Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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?
Sleepless by Cyn Balog is a wonderfully romantic and unique addition to the young adult fantasy genre, and told through both Julia and Eron's point of view. Given a choice at the moment of his death, Eron can choose to become a Sandman for one hundred years or he can simply pass on. For the past sixteen years Eron has been seducing Julia to sleep, he was there protecting her when she was kidnapped by a monster when she was a child. And now in the last week before become human again, his replacement, Griffen, is not following the rules. When Griffen died he left behind his girlfriend, Julia, and he's having trouble letting her go. Soon his love becomes a dangerous obsession, as each day Eron spends all of his human hours with Julia. At first Julia is suspicious of the good-looking boy who seems to know so much about her, and yet she finds it hard to resist his old-world charm. Griffen decides that he wants Julia to be with him forever, and seduces her to sleep while she is behind the wheel of a car. And Eron is trapped between the world of the Sandmen and the human realm.