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?
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.
Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.
As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.
His life depends on it.
The premise of this story is what hooked me before I even read page one. I mean, a boy who gets literally surrounded by the demons he creates in his journals? Amazing! Then when I started reading, I really enjoyed it a lot. I liked how you didn't quite know what to make of Varen. Varen is what saved me from hating the main character, Isobel. She's pretty much very superficial and the cheerleader stereotype, but the fact that she takes a liking to Varen redeems her completely. How she defends him and then the eventual love she begins to feel for him is what makes her a great character. Her love for him becomes the kind of love that we can only hope to experience. The descriptions of the world that Varen has created is a whirlwind of color and confusion, it's sometimes hard to picture but that doesn't really turn you off of it completely. It's trippy, you could say, but satisfying. The only thing that I disliked about this book was how the ending cut you off. Completely. I guess it was just because there will be a sequel, but the sequel isn't going to come out for a little while seeing as how this book is a new release. So we have to wait forever! It just doesn't seem fair.
This book recieved 4 stars from me because of a cut-off ending, but i will be reading the second book!