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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!   Charlie Laird has a dream life.   1) He has a weirdo stepmom who runs an herbarium. 2) He lives in a purple man 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!   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.   Praise for Nightmares!, book one   A New York Times bestseller "Charlie Laird, who learns fear will eat you alive if you feed it, makes an impression, and...readers will want to accompany him again."— The New York Times Book Review "A touching comical saga...about facing things that go bump in the night."— US Weekly "Coraline meets Monsters, Inc. in this delightfully entertaining offering from actor [Jason] Segel and co-author [Kirsten] Miller."— Publishers Weekly "[Nightmares!] succeeds at scaring and amusing in equal measure...[It's] sweet, charming, and imaginative."— Kirkus Reviews "Segel...and Miller build an entertaining, cartoony world full of scary (but not too scary) monsters, silly jokes, plucky kid heroes...with a promise of adventures to come."— Booklist "An engaging and creative story...woven with a generous amount [of] humor."— VOYA "There's humor and a fairly high ick-factor."— School Library Journal "Cleverly crafted...This novel presents just the right mix of 'scary and humorous.'"— ILA Literacy Daily


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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!   Charlie Laird has a dream life.   1) He has a weirdo stepmom who runs an herbarium. 2) He lives in a purple man 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!   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.   Praise for Nightmares!, book one   A New York Times bestseller "Charlie Laird, who learns fear will eat you alive if you feed it, makes an impression, and...readers will want to accompany him again."— The New York Times Book Review "A touching comical saga...about facing things that go bump in the night."— US Weekly "Coraline meets Monsters, Inc. in this delightfully entertaining offering from actor [Jason] Segel and co-author [Kirsten] Miller."— Publishers Weekly "[Nightmares!] succeeds at scaring and amusing in equal measure...[It's] sweet, charming, and imaginative."— Kirkus Reviews "Segel...and Miller build an entertaining, cartoony world full of scary (but not too scary) monsters, silly jokes, plucky kid heroes...with a promise of adventures to come."— Booklist "An engaging and creative story...woven with a generous amount [of] humor."— VOYA "There's humor and a fairly high ick-factor."— School Library Journal "Cleverly crafted...This novel presents just the right mix of 'scary and humorous.'"— ILA Literacy Daily

30 review for The Sleepwalker Tonic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Krista Regester

    The first Nightmares! had me intrigued and hooked from page one. Jason Segel and Kristen Miller mix real world problems with spooky situations and I’m here for it. Unfortunately for me – this one is just not as good as the first. It felt like the entire book was just a maze of confusing questions, riddles, and repeating situations. I really hope they decide to start on a new project, but we’ll see!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    I was definitely not the target audience here

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aeicha

    Charlie Laird’s life used to be a nightmare. Then he faced his very real Nightmares and saved the day. Now, Charlie’s life is pretty much a dream. He and his stepmom get along better than ever, he actually loves his big purple mansion home, and the nightmares that once plagued him and his friends are gone. But as summer vacation progresses, freaky things start to happen again. His stepmother, Charlotte’s once busy herbarium hasn’t had a customer in days and a competing store in the neighboring t Charlie Laird’s life used to be a nightmare. Then he faced his very real Nightmares and saved the day. Now, Charlie’s life is pretty much a dream. He and his stepmom get along better than ever, he actually loves his big purple mansion home, and the nightmares that once plagued him and his friends are gone. But as summer vacation progresses, freaky things start to happen again. His stepmother, Charlotte’s once busy herbarium hasn’t had a customer in days and a competing store in the neighboring town of Orville Falls may be to blame. That store sells a mysterious tonic that claims to chase away nightmares, but really turns people into sleepwalking zombies. Someone or something is trying to destroy the Netherworld, the Dream Realm, and the Waking World. Once again, Charlie and his crew must save the day. Authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller return to their wildly imaginative and fun Nightmares! series with The Sleepwalker Tonic. Like the first book in this series, The Sleepwalker Tonic, is brimming with spooktacular thrills, entertaining laughs, and irresistible characters. I really loved Nightmares! and has just as much fun reading this wicked awesome sequel. Segel and Miller once again craft a deliciously delightful story full of quirky whimsy, addicting storytelling, captivating settings, and epic adventure. In The Sleepwalker Tonic, we explore three different worlds: the Waking World, the Netherworld (where the Nightmares live), and the Dream Realm. The authors have done a spectacular job of bringing these complex worlds to life through vivid descriptions and smart world-building. The whole premise of this series is just bursting with so much creativity that will surely inspire the imaginations of readers. And once again, these fantastic settings are filled with a fun array of characters, from the feisty to the wacky, scary, funny, brave, and lovable. Charlie and his friends continue to be endearing and engaging, while his eclectic stepmom continues to amuse and enchant, and the Nightmares stay their awesome selves. But it is Charlie’s little brother, Jack, that really steals the show, in the most charming of ways, in The Sleepwalker Tonic. There are no shortages of comical humor, thrills, chills, and surprises in this sequel, as our heroes and heroines race to save all their worlds. And a fun new mystery leading into the next book is brewed throughout The Sleepwalker Tonic. my final thoughts: Like its predecessor, The Sleepwalker Tonic has much to offer: fantastic scares, laugh-out-loud funnies, a clever story, and excellent characters. This is shaping up to be a truly phenomenal and must read series!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Suad Shamma

