Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review: Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Sleep No More
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harper Teen (April 29, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
My Rating: 3 Stars

Book Description:
Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy meets the blockbuster Inception in this dark page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike.

Oracles see the future but are never supposed to interfere. Charlotte learned that the hard way. If she hadn't tried to change one of her childhood visions, her father would still be alive. Since the accident, Charlotte has suppressed her visions to avoid making the same mistake. But when she receives a premonition of a classmate's murder, she can no longer ignore her powerful gift.

Then Charlotte meets someone who not only knows her secret but who also has a way for her to stop the killer. He offers to teach her how to manipulate her visions to change the future. But doing so will put Charlotte in the path of the murderer.…

Aprilynne Pike's bestselling Wings series was called "remarkable" by Stephenie Meyer, bestselling author of the Twilight Saga. And her most recent novel, Life After Theft, was cheered as a "whirlwind adventure" by School Library Journal. Now Aprilynne returns with this exhilarating departure from her previous novels. Sleep No More is a psychological thrill ride that is sure to keep readers' hearts racing until the very end.








Where to begin on this one? This isn't an easy review to write because honestly, there were so many aspects of this book that I loved and so many that were just okay and very predictable. And while sometimes predictability is okay, other times it isn't. 

I have to give the author and HarperTeen kudos for the cover and the synopsis because they both really draw you in and demand that you pick up the book and just read.

I loved the whole concept of the Oracles. What they could do, what they were forbidden to do and how hard it was for them to have visions and lead a normal life. What I didn't love about it was how much information about them and the Sisterhood was kept from us. I never felt like all my questions were answered about them. Yes we get by the end of the book, why things were forbidden but we still never really learn all there is to about them, which was a little disappointing because I really did enjoy the whole idea of their powers and being able to alter the future.

Having said that though, what we do get to see and learn, was pretty awesome. I loved the dream world and the visions that we are able to look into more. 

As for the killer, that is where the predictability came in, at least more me. I saw right away where things weren't right and were Charlotte was in trouble, but, again, not so bad, it was okay mainly because, towards the end, there were a lot of twists I didn't see coming. Things that I never guessed were linked and connected.

Overall I liked this read, it was easy, it was fast paced and the idea and concepts fun and original. The ending could have been better but it left it wide open for a sequel (not that I think there will be one but the possibility is there). 







*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

18 comments:

  1. I have never read any of her books.

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  2. Hmmm . . . I don't know. I don't read a lot of mystery/thrillers, and I have read this author's Wings series, and it was pretty middle of the road too. Maybe . . .

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

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    1. Was it? Darn it, I wish I would have known that before hand. :(

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  3. I think I'll pass on this one, though the idea sounds pretty cool... maybe I'll add it to the back of my tbr list and get to it some time in the future :)

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  4. This is one author I just don't hear rave things about. Here books are hit or miss. I don't think this one is for me. I appreciate your honest review :)

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  5. I hadn't heard of this yet! It sounds good by the description but I think I'll skip it since it didn't wow you.

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  6. I read her other book Life After Theft and enjoyed it, but I'm not sure about this one. I wasn't really pulled in by the blurb when I saw it on Edelweiss, so I'm glad I didn't get it.

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    1. I forgot I read that one as well, it was better than this one.

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  7. aww shoot, sorry this one was a miss for you :( at least it was fast paced.

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  8. I haven't had great luck with her books recently, and I was planning on skipping this one. I'm glad you found enough to enjoy for three stars, but it sounds like I'm still probably better off passing on this one. Thanks for your honest review!

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    1. Yeah, I wish I would have known that before starting this one, oh well.

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  9. You're reviews are so helpful. I considered this one also, but again, held off because my list is so long. I am glad I did now.

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