Book Review: The Sleepwalker Tonic by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller

September 25, 2015 Middle Grade Book Reviews 0 ★★★★

Book Review: The Sleepwalker Tonic by Jason Segel & Kirsten MillerTitle: The Sleepwalker Tonic by Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
Series: Nightmares #2
Illustrator: Karl Kwasny
Published by: Delacorte BYR on September 8, 2015
Genres: Middle Grade, Paranormal
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 368
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four-stars

Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic is the sequel to the hilariously scary New 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.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also in this series: Nightmares!
Also by this author: Nightmares!

One Line: Definitely better than the first, I really enjoyed this one.

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

Well, this book has restored my faith in the series and in Segel’s writing skills. The Sleepwalker Tonic was considerably better than the first book. The story was more engaging and interesting. The characters were more endearing and entertaining. The scare factor, just a tad scarier. I loved it. With Halloween right around the corner, this is the perfect holiday read.

The pacing was SO much better this time around and I loved that we basically jump right into the focus of the book. It just made the book so much more enjoyable that way even though it took me awhile to finish this, it had more to do with the fact that I didn’t have time to read, than with the book itself. When I had the book in my hands, I wanted to keep reading.

Charlie and his friends and family have something way more sinister to deal with this time around than just the Netherworld. People in a neighboring town have turned into zombie-like sleepwalkers after taking a mysterious tonic. It was pretty hilarious seeing all the “walkers” (slowly) running around. There was definitely more humor in this book. I loved Charlie’s demeanor a lot more in here than in the first book. Amazing what a few good nights’ sleep will do for you. There’s still some tension with Charlie and his brother, but his relationship with his stepmom, Charlotte, is exceptionally improved and I liked watching them interact together. We don’t get as much from Charlie’s friends, but they are there, more so towards the end. There were a lot more characters, old and new, this time around, so no one but Charlie gets enough screen time, but I think each character played their part well.

I also liked that we get a good mix of all three worlds – the real word, the Netherworld, and the Dream world. All three exist in a delicate balance and I liked how Segel instilled a bit of truth and thought into an otherwise comical, yet spooky book.

After reading this book, I can safely say that I can’t wait for the next book. Although the main issue is resolved, the ending still leaves a lot of questions left unanswered and an even bigger threat ahead for Charlie and the gang. I’m expecting nothing less than fast-paced action, plenty of humor, and even more weird and wacky Netherworld creatures.

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