    There's no denying I was a huge fan of this entire trilogy. It may not be the greatest or best written book in the world, but I found it thoroughly enjoyable and fun to read. It was exactly what I needed when I read it, and that's what matters. This book picks up not too long after the first one, with Charlie and his friends almost immediately sniffing out a new problem in a nearby town that may just infiltrate their own and decide to do some investigating. They quickly realize that the people in There's no denying I was a huge fan of this entire trilogy. It may not be the greatest or best written book in the world, but I found it thoroughly enjoyable and fun to read. It was exactly what I needed when I read it, and that's what matters. This book picks up not too long after the first one, with Charlie and his friends almost immediately sniffing out a new problem in a nearby town that may just infiltrate their own and decide to do some investigating. They quickly realize that the people in Orville Falls are turning into sleepwalking zombies and someone is selling them some sort of tonic that claims to chase their nightmares away. They quickly realize that the people behind this mysterious tonic aren't just trying to rule the Waking world, but are trying to rule the Netherworld as well, taking over both dream and reality! In this book, Charlie's little brother, Jack, is the star of the show, as he forms an integral part of the story and holds the key to solving the entire mystery. This creates more conflict and tension between the siblings as Charlie wants to protect his brother while simultaneously wants him to stay out of his limelight. I believe that Segel and Miller interpreted and illustrated that relationship brilliantly, as it could be quite tricky to accomplish, but I thought it was done really well. Charlie is a very lucky boy to have such a strong support system in his stepmom, brother and friends, but also in the characters from the Dream Realm, who all come to his rescue and assistance when he requires it. Unlike the first book, this one ends with a clear gateway into what direction the third book will be heading towards. Definitely worth a read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    "Dreamless Oblivion Can Be Yours When You Try Tranquillity Tonic." This time no nightmares (at least not like the previous book), but something else that is destroying things. Namely a potion, something that makes people think it is a potion for sleeping as people have had some problem sleeping, but actually it turns people in brain-dead beings. Sleepwalkers. And they were quite creepy. These people are not dreaming, or having nightmares. No, they are just in some weird state. And you can imagine "Dreamless Oblivion Can Be Yours When You Try Tranquillity Tonic." This time no nightmares (at least not like the previous book), but something else that is destroying things. Namely a potion, something that makes people think it is a potion for sleeping as people have had some problem sleeping, but actually it turns people in brain-dead beings. Sleepwalkers. And they were quite creepy. These people are not dreaming, or having nightmares. No, they are just in some weird state. And you can imagine what happens when people don't have dreams or nightmares... yep, the worlds there are slowly disappearing, vanishing. And it is spreading fast! So of course Charlie has to help out and solve what is going on. But he is, like the previous book, not alone in this. He got his friends. Alphie, Paige, and at times we also see Rocco. Then there is the annoying brother Jack who is taking quite a role in this one. They help out with everything they can. From simple research to preventing people to take the potion to well, all sorts of things. And Charlotte is also helping with things, I love how she is so involved in everything and how fabulous she is. Though it did mean that they had to keep the dad away from a lot of things, and even had to stop him for wanting to try the tonic (which didn't make sense, his wife is an amazing herbalist/can make any potion, and he wants the rival's stuff?). I loved that we also saw some characters from the Nightmare world, Medusa seems to be doing fine, though she is very busy. We see Dabney, Meduso, and some other characters and meet some newer characters as well! Next to the sleepwalker + prophecy + mysterious girls we also have money problems for Charlie's family. Charlotte's store isn't doing too well, and the house is also in trouble due to that. Charlotte tries everything, including try to pitch her story to publishers, but so far no luck! I am quite happy that they added this to the story, it never felt out of place, instead I found that it fitted quite well. Especially later when we find out certain things. How everything was solved? I did like it, it was quite a nice solution, and I am happy that people are so sweet towards Charlotte. We also see more of Ollie, and boy oh boy, that boy is indeed gifted... for getting in trouble. He seems so smart (and apparently gets great grades) but then does stupid things. For instance trying to see how parachutes work by jumping of his house, or eating bath stuff. But