Going into this book, I was expecting way different. Not saying that that is a bad thing. I loved most of the stories in here. Some were fun, some were creepy, some were just... There. Having the cute little videos was a fun addition and made reading less of a daunting task.
I want to personally thank NetGalley, as well as the author, publisher, and anyone else involved in providing copies, for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Reviews will also be submitted to Goodreads when possible.
I was surprised by some of these stories, which were delightfully scary, but some others were too cringey and fel;t like too much. I believe that teens will like it for a night spook.
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
This book was just fun to read. I always enjoy reading short horror stories and have ever since I was a child. What made this book unique in it's entertainment value were the little short video clips at the end of each story. I think that added touch kept the creepy vibe of the story going after you read it. The darkness of some of these stories was great and not what I was expecting at all. I hope this author does more in the YA horror genre.
This collection of YA horror stories contains some of the creepiest, most unsettling things I've read in a very long time. As an avid horror reader I am constantly immersed in spooky works of fiction, but there are not many that actually leave me feeling dare I say...scared?! Do not let this being YA keep you from giving this one a read!
As with most short story compilations there were a few that didn't quite resonate with me, but there were so many more that will haunt me for a long, long time. ISome of my favorites include; Mr. Butterscotch, Bear Trap, The Geocache, and A Matched Set..
I loved several stories in this collection, but others not so much. Not that all of the stories were not well written (they were), but rather some of the stories felt blah. This is a great collection for reluctant readers or those who simply want a brief spooky read.
Its creepy & spooky and absolutely amazing! This collection of chilling tales is ideal for the Halloween season, but will scare you any day of the week!
i was so surprised by how much i liked this title! typically, i feel like YA horror can fall flat in terms of the actual "scare" in favor of unease or edginess, but these stories were genuinely scary and most of the premises were really original! being short fictions, the stories sometimes felt rushed or like there was more to be desired, but for an easily distracted teen reader, this would be a really great fit.
This was a quick read and it went well when I read it in October for spooky Halloween season. I love scary books especially at that time of the year and it was a perfect Halloween read.
Too Scared to Sleep is a middle-grade, short Story anthology collection. I have to say that I was quite surprised by this book. Not just the writing but the stories and themes themselves. In one of the first stories in this book, we meet a young girl who is in her room being mad as she has gotten her phone tacking away. She grabs her bear, crying telling it how unfair everything is. Falling asleep she wakes to the smell of meat cooking, goes into the kitchen, and finds her bear is cooking. Things unfold from there when she notices blood on the door frame to her parents' room and the the bear lifts a lid and there is her mother's head. And you can tell right away things are going to be weird and wild. Even though this book is chills and scary it is age-appropriate; it doesn't go into much detail or gory parts. It's all right to the point of creepy thrilling reads. The stories are all only a few pages each, nothing super long. There are a few riddles throughout and they were fun and helped break up the stories. There are QR codes that say "Scan the code for a scare." And there is one after each story and I do feel that they are scarier than the stories themselves. Overall, this was a spine-chilling read that perfect for beginner readers of horror.
I love short story collections and I really feel when it's horror short stories it's even better. There's something that is very "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" when it comes to horror anthologies, especially those centered on tweens or teens - there's a lot of nostalgia there for me before I even start reading. I found a lot of the stories in the anthology to be enjoyable, some of them not so much - but that's common with any anthology. I did really enjoy the differing formats and little additions within the anthology. All in all this is a great compilation, a fast read and thoroughly enjoyable for spooky season.
Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to read this book I am sorry it has taken me so long to read it as life and things have been crazy but I finally finished it and I just gotta say it was not what I expected!! I loved this book and the option to see little videos that go along with the story is absolutely amazing!!! I just wanna say thank you to the author and NetGalley for allowing me this opportunity!! This is my first arc read and it was absolutely amazing!!!
I'd like to thank, NetGalley, for the Advanced Readers Copy ARC of Too Scared To Sleep by Andrew Duplessie. I was intrigued by the synopsis and couldn't wait to read this book. When I found out I was approved to receive this book for free in exchange for my honest review, I was thrilled.
Having a QR Code to scan at the end of each story that enabled the reader see part of the plot acted out was a brilliant idea. It really made the book. Since the stories are more mature in nature, I'd definitely say it's geared more towards teens between the ages of thirteen and eighteen years of age. With that being said, adults might enjoy this collection as well.
Four out of five stars is what I gave Too Scared To Sleep by Andrew Duplessie. It's perfect to read around Halloween or Friday the 13th.
I'm sure this will be a fine book, but I definitely will not have time to get to the story before the archive date happens, in which case I will not be able to give my feedback. That would negatively impact my response ratio, which is not good, as I already missed out on giving feedback on so many books because this year has been so absolutely busy and stressful that I have not had the time nor mental capacity to get to many of these books before they are gone forever! It is as upsetting for both sides. I apologize, but I will do better for the future! I am appreciative that I have been giving access to so many great new releases.
I absolutely loved this book! It is a YA Spooky/Short Story book. The best part? After each short story, there is a QR code that you scan that takes you to a short video of what you just watched. This will truly change the way of reading one day for us visual thinkers.
Some short stories were super creepy and others were a little on the cliche side.
This book does have a very YA feel and some parts I struggled to get through, but overall I really enjoyed this book. It was perfect for spooky season!!
I've been a fan of short story collection novels since 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,' and this book was very reminiscent of that.
