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Thursday, April 16, 2015

[BLOG TOUR: ARC Review + Giveaway] Never Sleep by Cady Vance

Welcome to the fourth day of the Never Sleep Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! My stop is a review post and let me tell you people, this book is insanely good! Read my 4-star review below to know why Never Sleep really didn't let me sleep. (See what I did there?) There's also a tour-wide giveaway which everyone can enter. And don't forget to check out the tour schedule and visit the other stops. ^__^

Never Sleep

Author: Cady Vance
Genre: YA Science fiction
Published: March 15th 2015 by Sagan Press
ARC Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Purchase from: Amazon
Thora Green had a life once upon a time. But that ended the day her parents enrolled her in sleep clinic prison. At the facility, her chronic months-long insomnia is observed by scads of doctors, but she is never actually treated for her dire disease. In a feat of desperation, Thora escapes from the CT sleep facility and heads straight for NYC. Buried deep in the city’s underbelly, there is rumored to be a clinic called the Insomniacs’ CafĂ©: a secret haven where people like Thora can find relief. But finding it is going to take a lot more than a map app on an i-phone.

As Thora joins forces with Aiden and Florence, two fellow insomniacs, their search will take them from the dusty bookshelves of The Strand, to a quest for red-velvet cupcakes at Magnolia, to countless taxi and subway rides. Clues leading to their final destination are waiting for them at every turn. But so are Sleepers—a powerful core of sworn-enemies to all Insomniacs— who wish to see Thora and her friends destroyed at any cost.

Rating

My Thoughts

Never Sleep is a fast-paced, eye-popping, heart-stopping novel that kept me wide awake even at two in the morning. This book will probably make me a fan of YA science fiction. (Let's see. ^__^)

So, insomnia. Scroll to the top of the page again. See where it says "Books and Insomnia"? So maybe the reason I signed up for this tour is because I saw the word insomnia in the blurb. I thought, Hey. I would totally like this book! I have a teeny weeny mild case of insomnia (or so I'd like to believe when in fact I just stay up late to devour books) so I'm sure I would relate. (*clicks "Sign-up for this tour"*) And I'm just so glad to say that it didn't disappoint. I WAS BLOWN!



We were given a glimpse of New York and the brilliant 'scavenger hunt' plotted across the city. This well-written adventure was very engaging to read. I really enjoyed the fast pacing of the story and the fact that there's almost always threat lurking in the corners. The mystery factor was very high and reading Never Sleep was such a roller-coaster ride.

Thora may be the protagonist and narrator of the story, but the plot doesn't just revolve around her. She's not the only one suffering from Insomnia. She's not the only patient getting those treatments. She's actually not that special (at first). But I admire Thora for being a strong protagonist. She's determined and even when things got tougher, she pushed on and never gave up. The character development was subtle, but definitely there.

The other characters were not that interesting, though. Florence, Aiden and Odin were just your typical teenagers, except that they're also insomniacs. Nothing exceptional about them, but I liked Odin because he's such a loving and protective brother to Thora. He stood up for her even to their parents, and I gotta admire that kind of sibling love.

I loved the prose and I was totally digging the figures of speech. The author sure knows how to play with words. Although I think the internal monologue sounded way more mature than Thora's sixteen years. They were often melodramatic and so serious. Impressive, yes, but sometimes it can be quite depressing.

I'm not sold on the romance, though. It felt forced, unimportant and unnecessary. Lucas gives the mysterious vibe, but he's a bit predictable to me. I actually guessed what he was even before he told Thora. I liked him as he is, but I don't really see him as Thora's love interest.

I don't read a lot of sci-fi so I was pretty much weirded out by all that shit going on. But it's insanely good and I freaking loved it! I don't dare enumerate those things to you because you'll be spoiled and believe me, it's so much better to discover them for yourselves. This book is full of tension, but it's not exhausting to read. It's really exciting and the twists and turns will keep you turning the pages to know what will happen next.

Speaking of twists, that revelation about a certain character surprised me a lot. I was suspicious of this character all throughout the novel, but I never thought his/her secret would be that shocking and very scifi-y. Holy mother of secrets! That was really impressive.

All in all, Never Sleep is a really good novel. It's creative and absorbing. And while I'm okay with it being a standalone, I'd love to know more about Thora and the other Insomniacs, especially that they finally found the Cafe and were closer to the cure they need. Two thumbs up!

Meet the Author

Cady Vance is the author of YA and NA speculative fiction. After growing up in small-town Tennessee, she decided to embark on a grand adventure by packing up her bags and moving to NYC. Now, she studies for her PhD in the UK and dreams of seeing the universe.

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Giveaway

Prizes:
A paperback copy of Never Sleep
A "Dreaming of New York" sleep mask

Open internationally
Ends April 23rd


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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

53 comments:

  1. Oh this sounds like such an intense and entertaining read! It sounds like it's very well written and compelling, too! sci-fi can def be weird, but I find it makes the more unique stories bc of that, too! Great review, Julie! :)

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  2. Oh I love when bits freak me out in a omg that's insane type of way. She sounds like a solid heroine. I love when they're determined and fight.

