26 March 2014

{Book Review} Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike

By: Me My Shelf And I | 26 March 2014 at 8:34 AM | | | | | | | | |

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Sleep No More
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Release Date: April 29th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 352
Rating: 5 Birds

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 fans, be prepared. SLEEP NO MORE is not like any of her other novels! Pike jumps into the world of creepy, psychological thrillers and makes it her own. Proving that there just isn't much she can't write!

What would you do if you could see the future, but weren't allowed to change it in any way? What if one of the visions you saw was your parents dying? Your friends? Charlotte is faced with the very same dilemma – in fact not ignoring the visions as she is supposed to, is what got her father killed when she was young. So she should absolutely not do anything about the serial killer taking the lives of high school students in her home town. Kids she knows.  No matter how intense the visions are. Definitely not do anything…she should not…oh look there she goes….

Can you blame her for breaking every rule set forth for her to live her life by? How many people in your town could you see die before you tried to intervene? With a power like that shouldn't you at least try? Charlotte is left to her own devices, trying to control the increasingly violent visions. She knows she can't ask her aunt for help. She'd never understand, she's by the book. Strict about the visions. But the mysterious man who's just shown up in town is willing to help, and while she's guarded – she doesn't have much of a choice.

I have to admit, that when the killer is revealed I was a little disappointed. It wasn't even a challenge to figure out who it is, Pike pretty much dangles them in front of your face the whole book. I was let down, I expected more. Well, I learned my lesson fast when no more then a few pages later I realize that the killer was never really supposed to be the biggest mystery, but the WHY was what I should have been looking for. I spent so much time focusing on the murder mystery portion, I almost missed the beauty in the physiological twist and the emotional conundrum set forth for Charlotte.

It is different, it's a welcome change to the same old book I feel like I'm reading these days. And it kept me on my toes, reminding me that there's always more than just what you see on the surface.

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  1. I love Aprilynne Pike and I love thrillers, so this sounds like the perfect book for me! Thanks for the review!

  2. Aprilynne Pike is the author of Wings, isn't she? I love creepy books, I may have to check this one out. Sounds very interesting.

    1. Yes she is! Also the EARTHBOUND series which is fantastic, and Life After Theft a contemp/ghost story! Can't go wrong with Aprilynne Pike!


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