Sleepless

Sleepless

by Cyn Balog
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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?
 
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.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385738491
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Cyn Balog had a massive case of insomnia while writing Sleepless. She is the author of Fairy Tale, Sleepless, Starstruck, Touched, and Dead River, and lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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Sleepless 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
acsimps More than 1 year ago
My sandman must be a little too good at his job. I have to be his best charge. I love sleep and he has no problem dowsing me with sand each night (too the point where I struggle to get out of bed each morning)...wait, doesn't that mean he's not good at his job? Darn it! I bet Griffin is my sandman! lol As you can see, this story stuck with me. It was fun and sweet. I had a little trouble getting started with this book, but I will blame that on my busy schedule and not the story itself. Sleepless is about Sandmen (incase you couldn't tell from my tangent above. Eron De Marchelle is a Sandman and he has been one for 100 years. This is the term that each Sandman must fulfill his duties before he (or she) can return to a human life and complete their unfinished business. Eron has always followed the rules, been a model employee. That is all about to change when he starts to train his replacement. Griffin Colburn is dead, leaving behind his girlfriend, Julia. He was offered a chance to return to his human life after he completes 100 years as a Sandman. He is to be Eron's replacement. Griffin is having a difficult time letting go of his life and Julia. When his best friend Bret sets his sights on Julia, Griffin is determined to prevent his advances. Eron now has bigger problems then inserting his 1910 experience2010 world. Eron will have to make sure than Griffin fulfills his duties as a Sandman so that Eron can become human while protecting his charge, Julia (whom he loves) from Griffin's tirade. But spending time in both worlds is difficult and Eron never knows when or for how long he will be able to exist in human form. Julia is dealing with the death of her boyfriend. She is once again in the spotlight. Her boyfriend's best friend is suddenly making passes at her and now an incredibly hot stranger has popped into her life. Why is it that Eron seems so familiar to her? As her curiosity and attraction grows for Eron her life becomes more confusing and more dangerous. The story is told from two points of view, Eron and Julia. I really liked this book, but I wish it had been a little longer. As I mentioned before I have been a little busy lately, but I had a hard time getting through the first 70 pages or so, which is a third of the book. After those first 70 pages I was hooked, but some might lose interest before then. Cyn Balog had a great plot for this book and I feel like in the end it turned out to be a great read, but she could have bulked this story up. http://bringmeanotherbook.blogspot.com/
TaraDGoodyear More than 1 year ago
Eron DeMarchelle has waited one hundred years to be human again, but his transition isn't going as planned. Eron is a Sleepbringer, also known as a "Sandman", and he has to train his replacement before he can get back to the life he left behind. The problem? His replacement and his boss are doing everything they can to mess up his plans.  Meanwhile, Julia Devine has spent most of her life being Front-Page Julia, instead of just a normal girl. When she was seven years old, something bad happened to Julia and ever since then the world has treated her differently. Except her boyfriend, Griffin. Then, when he dies in a tragic automobile accident, Julia is back to being that girl again.  Julia tries to move on, but once again she is under a microscope. In fact, the only person who doesn't treat her like a freak is the mysterious Eron DeMarchelle. Little does Julia know, Eron treats her the way he does because he's known her since she was a baby. Will Eron manage to tame his unruly replacement in time to become human again, or will he remain a Sandman forever? It's worth the time spent reading this quick-paced novel to find out.  I first read Sleepless in 2011 and immediately fell in love with this book. I've read it several times since then because I think the premise is both clever and unique to the other re-told fairy tales out there. The young adult novel is an easy-read with great world-building between Eron's Sandman life and Julia's human existence. But above all else, Sleepless is a great love story. If you're looking for a fun and imaginative read this summer, pick up a copy of Sleepless and set your sights on a fun, romantic read unlike any other. 
