Molded by a tragic childhood, nineteen-year-old Rogan finds it extremely difficult to trust people. Now Haydyn, her best friend and the one person she does trust, is dying and only Rogan can save her.
Setting off on a journey to retrieve the plant that will cure Haydyn and subsequently the ills that will befall them all if she dies, Rogan is stuck in close quarters with a protector she distrusts above all others.
The son of the man who destroyed Rogan’s family.
At a constant battle of wills with the handsome Captain of the Guard, Rogan just knows this adventure together will be fraught with tension. She never imagined, however, that the quest would be so dangerous… not least of all when she finds herself falling for a man she could have sworn was her no.1 enemy…
Firstly I want to say how much I love the cover of Slumber. It looks awesome!
My favourite character without a doubt was Wolfe. He’s described as being strong and extremely good looking – swoon. But I liked him because of his fierce determination to help and keep Rogan safe, despite her obvious dislike of him and her attempts to distance herself from him. He is the Captain of the Guard and is sent to help Rogan find the rare plant that will wake the Princeza from the “Sleeping disease” and even when Rogan acts like a total idiot and puts herself in numerous near-death positions by wandering off on her own, he is there to save the day and rescue her.
The characters did feel real to me. Although Rogan, having been brought up with a good head on her shoulders and strong personality, she acts incredibly stupidly about 50% of this book and I guess that could be down to her traumatic past but I still wanted to scream at her.
Slumber was very predictable, in terms of knowing that there was going to be a happy ending. And each time Rogan got herself into trouble, there was a little sigh of “not again Rogan, you silly girl”.
I actually had many favourite parts in this book. Mostly they included Wolfe saving the day. But I think this book was written very well. So regardless of its flaws, I really enjoyed reading it all.
Samantha Young did so well in writing this novel. The writing was just flawless and her ability to capture the reader was amazing. She did particularly well in writing the scene with the Mountain Man and Rogan. It was very visual and graphic and I could feel all the feelings that Rogan was feeling at the time.
The story didn’t really pull on the heart strings as such because it was quite predictable but I did feel fear for Rogan at times. Therefore making it a bit of a page turner and keeping me interested. There were times throughout the first half of the book where I kind of lost a little bit of interest but then something would happen that would pull me in again. And the opening scenes were definitely gripping.
The one main thing that annoyed me about this story was Rogan. I liked her but she infuriated me to the point where I had to put the book down a couple of times. Firstly, she acts like nothing happened after Wolfe kissed her and poured his heart out to her. I wanted to strangle her! I mean come on, the most handsome man in Phaedra kissed you, kiss him back you silly girl. And don’t even get me started on her wandering off into the mountains on her own. I just wanted to shake her – a lot!
Overall, I did really enjoy this book but when I found out the Samantha Young was writing a sequel, my heart sank a little. As much as I liked it, Slumber doesn’t need a sequel and would be better remaining as a standalone book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy novels but is looking for something a little different than just werewolves and vampires because this book doesn’t have any of those but it is set in a fantasy world. I’ve heard people say it’s “Sleeping Beauty” with a twist. And I guess it is. Which I liked.
As this book also has a few “mature” scenes I’d recommend for 16 years and over.
I give Slumber by Samantha Young 3.5 stars out of 5.