I just finished reading Sleepless by Cyn Balog for a Traveling Arc Tour.
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?
The premise of this story is definitely new. A Sandman? I've definitely never read anything of the likes. (And where is mine? I always have a hard time falling asleep and wake up at least once an hour so my Sandman must not be doing his/her job :) ) Anyways, when I read what the story was about, I knew I had to read it.
The idea was good and the plot was well thought out, but I didn't really like the characters. I definitely didn't like Griffin or Brett. Sorry, but they just seemed like jerks to me. Guys who laugh at anything, and Griffin and Julia never had serious conversations. I dunno--just not very likeable guys. And while I didn't dislike Julia, I didn't really care for her either, until the very end. Then she seemed to get some of her own personality. Eron was cute. The way that he was so confused in the modern world was endearing.
I liked how the story was told from alternating viewpoints between Julia and Eron. And I liked the plot. But I think the ending wrapped up a little too nicely and quickly. I could easily have read more and would have liked there to be more at the end.
Overall, a fun book on a new topic and I look forward to reading Cyn Balog's other book, Fairy Tale.
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
Sleepless will be released on July 13, 2010.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 78
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 58
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 56
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Traveling ARC Tours.