Author: Cyn Balog
Genre: YA Fiction/ Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (July, 2010)
Hardcover: 215 pages
Available on: Amazon | Barnes&Noble | TheBookDepository
My Rating: 3/5
Description 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?
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.
The idea of a handsome Sandman that falls in love with his charge was amazing. I admit the idea of a guy that watches you sleep every night is a tid bit freaky but Cyn Balog made it work. Eron and Julia's relationship was very cute. In the beginning Julia is shocked with the news that her boyfriend died in a car crash. Then a mysterious guy that makes her feel like she has known him forever appears in her life. Is she ready to let this mysterious guy into her life?
Sleepless is a small book with an entertaining story. It is told from both Eron and Julia's perspectives. I enjoyed reading about Eron's adaption to the 21st century. It was also great that it was explained why Julia feels like she has known Eron forever and feels safe around him.
I would have loved this story if it had explained a little more about the sandman life and folklore. The ending also seemed a little strange, all of their problems seemed to get fixed just because I was in the final pages. I would have liked a little more explanation as to the change of mind of some of the characters.
I recommend this book if you want to read a light sweet story about a sandman that falls in love.