unlike the previous book, I hated Jack, oh so much. I get that he is a little guy, but really, he was just so annoying and I kept hoping that he would get eaten during one of his many trips to the Netherworld. He was just an irresponsible little poop. I hated how he made Charlie feel. I hated how he just did his own thing without thinking about others. I hated how he took the main role, that is not his role, he should just stay away far far away. I just don't get that everyone just lets him do everything. Oh, Jack did x and y, oh well, he is cute just let him do it and get away with it. *sighs and rolls her eyes*Great parenting there. And then he was oh so hurt because his brother didn't like him. Gee, I wonder why Charlie isn't happy with Jack. I can totally understand his feelings. I don't have a little brother, but I had friends who were good at things, and I was delighted when I had something to call my own. I know I would also feel poopy if one of them was superawesome at my kind of thing. :( Plus the whole forgive and love and rainbow thing at the end with Jack and Charlie? It made me roll my eyes a lot. Was that really needed? Was any of that whole OMG look at how amazing Jack is and you should like him stuff was also urrrrghhhh. I was also a bit sad that, unlike the first book, there was no real conclusion to the problem presented in this one. Some things are solved, and things are getting better, but we still have the other, very big problem. Something I still have questions about. Given the ending I am guessing the next book will all about those 2. Like the previous book this book is full with illustrations and I just adore them, though I do think some of the characters should sleep for once, given the bags under their eyes. :P I think I have said everything I wanted to say, this was so good! Hopefully book 3 will be delivered soon, I got it ordered, but Amazon had some problems with sending stuff, I really want to see how various things end, plus I am curious about the twins and what happened to them. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    These are really fun. I definitely don’t think I’d be reading them at all if the audiobooks weren’t narrated by Jason Segel (I have a major weakness for celebrity audiobooks,) but I’m glad I gave them a shot. If you’re a fan of Jason Segel, I think you’ll like the audiobooks too. I really like when I can tell that the person narrating the audiobook is having a ball; this is why Katherine Kellgren’s so fabulous. Segel’s clearly enjoying himself immensely, getting to do all sorts of silly voices. Th These are really fun. I definitely don’t think I’d be reading them at all if the audiobooks weren’t narrated by Jason Segel (I have a major weakness for celebrity audiobooks,) but I’m glad I gave them a shot. If you’re a fan of Jason Segel, I think you’ll like the audiobooks too. I really like when I can tell that the person narrating the audiobook is having a ball; this is why Katherine Kellgren’s so fabulous. Segel’s clearly enjoying himself immensely, getting to do all sorts of silly voices. There’s a lot of silliness in the Nightmares! series that doesn’t really work on me as a grown up (boring old person that I am), but I’m sure they’d be lots of fun for the kids out there who love horror and creepy stuff.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Charlie Laird, his brother Jack and friends are back in this brand new adventure. When people from the town of Orville Falls mysteriously become sleepwalking zombies, Charlie and the gang investigate and find out that someone is destroying both the Nether and Dream Realm. Can they stop this dark force before their worlds of sleep cease to exist and the town of Cypress Creek become a target next? Read on and find out for yourself. This was a great follow-up to the first Nightmares book by Jason Se Charlie Laird, his brother Jack and friends are back in this brand new adventure. When people from the town of Orville Falls mysteriously become sleepwalking zombies, Charlie and the gang investigate and find out that someone is destroying both the Nether and Dream Realm. Can they stop this dark force before their worlds of sleep cease to exist and the town of Cypress Creek become a target next? Read on and find out for yourself. This was a great follow-up to the first Nightmares book by Jason Segel the actor from How I met Your Mother. The artwork was great too. If you enjoy young adult fantasy books, then definitely check this one out. It is available at your local library and wherever books are sold.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This was an interesting sequel, and I liked this more than the previous book. This one ends with a cliffhanger, though. The story involves a tonic, zombielike sleepwalkers, feelings, family, and dreams. There is also some humor, and the mystery was interesting. I didn't expect what happened. This was an interesting sequel, and I liked this more than the previous book. This one ends with a cliffhanger, though. The story involves a tonic, zombielike sleepwalkers, feelings, family, and dreams. There is also some humor, and the mystery was interesting. I didn't expect what happened.

