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Amy Lignor

Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles.  She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books.  She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben

 
By Amy Lignor
Published on July 17, 2010
 

Author:  Cyn Balog

ISBN:  978-0-385-73848-4

This is a fantastic new book coming from the author who brought young adults, Fairy Tale.  Not only is this new story even more imaginative, but the characters will most definitely become “heartthrobs” for all teenage girls. 




Author:  Cyn Balog

ISBN:  978-0-385-73848-4

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This is a fantastic new book coming from the author who brought young adults, Fairy Tale.  Not only is this new story even more imaginative, but the characters will most definitely become “heartthrobs” for all teenage girls. 

The story begins with Julia.  Julia is a girl who...well…let’s just say she is extremely tough.  A long time ago, when she was seven, something happened to Julia to land her on the front-page of the local newspaper, and ever since then people have stared at her a bit differently over the years.  She made two friends in high school.  One was someone just as hard and tough as she’d become – a very sarcastic young man named Griffin.  Griffin is always telling jokes and usually makes people angry because he “calls them as he sees them,” and he and Julia make a great pair.  One night, as he’s going home from Julia’s house, Griffin suddenly sees an image take shape nearby – a woman with black, emotionless eyes like that of a shark. 

The next morning a phone call comes to Julia, and she could swear it is her boyfriend once again making a joke.  Because of this mistaken identity, Julia says some things she shouldn’t, and ends up on the front-page once again.  Turns out that Griffin has passed away and Julia can’t believe it.  Now, is this a sad, sympathetic story?  Not really.  Griffin has gone somewhere else, to take over the job that a boy by the name of Eron has been doing for the last one hundred years.  Eron is a sleepbringer – better known as the Sandman.  There are many sleepbringers who take care of their charges and “seduce” them to sleep with words and the magical sand that they carry.  Julia has been one of Eron’s charges for a long time, so Griffin will inherit Julia when Eron goes back down to Earth to live again.

Griffin is more than a bit upset about Julia not being able to talk and see him when she’s awake.  More than anything, he wants to tell her that his best friend – who is now trying t date Julia – is not a good guy, and Griffin wants to save her from a big mistake.

While Griffin is messing up his new job, big time, Eron is trying his best to “settle” back in to the real world.  He can’t deny that he, himself, has had a crush on Julia for a long time – as he’s been the one watching over her and protecting her from the evils that appear in her life.  There is certainly a part of him that would very much like to get “closer” to Julia when his duty is up and he’s sent back to live like a normal human being.  But Eron isn’t quite as ready as he thinks he is.  The world has changed a great deal since he last walked it, and everything from technology, to language, to the un-gentlemanly way boys behave, has him more than a little thrown.  Humans and Sandmen can communicate…but only through dreams, so Eron has to find a way to warn Julia about some strange happenings, and at the same time keep Griffin in line so he doesn’t screw up the job and become banished to The Last Place.

This story is certainly unique, and the romance is beautifully imagined and told.  I would safely assume that all dreamy teen readers will be clutching this one in their hands, and wishing for a mighty, heroic Eros of their very own.


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