Monday, August 6, 2012

Review: Callum & Harper (Sleepless #1) by Fisher Amelie

Title: Callum & Harper
Series: Sleepless, #1
Author: Fisher Amelie
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey. 

Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease' with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they're forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably. 

So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.

But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can't ever be acted upon because they're both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B. 

And, oh, how lovely Plan B's can be. 

Well, except for the psycho from Harper's past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there's the little issue that neither of them knows they're in love with the other. 

Needless to say, Callum & Harper's life just got a bit more complicated.

My Review: 

I had high expectations for this book, and now I wish I didn’t.
I always try to not put expectations on a book, just in case I don’t enjoy it, but sometimes you can’t help it!
This was a cute contemporary read, full of emotion and self-growth for the characters.
It was just very hard for me to get into.
Why? I’m not sure, really. I believe it just didn’t speak to me. It didn’t grab me or consume me.
Sad, I know, but it happens.

We meet two orphans, smexy guy; Callum and the sweet girl; Harper. Each are in the same situation, both are now eighteen years of age and no longer are supported by the system. No foster care, no family.
They only have the clothes on their backs and a few dollars in their pockets.
While sitting in Social Services, waiting, pray and hoping for some luck.
They notice of each other, they have instant attraction; the pull towards each other is strong. They see something in the other, something common and something they both need.

They take a chance and do something both Callum and Harper never do, they make attachments.
Soon they fall for each other, and things just get complicated.
Twists and turns around each corner for the two friends.
But together they find so much, they grow and find love.
They realized some attachments are worth the pain.

 "“Callum Tate!” A social worker called. I whipped my head around and watched him walked to their desk. Callum Tate. I liked the sound of that. It sounded sweet, like, ‘Hi, my name is Callum Tate and I’m going to take care of you, Harper Bailey’, which is exactly what I’d always openly confessed as stupid but also always secretly wanted.” e-book pg. 3

What I really enjoyed is when it switches POV's between the two characters. (I'm finding that I really enjoy that!)
I got to understand and know Callum and Harper, each.
You get a chance to see inside their heads.
And I did so enjoy that!

Harper is a very cheeky girl, she tries to act tough, but really, she’s just scared and vulnerable. Hoping to find a safe place and find the things she never had.
Then you have Callum, another cocky, witty,  confident attitude, but sweet and cute, guy.
The characters where great, but didn’t feel natural or very real to me.
It felt like the same ole same ole.
But they are very cute together.
They did have their challenges and each had to fight, which proves they are still good characters.

Now, Callum and Harper had an intense and immediate attraction towards each other. You can see and feel it, however; to me it felt forced.
Both understood each other and saw that the other was going through the same thing, that they both were hurting, scared and lonely.
Upon seeing this, they each wanted to help the other.
There begins their journey together.
The story was cute, and had its own originality.
The characters did feel real, but also had a sense of an unrealistic factor to them also.
It was fast-paced and you could feel it, rushing from one event into the next. Colliding and mixing together, in a bundle of rushed scenes. 

At parts though, I was laughing and cackling like a little teenage girl!
I  enjoyed entering into the worlds of Callum and Harper.

 “We may not have known each other our whole lives but we've definitely lived them in parallel.” e-book pg. 11

Okay, don't get me wrong, the author created a great story, nice plot and likable characters; however, I didn't feel that spark, that deep feeling of ‘wow’  when I read this book. 

Now, just because I gave the book a low rating doesn't mean it wasn't good, no, on the contrary, it was a decent read. I, however, just couldn't get into. It was too rushed in my opinion and that gave it a feeling of being unnatural. Because of this, I didn't feel much from the characters or see the growth I wanted within them. The story was cute and original to a point; I just couldn't be absorbed within the pages. The author created a plot that was intriguing and fun. It did have a different feel to it, and it wasn't a fluffy, happy situation for Callum and Harper.
 But I couldn't get into..
I think I've said that a few times now..

However, if you read the synopsis and it seemed you would enjoy this book, then I suggest you pick it up. You never know, you might really like it!


  1. I have this on my kindle...hopefully I'll get to it sooner or later!

  2. I agree with you Magen I love to read from both the girl and guy POV. I enjoy seeing the story from both sides!I haven't heard of this book, but Thank you for fantastic review, just sorry it didn't meet your expectations! :(

    1. It so much fun getting inside not only the girl's head but the guys as well! I just love how a guy thinks, I guess!
      It's okay, it happens!

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  3. I think I'll try this, for an out and out Para girl I'm discovering that I like contemporary, very much! I'm intrigued! Great Review, Magen! =D

    1. That's all I have been reading is Contemporary, lately. I just love it so much!

      Thank you for stopping by!


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