  9. 5 out of 5

    McKinlay

    these books are fun. Jason is a great narrator!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Enjoyed it just as much as book one! Definitely had my imagination going. Excited to start book three!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is the second book in the Nightmares! series by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. I accidently started listening to this book first and realized quickly that I'd made an error. The second story begins immediately after the first ends and the series really needs to be read in order to make any sense. The story is not so much scary as it is a declaration that only hope can overcome despair. In addition, I suppose it's also a critique of looking to miracle medicines to fix our medical issues. I This is the second book in the Nightmares! series by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. I accidently started listening to this book first and realized quickly that I'd made an error. The second story begins immediately after the first ends and the series really needs to be read in order to make any sense. The story is not so much scary as it is a declaration that only hope can overcome despair. In addition, I suppose it's also a critique of looking to miracle medicines to fix our medical issues. I appreciate the author's ability to narrate the story as well as write it. Not all authors have such talent, especially in the way that he brings the myriad characters to life. His enthusiasm and dramatic performance of the story is impressive and I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook. Now I can move on to book three, The Lost Lullaby. interesting quotes (page numbers from paperback edition with ISBN13 978-0385744287): "As far as Charley was concerned, there was nothing more boring than someone else's good dreams. And kale. Good dreams and kale." (pp. 5-6) "" (p.) "" (p.) "" (p.)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Mustard

    Not as good as the first book but still cute and weird

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vy

    4.5 I loved this book! Usually when it comes to children's books/middle grade books, I find myself unimpressed by the writing style (too juvenile) and the characters (too whinny) but I have to remind myself "hey, these books are written for a younger audience" so my expectations have to be lowered a bit. It wasn't until I discovered Nightmares! that I realized children's books can be entertaining, fun, and heartwarming all at the same time. Yes, there is a bit of cheese here and there but it is s 4.5 I loved this book! Usually when it comes to children's books/middle grade books, I find myself unimpressed by the writing style (too juvenile) and the characters (too whinny) but I have to remind myself "hey, these books are written for a younger audience" so my expectations have to be lowered a bit. It wasn't until I discovered Nightmares! that I realized children's books can be entertaining, fun, and heartwarming all at the same time. Yes, there is a bit of cheese here and there but it is still sweet. In this installment, Charlie and Charlotte's relationship have gotten stronger and they are able to talk to one another more and Charlie finds himself actually liking his step mother. When everything seems to be fine and dandy, Charlie realizes that something awfully strange is going on in the next town over, Orville Falls. The citizens are completely out of it-walking around like they are zombies and it all started because of this new store that had opened, one that rivals that of Charlotte's. As the shop begins to gain more popularity, Charlotte's herb store begins to lose its much needed income; yet, the store's state may the least of their worries as Charlie and Jack start to realize that the Netherworld is also in desperate need of their help... I loved this one more than its predecessor because it got pretty creepy and dark, and I couldn't wait to come home to read this book every night. I really appreciate how the authors are able to tell a spooky story with a strong plot and fantastical creatures, but at the same time make it relatable for all audiences. Don't think that just because this is marketed for a younger audience, that it will have nothing to offer you if you are older because that is what I thought and I was wrong. I can't wait to pick up the next installment, I think I'll be reading each book during the Halloween month and I'm super excited about this tradition.

