Friday, July 2, 2010
Review : Sleepless
Author: Cyn Balog
Published: July 13th 2010 by Random House Children's Books
Synopsis: Eron De Marchelle isn't supposed to feel a connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce human charges to sleep. While he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn't encouraged to--after all, getting too involved in one human's life would prevent him helping his other charges get their needed rest.
But he can't deny that he feels something for Julia. Julia, with her fiery red hair and her sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. Eron was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it felt to lose the one he loved. Eron has always felt protective of Julia . . . but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can't seem to reach her . . .
Sandmen are forbidden from communicating with humans outside their dreams. But will Eron be willing to risk everything for a chance to be with the person he loves?
Thoughts: I was lucky enough to receive an arc of Sleepless. After reading Fairy Tale a while back, I couldn't wait to get my hands on another Cyn Balog masterpiece. In my opinion, it's not as good as Fairy Tale, but still very enjoyable.
Sleepless takes a spin on the concept of Sandmen. Sandmen are not created, but recruited. They're people who died early life and have unfinished business as humans. After serving 100 years as a Sandman, you get to live your human life again.
For Eron, it's been quite a journey. He cares for all his charges and seduces them to sleep. Out of all them, the one he cares for most is Julia. She's different from the rest. Emotional, damaged, but interesting and beautiful. Sadly, he knows his 100 year sentence is coming to an end, and Sandmen are forbidden to visit their charges once they turn human again. It's a very bittersweet occasion. Still, he can't help but feel drawn to her.
Julia has suffered more in her life than most people. Everyone knows her as "Front Page Julia," the poster girl for tragedies. She feels helpless, lost and confused. If only she had someone to help her through these hard times.
Told through alternating POVs, Sleepless takes the concept of forbidden love and adds a bit of a twist. My personal favorite character in this novel was Eron. His gentle and sweet nature made me wish I grew up in the early 1900s rather than today's age. It was really cute to see how he reacts to all the changes in society.
I had a few issues with Julia. Maybe it's because her character meant to be distant, but I never really felt any kind of connection with her. And the romance between Eron and Julia seemed to be lacking. It was missing that certain za za zu. Though I understand the attraction, I just didn't feel it.
I also wish the story was longer. I feel like it ended too abruptly. Just when the story was getting really good, it ends. I can't really describe what I mean without spoiling it. Unless...will there be a sequel? Cause if there's a sequel, then it's okay. Please, let there be a sequel!
Overall, Sleepless is one of those quick bed time reads many will enjoy. It'll have you questioning your dreams and whether or not Sandmen really do exist. And if they do, can I please have more dreams about Chace Crawford? Thank you!