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Too Scared to Sleep

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Sadly not for me. All the stories felt forced to be scary and felt like a knock off “scary stories to tell in the dark”

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The perfect book to pick up for the next time you are sitting around a campfire with friends or family. Duplessie's short stories will leave you with a delightful blend of shivers and uneasiness. The more strong of heart can take a glimpse into the stories with scannable QR codes. Lovers of internet jump scares will eat these videos up and be dying to have more. A truly unique and innovative collection. You won't want to miss this book when it comes out.

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I had a feeling this was YA when I requested but some of the stories seem more geared toward middle grade. Not an issue however, I think this would be great for those kids / preteens that enjoy scary stories. I loved goosebumps, rl Stine and other point horror growing up. It hits nostalgia for adults. The stories are short (great for younger audiences with shorter attention) or even adults just reading a story here and there. I think the stories were well written and accessible to middle grade and above.

Thank you to Harper Collins Children’s Books & NetGalley for the opportunity to read and leave and honest review.

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The cover of the book instantly drew me in. This book is fully spooky short stories that might make you regret reading it in bed late at night. Some of the stories were geared toward a younger audience compared to others. I did not realize how many stories there would actually be but it was a good amount! All of the stories are categorized in different sections that gives a small paragraph to demonstrate what the stories will be about. After each story there is a QR code that brings you to a short video that has imagery from the previous story.

The first half of the stories seemed a lot scarier to me compared to the the last half but overall I had a good time reading. These stories cover the range of smart phones are bad to things that go bump in the night. A lot of the stories reminded me of Goosebumps and different scary stories growing up so it hits nostalgia as well. I think it is a nice variety and that the videos help visual the stories.

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Holy... Pony, This one is filled with creepy, scary short stories. Cool! Ahah. It gave me a nostalgic vibe reminding me how scared I was to play Alone in the Dark and Resident Evil.
This is for teens or older middle-grade readers who can handle creepy tales with gore. I won't forget those pushes feasting on... Oh, no. Won't forget.
Real cool collection. The best feature is the QR codes at the end of the stories that open a video with a scare. I get scared easily so there were a few screams, jumps, and laughter.
Hits all the usual scares, from murderous plushies to ghosts and things in side unexpected things.
Love the cover, that's what caught my attention first.
Will be recommending this one a lot.

Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the eARC.

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DNF at 12% (I rated it 3 stars because I had to give it a star rating and found it unfair to give it a one star because I haven’t finished the book).

I just don’t think this is the book for me, unfortunately. I tried to give it a fighting chance but sadly it doesn’t seem to keep my attention for long.

Thank you to NetGalley for the free arc in exchange of an honest review.

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a great collection of short horror stories. Make sure you leave the lights on!

thank you to netgalley and the publisher for this review copy

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What a great collection of short horror stories. I was raised on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, then Fear Street, now copious amounts of r/nosleep. I'm a big fan of horror anthologies. If you've read an anthology, you know not all the stories can be stellar. Too Scared to Sleep is no different. There were quite a few stand-out stories for me: Mr. Butterscotch, Holo Girl, A Matched Set, Flight 3541. Some were just "meh" or didn't feel fully flashed out. But all in all, there's a wide range of themes, making this accessible for all horror fans. This definitely feels a little tame for YA, and some might be too intense for middle grade so I'm not sure of the target audience, but I enjoyed it. The QR code videos are a really fun touch.

Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Children's Books, Clarion Books for the e-ARC I received in exchange for an honest review.

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I get the sense that this book was originally intended for middle grade readers, but the stories go too dark. Instead of toning it down, they changed the protagonists into teenagers. The author would have been better off to lighten up the stories jus a touch and lean into the middle grade market.
None of the stories were memorable enough to stick with me, so 3 stars because I finished it (eventually).
This book was provided to me free of charge by the publisher and NetGalley. My review is honestly and freely given.

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Too Scared to Sleep is a solid collection of stories. Some are stronger than others, but there's a mixture of subgenres, themes, and scares featured in this book. I think it's great for middle grade or YA readers to try dipping their feet into horror.

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Short horror stories for teens. We grew up on scare short stories, it’s pretty cool to have updated ones for our children. After each story, there are QR codes to revel a little surprise. I’ve never seen this before. So that was pretty neat. Great stories, well written. I will purchase a copy for my kids when it is released!

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These will definitely hold the attention of most reluctant readers. In the tradition of Scary Stories to tell in the Dark, comes an engaging and wide spread collection of horror antidotes that rang from the cruelty of man to wild beasts to the occult to mythology and even to modern technological terrors. Although I found myself wishing for more detail on quite a few cliffhangers and regrettably short additions to this volume, over all I found it engrossing and enjoyable if one likes horror. Often graphic and even lovingly lurid in it's details, this dark and anxiety inducing collection of small nightmares wastes little time on set up and character development and dives straight into the meat of it. Even if you have a young adult who often pushed books aside in favor of digital entertainment you might be able to tempt them with these dark delights.