  14. 5 out of 5

    meghann

    I love these books! The Sleepwalker Tonic is the follow up to Nightmares, the first book in the series. Charlie and his friends spend most of this story in the waking world trying to figure out why the inhabitants of a neighboring town are behaving like zombies. They soon discover that the dream and nightmare worlds are at risk of being destroyed as well. Charlie, his friends and family must work together to find out who is behind it all and how to stop them. Not everything was resolved in this I love these books! The Sleepwalker Tonic is the follow up to Nightmares, the first book in the series. Charlie and his friends spend most of this story in the waking world trying to figure out why the inhabitants of a neighboring town are behaving like zombies. They soon discover that the dream and nightmare worlds are at risk of being destroyed as well. Charlie, his friends and family must work together to find out who is behind it all and how to stop them. Not everything was resolved in this book, so I have a fairly good idea what the next one will be about. We got to see some of the characters from the dream and nightmare worlds in this one, and I hope we get more in the third book. Ugh, I don't want to wait a year!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Deftly avoids the "sophomore slump" by starting right in to a new, strange mystery. More time is spent exploring the waking world in this one, and having Charlie and his little brother Jack work with their stepmother and their friends. It's a very fun dynamic, which provides good fodder for snappy dialogue and plenty of action. This one also includes some more nuanced subplots-- the family is in financial trouble, Charlie is jealous of Jack, and their dad is still oblivious to what's going on. T Deftly avoids the "sophomore slump" by starting right in to a new, strange mystery. More time is spent exploring the waking world in this one, and having Charlie and his little brother Jack work with their stepmother and their friends. It's a very fun dynamic, which provides good fodder for snappy dialogue and plenty of action. This one also includes some more nuanced subplots-- the family is in financial trouble, Charlie is jealous of Jack, and their dad is still oblivious to what's going on. There's also hints at what's coming in book three, which I'm very excited for! I really hope these books are doing well. Are they? They should be. These books are everything a middle grade reader could want: exciting, funny. interesting, with cool covers and fun interior art. More people need to read these.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mark Buxton

    I'm not sure you need to read the first book in the series, but I highly recommend it. It will provide background knowledge that will help you understand the plot and characters in this book. The Netherworld is where our nightmares live, and we learn to face our fears. This book deals with real feelings and focuses on the conflict between hope and despair. The plot makes those feelings very important to the events in the story, but it includes many other subplots and character relationships. I l I'm not sure you need to read the first book in the series, but I highly recommend it. It will provide background knowledge that will help you understand the plot and characters in this book. The Netherworld is where our nightmares live, and we learn to face our fears. This book deals with real feelings and focuses on the conflict between hope and despair. The plot makes those feelings very important to the events in the story, but it includes many other subplots and character relationships. I like how the author addresses serious human emotions without preaching to readers. Book one dealt with the anger associated with the death of a mother and the resentment of a stepmother trying to take her place. It's an entertaining series with book three coming out in 2016.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Annika De

    I'd been waiting to read this book because I wanted to read it all at once, and it was just as delightful as I expected. What I loved about this book (and the first book in the series) is that Jason Segel so clearly remembers what it is like to be a child. Reading this book, I felt emotions that I hadn't felt since childhood. The story conjures up memories of being jealous of a sibling, facing fears for the first time, and the ever-present desire to be someone special. It's a beautiful story wit I'd been waiting to read this book because I wanted to read it all at once, and it was just as delightful as I expected. What I loved about this book (and the first book in the series) is that Jason Segel so clearly remembers what it is like to be a child. Reading this book, I felt emotions that I hadn't felt since childhood. The story conjures up memories of being jealous of a sibling, facing fears for the first time, and the ever-present desire to be someone special. It's a beautiful story with fun fantasy elements, an exciting premise, and an honesty that will resonate with people of all ages. (P.S. Thanks for the book Rene!!)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    My daughter asked me to read the first two books of this series and at first I thought...oh do I have too??? However, I found that they were pretty enjoyable. I like the fact that it's teaching the kids to face their fears and in doing so realizing that they may not be as bad as they seem. I think for a 12 year old, it's a pretty good read and she certainly enjoyed it and cannot wait for the third book (me either My daughter asked me to read the first two books of this series and at first I thought...oh do I have too??? However, I found that they were pretty enjoyable. I like the fact that it's teaching the kids to face their fears and in doing so realizing that they may not be as bad as they seem. I think for a 12 year old, it's a pretty good read and she certainly enjoyed it and cannot wait for the third book (me either

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christin

    Awesome book! Highly recommend it to anyone! Can't wait to pick up the next book and see what happens next!!! Awesome book! Highly recommend it to anyone! Can't wait to pick up the next book and see what happens next!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Girard

