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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Review: The Sleepwalkers

Title: The Sleepwalkers
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Mystery/Fantasy
Authors:
Publisher: HCI Teens
Release Date: October 3rd 2011
Book: Netgalley

"A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader's bedside table on long after midnight. Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb's childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine's long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an a.m. radio. The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead."

This is one of those books that you must read with ALL the lights on, your back to the wall, and someone else in the room with you. Once I started this book, I kept looking over my shoulder to make sure nothing was coming after me! This book reminded me of the movie House on Haunted Hill, but in a teen verison.

I don't why I continue to read scary books even though I know they scare me. But holy cow! This book is written amazingly and just creeped me out to the bone. I mean, it really shook my up. Mr. Gates did an amazing job in scaring the begezzus out of me. And I am sure he will do just a fine job doing that to everyone else. His story line is filled with non-stop mystery, action, and plenty of raising the hair on the back of my neck moments. The plot line slowly creeps out on you as you read. Nothing is what is seems, but before you know it, Mr. Gates writing jumps out on you so fast! I loved that the reader is kept at bay from secrets, but also get secrets reveals little by little. There are some crazy parts in this book. Heck, it made me think I was crazy!

The characters of this book are very well developed. I loved that they are smart, witty, and very fast to catch on to everything quickly. The main character Caleb is a fighter. As the reader travels with him, Caleb develops more. We seen him fight, uncover mysteries, and save a friend. Caleb is an easy going guy that everyone will love and fight for.

If you love a good scary book, one that will have you looking over your shoulder read this book! Not only will if have you biting your fingernails off, you will be at the edge of your seat! Mr. Gates writing is easy to read and easy to get into. He captures the readers with one word, and does not let you go.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!



10 comments:

  1. Perfect book for October! It's rare to find a book that really scares me. It sounds like the author came up with a perfect style to write not only horror but also a good book in the meantime.

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  2. I almost regret not reading this when I had the chance. Almost. The things is, I'm not the type for scary books. And that's too bad because this sounds fabulous...

    -Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

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  3. I do the same thing Savy! I always keep reading books or watching movies that freak me out and then I mumble to myself about how I'm not going to do that anymore until the next book or movie comes around, then I do it again:) This one sounds very creepy!

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  4. I LOVE horror and I LOVED this book. I thought it was pretty fantastic. Even if you're not one to normally read horror, aren't you glad you stepped out of your comfort zone to read it?

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  5. Thanks for this great review. I got this book for my Nook, but have yet to read it. I was planning on reading after I finish the current book I am on. I love scary books, so I hope this one lives up to my expectations. From your review it seems like it will.

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  6. @Leighanna, so grateful I did!

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  7. I don't know how you were able to read this one, the cover alone freaks me out. But yes, it sounds really good.

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  8. Oh this sounds so good. I don't like scary (I know people don't believe me) but not too much scares me in a way of a book. Not that it can't (I'll never say that) just not often. I may give this a try. Who knows... I may have insomnia and then blame it on you! ;D

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  9. I was getting so excited reading your review! I can't wait to read it now!

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  10. I don't usually like scary books but this one sounds good!

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