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?
When I first heard buzz about this book around the blogosphere I was immediately intrigued. I mean it's not everyday you hear a love story between a sandman and a human. Although I must say I found some of it was quite reminiscent from other books I've read recently because of their forbidden love. However having Eron be a sandman kept it unique in some ways. It was a super fast read, but it did take me a while to get into. I felt that the introduction to the characters' lives was a little long. Once I got passed the slow beginning though, I couldn't put it down. It didn't stick to one topic for too long and ended up being a fast paced read. One of my favorite things about it was the relationship between Julia and Eron. It was authentic and had obstacles it had to overcome just like any great relationship.
As some of you may know I am a total sucker for double narration. I love being able to get into both of the characters' minds and see the story from each of their point of views. It's just truly amazing. Throughout the story you have the mystery of not knowing if Eron will finally become human after all these years because his replacement won't face the facts which keeps you glued to the page to find out if Eron will finally become human. I'm still uncertain on if I liked the ending or not, it happened pretty fast and I probably would have liked a little more development in the wrap up of our characters' lives
My favorite character was definitely Eron, I adored how considerate and respectful he was towards Julia and really just people in general. He was going through (I thought) the most changes in the book by transferring back into his human state for the first time in 100 years. There's tons of changes in society and lingo he had to learn along with the fact that he may have feelings for one of his charges. Can we all just say a synchronized "Wow'!? If being a teenager isn't hard enough, just throw in all those issues. I have no idea how Eron handles it in such a patient and polite way.
I really do recommend that you pick up this book at your library, especially if you like reading about paranormal love. It's a refreshing new edition to the YA paranormal fantasy books. Overall Sleepless was a unique fast paced read.