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Review: Sleepless by Cyn Balog BOOK and SIGNED SWAG GIVEAWAY!
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From Goodreads: 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?
Review: When I saw this book on the shelf in my local book store, I thought, how sweet! It appears to be a fast read, the binding not being too thick, and the beautiful flower cover comes across girly sweet. What I discovered, however, was the opposite. Sure it starts off rather sweet, fast and to the point (which I like) but it takes the reader through the lives of true teenage emotions and problems, though there is the supernatural element involving Eron being a sandman. Eron lost his life, but not himself. Although he has become a sandman after his death, he is still the person he was nearly 100 years prior. Eron is a strong, charming, attractive and positive character. I liked him right from the start. Julia’s personality and social phobia challenges I could relate to very well, more than well, it was like reading about myself as a teenager. Julia starts off very dependent on her boyfriend, Griffon, who is the classic macho jerk at their school. She lets him make decisions for her and even depends on his candid sense of humor to desensitize her so she doesn’t have to feel. But once Griffon is killed in a car accident, Julia is faced with having to deal with people and the reality of herself and problems. When she meets Eron there is an instant connection to him, though he is rather unlike what she is accustomed to in boys. Eron is a gentleman, treats her with respect and guards her with his life. I was pleasantly surprised by the plot of this book. I live to read paranormal romance and thought that this would be slack in the romance department, but found the building of true love, not just lust, between Julia and Eron, refreshing. Overall this book held my attention and I think that it is a wonderful read for young women coming into the age where boys are becoming a big part of their lives. The book also teaches, not in a beating over the head kind of way, that no girl should allow anyone to talk down to them or treat them with disrespect. And that they have to find their own voice and strength to get through difficult situations. I am definitely going to read this lovely love story again.
Check out the Author Miniview (little interview) with Ms. Balog here.
I give Sleepless 4 flames
Author Cyn Balog
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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