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  3. Thanks, Giselle! :) This scifi is definitely good weird. :)

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  4. I saw I Am Malala in a bookstore but never thought to pick it up since it's non-fiction. Good to know you enjoy it, though. :)

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  5. I'm not really into non-fiction though I've read a few, especially local books. Have you read Bob Ong's books, Faye? Those are my favorites. :)

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  6. Thanks, Kay! At least you always find the mood to read them. :)

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  7. Woah, that's some pretty heavy stuff you have there. Although I admit cold cases and murders sound appealing. At least to me. :) If I ever develop a love for non-fiction, I think it would be mostly reading crime books. :)

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  8. I love myths so I'd probably really enjoy Mythology. And yes, the thing with non-fiction is that you can dump them and read them anytime without getting confused because there's not really a story line. But somehow, that makes me lose interest in a book. :(

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  9. Thanks, Paula! :) I don't know a lot of people who read non-fiction but I'm glad to know you love this genre. :)

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  10. Oh yeah, some people read non-fiction books that are related to their profession/ career. I also noticed they're more expensive than fiction books, not sure why though. Thanks for dropping by, Ashley! :)

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  11. I'm not much of a SciFi reader but you really made me curious about this one. Great review Julie!! <3

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  12. Me, too! It's just so great that this book is awesome! :)

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  13. I think it's refreshing when a book that is not contemporary is a standalone. I feel like that's even more harder than creating a series because you have to tie up everything in one book and there's so many more things to uncover, especially in a sci-fi! As you said, there's so many things going on! I'm glad you enjoyed this Julie, even if you didn't really like the romance. Awesome review!

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  14. Oh, someone else whose read this. I enjoyed it somewhat, but I always find stories about hearts surgeries interesting because I went through something like that. It wasn't a transplant, but still surgery on the heart. Good review. :)

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  15. Yes, I didn't like the romance but it felt like it's not actually needed for the overall story. That's why I really liked this book. I think this is going to be a series, but I'm still not sure though. :)

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  16. Thanks for dropping by, Faye! I once saw a TV series with the same premise as this book, but personally I don't think it's possible to acquire your donor's traits. I agree it's weird. :)

    Ooohh, what book is that?

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  17. I think it's okay, I just felt like there could have been more. :)

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  18. Yes, lovely cover indeed! A real eye candy! :)

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  19. Yeah, me too. I think the only person I know who has read and loved this series is my aunt. :) Read them, Jazmen. There are two novellas and both are told from Jules' POV. Loved them both. :)

    Thanks for following and welcome to the blog!

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  20. Thanks for the recommendations, Faye! I'd definitely have to check them out. :)

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  21. Thanks, Emily! I'm looking forward to read Will Grayson. :)

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  22. Very well said, Marie! And thank you for your clarification on Scarred's characters. :) Yes to everything you said! I'd especially love to read a book with gay superheroes. That would be freakin' awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about diversity in books. ^__^

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  23. Yay! I'd love to see a half-Filipino character too, but I'm not holding my breath. :P Thanks for dropping by, Paula!

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  24. Thanks, Paula! I hope you enjoy this, too! :)

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  25. Thanks, Nikki! :) I hope you enjoy it as well!

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  26. Thanks, Kate! I think suicide is a common theme in YA contemporary; the books just differ in the way the authors handle the issue. :)

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  27. YES! This is really a good one. Ended up enjoying this more than I expected to. Thanks, Anna! :)

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  28. Please do! And I hope you enjoy this as well. :) Thanks, Missie!

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  29. Thanks, Faye! Yeah, I remember your comment on my release post for Scarred. I was a bit disappointed in that aspect, too (as you can read in my review). But it's a good read, still. :)

    P.S. Bad breath is waaaaay worse than a bad NA. LOL

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  30. Thank you, Anna! I've also read a few historical fiction and I enjoy the genre so far. :)

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  31. You're welcome! I'm so excited for this one, too! :)

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  32. I also have her other books on my TBR, but haven't gotten to them yet. :) Thanks for dropping by, Ashley!

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  33. I'm picky when it comes to NA and Easy is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it when you pick it up. :)

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  34. Aw, I hope you enjoy it when the mood for NA strikes you. :) Thanks, Sydney!

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  35. This is a new meme and yes, it's lots of fun! :)

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  36. Your meme's really fun to do, Ashley. I also hope more people will join in. :) Please do check it out, and I hope you enjoy it. :)

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  37. So true! Lucas is one of my favorite book boyfriends! :)

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  38. I also use post-it tabs to mark quotes in a book, especially if it's for review. It's where I write notes, too, on what I think about a certain part. :) Thanks, Anna!

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  39. The TBD bookmarks are really pretty, especially the new ones! I love using them! :)

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  40. Aw, it sucks losing a favorite item, especially if it's HP!

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  41. I don't use them too, but I keep the signed bookmarks and other swag in a box. I just like to look at them from time to time. :)

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  42. Thanks, Faye! I feel giddy just by looking at them. LOL :D

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  43. Thanks, Jasprit! I can't read a book without a bookmark so I always have one or two in my bag. I don't think I'll ever get tired of collecting them. :)

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  44. YES! Bookmarks are eye candies, too! :) LOL

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  45. You're welcome, AJ! And thank YOU, too! :)

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  46. Thanks for visiting my blog! :)


    The title grabbed me. So why did they need to sleep? So curious!

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  47. Oh, I never thought to include that in my review. :) Although they're insomniacs, the characters NEED (and want) to sleep, because the human body can only take so much exhaustion and they want to be, like, normal people who sleep. :)

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