Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King

36313319In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?


Okay okay so to start with I love King he has to be one of my favourite Authors and I mean we all dislike a book by our faves every now and then and unfortunately this was mine.

I’ll start with what i did like:
The premise! I mean when woman fall asleep they become cocooned in a gauze like substance with the texture or earwax ewww and if you break their cocoon to try to wake them they become feral fast zombie like creatures and kill you with what ever is near by, bring on the blender murder, I do like.

Some of the characters…. Some being the main word. I loved Evie, she was unique and weird and magical – although the magical woman fixing everything trope is eh whatever.
The reporter! Yes stay awake, do what needs to be done to stay awake and figure out what on earth is happening.
The rats? Seriously the rats were awesome and should have been the main characters, give me rat leaders making important decisions and helping their fellow rats survive.

When you get down to enjoying rats you might be fishing for things to like. Just saying. No matter how charismatic the rats. when they start to take precedent over the characters that cant be great.

Now my problems and why it took me over a month to get through this.

Background info: I read IT, that is 1478 pages in 8 days, I read Under the Dome 1092 pages in 5 days so why did it take me more than a month to read these 736 pages?!

The lack of plot movement The plot is woman falling asleep, its woman killing people if they wake, it’s men worrying about their children and woman falling asleep… WE GET IT. People are asleep can we move on yet? Apparently not as nothing much else happened we just got 70+ POV’s about woman falling asleep or trying to stay awake and some marriage dramas.

“That was one way in which the sexes had never been equal; they were not equally dangerous.” 

The Sexism – okay so I don’t think this book is sexist which it very well could have been, BUT it’s so hard to read about characters who are sexist even if they are the badies, having to read about an officer abusing his power and sexually assaulting woman, having to read about domestic abuse, about the gender roles of society and even the mention of Trump. It’s annoying after a while, yes this is happening but skip a page about blow jobs to illustrate how much of a pig these men are, I’m good. This may be a personal preference who knows.

ALL THE CHARACTERS- So many characters i have no idea who is who I literally remember 5? And all of them were uninteresting. We could have had an amazing 6 cast POV story and gotten so much more in my opinion. Because there were so many characters I wasn’t attached to any of them, so when the final big fight scene came up I couldn’t give two shits what happened.

AND this isn’t a personal preference I loved Under the Dome, give the perspective of a dining room table forgodsake but make it interesting!

its draaaaaged ^because of all the above reasons.

The ending did not satisfy

Overall I would recommend this book to you if you’re interested in it, I completely can see how this review is very me related, the writing is there, the premise is page turning, I unfortunately just wanted to go to sleep because of dull characters and how long this took me to get through.

PS. I really did like the Rats that’s not actually a joke and Evie was pretty baddass when she was in scenes, I wish we had more of her.

PS. ANOTHER PROBLEM ACTUALLY – The reporter was taking crack to stay awake and I didn’t notice much mention of the side effects? I think this would have been cool to explore how the drugs effected her and others more.

2/5 Stars

Have you read this yet? What did you think? I hope you enjoyed it more than I did!

If you did love this and haven’t read Under the Dome yet I highly recommend you do, I still recommend it even if you haven’t read this or if you disliked it XD 


Thank you so much Hachette for allowing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

11 thoughts on “Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King

  1. It’s ironic you wanted to go to sleep while reading a book called Sleeping Beauties! 😛 I absolutely love the works of Stephen King, but it’s such a shame you didn’t have a great experience reading this book – especially with the characters, as characterisation is something King usually does in a detailed and engaging way. I was excited when it came out, and I’m keen to read it, but am waiting for it to drop in price first.

    I haven’t read Under the Dome yet either, would you recommend? 🙂 x

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    1. YES! It’s one of my faves and as you said the characters are so well done in under the dome, this was missing the magic king books usually have for me ☹️ I hope you like it better tho! It’s an amazing premise!

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  2. This was going to be my first King book but I don’t know if I want to start here now…. I read too many books this year with character problems and I don’t want to commit to a big fat book this late in the year. I got goals to keep 😀

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    1. Read Carrie! It’s like 200 pages and a great intro to king in my opinion it’s what I always tell people to pick up when they don’t know where to start. Definitely dont go for this as your first… or maybe do and you’ll enjoy it more coz you don’t know what your missing 😂😂


  3. Ha! I thought the same things. It took me about 3 weeks to finish it. I enjoyed it though. It dragged on. I felt like I could tell where Stephen’s writing ended and Owen’s begun, which may be why it dragged on for me. Yes and too many characters, I couldn’t keep them straight so it was hard to become invested in them.

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    1. I couldn’t tell actually! Maybe because I listened to most of it on audio because I just wasn’t motivated to pick up the book XD I’m glad I’m not the odd one out and that you enjoyed it anyway! I enjoyed parts of it but not really as a overall 😦


  4. It sounds interesting but I’m hesitant about two men writing about violent women and creating male characters who are abusers. It sounds as though there’s too many stories being told to have any impact on readers unfortunately. I remember reading Under The Dome a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Sorry this one didn’t entirely work for you Casey but wonderful review nonetheless ❤

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    1. It’s a sticky place for them to go, esp as most of the setting is a woman’s prison and characters that have be incarcerated for murder and violence. I felt there was a lot of discussion on how Men start wars and woman wouldn’t. I didn’t really find any of the portrayals of the woman offensive but it doesn’t sit too nicely either. This is supposed to be about the effects woman leave and turns out we effect a lot of homemaking jobs…*eye roll* and apparently wouldn’t try to blow up somewhere if the men had fallen asleep and to do so may find a cure.. I’d say Woman would be plenty capable of that in a panic.

      The ending was so *anti* sexist it pissed me off and felt disingenuous BUT yes Under the Dome is great and I’m glad you liked it too XD thanks Kells ❤


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