Grade: High A
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...
Character Development: 9/10
Total Score: 60/70
Obtained: Free ARC provided by author.
Age Appropriate? PG-13
Language: Nothing too bad, if any.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Some teen drinking, drunkenness
Sexual Content: Some graphic imagery, nothing too extreme
Disturbing Images/Violence: Kidnapping, controlling relationships
This was a fun, quick read with an interesting concept, riveting plot, and complex, fascinating characters. The story gets all tangled up in a love square to rival the best of them, and each character faces conflict and confusion from the bizarre events that unfold.
I loved Julia and Eron--both were crafted realistically with their own distinct voices that reflected who they were in an appropriate manner. Julia's modern-day normal teen girl voice and Eron's early 20th century gentlemanly one contrasted each other nicely. Similarly, Griffin (the dead boyfriend) and Bret (boyfriend's best friend) were enigmas of their own, and underwent great changes that brought their true characters to light.
Sleepless will not disappoint. Full of realistically-paced romance and emotional turmoil, it is the most honest and dark rendition of high school drama that I have experience in a paranormal romance in a long time.