LovesAllThingsBooks More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. This is the third time I've read Sleepless and every time I find myself tapping my nails in nervous anticipation. Definitely a must read. Sleepless follows the lives of Julia and Eron. Julia is a high school student and has recently lost her boyfriend. Eron is a sandman whose time as such is almost up. He must train up the newest member before he can be human again...his new trainee is none other than Julia's deceased boyfriend.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I devoured this one. It is such a neat concept, and I was drawn into Julia's life. I could relate with her on some levels, and enjoyed the banter between her and Griffin. The writing is good, and it kept a good pace and my attention.     I did feel like Julia changed herself when she met Griffin but I don't know how much of that was self preservation against the spotlight because of what happened when she was younger (I was also curious about this because it doesn't tell much, just that she has scars). But I feel like she got tougher and more able to handle things because of him, so I don't mark that down. I don't like how she is with Bret, and was so glad when that plot thread was settled.      Eron is awesome. I loved that he kept his mannerisms and morals and how he watches out for Julia and even more so when he finds himself in her life in ways he never really imagined.      The ending felt rushed to me though, and I was a little confused as to what exactly happened.  Bottom Line: Great premise, well executed with compelling characters. 
FOXCANDY More than 1 year ago
I loved how this story played out. Eron DeMarchelle is a sandman granted his life back after 100 years of sandman services. It is so cute how charming he is and how innocent his view of Julia is... Too damn cute <3 I can totally see this making it in the movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cute book.refreshing after all those vampire and werewolf books.a must read! i gave it 5 stars
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Everything is a joke to Griffin Colburn from the usual pranks and hijinks right down to his relationship with his girlfriend, Julia Devine. So, really, maybe it isn't so surprising when Julia thinks the news of Griffin's death is a practical joke. Maybe it isn't so surprising that he seems to be playing mean pranks on her . . . after, well, you know. Julia is used to being the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. She's used to the whispers and the gossip. Eron DeMarchelle knows all of Julia's secrets. He knows what happened to her as a child. He knows her dreams. Eron is a Sandman, a Sleepbringer, who has been watching Julia since the day she was born helping her sleep and find rest. No longer human, he shouldn't feel a connection to Julia. But he does. As his time as a Sandman draws to a close, Eron has a chance to see Julia as a human. To talk to her and maybe have something more. That is, if he can keep her safe long enough to actually talk to her in Sleepless (2010) by Cyn Balog. At 215 pages (hardcover) Sleepless is a quick read with a lot of appealing elements. The book is written in chapters alternating between Julia and Eron's first person narrations. Sleepless is also a strange book to review because I really did enjoy it even though there were a lot of issues with the story. Eron is a charming character. Though naive and initially stiff, he quickly grows on readers. Even his lack of understanding about simple, rather ubiquitous, slang eventually makes sense considering Eron spends most of his time in the human world watching his charges sleep. Once you can get past the initial creepiness of Eron's job as a Sandman (and about putting his charges to sleep being called a "seduction"--ew) he is actually very well-meaning and not creepy at all. Julia, unfortunately, is less endearing though she does have her moments. She talks a lot about not wanting to be "Front-page Julia" or be seen as a victim anymore and how Griffin (and his best friend Bret) helped her develop a thick skin while acting as her buffers to the rest of the world. The thing is, Julia kind of is a victim. She mentions learning to give as good as she got from Griffin, but he still comes across as a verbally abusive boyfriend.* Who proceeds to profess his undying (er, figuratively) love for Julia upon his demise. That might be possible to overlook as banter gone wrong, except that Julia also lets another character forcibly kiss her (twice) against her will because she wants to be nice. Then, when someone stops this character, she defends his actions since he's such a "good friend" to her. There are a lot of reasons Julia could be so misguided, most of them even work with the story although nothing is ever stated explicitly. I'm not even sure why the troubling aspects of this story bothered me so little. Maybe it has something to do with Eron being the main character and beyond reproach and the good guy and there to protect Julia? I'm not sure. Some of the writing is also awkward.** There's a thing called "willing suspension of disbelief" (I learned about in a film studies class, maybe you've seen it attached to literature) where basically for a premise to work you have to temporarily surrender your logic.*** Sleepless works if you have enough willing suspension of disbelief. If you can get past some of the fundamental problems mentioned here (by suspending that disbelief) and
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters in this book, and the way they formed as the story went on. The plot was good but alittle complicated. Over all this book has to be one of the best books i have ever read
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bolgai More than 1 year ago
I read the ARC of this book so don't know what will end up hitting the shelves but based on my copy I can say that it's a nice read. I really liked the idea of a Sandman falling in love with one of his charges and breaking rules to protect her. I am generally a fan of incorporating folklore into contemporary fiction and building stories around it so here Ms. Balog did well as far as I'm concerned. What I was much less fond of is how from a perfectly satisfying middle of the book where the story developed at a good pace we jumped to the conclusion that felt cut short and rushed and where the main trouble-maker acted completely out of character. I literally turned the last page and wondered "What? That's it? Aren't there supposed to be more chapters?" The characters are interesting, each with their own voice, and you can see how they change and develop over the course of the story. It would have been great to learn more about them. With the book being as short as it is I feel we've been given a glimpse but there's more to know about every one of them and since I think Ms. Balog does a good job with her characters I bet it would've only made the story better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was very refreshing. I enjoyed the characters very much. I don't like reading reviews and there being a spoiler alert so I am not going to do that. The plot was very good and I recommendthis to anyone who enjoys paranormal stories as I do.
