Review: Sleepless by Tracey Ward

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sleepless (Bird of Stone, #1)
Title: Sleepless (Bird of Stone #1)
Author: Tracey Ward
Date of Publication: August 12, 2013

My name is Alex Mills and I have a superpower.

Don't be jealous, it sucks. I can't control it. My mind is a mutinous SOB that takes over when I go to sleep. I'm just a girl trying to get some shut eye while it decides to throw a rager that can land me just about anywhere in the world.

The base of the Eiffel Tower.
The shore on the coast of Ireland.
The third baseline at Wrigley Field.

Sounds exciting and fun right? Wrong. My not so superpower is unpredictable, uncontrollable and annoying as hell. It's also how I met Nick.

Every cloud has a silver lining. Nick is mine.

Nick is extraordinary as well. He can't feel fear. Never has, never will. It's worked out for him as a PJ in the Air Force, one of the most dangerous jobs in the military, but where it's not helpful is with his social skills. Nick is cold, distant and apathetic.

He's also my hero. And if he's to be believed, I'm his.

I first met him when he died and that wasn't even the weirdest moment of our relationship. Neither is this moment here and now, trapped together in an island prison on the Behring Sea. It's a long, strange story between his death and this prison. One full of sheep, docks, Jabberwocks and a very special stone. I could tell it to you if you'd like to hear it. I've got time...

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My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Chyna of Lite-Rate-Ture Book Tours and to Tracey Ward for the review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel.

From the get-go, the unique premise and characters and the engaging writing grabbed me. I immediately felt that I was reading something great, probably a four-star read. We have our heroine Alex who ends up in places when she sleeps. Random forests or in Russia or anywhere. Then we have Nick, training to be a PJ in the Air Force Pararescue ("a personal recover specialist with emergency medical capabilities" as the Internet says), who feels no fear. Nada. His part of the brain which processes fear and basically, emotions, isn't working properly. Thus, he's cold and aloof, perfect for the career he wants. One training day, the Golden Boy drowns and suddenly and magically teleports to a riverbank where Alex was. She saves his life and goes back to his training camp miles and miles away, alive. Color me interested. Heck, color me gimme-more!

They then subsequently meet in their dreams again and again. At first, Nick is hesitant of Alex and believes she's not real. I mean, he dreams of her so how can she be real? But slowly, Nick's walls are chipped away and he opens up to Alex. He still doesn't believe she's real but they build a relationship, not exactly romantic at first, in their dreams. While I usually scoff at people loving the person in their dreams, I somehow get it in this situation. Alex is the only person of interest in Nick's mind so it's natural that he gravitates to her. As for Alex, at first, she only wants to learn how Nick controls his dreams so she can control hers as well. Along the way, they got to spend so much time together that they got to know each other.

I had so many questions about the world, the dreams, the set-up and how everything works. As I went deeper and deeper into the story and the mystery, I became even more engrossed. Can't blame the girl who loves secrets and mysteries even if they're sometimes frustrating. Anyway, the novel was doing good in my opinion until it reached halfway. When everything didn't make sense.

The characters I like and might even love started acting WAY out of their personalities. It's like, we need to move the story in this direction and so, the author wrote it that way, without stopping to think if the characters' actions were organic to themselves. I felt like I was reading a whole new set of characters because they completely changed. That was what disappointed and in the end, made me give this book two stars. "It was good until..." would be its motto.

Then <spoiler> but when Alex and Nick had sex in their dreams, I thought it was too much. I think phone sex would have been better than to read them doing it in their dreams. </spoiler> 

Sadly, as I love mysteries and I certainly didn't get any answers in this book (because it's a series GAH) and I even have more questions than I started with, I am still interested in the sequel because I want to know what happens. I want my questions answered! The bit near the end came out of nowhere but it seems like it will be good because the plot in this first book is just a part of the bigger picture. Now, I am frustrated as heck because I want to know what happens but I don't want to read the next book anymore. I guess I'll just have to face that problem when it arises.

About Tracey Ward

I was born in Eugene, Oregon and studied English Literature at the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) It was there that I discovered why Latin is a dead language and that being an English teacher was not actually what I wanted to do with my life.

My husband, my son and my 80lbs pitbull who thinks he's a lapdog are my world.

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