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Dreamless Hardcover – May 29, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the Starcrossed Series

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Gr 9 Up-This paranormal sequel to Starcrossed (HarperCollins, 2011) continues demigod Helen's quest to descend into the Underworld to try to defeat the Furies and end thousands of years of endless killing among her kin. In this world, Helen and her demigod cousins are descended from one of Four Houses, and the Furies make them all enemies of one another. Despite the fact that Helen and Lucas were from enemy Houses and wanted to kill each other in Starcrossed, they fell in love and then discovered that they were first cousins. Now, they're finding it hard to resist their mutual attration, despite knowing its wrong. Then Orion shows up to rival Lucas for Helen's affections. Helen can fly and throw lightning bolts but makes mistakes and, like all the Gods, is guilty of hubris. She finds herself in horrific situations and the only way she can end each night so she can wake up to try again is to die - by quicksand, falling, etc.-and this is taking a terrible physical toll on her. The violence that the Gods and demigods inflict upon one another is compelling, but also brutal. Enough of the events from Starcrossed are recounted that it's not essential to have read it first. Unfinished events in this book guarantee another installment in this series that's loosely based on the Helen of Troy myth. The family dynamics in this romantic, action-packed tale are reminiscent of the "Twilight" series and will appeal to "Percy Jackson" fans who are ready for more mature fare.-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trentonα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


“A gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away.” (Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselilng author of Fallen)

“A supreme mix of mythology, brutal action and heart rending romance. The perfect summer read.” (Chicklish (blog))

“One of the most cinematic books I’ve ever read. Dramatic and intense! I can’t tell you how many times I gasped while reading this book. Starcrossed plays out like a movie in your head.” (Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of FIRELIGHT)

Romance alternates with fast-paced action from above and below. There is a healthy dose of classical deus ex machine and tantalizing hints of a third book in which all-out war erupts. Dreamless and its sequel will be well-liked by fans of contemporary renderings of classical mythology. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

This fantastical dual-world page-turner introduces more abhorrent mythological creatures while reuniting readers with Helen’s supportive high-school friends, as well as the crazy Delos family, who anchor her between the real and mythological worlds. (Booklist)

“Compelling…Brutal…This romantic, action-packed tale will appeal to ‘Percy Jackson’ fans who are ready for more mature fare.” (School Library Journal)

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Product Details

  • Series: Awakening (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062012012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062012012
  • ASIN: 0062012010
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Josie was born in a tiny town in Massachusetts called Ashland. When she meets people from Massachusetts and tells them 'what part' she hails from, she usually gets one of two answers. The first is: "Isn't that in Oregon?" And the second is: "I drove by it once on Rt. 9, I think."

Her next stop was about as different from Ashland as it gets without leaving the country. As soon as Josie was legal, she packed a bag and moved to New York City to attend NYU. Somehow, she managed to squeeze in a little higher learning between bartending shifts and graduated with a BFA.

Massively in debt with college loans, she then moved to Los Angeles for reasons that are still a little blurry. Something about the weather was mentioned, and a vague idea to write poetry and find herself. She found that she is a terrible poet, but she never gave up on the writing bit.

Josie still lives in Los Angeles with her husband and now writes YA fiction.

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Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: I love books that revolve around mythology, so I knew I needed to read Dreamless. I really enjoyed Starcrossed last year when I borrowed it from a friend, even though it wasn't the best book I had ever read. I was so looking forward to seeing how the story would progress and I felt like it took forever for me to get my grubby little hands on a copy of Dreamless. It was definitely one of most highly anticipated novels so far this year, so I was hoping that it wouldn't let me down or fall into the dreaded sophomore slump.

First 50 Pages: There is an odd phenomenon going on with writers lately. For some reason, there are a lot of books coming out that have main characters that are possibly related falling in love with each other. If you have read Starcrossed, then you know that Helen and Lucas believe they might be cousins, even though the math doesn't really add up properly, and as the reader, YOU KNOW that it isn't true. This was the most frustrating aspect of both books, because it continues into Dreamless, this odd guessing game. I'm not going to tell you if this pseudo-mystery gets resolved in this book. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't...but it is extremely annoying all the same. Sorry, I just had to get that out of my system before I continued with my review because other than the whole inbreeding thing, I really liked this book.

Characters & Plot: Poor Helen in Dreamless looks like she is wasting away. She is so thin, completely drained from all of her nights spent in hell, quite literally. The poor thing is so stressed out and it has begun to take its toll on Helen physically and mentally. Helen also still believes that the love of her life is her cousin, which is also taking a toll on her and her relationship with Lucas.
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I won a Goodreads Contest and received an ARC of Dreamless. My review could be a little spoilery, so take caution while reading!

Dreamless was as I had expected, full of action, plot twists, romance, and anger. Most second books in trilogies are filler novels that move along slowly, but Angelini did not give us a standard sequel.

The plot was fantastic. Helen has to find the Furies to rid the Scions of their need to kill each other. Helen faced so many obstacles being the only descender. My heart broke for her with every page. She is a true heroine -- never giving up in the face of constant failure, having her heart all but ripped from her chest, facing betrayal and loneliness. She is a tough chick. I also loved how there was so much more Greek Mythology intertwined into the story with each turn of the page. It was truly fascinating and kept me wanting more.

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Lucas just pissed me off beyond belief. I understand why he was so angry and hurt, but I couldn't stand his hot and cold attitude towards Helen. He's supposed to be strong for her and he fails in that aspect.

Orion... oh wow. I fell in love with him. He never once faltered in his quest to help Helen in the Underworld. He is a beautiful, sweet soul just looking for justice in the world of Scions. His life was never easy, with hardships most people would not be able to bare. I loved Helen and his relationship. How close they seemed to be, over such a short amount of time. I can't wait to see more of Orion in the last book.

Claire also pissed me off. She was not a true friend to Helen in Dreamless. She was so infatuated with Jason that she wasn't there to support Helen as she was entirely alone.
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Format: Hardcover
I was slightly disappointed with Dreamless. I could not get into it. Starcrossed blew me away, and I could not wait to get my hands on the next novel in this series. However, Dreamless fell flat for me.

Helen and Lucas were separated at the end of Starcrossed because they are cousins. So what does Helen do? Spend the entire book pining away after Lucas. Oh sure, she met Orion, then she loved him, too. But she still wanted to bang her cousin. I was hoping this would have been handled differently and without a love triangle, honestly. I hoped that they'd find out that Helen's mom is a big liar and that they weren't really cousins. Then they could live happily ever after. But nope! I know Cassandra Clare played with this idea some in the Mortal Instruments series, but she just did it much better than Angelini did. The way Clare handled everything made it seem like it was unnatural for Clary and Jace to be apart. This was handled in a way that made it seem unnatural for Lucas and Helen to be together.

I did love Orion, though. I was hoping that Helen would quit running for emo child of the year and decide she wanted to be with him instead. Lucas was annoying in this book. I didn't like him at all. He was all broody and bratty. Orion was great. He was the main source of entertainment for the book.

Also, the book just jumped around too much. It was third person limited, but it switched POVs constantly. I could keep up because it stated who the narrator was following, but it was annoying. Every time I'd get into what was happening to one character, it'd switch. Usually, I'd get frustrated and put the book down. Because of that, it took me FOREVER to finish this book.

Additionally, I felt that things were dragged out too long.
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