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
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.
This was a mixed bag for me. I liked the IDEA of the story, but something didn't quite click with me. The characters were interesting, but I never really felt connected to them. I will say that I loved the setting a lot. Asylums are super interesting to me for some reason, so that was a big plus for Slumber. Having the main character be a mental patient accused of murder was a very nice spin. I do give this book credit for that. It is a creative element that I very much enjoyed.
The writing was decent. At times I felt like it dragged a bit, but overall I am not complaining. The character, like I stated before, are interesting, but don't come across as "real" most of the time. They are just there. I did catch myself picking up the pace towards the end.
Here's the thing. I didn't hate the book. It entertained me. Is it my all-time favorite? No. Will I recommend it. It depends. If you enjoy fairytale retellings, then of course I will. Slumber was a nice read that I enjoyed, but won't be one that I will re-read.