Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Release Day Review: The Night Owl and the Insomniac

Title: The Night Owl and the Insomniac
Series: Shifter U: Book 3
Author: j. leigh bailey
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Category: Shifter, New Adult, Dreamspun Beyond
Pages: 231

Dreamspinner Press

Long nights lead to intrigue… and infatuation.
Chronically ill with a mysterious condition, Yusuf “Joey” Franke escapes his smothering family and doctors by moving halfway across the country to enroll in Cody College. Not long after arriving on campus, some of his symptoms disappear, only to be replaced by debilitating insomnia. Joey spends his nights wandering the halls of his dormitory and hanging out with gregarious and affable Owen, who works the night shift.
When he suddenly shifts from a sick college kid to a massive Asiatic lion, Joey discovers another side to Cody College—it’s a haven for shifters like himself… and like Owen, a part-time great horned owl. And being a shifter is hereditary, which means his parents have some explaining to do.
When Joey and Owen investigate, they discover more than they bargained for—a family deception, a dangerous enemy with international connections, and a love that might be too new to survive the backlash.

4.75 Stars

The Night Owl and the Insomniac is book 3 in the Shifter U series and while the first two books were somewhat interconnected, and while I suggest reading all three in order for maximum enjoyment, I think this book can be perfectly read as a standalone.

Yusuf/Joey has been suffering from some type of autoimmune disorder since he was 5 years old and now that he's moved from his parents' home in Chicago to attend school in Wyoming, he's been suffering from insomnia, which leads him to meet Owen, who covers the night shift in their dorm. They strike an easy friendship and bond through long talks and playing chess, until one night, the night of the full moon, Joey unexpectedly shifts into an asiatic lion, and he discovers a whole new world and some facts that he isn't too certain how to feel about, including the fact that Owen is a shifter as well and that Joey's parents might have been lying to him.

What he didn't expect was to find himself in the middle of a dangerous international operation or that it will test his budding relationship with Owen.

I loved Joey, he was such a sweet boy and had gone through a lot while his parents were trying to find out what was wrong with him. He was very socially awkward and naïve because of that, and it was lovely to see his awakening. I felt so bad about all the pressure and guilt he put on himself, but I was very glad he managed to work through it. I adored Owen, too, he was very supportive of Joey and I loved seeing him trying to help Joey in any way he could. Joey and Owen had amazing chemistry and being a huge fan of GFY, I was in heaven that Joey hadn't really been attracted to anyone before Owen and that he wasn't sure if any of the labels really applied to him.

I really liked Joey's parents and the whole mystery surrounding Joey being a shifter. It was really intriguing. I hated Dr. Mirza though, he was pure evil, not only for what he subjected Joey to in the past, but what he pretended to do with him and other shifters.

I think I can safely say this is my favorite of the series so far. It was different, yet still connected somewhat to the previous books, but giving us a broader spectrum into this world. It was interesting, riveting and intriguing, very fast-paced and well-written and I am already looking forward to more books in the series.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

4 Stars!

What would you do if all of the sudden you found out you were not quite human but instead a lion Shifter? An asiatic lion shifter to be exact.

Yusuf/Joey has spent his whole life being poked and prodded for every test under the sun. All in an attempt to find out why he’s so sick. But taking control of his life for the first time and enrolling in Cody College changes his entire world. Finding out he can shift into a giant snarling lion is a shock but not knowing the truth about why his parents never told him what he was hurts worse.

Luckily for Yusuf, he has a friend in Owen, the young man he’s beginning to feel drawn to. Owen is determined to help Yusuf any way he can. Whether it’s finding out the truth of his past or how to deal with finding out he’s a Shifter. Owen is there and they can’t fight what they feel for one another.

I very much enjoyed this one and though I haven’t read the previous books in the series, I had absolutely no problem following along with Yusuf and Owen’s story. It was both funny and sweet and had a good amount of drama and action. I was happy to know that some of my fears about what was going on with Yusuf never came to be though.

I liked Yusuf a lot but I think I sort of favored him in his shifted form. I loved reading what was going through his mind while he was shifted and his reactions were great. I loved that protective nature he had whenever Owen was near.

Together the guys seemed to fit well. I loved their chemistry and how they were sweet and vulnerable with each other. They could be a bit innocent and awkward at times but at the same time they were quite endearing as well.

Overall, I enjoyed this story and totally recommend it. It was well written and fun to read.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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