Friday, September 3, 2010

YA review: Sleepless

Sleepless (Delacorte, July 13, 2010)

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? (summary from author's website)

My thoughts...Sleepless has a very original plot that gives readers a fresh reading experience.   The story is about a Sandman and his charge.  Eron, who was a human boy about 100 years ago, became my favorite character almost instantly.  His old world manners and charm made his character very enjoyable.  He is in charge of putting Julia, among others, to sleep every night.  Julia's character felt cold to me at times, but she dealt with her misfortunes in her own way and still maintained her dignity.  I found some of the characters transparent at times, their true motives seemed to be just beneath the surface. 

Sleepless was a fast paced book.  It is told from several point of view which provides a good perspective of the characters.  Parts of the story were predictable, but it allowed me to focus on some of the other details.  The ending of the book left me feeling a bit unsatisfied, it seemed a bit abrupt and forced.  However, it left room for another story about the characters.  Cyn Balog has a wonderful style of writing that lends itself to great storytelling.  I would recommend this book to fans of YA literature, especially if you are looking for something new and exciting. 

For more information, including ordering links, visit Cyn Balog at her website. 


Melissa said...

Brilliant review! I hear great things about this one, though I've yet to make the time to read it. Perhaps now I will :)

Tara SG (25 Hour Books) said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this one!

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