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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  669 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Young, rich and good-looking, Izzy and her friends lead seemingly perfect lives. But exams are looming and at a school like Clerkenwell, failure is not an option. Luckily, Tigs has a solution. A small pill that will make revision a breeze and help them get the results they need. Desperate to succeed, the group begin taking the study drug. It doesn't take long before they r ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Stripes Publishing
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Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Horror, study, murder, drugs, teens

I am so confused... That ending has just turned my mind to mush and I don't even.

I felt that this book started pretty slowly, but once it got going it was at full pelt with no intention of stopping.

I think what impacted my enjoyment the most was the characters. When it comes to drugs of any sort and the consequences, I am very unsympathetic. And part of me thought that these characters got what they deserved.

This book was definitely a little bit creepy
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little Tiger Group and NetGalley.)

This was a good thriller/horror story, but I have to admit to being a bit confused by the ending.

I did like some of the characters in this, and I felt quite sorry for poor Izzy. I understood that her and her friends only wanted to do well in their exams, but I did feel that the only one with any sense was Kara. Who gets given random drugs by a friend, with no labels or
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Sleepless but it was a bit slow paced to start with!

Sleepless is about Izzy and her group of friends. They are from rich families living near the Barbican Centre in London. They all attend the prestigious private school Clerkenwell. Like with many schools (says a student teacher…) exams are of utmost importance. Izzy and her friends are worrying about the upcoming exams, until Tigs gives everyone a solution- they could take this ‘study aid’ that she has found online which will help the
Paula Brandon
Dec 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Ugh. This really wasn't my cup of tea! I got very fed up with it! I simply could not get past the fact that none of these teenagers would go to a doctor or their parents, even though they were having horrific side effects that were killing them. I mean, for heaven's sake! Get in trouble for taking an untested drug, or DIE? I know which option I would choose!

The book is basically the main character seeing something scary and horrible, only for it to be a vision brought on by the drug's side effec
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 3.5

This was a decent read, but the ending wrecked it.

I felt quite sorry for some of the characters in this, but i didn't really like them. I didn't get how some of them could take the pills so easily when they had no idea what was in them.

There was a few creepy bits in this, which i enjoyed.

The ending to this was really weird and confusing. I have an idea on what might have happened, but i don't know if it's act
Gayle Noble
Second read 2020: This stood up quite well to a reread but I'd probably adjust the rating down slightly to 4 stars. I think more could have been done with the story in some areas, but the ending is still suitably chilling.

First read 2016: Another good book from the Red Eye series. This one is not quite as engrossing as Frozen Charlotte but it is very enjoyable. The friction between the members of the group is nicely built up. Also, I like the 'slow descent into the unknown' pacing of the book an
(Mellifluous Grant)
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, young-adult
Ooooo if this doesnt give you nightmares not much will...
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, young-adult, horror
Sleepless is Lou Morgan’s first YA novel. She published numerous short stories and her previous two novels, Blood and Feathers and Blood and Feathers: Rebellion were fantasy books published by Solaris. Having massively enjoyed those, I was curious to see what Morgan would do writing horror and horror aimed at a young adult audience at that. She wrote a freaking frightening book, that’s what she did. Sleepless is a seriously nerve-wracking roller coaster of a tale, with a serious And Then ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Review originally posted at Books & Baby etc.

Sleepless is the second book I have read from the new Red Eye range by Stripes Publishing. The first was Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell which I really liked. When I saw Sleepless was available on NetGalley I couldn't help myself and requested it straight away. Unfortunately I have to say I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much. The writing is fine and I get what the author was trying to achieve with it but, for me, it doesn't quite hit the mark and in p
Dawn Kurtagich
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome. Lightening fast and wonderfully tense. Loved the ending *giggles*
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books
3½ stars rounded up to 4


