Review: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini
Hardcover, 487 pgs.
Expected Publication: May 29th, 2012 by HarperTeen
Source: For Review

Description from Goodreads:
Can true love be forgotten?

As the only Scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out—a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling STARCROSSED delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds expectation.

Dreamless is the follow up to Starcrossed which was a book I really enjoyed.  When Dreamless came in the mail I was really excited to read it but was a little intimidated by the size.  There are so many books to read that I am impatient and just want to fly through each one.  However I shouldn’t have worried as Dreamless was an effortless read that I flew through in no time.

Josephine Angelini has created a story that stands apart from other mythology novels.  I don’t know mythology, but I do read a lot of YA mythology books and for me it felt different.  What I liked is that I would think one thing and was completely wrong.  Regarding the mythology aspects of things.  So maybe things aren’t accurate (I really have no idea) but she’s made a pretty creative story line that I really enjoy.

The book has a love triangle but I liked it despite that.  I thought it worked okay for the story.  It wasn’t my favorite aspect, but it certainly didn’t ruin the story.  Part of that is the reasoning for it.  Helen has to descend night after into the Underworld all alone and go through horrendous things every single night without anyone by her side.  She’s broken and frustrated and has no idea what to do.  Then along comes Orion who stands by her side and helps her through each step as they discover what she can do and they work through everything together.  I think that their connection is inevitable since he’s basically her savior.  But no worries, we still see a little of Lucas and know her feelings regarding him.  I don’t know how things will go in the next book but I was happy to see Helen discover so much about herself as well as the history of the Scions.  She’s growing as a character and has so much strength in her to always push to do the right thing.

If you haven’t read Starcrossed yet I highly suggest you do so.  This is a series that is worth giving a try!

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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Comments

  1. I’m like a huge mythology geek so I can tell you that Angelini had the original mythology right, and she tweeked it for the story :D

  2. I actually like well done love triangles a lot and can’t wait to see what this one will be like. I’m glad you enjoyed DREAMLESS and I can’t wait to finish my current read, because DREAMLESS is the next book on my tbr-pile. :D

    Carina
    Fictional Distraction

  3. Yay! I just love this series. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the love triangle aspect and Orion, but I really liked how she handled it, and it was nearly impossible for me not to love Orion. After that ending I’m really curious to see where things are going to go:)

  4. I love love loved Starcrossed and I CANNOT wait to read this one. I’m instantly jealous of anyone that have it in their mailboxes or review it because eeeee I want to read it!!

  5. This is a series I really want to try. I do love Greek mythology so I know I will love that aspect. Not thrilled about a love triangle. Glad it isn’t terrible. I will definitely try to get this worked into my reading schedule. Can you believe this pouring rain? The gray skies all week have definitely darkened my mood.

  6. I haven’t read the first one, though I’ve seen good reviews for both of them. I don’t know much about mythology, so I don’t think I would notice the inaccuracy!

  7. Thanks for the review. I’ve been curious about Dreamless after liking Starcrossed. I’m not a fan of love triangles but it sounds like this one works okay. I didn’t love Lucas so i guess I’m willing to try out a new love interest for Helen!

  8. Emily,
    That’s cool to hear! I really should look into that stuff more, but I like being able to enjoy every mythology story and not have to worry about how ‘wrong’ it is.

    Carina,
    I do generally say I hate love triangles, but I think you’re right. There are some really well done ones!

    Hazal,
    It’s out soon in the US so I hope you can get your hands on it before too long!

    Jenny,
    Yes! I’m very curious! I just hope Orion gets a HEA.

  9. Heidi,
    The weather was definitely gray most of the day, but it cleared up for awhile! I hope you do give Starcrossed a chance!

    Asma,
    If you don’t know much about Greek mythology you definitely won’t notice anything in this one!

    Lisa,
    Since you didn’t love Lucas you might like this one A LOT! Hope so anyway!

  10. I read Starcrossed a couple of weeks ago… mixed feelings with it but I really liked it. Though the twilightish feeling was stuck after I finished it. I’m looking forward on reading this soon!

    I don’t specifically hate love triangles but I think I might give this one a try.

    Jay
    We Fancy Books

  11. I’m pretty sure I downloaded the first book last week, because of the special price. Now I just have get my butt in gear and read it! Especially since you enjoyed them so much.

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