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danibookworm91 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars In a genre dominated by vampires and werewolves, Sleepless was a refreshing and unique read. Cyn Balog takes the commonly known legend of the Sandman and adds to that legend with her own twist. I loved the alternating point of views in this book. A lot of times, I feel, that alternating point of view takes away from the story, but I believe in this case it enhanced the reading of the story. I loved reading Eron point of view and seeing what it was like to be a Sandman, and learning from him, the difficulties of being a Sandman. Cyn Balog did an excellent job of making me want to read more about these characters and the plot. There were many small mysteries, such as what happened to Julia when she was seven, that made me want to continue reading. The threat of danger to Julia also kept constantly shifting, making me want to keep reading to see who was actually the one who wanted to hurt Julia. My only complaint was that this book was too short! I wish it was longer! Towards the end I felt the plot was a bit rushed and I just wanted to read about these characters and the world Cyn Balog created with the Sandman. I also must say too that at times I was frustrated with Juila for not seeing that her boyfriend was not as good as she thought he was and that he was a bad boyfriend. Overall though, Sleepless was a book that kept me turning the pages until the end and left me wanting more, always a good sign.
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I love Balog. She's such a great writer. Everything was written well and with great voice. It was well-paced and a fun read full of creativity and thought. I really don't know which book to pick up next because it was really good and I don't want to part with it.
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Tawni More than 1 year ago
My first impression of Sleepless was that it was going to be awesome, because it has a unique story between a girl and a sandman. Yeah, it sounds pretty great, right? It was a very good book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Eron is a sandman and has three charges, which are whom he seduces to sleep. Eron is totally sexy for a boy who lived in the early 1900s. The way he speaks properly and has great mannerism is attractive, so it was really easy to get into him. He's been with Julia her whole life, being that he's been a sandman for almost 100 years. Once Eron's hundred-year sandman service is up he has two options: continue being a sandman or move on. Unfortunately, Julia's boyfriend is his replacement and he's not cooperating. Eron is stuck between worlds and decisions, but his main priority is protecting Julia - no matter what! After her boyfriend dies Julia's not sad, but she's not happy. She's confused about her feelings, mostly because she's refrained from feeling too much since she was a little girl and expressing sadness is hard for her. She would much rather make a joke and laugh it off. I feel like there was still some developing for Julia by the end of the book. I would have liked to get more into her thoughts and feelings, instead I felt like we were just skimming the top. I enjoyed Cyn Balog's writing. It flows and is easy to follow, but it has feeling. The book is read in the perspectives of Eron and Julia, which I loved. It's always nice to read from a couple of perspectives, because you can understand the feelings of each and it brings to life a whole other aspect to the storyline. Sleepless lacked a little in character development, especially with Julia, and the first few chapters were slow. Overall, though, I really enjoyed reading this unique story and can't wait to pick up another book by Cyn Balog!
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