    4.5 This series is such a fun one! I would have LOVED it when I was a kid! The audiobook are very good also, they are narrated by Jason Segel. I'm excited to read the last book but at the same time I don't want to leave Charlie and everyone else! 4.5 This series is such a fun one! I would have LOVED it when I was a kid! The audiobook are very good also, they are narrated by Jason Segel. I'm excited to read the last book but at the same time I don't want to leave Charlie and everyone else!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Keeley

    Read this in one day. Really enjoying the series so far!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hope Elizabeth Anderson (HopelessBookAddict)

    Super cute but prefer the first so far.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lexy

    I really enjoyed the first book, it was fun, full of magic and the characters were awesome, the thing is… I didn’t felt the same with this one. I was sadly bored the whole time and I finished it just because I really like Charlotte, but aside from her, I just didn’t care about anyone else. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep reading this series or not, but at least I’m done with a book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Killingsworth

    Just as cute as the first! Worth reading.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)

    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Segel and Miller once again enchant young readers as they return to their wholly creative and entertaining world of Nightmares! in the latest sequel, The Sleepwalker Tonic. When we last left Charlie and the gang, we learned that nightmares exist in a place called the Netherworld and Charlie, his brother Jack and their stepmom Charlotte are the last guardians tasked with protecting the portal between the Nethe Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Segel and Miller once again enchant young readers as they return to their wholly creative and entertaining world of Nightmares! in the latest sequel, The Sleepwalker Tonic. When we last left Charlie and the gang, we learned that nightmares exist in a place called the Netherworld and Charlie, his brother Jack and their stepmom Charlotte are the last guardians tasked with protecting the portal between the Netherworld and the Waking-World (our world). As we begin The Sleepwalker Tonic, the kids are out for summer vacation and everything seems to be going quite well. Everyone appears to be sleeping soundlessly; as there are no more terrifying nightmares plaguing the residents of Cypress Creek. Much. Or so they thought. All the while in the nearby town of Orville Falls, the populace is all suffering from sleep deprivation due to nightmares. And just as the sleep deprivation worsen; a mysterious shop appears in Orville Falls promising a tonic to help them sleep peacefully…no more nightmares. The tonic not only takes away people’s nightmares but it also takes away their ability to dream. And without dreams, the people of Orville are turning into sleepwalking zombies! Once again, it’s up to Charlie and his friends to figure what’s going on…or there won’t be a Netherworld, Waking-World or Dream Realm. In the first book, readers got an in-depth look of the Netherworld, and while we’ll explore more parts of the Netherworld, most of the action takes place in the Waking-World as Charlie and his friends tries to find a cure for the sleepwalkers. They’re chasing clues and mysterious shop keepers all over Cypress Creek and Orville Falls but not without a little extra help. The new President of Netherworld, Medusa, lends 3 of her scariest nightmares to cross over to help find a supposed 2nd portal. The Sleepwalker Tonic is just as fun and engaging as the first book. Everything I loved about the Nightmares! was present plus more. I like how Segel and Miller incorporated nightmares in the plot this time around. I was wondering how the two would keep up with their nightmare theme with the second book…but who would have thought to use sleepwalking and zombies together? I found the concept amusing and fresh; they definitely put their own spin on zombies here! In my review for Nightmares! I was hoping that we’d get to see more of Jack and Charlotte, and I’m happy to say we do! We saw plenty of Jack since he basically stole the show for the entire book, playing a bigger role in The Sleepwalker Tonic than before. There’s also a new baddie in town, and boy, was I surprised at the end. I didn’t see it coming! While the main problem of the book was solved, there’s still a tiny plot thread left loose and the baddie(s) will be a bridge into the final book in the trilogy. I can’t wait to see what happens next when The Lost Lullaby releases next year! Overall, The Sleepwalker Tonic was an excellent sequel to Nightmares!. Fans new and old will no doubt be delighted. The book had me hooked right from the first page! Again, if you or your kids haven’t read this series yet, you need to A.S.A.P! You won't be disappointed!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    A Worthy, Entertaining Sequel This is the second of Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller's "Nightmares!" books. The third, "Nightmares! The Lost Lullaby", should come out in September. The first book wrapped up without a cliffhanger, but did leave open the possibility of further adventures. This one picks up shortly after the events of Book One, and features the same central characters and practically all of the familiar supporting characters. (While there is no cliffhanger as such, the epilogue here d A Worthy, Entertaining Sequel This is the second of Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller's "Nightmares!" books. The third, "Nightmares! The Lost Lullaby", should come out in September. The first book wrapped up without a cliffhanger, but did leave open the possibility of further adventures. This one picks up shortly after the events of Book One, and features the same central characters and practically all of the familiar supporting characters. (While there is no cliffhanger as such, the epilogue here does lead directly to the third volume.) Where the first book was set mostly in the Netherworld and the Dream Realm, this one is set more in the "real" world, since Charlie and his pals have to fight a threat that has appeared in a nearby town. The balance struck among real, dream and nightmare settings adds more variety and range to the tale. As a bonus, Charlie and his pals all had a lot of baggage, (especially Charlie), as part of the setup for Book One, and if truth be told that baggage weighed down the book a bit. Here, everyone is up and running from the outset, so we have a more upbeat and engaging adventure right from the start. I particularly like the fact that Charlie has not only some very appealing friends, but also a supportive and important character in the form of his step-mom, and a younger sibling who plays an important role in the story. As you no doubt know, lots of middle grade adventure books have strangely absent or gormless parents, and it's nice to have a strong mom, (especially a step-mom), with a featured role. So too, it's good to have a valued sibling around. Indeed, the growing bond between Charlie and his impetuous younger brother Jack is one of the more satisfying threads in the entire series. (If you have two, or three, sons or grandsons ready for a fantasy adventure series like this one, that aspect of the book makes it especially attractive.) On the other hand, the book also has two strong girl heroes, and Charlie's particularly resourceful and reliable step-mom and dream-mom, so this isn't extremely guy-centric. This book has the clever, (although maybe a little bit forced and pat), plotting, sharp dialogue, and occasionally deadpan good humor of the first book, and the authors have craft a worthy, well-plotted, and compelling sequel. A nice addition to the series. (Please note that I found this book while browsing the local library's Kindle books, and downloaded it for free. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vi (like the letter)

