Christy lives in the United States in New Jersey with her family and her dogs which she lovingly posts on Instagram. She has always been an avid reader and writer and has pursued her passion with the support of her family. She now passes on her knowledge and joy to her children and delights in getting lost in a good book. Christy has two other series called The Past Lives series and The Visitor’s series for young adults.
It begins with a young girl Rory entering an asylum for the criminally insane on the night she brutally murders her boyfriend. However, she doesn’t remember the crime or anything about who she is, but has the same dream every night of a boy she assumes is her dead boyfriend. For a year she still has no memory despite the daily therapy sessions and everyone telling her she was a killer.
The people of the asylum have always been strange and the staff were terrible in their treatment of the patients. Things start to change when one day her typical dream changes and the next day there are new people in the asylum who begin telling her strange things about her past. She wants to believe them, but thinks it is impossible that she is a princess. Eventually, she regains her memory and the story changes to one of revenge, betrayal and hope. We find out the backstory of Maleficent and how heartbreak turned her into what she was and her Raven plays quite a big role in the story.
There is a fight between Rory and Maleficent, wherein the latter dies. It is a happy-ish ending, but still not everything is right in their world but I will not reveal the ending.
I haven’t read anything YA in a LONG time and to tell you the truth, I loved it! I felt like a kid again and I think I have found my dirty little secret. I realised I had missed the light heartedness of that genre and I think I probably need more of that in my life. So, that is one thing that I liked about it- that it had a jovial and young tone to it.
The whole book was very visual and I could see clearly each scene, as well as the characters! Christy did well in making me feel the dank coldness of the asylum and the loneliness. I could see each greyish yellow brick in the walls, the pitiful excuse of a bed Rory was given and the ever changing eyes of Sawyer. I saw Maleficent as well, with her pale skin and blood red lips. Ah I love red lipstick!
These are the faces I saw when I read Slumber:
The story ended in a way that I did not expect. I first thought that it was going to be fireworks and happy endings, but I was glad that it was not. I guess I am that weird person who doesn’t like happy endings. But, in my opinion, it is an adequate ending for everyone because it was neither completely sad nor happy. It was somewhere in the middle, such is life. I am a person who always guesses the ending and I was happy I couldn’t pick this one. There are a few twists with the secondary characters which turned the original story on its head and made for a really interesting aside, for instance with what had happened to Philip and Raven’s part in everything.
Rory had a very distinct voice and I congratulate Christy in her writing the character. Rory has such a strong and realistic voice of teenage girl. It must be hard to write about someone in first person when they are younger and especially when that character is in their teens. I myself, not being that far outside the realm of teenager-hood (22 years old) don’t think that I would right a tween very well. Her writing was not overdone, it was the perfect amount of adolescent angst and personality which I was so thankful for.
I liked the use of multiple points of view within the story and the transitions were well done. Christy writes from the points of view of Rory, Sawyer the love interest and Maleficent, as well as interludes of third person. I liked how the reader can delve into the inner workings of minds of the characters and still have the omnipotent perspective of knowing things that the other characters don’t know. I felt that the transitions between the views were appropriately placed and seamless. For instance, near the end when Sawyer is captured, I liked how Christy used his point of view to show what was happening inside the castle instead of another character.
What I Didn’t Like
I liked the light hearted nature of the book, but at the same time it may have detracted from it. I didn’t feel the loss at the end as deeply as I should have, even thought I did get slightly emotional. I also, feel that I didn’t connect with Rory as much as I was supposed to but I do still like her very much as a character.
I feel like Rory’s voice flowed through the whole book too much and at inappropriate times. There were instances when Maleficent talked and I could hear Rory, and it was at those places I felt like she may have used a different phrase that would have suited her better. This held true for when the plot transitioned into third person because I felt like it was Rory’s voice. I think that particularly in the third person sections, the voice of the omnipotent narrator should have been completely different to the rest of the novel and more adult sounding. When I read it I heard a young girl’s voice instead of Morgan Freeman’s narrator voice. This would have also created a more storybook effect if it was done this way and it would have fit in with the theme more. This is not to say that they were not good scenes, because they were excellent and completely in line with the undertone of the book.
My Expectations For The Second Book
I would like to hear more about Sawyer though in the next book after the situation is rectified. I feel that he is a deep soul which should be explored and I would like to see more interaction between them. I think the past of Raven should be completely revealed. I really like Raven as a character and she really intrigues me, especially because of her mysterious past and the kind of creature she is. I want to know!!
Now that Rory is out of the asylum I want to learn more about the world that they are in as it is distinct from the human world. I want to learn the lore of the Fae and what magic they possess, as well as discovery what lurks within the dark forest!
Overall, I really enjoyed the book as it made me get in touch with my childhood! I think it could have been a standalone book and didn’t even need the tie to Sleeping Beauty. If the story was tweaked a little bit more it would have been a great independent book, nothing would have detracted from it. I recommend it to everyone! It is not the traditional story and that is such a good thing. If you want a beautiful read, with equally beautiful characters and magic, you should get it straight away.
For those of you who have read the book, tell me what you thought of it!
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 fairy 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 who she says I can trust her and 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?