Book Review: Dreamless

Dreamless CoverBook: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Published May 2012|Published by HarperTeen

E-book|Purchased from the Nook Store|305 pages

Series? Yes, Starcrossed #2

Genre: YA/Paranormal- Greek Mythology

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Goodreads Summary: 

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 was such an interesting, enjoyable read!  After reading Starcrossed, I knew I had to continue the story, and I’m really looking forward to the final book, Goddess, which comes out this year. So, Dreamless.  I started it, and had completely forgotten what happened in Starcrossed, so I decided I should probably re-read it.  I did, and started on this one…and we really do see the aftermath of Starcrossed.

The island is completely weird, people are out to get Helen, and she and Lucas need to avoid each other, because it’s too hard for them to be near each other and it t doesn’t work out too well.  What they don’t know- but the reader does- is that they really aren’t related.  But with the introduction of Orion, we see what I’m absolutely sure will become a love triangle, especially whenever Helen and Lucas find out that they aren’t related and that Helen’s mom lied to everyone about that.  Then again, their inability to do math just adds drama and conflict to their relationship.  We don’t see much of her mom, and I’m really curious as to what’s going on with her, because I JUST KNOW there’s something fishy.  And since we don’t find out what it is in this book, it’s sure to come out in the next one.

Mythology time!  Angelini has built on the Greek mythology and added to it!  Helen’s wandering the Underworld, manages to free the Furies with Orion’s help, and also manages to free the gods in this super-secret master plan to get them out of their prison.  There’s a lot of chaos and destruction, but things sort of work out okay.  Key words being sort of, because it feels like the calm before the storm.

I really need to brush up on my Greek mythology, and I like that Automedon had an evil minion in Zach, who manages to figure out that the reason why Automedon was never killed in battle because no one thought to shoot him in the ankle.  I should have been able to figure that one out, but it was still a nice surprise, and a twist I wasn’t expecting.  She really does make Greek mythology really interesting and really cool.

Helen going into the Underworld was a bit boring because it was pretty much the same thing over and over.  She does keep trying (because she’s the only one who can) and Lucas does help her, even though he resorts to nefarious means to do so.  Well, sort of nefarious.  Either way, he does help her.

I’m going back to Orion for a second.  I just…I don’t think I like him with Helen.  Especially with the math that everyone should be able to figure out but aren’t.  I’m glad he could help Helen, because she really needed it and he was able to descend into the Underworld with her.  But really, she and Lucas belong together.  The whole Helen Of Troy thing hasn’t really been played up as much as I expected, so either Angelini has decided to not go in the direction…or we’ll see in the next one.  I’m betting on seeing it in the next one, but it probably won’t be on the level I’m hoping for.

Final Thoughts:

Dreamless is more action-packed than Starcrossed and it was a fun read.  I’m impressed with how Angelini puts her own twist on Greek mythology.  There are some things that are a little too weird (i.e. no one being able to do math) and things that we’re not getting the whole story on (like…what Daphne’s really up to).  But overall, Dreamless is such a good continuation of the story that I can’t wait to read the next book!  Dreamless gets 4 stars.

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