Friday, August 20, 2010

Book Review: Sleepless by Cyn Balog

Sleepless by Cyn Balog
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication date: July 2010
ISBN: 9780385738484
Source: ARC provided by Traveling ARC Tours


Eron has been a sandman for nearly a hundred years and his term is coming to an end.  He seduces his charges to sleep each night, but he isn't supposed to become too attached to them.  But Eron is feeling inexplicable attracted to Julia, one of those he puts to sleep.  As the time for his return to human life draws near, he tries to teach his replacement who shows little interest in life as a sandman.  Even as he starts his transition to human life, he knows he should stay away from Julia.  But will he be able to stay away from her when she is in danger?

Things I Liked:
This story was quite unique and interesting.  It had an odd mix of sweet and scary elements that worked rather well together.  I was intrigued by the idea of sandmen and the rules they must follow.  Eron was a fabulous hero and you can't help but root for him.  I found myself wanting to know more about his past life and his time as a sandman. Definitely not your typical paranormal romance.

Since I've worked at this stand in the food court since freshman year, pre-Griffin, I have a knack at predicting what certain customers will order.  Judging by their waistlines, I can tell that these girls are fat-free vanilla yogurt in a kiddie-size cake cone all the way. p 46 of ARC
Things I Didn't Like:
I think the interesting premise was really the best part of the book.  I found that the details of the story and many of the characters were lacking.  I was unimpressed with the development, especially the ending.  It felt rushed, short, and way too simplistic.  Things just kind of fell into place very neatly and without a lot of trouble.  Fun story idea, but it just fell flat to me.

Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

s-factor: !@
scattered throughout

mrg-factor: XX
some implied stuff, nothing explicit

v-factor: ->
a few situations

Overall rating: ***

What do you think of the idea of sandmen lulling you to sleep at night?

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  1. It does rather remind me of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, although that, of course, is a whole lot darker ... And then there's the Sandman in Elizabeth Knox's Dreamhunter/Dreamquake duology, also more compelling reading from the sounds.

  2. Andie, I've never read Sandman, but now I'm intrigued. I have just finished the duology or duet or whatever two books in a series are called and I totally didn't make the connection! Thanks for pointing that out!


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