Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BBReview: "Sleepless" By Thomas Fahy

Genre: Young Adult -Horror
Publishing Date: August 11th, 2009
Page Count: 224
Source: Bought from Amazon
Format: E-Book

Description from Amazon:
Emma Montgomery has been having trouble sleeping. Whenever she closes her eyes, all she can see are the horrible nightmares . . . nightmares of gruesome murder. And she’s not alone. All of the students in Dr. Beecher’s secret society have been having terrible dreams and sleepwalking. Now, as their classmates start turning up dead, Emma and her friends race against the clock to keep themselves awake and find out what is causing them to kill in their sleep—before the next victim dies.

I have never read a YA horror, so i was very interested to try this novel, especially when the cover looks that scary. It wasnt that scary though. There is death and a lot of suspense and it is scary, but not so scary that you have bad dreams or cant sleep at night. I dont know if thats a good thing or bad thing. Its a good thing, because then i could just enjoy it and be a little scared, but bad because i was expecting worse. See, its a dilemma, but i still really liked it. There are some flashbacks that happen and i heard that some people found them confusing, because they didnt know what was present and what was past, but i didnt have that problem. To me it was obvious what was when, and, at least in my version, the flashbacks were italicized.

I think Thomas Fahy did a really good job with this novel. There was some romance and it was really sweet, but it didnt overpower the plot, to find out who did it. I think he put a lot of thought and emotion in to this, which i didnt expect from a male author. Also the girls parts were pretty good, but all of them were a little over emotional and little too whiny and weak. That i kind of expected from a male author haha. Also, the story is told in a third person point of view, besides the conversations, which im not used to. Im used to there being one main character with them being the narrator, but because the story is told in different point of views, i guess thats the easiest way to do it. At first i didnt like it, but after i kept reading it grew on me and im fine with it. There is a scene that made me tear up and was really tragic, which im sure you'll figure out for yourselves when you read it, and the novel kind of reminds me of a Lifetime movie. It could definitely be made for tv.

This was a really different novel. Im glad i took a chance on trying a YA horror, because it turned out to be really good. It was a quick read and kept you reading till the end. It is full of suspense and keeps your heart pumping when things start to get scary, but its not too scary. It does have violence and death, but nothing that would be too much or too vivid for any young adult readers. Would definitely recommend this book.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  4/5