When exam time comes around, Izzy and her friends are really feeling the crushing pressure from both their parents and their school to do well. So when the group's leader, Tigs, suggests taking a new kind of focus pills to help them study, they quickly agree.
It isn't until after exams and 2 weeks of taking the drugs that things begin to go horribly wrong. Not only do the pills suddenly vanish from the site Tigs got them from, but the whole group begins experienci
Aurora Dimitre
This was one hundred per cent a fun one. I'm still not sure what's going on with it but it was a fucking wild ride, and yeah--surprisingly gory. Like, I tried to read it on break and had to put it down because I was also eating at the same time and that shit wasn't going to fly. But no, definitely enjoyed it. Suspenseful; I always wanted to know what was happening, what was going to happen next--kept the pages turning. Good times were had by all, except by the characters in this book. ...more
M.J. Mallon
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

My blog theme this month is spooky, scary, creepy stuff and nonsense, so in the lead up to Halloween, I've joined the #redeyereadalong on Goodreads. I’ve already acquainted you with Frozen Charlotte, and now from 5th October 2015 – 11th October 2015, I've read the second book in the #redeyereadalong, Sleepless by Lou Morgan, finishing a couple of days early!!

I finished this in super quick time, it was such a faced paced, exciting, adrenalin filled read. H
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed for Bookaholic Confessions

The pupils at highly prestigious school, Clerkenwell, are staring to fear their up-and-coming exams. They know that failure is not an option, which is why Izzy’s friend and fellow pupil Tigs decides to get hold of some FokusPro pills to help her and her friends out. It’s all completely above board; the pills are just ‘a bunch of vitamins’ which will help improve their concentration and memory.
The pills do their job and Izzy and her friends survive th
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
3.5 stars Some quite creepy and tense situations!

Full review:

First up, I read Sleepless by Lou Morgan. This is a story about Izzy and her group of friends. They're all rich and pretty and they all live in or near the Barbican Centre and attend this swank private school, Clerkenwell. At Clerkenwell, exams matter. They're super important and in fact, failure is not an option.

So when Tigs gives everyone a seemingly perfect solution to their problem, Izzy and her friends all jump at the chance. Ti
Clara (Clarylovesbooks)
maybe it's 3.5 stars because it took me a while to really get into the story, it was a bit slow at first. I really enjoy it even if it wasn't great and I liked the ending although I'm a bit confused haha ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is more a 3.5 stars but heading more towards the four than the three. It could have been so, so great. The last page was my favourite out of the whole book. Such a shame!
Hannah (Ivyclad Ideas)
The real horror story here is the desperation kids feel when it comes to passing exams. This story could happen. Hell, it probably has happened.

Seven kids take a study drug. They still have to study - this isn't a way to get out of doing the work - but they take everything in better as a result. There's an atmosphere of peer pressure in the room in that first scene, when Tigs gives out the pills. After that, the story becomes a psychological horror with a fair bit of gore and a heavy dose of wh
Abi McManigan
This was another quick read but 100 pages in I was seriously considering dnf'n it, but I persevered and I'm glad I did cos it was such a thrill ride!

Basically I had to learn to get used to the writing style, which on my first read I found to be very basic and juvenile. I know this is a YA book but the style was much more middle grade so I found it funny that the cover states it's not for younger readers but obviously I agree with that statement for different reasons.

I haven't read a more excitin
Lucy Dawson
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars
This has been my least favourite of the Red Eye horror series so far.
I read it quickly as all of these books are easy enough to sink your teeth into and don't faf on too long with fleshed out character development. They generally have quite 2D characters but a lot of action - perfect for the horror genre.
But anyway, no this one just didn't do it for me. It's about a group of wealthy students who take a drug they've found on the Internet, purported to aid concentration. When they find they can no
Sahina Bibi
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you once again, to Stripes Publishing for giving me this book for review, which is part of the Red Eye horror series being published, which contains 4 books from individual authors. The first of which is, Frozen Charlotte, by Alex Bell, the review for which can be found here.

The second book is of course, Sleepless, by Lou Morgan. Hold on to your butts for this one.

