Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review: Sleepless by Cyn Balog

SLEEPLESS by Cyn Balog
Pub. Date: July 2010
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardcover, 224pp
Age Range: Young Adult

Eron DeMarchelle isn't supposed to feel this connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce his human charges to sleep. Though he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn't encouraged to do so. After all, becoming too involved in one human's life could prevent him from helping others get their needed rest.

But he can't deny that he feels something for Julia, a lonely girl with fiery red hair and 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. In the past, Eron has broken rules to protect Julia, but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can't reach her. Eron's time as a Sandman is coming to a close, and his replacement doesn't seem to care about his charges. Worse, Julia is facing dangers she doesn't recognize, and Eron, as he transitions back to being human, may be the only one who can save her. . . .

Even once they've become human again, Sandmen are forbidden to communicate with their charges. But Eron knows he won't be able to forget Julia. Will he risk everything for a chance to be with the girl he loves?

Cyn Balog's follow-up to Fairy Tale has more wit, more supernatural delights, and more star-crossed romance! Teen girls will love this story of a Sandman who falls in love with his human charge.
SLEEPLESS starts off on that fateful night, unknowingly to Julia, that her life as she knew it would be changed forever. This book drew me in immediately. Right off the bat, I got a peek at the characters’ personalities. So knowing that tragedy awaited Julia, I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for how she found out about her boyfriend’s death. What made me delve more into the book was finding out how she would cope with his loss. Not to mention, how unique the premise of this book is. I enjoyed reading about what Sandmen/women do for humans.

SLEEPLESS is told in alternating view points by Julia and Eron. I loved how the beginning of each chapter represented a flower for Julia and a moon for Eron. I don’t think their story could have been told in a better way. I was able to get inside these characters head and see what made them tick as they tried to fit in and piece their lives back together. Julia’s past comes with a stigma. It was so mysterious the way it was written, so I couldn’t help but wonder what happened in her past that made her the way she is. Same with Eron, I was curious to see how things would play out with his new replacement as the clock wound down to his return to humanity. What a surprise his replacement was! I can imagine Eron and I had the same expression on our faces with that whopper! Eron was so old school which was a nice surprise, but I couldn’t help but wonder how he didn’t pick up more on the changing fashions/slang over the century as he followed his charges.

In my opinion, the ending leaves it up to the readers to imagine what happens next. So I created my own little ending with these two. Cyn drew me into the depths of these character’s lives as Julia and Eron fought their way against so many road blocks in order to escape their predicaments. They say “dreams are the windows of the soul.” SLEEPLESS manages to show the wonder of healing powers that dreams can have on one’s soul. Readers looking for a unique story where dreams come alive in the most unimaginable places should definitely pick this novel up.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

39 comments :

  1. Great review. Now I really have read this one. Thanks.

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  2. I finally have this book to read. Cool review. I can't wait to read this myself

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  3. Fantastic review!! I love the premise for this book, about Sandmen/women. Not a subject I thin I've read about, yet.
    I think I would need to start with Fairy Tale though, no?

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  4. Re: fredamans - No, you don't have to start with Fairy Tale before reading this one. They are completely different!

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  5. I have been trying to get my hands on this one!! Can't wait to read it! Great review :D

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  6. I love pretty page art (moons and flowers) and I also love alternating viewpoint stories. Thanks for the review. I'll have to check this one out soon.

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  7. This book sounds really good. I've always wanted to read it. Thanks for the review.

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  8. When I first heard the premise of Sleepless, I thought "Awesome! I want to read that!" ... And now I *really* want to read it! : ) I love stories with alternating POVs!

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  9. I really want to read this book now

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  10. I am excited to get my hands on this one!

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  11. I can't wait! Thanks for telling it is Alt. Chaps. I heart those! :)

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  12. I've read books where the sandman was a very minor character but never a main one. What a neat idea!

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  13. Great review! It is so interesting that the main character is a sandman :)

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  14. Great review! The book sounds really good :D

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  15. I've been dying to read this book the moment I first heard about it. I love the idea of the Sandman being a person & falling in love with a human. So intriguing.

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  16. I've seen this book around a lot and the story sounds so unquie! I can't wait to read it! :)

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  17. I enjoyed your review, it gave me a quite a bit more understanding of what Sleepless is about.

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  18. I really like your review ! I've been wanting to read this book for a while, so I think you just gave me more of a reason to buy it !

    ~Alison

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  19. Great review. This book sounds so good! I like the mysterious aspect of this book a lot!

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  20. I know nothing about Sandmen, so this is sure to be an interesting read for me. I only can think of the song "Mr. Sandman" (bring me a dream).

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  21. Great review! I can't wait to read this book one way or another.

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  22. I have been waiting for this book forever, and now I know it is worth the wait.
    Awesome review, thanks for sharing!

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  23. Oh, dear. It drives me crazy when books leave endings up to the reader. I want a happy (and final) ending!! I'll still probably pick this up though; it sounds too good to miss out on.

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  24. Great review. Sounds like a good story, definitely a new twist that I havent read before.

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  25. Wonderful review! I now have a burning need to read both Sleepless and it's predecessor, Fairy Tale. :)

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  26. I really like what you said

    "SLEEPLESS manages to show the wonder of healing powers that dreams can have on one’s soul"

    it makes me want to read this book. And Ilike these kind of endings too.

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  27. Good review! I am adding this to my 'to-read' pile! Sounds great. Thanks.

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  28. what a unique story. I enjoy "old school" characters.

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  29. I don't know if I like that the ending is left up to me...

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  30. Great review! I wasn't sure whether or not to read it but now i definitely will!

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  31. Great review! Although I'm not too excited about the "leaving the ending to yourself" part. My imagination sucks -- I need it written down to be something solid, and real. :P Either way, I'm looking forward to this <3

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  32. I've been dying to read this one!

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  33. I love your review can't wait to read this one sounds so good.

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  34. This sounds like a great book! Can't wait to get myself a copy!

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  35. I often like open-ended endings. Is this one a set up for a sequel, do you think?

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  36. Great review! I really want to read this book! :)

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  37. I just know that I have to read this book. You can never really find another book with the sandman in it. I love your review about it :)

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