Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sleepless by Cyn Balog

Sleepless by Cyn Balog
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte

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? - Goodreads.com

This is my first read by author Cyn Balog, and she caught me at the first word.  This has to be one of the most unique paranormal storylines I've read in a while.  The idea that "the Sandman" is real, was such a different one, that I couldn't help but be captured.  Add to that the fact that it isn't just one, but multiple sandmen, and that everyone has their own who helps put them to sleep at night, and this is so intriguing.  Eron is Julia's sandman.  He has watched over her all of her life, helped her to sleep every night, and cares for her more than he does himself.  I love it!

Julia is definitely someone who needs protection.  She had a very bad experience when she was little, and it changed her a bit.  She's naive and trusting, sad, and puts up with treatment in her life that just isn't right.  I kind of liked seeing this vulnerability.  Although I admire strong heroines, not everyone is going to be strong that way.  It was kind of refreshing to read a book about a character that isn't super strong.  Someone that appreciates some protection and care.  And Eron is there.

Eron was such an awesome character.  Sandmen become so when they die, and Eron died one hundred years ago.  So you have a gentleman here who never grew out of his old world ways.  It was so endearing to read.  Their romance was sweet, but at the same time, fraught with some peril too, as things are out to get them.

I'll definitely be looking for more Cyn Balog books in future!

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