    Well, this book has restored my faith in the series and in Segel’s writing skills. The Sleepwalker Tonic was considerably better than the first book. The story was more engaging and interesting. The characters were more endearing and entertaining. The scare factor, just a tad scarier. I loved it. With Halloween right around the corner, this is the perfect holiday read. The pacing was SO much better this time around and I loved that we basically jump right into the focus of the book. It just made Well, this book has restored my faith in the series and in Segel’s writing skills. The Sleepwalker Tonic was considerably better than the first book. The story was more engaging and interesting. The characters were more endearing and entertaining. The scare factor, just a tad scarier. I loved it. With Halloween right around the corner, this is the perfect holiday read. The pacing was SO much better this time around and I loved that we basically jump right into the focus of the book. It just made the book so much more enjoyable that way even though it took me awhile to finish this, it had more to do with the fact that I didn’t have time to read, than with the book itself. When I had the book in my hands, I wanted to keep reading. Charlie and his friends and family have something way more sinister to deal with this time around than just the Netherworld. People in a neighboring town have turned into zombie-like sleepwalkers after taking a mysterious tonic. It was pretty hilarious seeing all the “walkers” (slowly) running around. There was definitely more humor in this book. I loved Charlie’s demeanor a lot more in here than in the first book. Amazing what a few good nights’ sleep will do for you. There’s still some tension with Charlie and his brother, but his relationship with his stepmom, Charlotte, is exceptionally improved and I liked watching them interact together. We don’t get as much from Charlie’s friends, but they are there, more so towards the end. There were a lot more characters, old and new, this time around, so no one but Charlie gets enough screen time, but I think each character played their part well. I also liked that we get a good mix of all three worlds – the real word, the Netherworld, and the Dream world. All three exist in a delicate balance and I liked how Segel instilled a bit of truth and thought into an otherwise comical, yet spooky book. After reading this book, I can safely say that I can’t wait for the next book. Although the main issue is resolved, the ending still leaves a lot of questions left unanswered and an even bigger threat ahead for Charlie and the gang. I’m expecting nothing less than fast-paced action, plenty of humor, and even more weird and wacky Netherworld creatures.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I really liked this book. I was especially pleased to find that my worst nightmare (at least, one of them: (view spoiler)[giant *gulp* spiders (hide spoiler)] *shudder*) was in the Netherworld, but they were only mentioned. And as they were never mentioned with fear and only seen from a distance, I survived the reading without having a panic attack. Yay!!! This story sees Charlie confident and happy, no longer having nightmares of his own and settled in to life with his new stepmother. But sadly, I really liked this book. I was especially pleased to find that my worst nightmare (at least, one of them: (view spoiler)[giant *gulp* spiders (hide spoiler)] *shudder*) was in the Netherworld, but they were only mentioned. And as they were never mentioned with fear and only seen from a distance, I survived the reading without having a panic attack. Yay!!! This story sees Charlie confident and happy, no longer having nightmares of his own and settled in to life with his new stepmother. But sadly, just because all is right in Charlie's world doesn't mean that all is right in his town, or the neighboring town, or even in the Netherworld and Dream World. Charlie's stepmother's business is failing. She has a new competitor who seems to be based in nearby Orville Falls. Only, this new competitor isn't competing fairly: instead, the residents of Orville Falls have all been turned into zombie-like sleepwalkers! But not to fear! Charlie and friends are on the case! Only, Charlie's younger brother, Jack, has been (view spoiler)[making trips into the Netherworld without Charlie's knowledge or approval, and now that the Orville Falls in the Netherworld and the Dream World are disappearing, a prophecy is being talked about...and Jack is the prime suspect. (hide spoiler)] In the end, Charlie and friends, both old and new, defeat the menace to Orville Falls and Cypress Creek. This was fun and exciting and a good read. But the Epilogue... The Epilogue: I was hoping to read of why (view spoiler)[ICK and INK had tried to destroy the Netherworld and Dream World towns of Orville Falls and Cypress Creek. (hide spoiler)] But instead of being about (view spoiler)[why the twins did what they did, it just showed Charlie in class for the first day of school. And there's a new student. Her name? India. (hide spoiler)] The End. WHAT?!?! But...but...but... (view spoiler)[India has to be INK, and her sister ICK is the one trapped in the Netherworld, but WHY did they do what they did? HOW are they going to be reunited? (hide spoiler)] And WHY is the continuation/third book not due out until 2016?! ARGH!!! But I really liked this story. It was fun. :-)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lorelei Miller