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LOVED THIS! I was not scared but I loved the stories and how amazing they were, this is perfect for a teen wanting to try out horror

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"Too Scared to Sleep" bridges a major gap in the book market. Perfect for teens who feel too grown up for Goosebumps, but aren't quite ready for adult horror, these short stories will keep readers on the edge of their seats! Duplessie maintains a tight balance of scary and suspenseful while also encouraging kids to think about the way they interact with the world (and technology) around them. The added bonus of scannable QR codes after many stories that allow readers to experience a visual ending to the stories they accompany was, in my mind, wholly original and will be uber popular with our teenage set.

Recommended for fans of Five Nights at Freddy's, adults who were scared by "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" and want to share a similar experience with their kids, and readers who are ready to level up from elementary and middle grades horror classics for something a bit more mature. "Too Scared to Sleep" is sure to become a modern classic of the horror genre and will be a staple of middle and high school collections for years to come! Special thanks to NetGalley and Clarion Books for providing an Advanced Reader's Copy of "Too Scared to Sleep" in exchange for an unbiased review!

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In full honesty I didn’t realize this was a young adult book until I started it. This is meant for teens and a younger audience, that being said, this reminded me of when I was younger and read goosebumps. I love short stories and this book was full of fast reads that were full of nostalgia for me. Also I loved the QR codes to scan. It was such a fun thing to include and made the experience that much better.

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𝘼 𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙛𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙧𝙤𝙧 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨—𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙣𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙤𝙨—𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙠𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙪𝙥 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩!

📍 Read if you like:
• YA Horror
• Short Stories
• Creepy Scenes
• Quick Reads

I had the absolute best time of my life reading these creepy YA short stories.

Each one was uniquely terrifying. I actually read this book at a cabin late at night, I can not tell you how many times I was spooked out.

Certain stories sent chills. I loved how at the end of each story there was a QR code you could scan to watch a creepy video of that story.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch them as it was an e-ARC. There may have been a way around it, but I couldn’t figure it out - which was a bummer. I wanted to see those videos. I do planning on buying a physical copy just for those videos.

I love reading horror. I was quite nervous knowing these were YA stories, but I was quite surprised by how dark and gory some stories were. There are so many different stories and they’re each worth the read.

Some of my favorites were Waste Management, Mr. Butterscotch, Virus Hunter, Holo Girl, Chamber Of Horrors, Flight 3541, The Dark Web, Finders Keepers, and The Reaping.

I would absolutely love to read a full adult novel by this author. The writing style was so immersive and it felt like I was in the stories. I loved how spooky these settings were and the amount of detail he added.

These stories were so much fun and I would highly recommend checking them out. They’re each special in their own way, but they’ll surely send chills down your spine.

Thank you so much NetGalley and Clarion Books for the review copy in exchange for my honest review!

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Put me in the mindset of Goosebumps. I felt really nostalgic reading this book. But I also felt like they were new, fresh stories. It was a great read!

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In the interest of full disclosure, I did not realize this was a YA (Young Adult) book when I requested it from Net Galley. That said, this was VERY entertaining. It is 181 pages on my iPad and most of the stories are 2-4 pages long. Many are chilling and several made me laugh out loud at their cleverness. When our kids were 8 to 10 years old they went through a Goosebump phase. I was the mom who pretty much let her kids read anything. Captain Underpants? You bet! Now that they are both adults they still have the love of reading. I would recommend this book for a mature 13+ year old child. If you want to read it together to a younger, curious child that would probably be fine. Some of the stories are downright creepy so adult supervision would probably be best for young, impressionable minds. After each story is a QR code of sorts that has a visual ending to the story. Some of these were MAJOR creepy. And also very clever! Kudos to Andrew Duplessie for bridging the gap between Goosebumps and Stephen King. I wish this had been around when I was a teenager!

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A collection of short stories with a video to watch after?! What a cool idea!!

I’ve never heard of any other book/author doing something like this. Such a good way to entice young readers and get them reading more! I really hope this becomes more popular. It would be so amazing to have videos to watch after chapters or even soundtracks curated by the author as you read. Very clever idea! Only tedious part in this aspect is that I had to keep pulling out my phone to look up the videos. I wonder if in the future the videos could be part of the ebook somehow. Imagine reading memoirs with video clips attached!

This book is aimed towards teens but I think adults would enjoy it too. Provided you like scary stories full of gore. If you are squeamish about blood, you probably don’t want to read this or watch the videos as some of them are very violent.

The stories were pretty short so nothing to be too drawn out or boring. I was able to read the whole book in two hours.

I think this would be a cool gift to young readers wanting to get into horror! Thanks to NetGalley and Andrew Duplessie for the opportunity to read Too Scared to Sleep! I have written this review voluntarily.

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I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley and Clarion Books!

3.5 stars

This book was good on many fronts. I hadn’t, to this point, read a collection of horror stories aimed at the younger end of YA audiences (most characters being 14). It made a nice blend of prose from younger ages while still approaching more mature themes and visuals.

The only reason this wasn’t higher in my ratings was that the different parts, while intended to be dissonant, made the book into two clear halves: the first being utilizing classic horror tropes, and the second being more of a series of Black Mirror episodes. The execution wasn’t lacking, but with the opening of the book guiding the audience into the fantastical and classic horror, I was waiting for it to return, despite the rest of the book being more technology-focused.

Overall, a good book with fun and unique stories - it just wasn’t completely my cup of tea.

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