This collection of short stories touches on real world concerns (AI, social media etc.), and is definitely geared more toward teens/tweens just based on the writing alone. I think it would be appropriate for ages 9-12 depending on the child's personality.
Overall, I thought this was enjoyable!
I am torn on a rating for this one. Too Scared To Sleep is a collection of short scary stories. I found the stories to be simple but effective and a little more gruesome than expected. I'm not sure of the target audience's age, this my dilemma.
However, I've never read a book quite like this one. After each story you'll find a scannable QR code that takes you to a short creepy animation related to the story. I just thought this was really cool! I like that it sort of takes books into a new multimedia space.
Too Scared To Sleep is a fun collection of spooky stories geared towards teens and tweens. The majority of the stories revolve around main characters who are fourteen years old, getting into weird and spooky situations.
Cell phones and futuristic technology, along with the dangers of AI are also the main themes here, with cautionary tales of why you should never steal, the dangers of social media, and why you should live each day as it comes because life is too short to even wish away the bad times.
There were a few stories that just didn't work for me, but I enjoyed most of them, and I think the modern themes will resonate with kids of today.
A unique feature of this book is that a short video accompanies each story. I've read many collections that would include an illustration to go with each story, but this is the first time I've ever seen a book that provides a video via a link in a QR code. It was a clever idea that added to the fun.
For a debut author, this book was great. I think I'd consider it great for a well seasoned author as well, but going into a book and not knowing the authors voice allows you to have zero preconceived ideas and it can make a spooky story even more enjoyable. This is a book filled with younger level (think middle school or teen) horror stories, which I know I read all the time growing up, but what makes this one special is the visual art included. Each story has a QR code allowing you to watch the story play out and I wasn't sure when starting if this would feel like a cheap gimmick or keep my interest and I'm happy to say I loved it.
I don't want to ruin these stories and I feel like if I try to break down each one I would be taking something away from the reader. You should go into this book nearly blind on the stories and enjoy each as they unfold. I will say, I was reminded a bit of Black Mirror when reading these and I don't mean the more recent mess Black Mirror became, but the original couple seasons when you knew it was all going to go horribly wrong and when we were almost always to blame by trying to make our lives easier without seeing the possible downfalls.
I bought 28 copies of this book for my communities Teen Halloween reading and this weekend we started and it's been going wonderfully.
Thank you, NetGalley for allowing me to read this book before it's release in exchange for my honest opinion. Without you, I wouldn't have had the perfect book for my book club preordered in time for this event.
Too Scared to Sleep is a collection of over thirty bite-size horror stories for teens by author Andrew Duplessie. I found just about every story to be the perfect length to convince myself to read “just one more!” While the plots are all pretty predictable, they are still gruesome and horrifying. Subject matter ranges from traditional serial killers and monsters and possessed objects to LOTS of sci-fi/technological horror in the vein of Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone, and all of it centers around characters who are teens living in today’s world—or one in the very near future.
Some of my favorites are “The Secret Sister,” “Time to Go,” “Reveel,” “Chamber of Horrors,” “A Matched Set,” and “The Reddest Rose.” But really, I enjoyed almost all of them!
Taking the storytelling to a whole new level, every single tale is followed by a QR code that takes readers to a video clip that captures part of the story they just read. I think this optional multimedia experience is totally awesome, but I will admit that I only watched a few of the clips—because they were scary! As I sat alone in the dark, I was NOT always willing to subject my nervous system to the jump scares and haunting imagery I knew would accompany what I’d just read, but that is a true testament to the fear factor that Duplessie has built into his stories!
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Did Not Finish-11 percent.
I was not able to get through this one. I liked the idea of an interactive collection of horror stories for young adults, but I think the writing was written for kids between the ages of maybe 8-12? The plots of the three stories I read were very simple to the point that I think that additional details and context would have been helpful. And I do think that if the author was going to include codes to make the book more interactive, he should have considered that not everyone is going to have a phone to use to do this, so maybe considered having a code free collection out there that would have used drawings instead. Sorry, I just am finding myself rambling at this point. I just realized that there was so much that didn't work for me that I had to stop reading by the time I finished the third story.
Here's my rating on the stories and videos I did review.
Waste Management (1 star)-This really didn't make any sense to me. It starts off with a girl named Casey texting a friend and complaining internally about the fact her dad will probably not let her go to a party. And she has her dad's garbage disposal on. And then there's a random voice yelling at her to feed them, but she's talking like it's her dad's. I felt like I was missing some important context there and also the ending made zero sense to me since I had a question about who or what put [redacted]. The video for this one shows a kitchen with a sink. And I don't know. I like jump scares and all, but this did nothing for me. Probably because the music level was turned up too loud for me to even enjoy or understand what I was seeing. Think next time it would make sense to have no music. Let the viewer just watch the video.
Mr. Butterscotch (1 star)-I can't even with this one. It just made zero sense to me and I think at one point I went, so this is a reverse Velveteen Rabbit and just tossed up my hands. There was a short poem that followed the story and I maybe cracked up. Again that's on me and my weird sense of humor. The video on this one was hilarious to me and I doubt that was what the author was going for.
The Secret Sister (2.5 stars)-Now this was something. It wasn't enough to keep me reading though, but I liked where this was going. This one actually had more of a plot and rhythm to it and also I liked the scene a lot. I think that's because there was more dialogue in this one. The code for this one looked really bad. After that came a short poem called "A Riddle".
I think there was too much going on for me to settle in and enjoy this collection.
I also read this for Horror Aficionados Halloween Seasonal Challenge for "Treats".