    This is the second book in a series. As such this review may contain spoilers for the first book. If you want to read my review of the first book you can find it here. Charlie Laird is a fairly average not quite teenage boy. He has an annoying little brother, an average dad and an absolutely weird stepmom. He lives in a giant purple mansion with a tower. The tower houses a portal to the Netherworld, the world of nightmares. Most people only visit the Netherworld in their sleep during a nightmare, This is the second book in a series. As such this review may contain spoilers for the first book. If you want to read my review of the first book you can find it here. Charlie Laird is a fairly average not quite teenage boy. He has an annoying little brother, an average dad and an absolutely weird stepmom. He lives in a giant purple mansion with a tower. The tower houses a portal to the Netherworld, the world of nightmares. Most people only visit the Netherworld in their sleep during a nightmare, Charlie has been there in person while he was awake. He and his little brother are the guardians of the portal. They make sure it is closed and keep the nightmares locked away in the Netherworld where they belong. Charlie and his friends start to notice that the people from the next town over are acting a little strange. They shuffle, drool, groan and they are very clumsy. One of them crashes into a streetlamp and knocks himself out right in front of Charlie! The soccer team loses 37 to 0 because their entire team are acting like zombies. Charlie and his friends have to investigate. Everything they discover adds to the weirdness. No one is sleeping in Orville Falls and there is a strange new shop in town. When the new shop puts a branch in Charlie's town they realize they have to kick their investigation up a notch and get to the bottom of the mystery before their town becomes the next victim of this weirdness. As with the previous book this one is delightful. Many new lessons for Charlie to learn. Jealousy, fear, hope and despair are all themes in this book. The last one taught kids that you have to face your fear to overcome it. This one teaches kids that being fearless isn't the same as being brave. Doing something because it is necessary despite being scared to death is bravery and it is very different than being fearless. I highly recommend this book. If you have a kid struggling with being brave, this book may be helpful. It has great lessons to teach both young and old, plus it is just a fun read. I found myself laughing out loud many times while reading.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Picking up where Nightmares! left off, the Laird brothers are on a mission to end an epidemic created by what used to be two little twin girls ICK and INK. Will they be able to do it?

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