Review: Sleepless

Jul •  22 •  2010

Title: Sleepless
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Paranormal/Sandman
Author: Cyn Balog
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Book: Bought

“Eron De Marchelle isn’t supposed to feel a connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce human charges to sleep. While he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn’t encouraged to–after all, getting too involved in one human’s life would prevent him helping his other charges get their needed rest.
But he can’t deny that he feels something for Julia. Julia, with her fiery red hair and her 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. Eron has always felt protective of Julia . . . but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can’t seem to reach her . . .
Sandmen are forbidden from communicating with humans outside their dreams. But will Eron be willing to risk everything for a chance to be with the person he loves?”
 Okay, this book is great! After Julia’s boyfriend, Griffin, dies in a tragic accident, things go all wrong.  People are getting the wrong impression from her mourning and just wants everything to go back to the way it use to be. Bret, Griffin’s best friend, begins hanging out more with Julia. Griffin now a sandman is having a hard time adjusting to his new life and that means watching Julia.


Eron has been a sandman for a century and is Griffin’s mentor. He has also watched Julia for a long time. He cares for her deeply and is waiting for the training to be done so he can have a chance with Julia. But with Griffin messing in a world he longer belongs in, trouble begins to brew.


Julia has never had a dream about Griffin. Now all of the sudden he begins showing up in her dreams angry. Personal items are being misplaced and some things changed. Julia suspects she is being haunted by her dead ex-boyfriend but dismisses the idea. All she knows is something is not right.


 First off, Eron was such a great character and a guy (if I was not married) I would totally date. He is respectful, trustworthy, and very gentlemanly. He is very courteous with Julia and wants nothing more but to protect her, guide her. I did laugh and felt sorry for him at the same time because of the way he was being treated. Here was a young man, who has been dead since the 1900’s and has no idea of the way of the world today. I wanted badly to step inside the book and help the guy out. After all, he doesn’t know what to do.

 This book is everything I thought it would be. Adventurous, witty, and great writing. I love the plot and the many twist in the story. I like how she worked with two different characters, from two different worlds. The twist in the story were out of this world. Dreams to nightmares. Risking everything your worked for to protect another. Cyn did a fabulous job. I could not be happier with her book.


If you have not, check this book out. It is simply an amazing read that will have a hold on you. Cyn’s unique interpretation of the Sandman was nothing that I have seen before. Sleepless is definitely a book to read this summer.


I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Faye
    Jul 22, 2010

    I know <3 Eron! he is so sweet. I ca't wait to finish Sleepless. Great Review!

  2. Melissa
    Jul 22, 2010

    I have been so curious about this book. So, thanks for the review! Sounds like a good one to read!

  3. Aleksandra
    Jul 22, 2010

    Thanks for the review! Another great book for my tbr list 🙂

  4. Caitlin
    Jul 22, 2010

    I want to read this one!

  5. Larissa
    Jul 22, 2010

    Awesome review! I had not heard of this book before, it sounds cool =) adding to the TBR !

  6. I’m looking forward to this one. So glad it lived up to your expectations. Thanks for the great review!

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  7. Erika
    Jul 23, 2010

    sandmen are definitely minorities in YA paranormal fiction (in fact, this is the first book i’ve ever heard of about sandmen) so sleepless sounds like an interesting story. deviating from the usual paranormal suspects could be a nice change 🙂 i can’t wait to read this!

  8. Marie
    Jul 24, 2010

    Great review. I had no interest in this book until I read your review, it sounds interesting!

  9. Noelle Pico
    Jul 31, 2010

    I’ve been seeing this around a lot and the cover’s intrigued me. After this review, I think that I’m definitely going to pick it up. 🙂