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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  3,038 ratings  ·  401 reviews
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 tha
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published July 1st 2010)
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Jun 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Bookwatcher by: Kika
Shelves: dnf, hate-it, teen-ya
I was happily reading this YA novel when I read something...
It's not a spoiler, it's on page 50 of the book (really on the begin) and the Sandman is talking to someone and get confused hearing the expression "Cool"...

Eron (the sandman) live for almost 100 years as a sandman, staying on earth and observing the humans during the day, when he has nothing to do.... So, can anyone tell me why he don't understand an easy slang as "cool"? Really a strange thing, to one that don't do a thing but observa
rachel ☾
Aug 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: rep-bipoc, fantasy, 1-star
2018 TBR Challenge: Book #5

Trigger warnings for sexual assault, domestic violence, sexism, injury, and death/loss.

I’m a simple girl: promise me a story with Sandman mythology, I’ll pick it up. I should know by now setting my expectations too high leads to the biggest disappointments. Sleepless was not what I hoped for. It was a mess of problematic romantic relationships and poor world building.

First of all, let’s be clear: the relationship between our protagonist, Julia, and her boyfrien
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
This wont be a long review because Sleepless isn't a long book. I believed it was rocking somewhere around the 150-200 pages mark. Sleepless had one of the best concepts I've heard of/read in a long time, but the concept wasn't enough to make up for the few issues I had with it.

The two main characters, through likable, both are lacking in subsistence. Neither ever feel fully fleshed out. Julia is a nice character, but that's it. She just nice. Her thoughts are realistic and funny but there's not
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cyn Balog was really trying to grab your attention in the first chapter when **SPOILER ALERT** Julia’s boyfriend has a tragic death. I did enjoy this book, I give it four stars because this book did have potential in it. Sleepless was not like any other book where I would just read fifty pages, and if I did not like it, I would just move on. First, the characters acted like real teenagers and you could feel a connection, well if you were a teenager. The main characters had the same ideas and cha ...more
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book because of the beautiful cover and that I mildly liked the author's first novel, Fairy Tale, so I was expecting the same fun, humorous stuff out of this one. Man, this was an ultimate no. What the heck went wrong?

Okay, all of the guys were totally undesirable leads. I am not joking about this. Griffin was a jerk. He's an insensitive, chauvinistic (I love that word), possessive prick. I'm serious. He'd say some of the meanest things to her and if Julia showed any type of emo
Dec 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2015
Sleepless definitely had the potential to be a good book. It's about sandman which i havent read in any other books (and i keep remembering about that yellow guy from the jack frost movie). But then then came the bad part. Unecessary romance. This book doesnt even have a love triangle anymore because the main character has 3 love interest (nasty, i know). The main character's boyfriend aka Griffin is dead and he became a sandman, replacing Julia's old sandman Eron. Both are in love with Julia me ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
I love sleeping.
After reading this book I wondered if there really was a Sandman who seduces me to sleep.

Sleepless was a very easy and light read.
The concept was very original.
It was not in anyway like my favorite graphic novel by Neil Gaiman, Sandman.
However, I felt that this book did not live up to its potential.
It was good but it could have been better.
I was a little disappointed with the characters as well because they were not thoroughly developed.
I liked Eron but I disliked Julia.
She was
Michelle Rebar
Aug 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful and dreamy book this is! SLEEPLESS is honestly a breath of fresh air that left me on cloud nine. It's got a truly original concept and Cyn Balog's writing absolutely put a smile on my face and gave me sweet, sweet dreams! It is easily one of my favorites of the year. Actually, I enjoyed it so much it inspired my future Halloween costume! I plan on being a character from the book this year, Chimere, an Original Sleepbringer. Simply put, SLEEPLESS is about a Sandman who falls in l ...more
Aug 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
This was a very disappointing read. When I first heard about this book, I was intrigued by the premise. I still think it's an interesting premise, I just don't believe enough was done with it. We never really get to know the characters that well except for Julia and Eron, and even that could have been explored in greater detail, especially the seemingly complex relationship the two should have. The plot had so much potential, but wasted almost all of it. And worse, the ending was not only contri ...more
Shannon Rogers
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Apr 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I really wanted to like it but it just wasn't for me.
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was excited about Cyn Balog's novel Sleepless right from the beginning because of the fresh, fabulous-sounding premise, and I'm happy to say that it does not disappoint!

The narrative alternates between Eron and Julia's perspectives in a style that really works for this book. Both Eron's and Julia's voices are true to the times they were raised in - Eron's is decidedly old-fashioned, and Julia's very much 21st-century. The characters Cyn Balog creates are delightful, multi-faceted personalities
May 30, 2010 rated it liked it
I was raised on a mix of classical music and 50s and 60s hits, with a foray into 40s big band every once in a while. Mix that in with a father who danced my mother around the kitchen and whistled to every tune, and what do you get? A love (or at least a grudging appreciation) for those oldies. I’m still not a huge fan of opera – my mom pushed that – but I find myself humming doo-wop hits more than I’d like to admit. Thanks, Dad.

Predictably, one of my favorite songs to sing to myself is “Mister S
Susan (Wastepaper Prose)
Dec 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who dreams of someone special.
Shelves: ya, otherworldly
It’s taken me a long time to write this review. I should have posted it weeks ago, but I couldn’t figure out what to say about this book. I had some strong likes and dislikes and just couldn't figure out how to reconcile them.

Since the moment I heard about this book I had wanted to read it. Sandmen, an existence somewhere between life and death, and a strange love triangle. I was instantly enamored, and, at the same time, concerned this book wouldn’t live up to my expectation.

