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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Book Review! Slumber by Christy Sloat





Slumber (The Slumber Duology #1) by Christy Sloat
Genre: Young Adult (Fractured Fairy Tale/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: March 16, 2015
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing

Not all princesses get their happily ever after...
They tell me I killed my boyfriend Phillip in cold blood. I stabbed him twenty one times. I’m only seventeen years old, and I am serving life in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane.
I don’t remember killing him, so it’s really hard to believe I’m capable of murder. In fact I don’t remember anything before I came to Spindle Ridge, not even my boyfriend.
I can only grasp onto my realistic dreams while the madness of the asylum threatens to pull me under. I dream I’m a beautiful princess and there is an evil faerie named Maleficent who is bent on my destruction. The dreams are the closest thing I have to memories of my life, except they aren’t real.
I’m crazy. I’m not a princess. 
They’re the mad illusions of an irrational teenage girl, right?
They’ve assigned me a new doctor, and she says I can trust her, and that she’ll help me see the truth of who I really am. 
When she arrived she brought a new patient, Sawyer, who is everything Spindle Ridge isn’t: exciting, mysterious and beautiful. He promises he’s here to rescue me. Trusting either of them frightens me.
Could it be possible that my dreams are more than just the imaginings of a delusional girl? Could they be truth? 


Slumber by Christy Sloat is book one in the Slumber Duology. There were things I liked and things I didn't. I know this was a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, so some things would be predictable by default, but I felt like this story never truly grew into its own. You get a lot of Maleficent's story too, which, I felt, closely followed the movie, Maleficent, in many ways. All the predictability left me disappointed. With that being said, it still had that literary enchantment that kept me reading.

Instead of being under a sleeping curse, Rory was imprisoned in an asylum. This was a unique idea, and could have made for a much more terrifying curse than sleeping. Not that Rory had it completely easy in the asylum, I guess I just expected a little more asylum type injustice from it. Sawyer was swoony. I enjoyed his character, Rory's memories of him, and their moments together in the asylum. I can tell the chemistry between them is pretty hot and heavy. I don't think this author is afraid of killing characters off, so I worry about him. I also enjoyed the fact that not all princes are charming, and there's not always a happily ever after for everyone.

I do want to know what happens next, so I'll probably read the second book, but I really hope there's a little more unpredictability thrown into it. Judging by the ending, I really think there will be.

Slumber by Christy Sloat was kindly provided to me by YA Bound for review. The opinions are my own.



Not all princesses get their happily ever after…

They tell me I killed my boyfriend Phillip in cold blood. I stabbed him twenty one times. I’m only seventeen years old, and I am serving life in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane.

I don’t remember killing him, so it’s really hard to believe I’m capable of murder. In fact I don’t remember anything before I came to Spindle Ridge, not even my boyfriend.

I can only grasp onto my realistic dreams while the madness of the asylum threatens to pull me under.  I dream I’m a beautiful princess and there is an evil faerie named Maleficent who is bent on my destruction. The dreams are the closest thing I have to memories of my life, except they aren’t real.

I’m crazy. I’m not a princess.

They’re the mad illusions of an irrational teenage girl, right?

They’ve assigned me a new doctor, and she says I can trust her, and that she’ll help me see the truth of who I really am.

When she arrived she brought a new patient, Sawyer, who is everything Spindle Ridge isn’t: exciting, mysterious and beautiful. He promises he’s here to rescue me. Trusting either of them frightens me.

Could it be possible that my dreams are more than just the imaginings of a delusional girl? Could they be truth?


author
Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother's loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor's Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come.

To learn more about Christy Sloat and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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