As the tale goes (well, the story, but let’s just imagine we’re sitting together at a camp-site and telling stories with a fl
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would've given another star if it weren't for two things; (1)The ending and (2)(view spoiler)

The book is about Izzy and her group of friends. They all attend this school where good grades are h
Maia Moore
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Original review posted here

I bought this book at the UKYA Extravaganza and got it signed by Lou and had a lovely chat with her about her books and the horror genre.

As a bit of a self confessed horror nerd (I spend most evenings watching horror films and I wrote my Masters dissertation on the subject) I enjoyed seeing a lot of classic horror tropes in the story, as well as references to situations we're so used to seeing in horror films. Protagonist Izzy's awareness of this (like me, she's a horr
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a seriously fun read. Once I stopped rolling my eyes at the idea of anyone taking drugs bought on the internet, I was intrigued by the premise and excited to see where the story would go. It meanders along slowly to start, introducing quite a few characters and setting the scene for the story - the exclusive Barbican complex in London where only the elite live. Once the drugs have been taken, the pace picks up tremendously - and in a matter of a couple of pages - and it doesn't let up u ...more
Rachel (aka Ms4Tune)
i prefered frozen charlotte but this was just as twisted in some respects. quite good... review to come.

‘How well does anyone ever know their friends.’ Loc 2377


My review can also be found HERE

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I totally read all of this in one sitting. It reminded me a lot of Limitless (the Bradley Cooper film). A bunch of school friends take a drug to allow them to stay awake and absorb all of their re
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Bit of a strange one- of course, the summary let me know this wasn't going to be run of the mill. Also the back cover says 'Warning, not for younger readers!' so I knew this wasn't going to be your typical YA. Still, mostly this didn't work for me in the scare factor, and wouldn't have scared me as a teen either (and I was scared of every scary movie back then)

So I knew from the summary that the characters take drugs, and then slowly their world changes and grows scarier. Despite the warning, I
Heather Lawson
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Originally posted here: [link to come - scheduled for 5pm GMT]
I'm not going to lie. I'm a 24 year old, grown woman who last night checked under her bed for scary things and used the torch function on her phone to get from the door to her bed in the dark because this book was freaking me out that much!

Morgan has a way with building an intensely creepy atmosphere and playi
Children's Book Chat
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to the world of Izzy and her friends, children of the Barbican in Central London. They are students of the prestigious Clerkenwell School about to face the dreaded GCSEs. Sweet freedom and the longest summer yet are within sight, they just have to find a way through these exams first.

Could the FokusPro pills offered to them by queen bee Tig be too good to be true? They’re side-effect free, right?

That’s when things start to get creepy. Unable to shake the feeling they’re being watched, th
Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
Actual rating: 1 star

This is the worst horror book I `ve ever read with the characters being very bland. It was honestly your average horror story with the characters making stupid decisions (eg taking a random pill found online to pass their test and then deciding it would be better to suffer on their own rather than tell anyone about the risks of sounding crazy) and a lot of gore mixed up in it as well as a plot twist to make a cheesy story. There was only one girl who actually made good decis
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sleepless is a very unusual take on Horror - the plot is not like anything I've ever read in this genre before (I know I say that a lot, and you're probably thinking, "Has this woman read anything dammit?" - but what can I do?).
For that reason alone it is worth a go. Otherwise, it's not a particularly brilliant story.

The pace felt really slow and it didn't help that, apart from one or two, the characters were pretty unremarkable (and there're a lot of them) and it seemed like they were only the
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Lou Morgan is an award-nominated adult and YA author. Her first novel, Blood and Feathers – an adult urban fantasy – was published by Solaris Books in 2012 and the follow-up, Blood and Feathers: Rebellion, was released in the summer of 2013.

Her first YA novel, Sleepless, is published by Stripes / Little Tiger Press as part of their Red Eye horror series.

She has appeared at the Bath Children’s Lite

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