Friday, April 1, 2016

Book Review: "Slumber" by Christy Sloat


Slumber (The Slumber Duology #1)
by Christy Sloat
Release Date: March 16th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

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?

About the 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.

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One year ago, Rory (Aurora) was committed to an asylum for the criminally insane. Problem is, she cannot remember anything from before the asylum, including what she supposedly did to be put there—murdering her boyfriend, Philip. Every night she has the same dream. Then, things start to change. The dreams are different, a young man named Sawyer enters the asylum, and a new doctor is hired. Rory begins to realize that things are not quite as they seem, and the fairytale book she is given just might have some truth to it.

Slumber was a pretty awesome book! It hooked me from the beginning and kept me yearning for more. I have read many fairytale retellings, and this “Sleeping Beauty” tale was well worth the reading. I loved the personalities of the characters, the detail of the setting, the dream flash-backs, and the captivating writing.

The setting was an insane asylum in a fairytale kingdom. I cannot go into many of the details, but the evil Dr. M. went to great lengths to make Rory remember, because what fun is torturing someone who cannot understand why she is suffering? I did not fully understand all of the reasons Maleficent created the asylum. The logic was stretched a little. One thing is for sure, though, I would not want to be in that asylum and I hope there are none so horrible in existence!

The romance was kind of sweet. A boy who is willing to go into such a horrible place to rescue his love. But what I do not like about it was the previous love triangle between Philip, Sawyer, and Rory. Rory was engaged to Philip, but it was arranged and he was often away. So she fell in love with Sawyer. My problem is that she was not willing to fight for Sawyer and instead just secretly dated him with no hope for the future. I do not like it when people cheat. If she would have broken the engagement…I mean, it was not as though she loved Philip to begin with. Everything worked out well enough for the story, but I still had an issue with the cheating.

Overall, I enjoyed Slumber very much and I look forward to book two, as this one ends in a bit of a cliffhanger. I recommend it to teens and young adults who enjoy romantic fantasy and fairytale retellings.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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