Sleeping Tom by E.V. Fairfall
Publication date: February 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Hitchhiking is a bad idea but Caden is desperate.
When she accepts a ride from the first car to come by she meets Gabriel. He’s her age, hot, and the closest thing she has to a savior. Problem is, he is a total jerk. With nowhere to go, Caden convinces Gabriel to let her stay with him for one night. He reluctantly lends a couch.
That night Caden wakes up to strange noises. Concerned, she rushes into Gabriel’s room, already anticipating his bad temper. Instead, he’s kind, sweet, and suspiciously harmless—nothing like the man who gave her a ride. He seems like a different person altogether, and claims he is. By night he is Tom, and by day he is Gabriel. Caden finds herself drawn to the mysteries hidden in his eyes.
For Gabriel, Caden is an annoying mistake. One night turns into many, and despite all his anger towards her, she stays. She even seems to accept him and his flaws, but he still doesn’t trust her—is she staying for him, or has she already discovered more than he’s willing to share?
I love to write just as much as I love to read. I try to read a book per week, which doesn’t always work out, but it’s the thought that counts. Aside from all that I am a huge animal person.
Transformed is my first novel, but it isn’t my first publication; I’ve had several short stories published over the last two years. My main goal as a writer is to explore humanity and to give people something fun to read.
I was immediately intrigued by this book after reading the blurb. And the second I started reading it I was hooked. I could not put it down! I would have finished it in like a day if life didn't get in the way. Gabriel/Tom was such a fascinating character, and the author wrote him really well. We get a few sections from his POV which was great for learning how much he is struggling. My heart really broke for him and I just wanted to give both Gabriel and Tom a big hug. While Gabriel could be an ass a lot of times, and had terrible anger issues, this just helped to more define his multiple personalities. The author did her research on this disorder and it showed.
Now while I loved this aspect of the story, my main reason for not giving a higher rating has to do with Caden. I just could not connect with her. She annoyed me for so much of the book. When we meet her she is coming out of an abusive relationship and I did feel bad for her but she made some really stupid decisions. She basically left one bad relationship for another. She was trying to change herself, to become more strong, but she still came across weak and helpless and a bit immature. There were so many times I wanted to slap some sense into her. And her inner thoughts were so repetitive. So much back and forth. She showed a little bit of growth by the end of the book but I would have liked more. And I didn't find her intense feelings for Gabriel that believable. It was almost a case of insta-love but not quite. For me I would have liked their feelings for each other to have taken a bit longer to develop.
Apart from Caden though I did enjoy this book a lot. I loved the moral and ethical questions raised about whether it was right to start something up with someone with two personalities. Going in I thought it was a standalone but I'm so glad there is gonna be a sequel. That ending was such a twist! I can't wait to find out what will happen next!