Erin Lange

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

2013 Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 13

Read: 2

Total: 5

Insomnia by J. R. Johanson

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

2013 TBR Pile

Goal: 50


Total: 9

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkins

Butter by Erin Lange

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

Goal: 30

Read: 0

Total: 2

2013 Sophomore Challenge

Goal: 20

Read: 0

Total: 0

How are your challenges going? Send me links so I can check them out!

Favourite Book Quotes of The Week#18


A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

10429045Favourite Quotes:

1. But it’s nearly impossible to beat gravity when no one is willing to give you a hand.

2. Truth is a jealous, vicious mistress that never ever sleeps, is what I don’t tell him. I’ll never be okay.

3. “You’ve suppressed all your rage and resentment because you wanted to be loved,” he says, no longer smiling. “Maybe I understand you, Juliette. Maybe you should trust me. Maybe you should accept the fact that you’ve tried to be someone you’re not for so long and that no matter what you did, those bastards were never happy. They were never satisfied. They never gave a damn, did they?” he looks at me and for a moment he seems almost human.

4. He grins and hobbles forward. “You know, you’re pretty sexy for a psycho chick.”

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

8591107Favourite quote: “No,” I said, louder this time. “I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of ass,” I said, as though reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.

Butter by Erin Lange

17306825Favourite quotes:

1. I’d experienced this before, these waves of resolve. They never lasted and usually ended in an epic binge. But when they came on, they came on powerful, and I was convinced I’d never eat another bite.

2. It was one thing to be giving up on myself, but moms were supposed to believe in you to the very end.

Insomnia by J. R. Johansson

12260608Favourite quotes:

1. Pain was life now. No hope remained. The pain smothered it along with everything else that reeked of happier times.

2. Sleep was good. I loved sleep. Best. Thing. Ever.

3. That was what I’d longed for but couldn’t find. I wanted someone else to know…And care.

I wanted someone I could say goodbye to.