Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Dreamless
(Starcrossed #2)
by Josephine Angelini

Publication Date: May 29th, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 487
ISBN: 9780062012012

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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. (Goodreads)
Last year I read, and adored, Starcrossed. I was thrilled to get my hands on an advanced copy of Dreamless, and I’m kicking myself for taking so long to have read it. I loved this book just as much, if not more than, Starcrossed. (How is that even possible??) Love!

Dreamless picks up where Starcrossed left off and all of my favorite characters are back once again. Helen, Lucas, friends and family, they all make an appearance. Poor Helen, you have to worry for her for all of the things that she is going through when she descends into the Underworld each night. But she’s a strong young lady, and therefore perfect for the job. Lucas. I love Lucas. He’s definitely one of my favorite hero’s of all time. (He is in the same ranks with Jace, Noah and Dimitri!) We do see him go through some different changes in Dreamless, but that just made me love him even more. I’m curious to see more of him in the next book.

We are also introduced to some new characters as well; the main being Orion. Oh, Orion… I found him to be a delightful addition to the group. Not only was he smart and funny, but he was sweet and mysterious as well. All of the things I love in a great hero. There is a bit of a love triangle in the book between Helen, Lucas and Orion. I’m not a big fan of the love triangle, but I felt that it was tastefully written. I am usually quick to pick a side early when that happens, but that didn’t happen this time. II love them both! While I love Lucas and his tortured, bad-boy self, I also really loved Orion as well. Helen definitely has a tough decision to make.

Both the storyline and pacing for this book were very well done. There never seemed to be a dull moment when I was reading this. While this is a hefty book at almost 500 pages, I still flew through the pages and had it finished in no time. The book does have a bit of a darker feel to it than the previous book, but it wasn’t an overpowering darkness. The ending was a big cliffhanger. However, I also felt like I had closure at the end of the book as well. There is definitely a lot of anticipation built up for the next book!

Overall, I loved this book. I love this series! The storyline and the fantastic characters mix together to make an engrossing read that will leave you yearning for more! I can’t wait to get the next book in the series, Goddess, due in 2013!

Happy Reading!

11 comments:

  1. I also received an ARC of Dreamless and loved it. I can't wait for book three either!! :D

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  2. I really liked Starcrossed but I haven't got around to getting this one yet! I'm so glad to know that you liked it even better then Starcrossed. Hmm, this Orion character sounds pretty awesome but I still love Lucas! Great review, Christy!

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  3. WOO HOO!!!! I loved this one too Christy! I was definitely worried about the addition of Orion, I was not loving the idea of a love triangle, but like you said, it was well done and I just fell in love with him. It should be hugely entertaining to see where things go from here!

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  4. I think I said the same thing to Tara at Hobbitsies, but I'm just so glad that there is a mythology story that works and just gets better as the installments come. I'm really looking forward to picking this one up and learning even more about the characters. Especially since it has a lot of things I usually love: a slightly darker tone, and is longish. Ah, now I'm excited! Thanks, for the lovely review, Christy! :)

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  5. Yay, so glad to hear this one is just as (if not more) enjoyable than book one! I really liked Starcrossed so I can't wait to start Dreamless. I am bit worried about the love triangle (I'm really not a fan) but hopefully it'll be okay. Great review, thanks!

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  6. Orion definitely and easily became one of my favorite characters in this story!!! Loved it! I did had some problems with Helen and Lucas though... But overall it was a great sequel and I can't wait to see where this story will head with the next book!

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  7. Sadly, I wasn't a huge fan of Starcrossed but I may have to give Dreamless a shot. :) I'm so glad that you loved it even more! Orion sounds awesome and I will definitely have to pick this one up in the future. :)

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  8. I just got through reading Starcrossed and I adored it! Yay for Dreamless!! Can't wait to get my own copy :)

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  9. I love these characters! So excited to see them again! Orion sounds absolutely delicious. I don't mind love triangles if they're done well and I'm sure I'll have no problem falling in love with him! Very pleased that this book's a thrill from beginning to end. I can't wait! <3 Will definitely be reading it soon :) Great review!

    Lisa | Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

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  10. I still haven't read Starcrossed but I definitely look forward to because I'm hearing awesome things about this series !! Glad you loved the second book Christy :)

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  11. I love when you pick up a second (or third or whatever) book in a series and it's like coming home. Your favorite characters are there waiting for you. Have this one on my Kindle (I think?)--if I don't, I'm so reading this one!

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