Sunday, October 18, 2015

Book Review: Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic

Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic (Nightmares!, #2)Author: Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: Nightmares! # 2

Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic is the sequel to the hilariously scaryNew York Times bestselling novel Nightmares! by multitalented actor Jason Segel and bestselling author Kirsten Miller. You thought the nightmares were over? You better keep the lights on!
Charlie Laird has a dream life.
1) He has a weirdo stepmom who runs an herbarium. 
2) He lives in a purple mansion with a portal to the Netherworld.
3) Since they escaped from the Netherworld, he and his best friends have been sleeping like babies. 
But Charlie can’t shake the feeling that something strange is afoot. Charlotte’s herbarium used to be one of the busiest stores in Cypress Creek. Now her loyal following is heading to Orville Falls for their herbal potions.
Weirder, though, Orville Falls is suddenly filled with . . . zombies? At least, they sure look like the walking dead. Rumor has it that no one’s sleeping in Orville Falls. And Charlie knows what that means.
Things are getting freaky again.

While the rest of village was as cute as a pack of puppies, the mansion looked more like an enormous dragon perched on top of a rock.

There were millions of creatures in the Netherworld, and no two were the same.

Not only was Charlotte DeChant a medical professional, but she was the only adult in town who would recognize a Nightmare is she saw one.

Charlie Laird has faced the nightmares that once plagued his sleep, he and his stepmom are getting along better than ever, and all has been relatively quiet in the small town of Cypress Creek. However, just as summer vacation really gets underway, Charlie and his friends witness a strange zombie-ish man walking the streets of Cypress Creek. They soon discover that someone new and strange has moved into the neighboring town of Orville Falls and is selling a sleeping tonic that is turning everyone into the walking dead. Charlie and his friends must discover who the mystery seller of the tonic is, and fast because it turns out this sinister, spooky man is also trying to buy the Charlie’s home, which we all know contains the portal to the Netherworld. Charlie soon discovers that both the dream and nightmares world are in danger of being destroyed for good.

I loved this book just as much as I loved the first one! Charlie is an awesome leading character; his character has developed more in this book and he is just as charming as ever. I was really hoping that we would get to see more of Charlie’s stepmom, Charlotte, and I was so pleased to see that we did. I was so interested in her character in the first book because she did seem so mysterious, but I was happy to see that the relationship between her and Charlie had developed tremendously for the better. The book has a great message about having hope and being able to face your fears so that you can eventually conquer them once and for all. There are so many loveable characters in this series; I have begun to love Charlie’s brother, Jack, just as much as I love Charlie. I am looking forward to more in the Nightmares! series.

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Delacorte Books for Young Readers in exchange for my honest review***

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