Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 8th, 2015
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!My Thoughts:
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.
The Sleepwalker Tonic was just as amazing as the first book in the Nightmares! series! I loved jumping back into Charlies world and I was even a tad bit more frightened this time around!
This second book in the Nightmares! series takes off with Charlie's life being pretty normal. He works with his stepmom and has been enjoying his summer with his friends. That all changes when a strange zombie like creature shows up to buy paint in Cypress Creek. Charlie knows there is something strange going on so he and his friends investigate and discover something worse than nightmares has taken over the town next to theirs and Cypress Creek is next on the list!
I really enjoyed this story. It was suspenseful, scary in all the right ways, and a great adventure that most will fall into with ease. The only problem I has was the side story. Charlie has a huge jealously problem with his brother Jack and for me this takes away from the incredible adventure. I understand why the authors chose to add this in, but I wish it would have been a little more in the background. In the previous book Charlie and Jack have some major problems that get worked out and I would have liked to have seen their relationship be stronger than ever just like Charlies new relationship with his stepmom.
Other than that slight problem I loved this to bits. The inclusion of the dream realm was great and I thought it was a very clever addition. I think what I loved the most though was the ending! That cliffhanger was PERFECT and left me dying for the next installment!!!
One thing I will say these books are not just for middle schoolers! I have learned quite a bit from Charlie and his group of friends and I think anyone who picks this up will love and learn too!