Saturday, September 1, 2012

Book Review: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Provided via Edelweiss- Publisher: Harper Teen- Release Date: 5/29/12

Via 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 second book in Angelini's Starcrossed series. The series follows the fortunes and failures of our heroine, Helen, who happens to also have a face that could launch a thousand ships. In Starcrossed, she becomes embroiled in the going's-on of Gods, Scions, and all manner of mythological beings. Starcrossed ends with a huge battle and many cliffhangers, so it is definitely a must-read before you plunge into Dreamless. I liked Starcrossed and was very excited to get my hands on the sequel. Let me say, I was not disappointed. Here's some info for the uninitiated:


Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.

Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?

Caught up yet? Awesome! Now back to Dreamless...

“...try to remember that dreams do come true, but they don't come easily.”

“Helen decided that the saying about 'time healing all wounds' was a bunch of bull and probably only worked for people with very poor memories. The time she's spent apart from Lucas hadn't healed anything. The distance only made her miss him more.”

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What a great follow up to Starcrossed! I found Starcrossed to be quite the page turner although with a few flaws and Dreamless had me tearing through the pages with a quickness!

Helen continues her life-sapping journeys to the Underworld and along the way makes a new friend. Hello, love triangle! She still struggles with her love for Lucas (kissing cousins - Reminds me of the Clary/Jace pseudo-incestuous relationship from Mortal Instruments) and her feelings for the hunky and new Orion. Helen is continuously tortured through her quest and, luckily for her, she meets Orion in the Underworld to help support her physically and emotionally.

The plot is fast-paced and the mystery will keep you guessing through all of the twists and turns. Revenge is still the name of the game as our heroes struggle to satisfy the demands of the oppressive Furies. Will they succeed? Guess you're going to have to pick up Dreamless to find out! Dreamless was definitely worth the wait and I cannot wait to see where Angelini takes us next.

It is cooked with the same five ingredients every time, but always comes out tasty!

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