Review Briefs: Insomnia, Dead Girls Don't Lie, and Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?

Here are some more review briefs for books that probably deserve full reviews. I finished all of these over a month ago and just need to get reviews up for them. Here we go...

Insomnia (The Night Walkers, #1)Insomnia
(The Night Walkers #1)
by J.R. Johansson
YA Thriller
Paperback351 Pages
June 8th 2013 by Flux

Summary

Her eyes saved his life.
Her dreams released his darkness.

After four years of sleeplessness, high school junior Parker Chipp can't take much more. Every night, instead of sleeping, he enters the dreams of the last person he's made eye contact with. If he doesn't sleep soon, Parker will die.

Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. But what starts out as a chance meeting turns into an obsession; Parker's furious desire for what he needs pushes him to extremes he never thought he'd go. And when someone begins to terrorizing Mia with twisted death threats, Parker's memory blackouts leave him doubting his own innocence.

Insomnia is currently only $1.99 on Kindle!
   

My Brief Review

It took me a while to pick Insomnia up because the cover seems so almost brutal to me and I normally don't read or end up liking thrillers, which the cover definitely feels like. Then it was nominated for a Whitney and so it went on my reading list. I have to say that I'm so glad it did. This book really caught me up in its craziness and desperation as Parker tries to survive on literally no sleep and connecting to the one person he feels can save him without completely wrecking their relationship. I ended up really enjoying Insomnia and falling in love with Parker and Mia. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series. I do wish there was a lot more explanation, but I'm assuming that will come in the next book.

Content: Fairly violent.

Source: Library

Dead Girls Don't LieDead Girls Don't Lie
by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
YA Suspense
Paperback352 Pages
September 17th 2013 by Walker Childrens

Summary

Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text. 

Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.

In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.
   

My Brief Review

Dead Girls Don't Lie was a crazy roller-coaster, suspenseful ride! I definitely didn't agree with a lot of the choices Rachel and then Jaycee made, but I also understood them. I was so sucked into this book! It was well written and wasn't easy to figure out exactly what was going on, which made it plenty suspenseful. I really wasn't sure how it was going to end. Oh, and that ending! Did I say this was crazy? I did. It was! I was literally holding on to the edge of my seat as this one finished up. Great characters, writing, and an engaging story will bring me back to this author. Dead Girls Don't Lie is definitely a book I'd recommend to YA readers or those who enjoy mystery and suspense.

Content: Some violence, but otherwise clean.

Source: Library

Will the Real Abi Saunders Stand UpWill the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?
by Sara Hantz
YA Contemporary
Kindle Edition320 Pages
May 6th 2014 by Entangled Teen

Summary

Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job.

Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, Abi feels like a different person. Tilly Watson, to be exact. And when Tilly’s gorgeous boyfriend, Jon, mistakes Abi for the real star, Abi's completely smitten. In fact, she’s so in love with her new life, it isn’t long before she doesn’t have time for her old one.

But when the cameras are turned off, will she discover running with the Hollywood A-list isn’t quite the glamorous existence she thought it was?
  

My Brief Review

I really, really wanted to love this book, but it just wasn't developed enough for me to do so. I did still enjoy it, but it was tough to watch the character get sucked into the lime-light and eat up all the lies, befriending people who weren't real friends and losing touch and treating bad those who were. It was a rather painful read. I did like Abi and I felt there was a lot of potential there. Thank goodness she eventually figured things out and that her friends didn't dessert her. Overall, Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up? was an okay read for me.

Content: Some language, but otherwise clean.

Source: From the publisher and NetGalley, which did not affect my review in any way.


Which of these have/haven't you read? What do you think? Will you be reading any of these in the future?

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