Thursday, July 18, 2013

Review: Sleepless by Cyn Balog

Sleepless by Cyn Balog
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.
Publishes in US:  July 13th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA paranormal
Source: library
Series? no

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    I devoured this one. It is such a neat concept, and I was drawn into Julia's life. I could relate with her on some levels, and enjoyed the banter between her and Griffin. The writing is good, and it kept a good pace and my attention. 
   I did feel like Julia changed herself when she met Griffin but I don't know how much of that was self preservation against the spotlight because of what happened when she was younger (I was also curious about this because it doesn't tell much, just that she has scars). But I feel like she got tougher and more able to handle things because of him, so I don't mark that down. I don't like how she is with Bret, and was so glad when that plot thread was settled. 
    Eron is awesome. I loved that he kept his mannerisms and morals and how he watches out for Julia and even more so when he finds himself in her life in ways he never really imagined. 
    The ending felt rushed to me though, and I was a little confused as to what exactly happened. 

Bottom Line: Great premise, well executed with compelling characters.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you sleep well?
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  1. I haven't read anything from Balog, but I do like the concept in this one. Julia sounds like she is a pretty good character too. Great review.
    I get about 5 hours of sleep at night, but that's about it. :(

  2. This sounds like a good read! I read Touched and really liked it.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  3. That rushed ending does not sound good :/

  4. I'm glad you liked it in general:) I haven't even heard of this one, but the premise sounds so so so good. Thanks for introducing it to me:)

  5. I am the best sleeper ever. Sleep is my escape from all the stress of life!
    Great review -- I'll try to check this out. Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  6. This is new to me, but sounds good, although the ending has me concerned. Great review Brandi!

  7. The concept for this one sounds awesome! I definitely want to check this out, although the rushed ending doesn't so great.

  8. All the characters to sounds interesting. Endings like that can be awful though. Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  9. I haven't read this author before and I want to. This does sound like an interesting little read, but I am a bit disappointed that the ending isn't a winner.

  10. What a great review! This book sounds so unique and like a lot of fun. I do sleep well- but I guess I will have to think a bit more about the Sandman. :)

  11. Hm... I might have to try this one. I like the sound of the characters in this one.

  12. Not my cup of tea but at least you liked it.

  13. I liked Cyn Balog's first book, but still need to read her others.

    And I sleep like a baby.

  14. I also liked this one :) Balog's novels are so unique and original you can't help but love them. I agree about the ending, it was a bit weird.

    Alise @ Readers in Wonderland

  15. I've only read one other book by Cyn Balog and had the same problem with ending. Everything was rushed and wrapped up in a nice tidy bow in the end. I suppose that's her style. I'll have to look at it from a different angle I guess.

    Do I sleep well? No. I have bad dreams. Do you sleep well?

  16. The concept of this one sounds so cool. So glad the characters were really enjoyable. Great review!

    No, I sleep horribly :D Don't know why, just never been able to sleep well. Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  17. You had me at compelling characters, but I'm not sure what I'd think of the rushed ending. Needless to say, this does pretty good.

    In answer to your question, I usually do. More often than not, I don't.

  18. Ooohhh a book about a sandman that sounds unique. Juli lost her boyfriend in a car accident so I can understand stand dreams and changing as she is going through things. I hate when endings are rushed. I like everything to wrap up nicely and the last couple books I've read have failed to do that.

  19. Oh I really like the idea, I haven't read any books about sandman, but I'm really curious!

  20. Ooh, this does sound good. I love when people say they devoured a book. It makes me want to read it so bad.

  21. I think I read this one and enjoyed it fairly well. It was a light read and didn't impact me strongly, but it was entertaining. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  22. A Sandman?!? How cool! I don't think I've heard of this book before, but it does seem cool. I'm glad you liked it, despite the rushed ending!

  23. This sounds really unique - I haven't read any of Balog's work - I'm adding this to my wish list. Thanks for sharing!

  24. This book sounds really different, I'd like to give it a try! I don't really like when endings feel rushed though. Thanks for your review :)

    Kayla @ K.G. INC

  25. This sounds really interesting. This is my first time seeing it but I will definitely be checking it out. I really the sound of the characters. Too bad about the ending though! :(

    But, I'm glad you enjoyed this! :D Awesome review, Brandi!

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  26. I love the concept for this one too-- and will definitely pick it up!

    Great review!


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