After all, reading
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Eron is a sandman. He has watched over Julia ever since she was a little girl. His term of service is just about up, but his replacement is Julia’s boyfriend, Griffin, who just died in a car crash. Griffin has a hard time following the rules especially when it comes to Julia. If he can’t learn to do his job Eron may be stuck as a sandman for another hundred years. [return][return]I loved CB’s first book Fairy Tale, so I was really looking forward to this book. I was pretty disappointed. For star ...more
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Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sleepless tells the dreamy story of Julia and her sandman, Eron. Julia has been having a hard time sleeping because her boyfriend, Griffin, recently died in an accident. Also, Griffin’s best friend is trying to become her new boyfriend. Julia feels lost and vulnerable without Griffin. What a nightmare!

Eron makes an excellent Sandman. He has been a Sandman for many years and Julia has been one of his charges since she was a baby. Isn’t it great to think that a baby has a Sandman? Eron has such gr
Erica (storybookend)
Sleepless is a quick, light, fun read. I really liked it, it just wasn't amazing. It needed to be longer. The ending was too short and abrupt, and should have been explained more. I really liked the idea of the story, it's very original. The execution of it was okay, but it could have been better. The characters were okay, just didn't seem to have a lot of development in them. Eron was very nice and sweet. At first, he just seemed weird, but then later he turned into one of those swoon worthy ch ...more
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
I will come right out and confess that I am not well-read when it comes to the paranormal romance genre. Reading YA is a new thing for me this year and I've been turning my nose up to most paranormal books because I thought they would all be overdone with vampires and werewolves. Don't get me wrong. I like those things in moderation but I get a little bored when everything seems like I'm rereading Twilight over and over again. Call me a book snob if you wish.

Upon reading the description of this
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Angie (Vampires and Tofu)
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-reads
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Jun 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ala-2010, ya-uf-pr
It used to be that if I didn’t like a book within the first fifty pages, I would stop reading and move on to the next one. It seems silly doesn’t it? I mean with some books it takes a hundred pages or more before the story really starts to pick up and things get interesting. However, there are still those books, such as Sleepless, where you try your damnedest to give the book a shot, to not judge it too soon, but by the end you just wind up feeling as though the book was undeserving of your time ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Maybe because this wasn't my first Cyn Balog book, but I really wasn't put off by the really short length, the rushed climax, or the odd characters. For me, these were all a part of the book's charm.

I've read a lot of negative reviews about this book (indeed, about most of Balog's books), but I have to say that I really enjoy her unique takes on fantasy elements. This book is centered around paranormal creatures called Sandmen that put us to sleep through means of "seduction," which is pretty mu
La Femme Readers
Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Sleepless was a witty, exciting and refreshing YA novel. It literally kept me sleepless until I finished it. The plot was absorbing and uniquely crafted. The idea of a Sandman soothing humans to sleep was magical yet innocent. I am sure some of you remember the Sandman childhood folk story. Seeing it come to life in YA was incredibly entertaining and fun! Now, Eron, was by far an amazing character and Sandman. His personality was filled with elegance and style. In my eyes, he was the ultimate, o ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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. H
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
I'm kind of an idiot.

I thought that Sleepless was a sequel to Fairy Tale, but it seems that both of these books are stand alone. Which I'm more than okay with, because I keep getting drawn to series, and need to stop doing that.

I liked this one a little more than her previous book; the concept of Sandmen isn't something that I've seen done much, if at all, in current YA fiction. I felt the world building was quite lacking, though. I had so many questions: Why do Sandmen only work for 100 years?
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-in-2010
We start with Julia. She was traumatized as a kid and still has the scars on her face to prove it. The whole world felt sorry for her and acted like she was too fragile.

Then she meets Griffin. The world is a joke to him. That is until he dies.

He and Julia had been going out for a while and he has made her strong, made her acceptable to the world. Julia takes his death lightly, no tears.

Enters Eron, short for a rather ridiculous name that I dare not even mention, is a stunning seventeen year ol
Steph Su
Aug 13, 2009 rated it liked it
SLEEPLESS is a unique and delightful supernatural read that combines romance with suspense, the real with the mythical.

The story travels along in a gentle yet always engaging pace, as we learn about Julia, her history with Griffin, and Eron’s backstory. Julia is appreciably complex: oftentimes we might find ourselves wondering why she ever dated Griffin in the first place, but Cyn Balog masterfully weaves together the different parts of a complicated girl who feels like she has to pretend to be
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
Honestly I thought this book was a little ridiculous. While it's not entirely impossible, though it is improbable, for a girl to have three guys in love/obsessed with her, I just didn't understand why the guys in this story felt so strongly about Julia. Sleepless was short, yes, but I think authors can flesh out characters in short books just as well as long ones. These characters weren't entirely flat, but unfortunately they were a little one-note and there was nothing particularly unique about ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was one of the most exasperating book, I've ever read.

Now sometimes there are concepts that are plain unrealistic that even a fiction book cannot be forgiven for using it. And I am not talking about the Sandmen arc of the book but Eron.

Eron is a complete dimwit (actually all the Sandmen are). I mean I cannot for the life of me understand how can he be so behind time after being around for 100 years. Also on the other hand its his personality too, he's too much of every awkward emotion I can t
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Cyn Balog is a normal, everyday Jersey Girl who always believed magical things can happen to us when we least expect them. She is author of young adult paranormals FAIRY TALE (2009), SLEEPLESS(2010), STARSTRUCK (2011), TOUCHED (2012), and her most recent release: DEAD RIVER (2013).e. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters.

She also writes under the pen name Nichola

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