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Too Scared to Sleep

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Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins Children's Books for allowing me to read in advance. I love to read horror and am not above reading children's horror. I liked that this book had short stories and poems but what was different was the QR code that you could scan after each story and get a short scary clip that pertained to the story. The first one definitely made me jump! Overall a decent book, stories were unique and it was a nice quick read.

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A nice little collection for teens to get them into horror, or a good Halloween read. I liked the format and the multimedia aspect of the book as well.

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This is exactly the kind of scary stories I would have wanted to read in middle school. Hell, some of these scared me and I'm old now. Most of them are just a few pages long which I thought was great. Ones that I really enjoyed (and really scared me): A Matched Set; Reddest Rose; The Geocache; and The Reaping. The Secret Sister was the scariest to me-legit nightmare material. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC

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The short stories in Too Scared to Sleep was the most horrifying stories I have read in such a long time and I loved every moment of them. The collections of stories was so good and creaky .

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Too Scared to Sleep is a an anthology of short horror stories of varying topics. The stories are relatively short and don't always provide any type of closure. I was intrigued by the first story enough to keep going, but I felt that the rest of the stories were all too similar. Yes, they had different elements, but the overall feeling was the same. None of them stuck out in a way that stayed with me after I finished the anthology.

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I liked this but I definitely would of liked it more as a kid. Creepy stories! Kids will like this I think!

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A neat premise. I didn't find many of the stories all that interesting, unfortunately. This collection might appeal to a younger demographic. The short video clips were kind of cool.

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I look forward to adding this book to my school's library collection. Horror is very popular at my school and we have had a number of requests for short horror stories. In Too Scared to Sleep, Andrew Duplessie skillfully spins scary stories with twists to engage readers in wondering what will happen next. I would recommend this book to fans of Five Nights at Freddy's and Goosebumps, as well as readers who may be new to horror and aren't sure what kind of scare interests them. With stories about cannibalistic appliances, wishes gone wrong, and cautionary tales of technology, there is sure to be a story for every reader that keeps them up at night. I was left with chills and I look forward to hearing what my students think of the stories in this book. Thank you for the chance to read Too Scared to Sleep.

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I really enjoyed this book. It's like black mirror for teens and YA. The short horror stories were riveting, clever and unique. I love that it came with video images for each story which help to heighten the scare and horror. YA will love this! Perfect book for lovers of horror and scary stories. There are so many stories I love here that it is hard for me to pick a favorite, but I love the ending one partly because there is some optimism there. It's a very clever concept and I would watch this movie. I also like that there is an underlying message throughout the book that highlights our addiction to social media, smartphones and the need to have the perfect image at all costs. I would have loved to see a few stories where the protagonist triumphs. I know it is short horror stories, but it would have been nice to see a few outwit and outsmart. I think that would have added depth to the book and kept the reader engaged and really excited to root for them. However, the book is still great, and very well written. I would definitely recommend it! Lastly, I would like to say I really loved the poems, and I am sure that many YA and teens will love it as well.

Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins Children's Books for the ARC for an honest review.

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Thank you so much Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy.
This book immediately caught my attention and I was hooked the entire time!

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"Too Scared to Sleep" by Andrew Duplessie is a collection of terrifying teen horror stories that are sure to keep readers up at night. With each story accompanied by a pulse-pounding video, the book offers a unique reading experience that will deepen the horror and leave readers screaming for more.

From a garbage disposal that feeds on flesh to roses that require human blood to bloom, Duplessie's stories cover a wide range of bone-chilling horrors and supernatural scares. Each story is well-crafted and perfectly paced, with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The author's vivid descriptions and attention to detail make it easy to picture each terrifying scene and to feel the fear that the characters are experiencing.

What sets "Too Scared to Sleep" apart from other horror anthologies is the accompanying videos. Readers can point their phones at the QR code provided and watch a video that deepens the horror of the story. This unique feature adds a new level of interactivity to the reading experience and makes it even more immersive.

Overall, "Too Scared to Sleep" is a must-read for horror fans of all ages. With its well-crafted stories and pulse-pounding videos, it's sure to keep readers up long into the night, too scared to close their eyes.

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Oh my gosh I was SOO excited to read this fun YA short stories. It reminded me of when I was a kid and watching Goosebumps :).

Too Scared to Sleep is a bunch of creepy and fun short scary stories. But, the fun part is that it also has a link at the end of the story to where you can access a video based on that story. Unfortunately, I was disappointed since not all the links were working for the stories.

Some of my absolute favorite short stories in this where Dream Weaver.... also that video attached was ahhmazing. Also, the Sister.... what a creepy and scary thing eeeeek.

Reddest Rose..... now this was epic... just the dark and creepy gory stories I love to read.

And... last but not least The Bone Fairy...... another one of my top fav reads. I definitely didn't see this one coming and the author threw me for a loop.

I definitely had a lot of fun with this one and recommend if you're a fan of horror and YA reads.

4/5 stars

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Harper for my arc.

Pub date: 10/10/23
Published to GR: 4/7/23

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Fantastic collection. Each story had its own scare yet fed of the stories before it. A soon-to-be Halloween time favorite for teens and adults for sure.

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I really had a great time reading this, it reminded me of horror books that I read as a kid. Andrew Duplessie does a great job in creating these tales, they had what I was looking for and it worked well overall. I enjoyed how good all of they fit together and I was excited to read more from story to story. I look forward to read more from Andrew Duplessie. I think Holo Girl was my favorite but all of them were strongly done.


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"Too Scared to Sleep" by Andrew Duplessie is, a collection of teen horror stories.

I would give"Too Scared to Sleep" by Andrew Duplessie a 2-star review because, I like the idea of the book, the writing style was good but reading I felt that I was reading the end of the short story.

Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

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Thanks to Netgalley and the publish for this eARC.

This gives modernized “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” YA vibes. Each story is unique and offers the best amount of horror.

Easily a one sitting read!

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Fantastic and utterly creepy, even to me, an actual adult. The concepts were fascinating and I enjoyed almost every single story in this collection. The QR codes were a great addition and the little videos were an immersive addition. Highly recommended.

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This book is a YA compilation of short stories & single page bits of various fairly light horror stories. It is fairly short and fabulous for reading in one sitting or for grabbing for a quick little story anytime. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of different types of stories (without spoilers: stories ranging from gurgling garbage disposals to hellish entities and hell itself.)

Each story is followed by a scannable QR code that shows you the story play out in a short clip, and that alone makes this book AWESOME. I loved them! Such a unique addition that blends visual art with storytelling!

As for the writing itself, the author writes wonderfully. Every line is well thought out and immersive. He writes in great detail and has some very unique plots, I would love to read some adult horror by him, this level of eeriness in a YA book gives me great hope for what he could bring to adult horror!

I didn't have a particularly favorite story, but the ones that stuck with me the most after reading were probably "Are You Ready" and "Finder's Keepers." I enjoyed every story and plan to grab this book up in physical format to add to my bookshelf, I liked it that much! Definitely recommend if you enjoy horror, it's the perfect intro before you dive head first into full on adult horror!

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This is a book a short horror stories. Ranging from fleshing eating garbage disposals to mind sucking phones. This is a great start to horror if you’re just dipping your toes into the genre. Horror is on my top of my favorite genres.

There were some stories that really either gave me the creeps or grossed me out like horror stories should. Then there were some stories that I just clicked through because I could not get into it (Mostly in the Web / Electronic Section). I’m more of a slasher / gore horror person.

Still over all this book a great book and I’d definitely read more by this author definitely if he writes more into the adult horror as this book is more for YA.

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