Sound Alike – 3 – Sleepless

Have you ever asked for a book of a specific title and ended up with the wrong one?

I“Sound alike” presents books with similarities… in their titles. Some books share incredibly similar names, and sometimes – gasp! – they’re exactly the same!

If you come across books with similar titles you’d like me to feature, don’t hesitate to tell me or e-mail me, and I’ll add your suggestion to the list! :)

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So last time, we looked at books with “Awakening” in the title. Isn’t it simple logic that today, we’ll look at books that make you Sleepless? From what I can see, YA literature promises to keep you awake for a long time :

Let’s begin with Terri Clak’s YA novel :

18-year-old Trinity has the ability to dream walk. It’s a power she doesn’t want, but it forever alters her life when she’s unable to find an abducted teen before she’s killed. While Trinity does help police capture the killer, Rafe Stevens, her involvement makes her his next target. Rafe pleads insanity and his convincing performance, aided by his despicable attorney, get him sentenced to a mental institute where a diabolical physician experiments on him. Now Rafe’s escaped the sanitarium and he’s after Trinity. Like her, he now has a special ability, one that allows him to stalk Trinity through her dreams. If he kills her in her sleep, she’ll die for real. To survive she must find him first and the only person willing to help her is Dan Devlin, disillusioned son of the shady lawyer who knowingly aided Rafe in getting away with murder. Can she trust Dan with her safety, not to mention her heart?

Still awake? Good, because here’s another Sleepless book. This one by Cindy Balog will be out in July 2010 :

Eron isn’t supposed to feel a connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce human charges to sleep. While he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn’t encouraged to – after all, getting too involved in one human’s life would prevent him helping his other charges get their needed rest.
But he can’t deny that he feels something for Julia and her sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. He was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it felt to lose the one he loved. Eron has always felt protective of Julia . . . but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can’t seem to reach her . . .
Sandmen are forbidden from communicating with humans outside their dreams. But will Eron be willing to risk everything for a chance to be with the person he loves?

Finally, for those who can’t get enough of this non-sleep state, here’s Sleepless by Thomas Fahy

Emma Montgomery has been experiencing nightmares of gruesome murders. In fact, all of the students in Dr. Beecher’s secret society have been having terrible dreams and sleepwalking. Now, as their classmates start turning up dead, Emma and her friends race against the clock to find out what’s causing them to kill in their sleep.

YA literature isn’t the only place where you can find Sleepless books; adult fiction has its share, too : Sleepless in Scotland, by Karen Hawkins, Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick and Geoffrey O’Brien and its twin Sleepless Nights by Sarah Bilson (just to name a few!)

I chose to present the 3 YA titles because they all sound interesting to me, and they are all on my wish list. I had seen Terri Clark’s book, but I thought it was some light teen romance until I took the time to actually read the description. Now, I know I’ll have to get it next time I go book-shopping! Fahy’s novel sounds good and I have read some good reviews, and I like the creepy cover.

But the book I’d go sleepless for is Cindy Balog’s one : that’s such an original premise! It could be really, really interesting, and it kills me that we’ll have to wait almost a complete year before we have the chance to read it.

What about you, readers? Any of these books you would go sleepless for?

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7 responses to “Sound Alike – 3 – Sleepless”

  1. bermudaonion says :

    Wow! All of those books look so different!

  2. Ceri says :

    Wow. I can’t imagine what it would be like to pick one up thinking it’s the other – would it be disappointment or surprise?

    The only time that’s kind of happened was going in to Waterstones. I ordered ‘The Outsiders’ in and ended up receiving the Cliff Notes for it instead – the woman who ordered it said she assumed I’d rather have those because I was a student. Charming!

  3. Amanda says :

    That third cover is so creepy!

    I really like the premise for Balog’s book. I already have Fairy Tale on my TBR list but I think I need to add this one, too. I need to read something by her!

  4. claire says :

    I love that second cover.. is that a peony? So beautiful.

  5. Staci says :

    There’s a few that I’ve never heard of but now I think I want to read them!!!

  6. Juju says :

    Wow. Nice catch.

    I agree with Amanda. The 3rd one creeps me out.

  7. justicejenniferreads says :

    These books all sound interesting and despite their similar titles are all pretty different. This is a neat feature to have on your blog. I really enjoyed reading it.

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