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Tour Review: Sleepless by Cyn Balog

Sleepless by Cyn Balog Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (Jult 13th, 2010) Reading Level: Young Adult Hardcover: 215 pages Rating: 4 of 5 stars 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. Review: I will say that I have never heard of a book involving a Sandman. I also never thought I would enjoy one but this one was pretty good. We start off getting to know Eron, the Sandman who has been stuck taking care of his charges (humans) for 100 years. It's finally time for him to pass the job onto someone else and become human again. Problem is that his replacement, Julia's recently deceased boyfriend, is not thrilled with the job or what he sees as he's watching Julia.
The beginning of the book was a little disconnected for me. It took me a while to enjoy reading about Eron. The story does give us a glimpse into his past and his life as a Sandman so that was important information to have. I liked the alternating chapters between him and Julia but enjoyed reading Julia's story more because she had a lot going on. By the middle of the book the plot picked up and the characters connected a lot more.
I liked Julia and her way of dealing with her boyfriends death. It's far from normal but it worked for her. It was funny to see Eron try to integrate himself into present-day human life. He had some really funny lines as he tried to learn the"language" of the day.
This is a quick book, although a little slow at first, I soon became very interested in Julia's situation and what would happen with her and Eron. I thought their relationship could have been developed a little more but I did see the bond they shared simply through knowing each other for so long; even if Julia wasn't fully aware of him.
The ending had a lot of action but was really fast. I thought it could have been expanded a little more. But the characters are each fascinating and have completely different personalities. Where Julia was more closed-off, Eron was more emotionally-connected to his environment and to Julia.
Any reader interested in stories based on fairy tales will enjoy Sleepless. It's a short read that puts a nice spin on the legend of a Sandman in present-day situations.

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