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Dreamless Hardcover – May 29, 2012
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“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)
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Helen is forced to grow up really quickly in Dreamless as the consequences of her role become clearer. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Siobhan Davis
“It's not our talents that make us safe or dangerous, it's our choices.”
DREAMLESS by Josephine Angelini is the second book in Josephine's Starcrossed/Awakening trilogy. Read more
Fabulous second book. I've been in a funk with paranormal/urban fantasy being completely disappointing. Or with a first book that's good but subsequent books that are not. Read morePublished 7 months ago by KindleLove
The book itself is amazing but the description said it would have slight reading blemishes and there is marker all over the bottom section of the pages when the book is closed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Artemis Brooke
In "Dreamless", the second novel in the Starcrossed Trilogy by Josephine Angelini, demi-god Helen has to use her ability to descend into the Underworld to kill the Furies... Read morePublished 9 months ago by The Bookavid
Great! Loved it, nice to relax and just enjoy.. Its got it all: fantasy , romance, mythology, so all you could ask for!Published 9 months ago by Gabriela Perez
This series keeps getting better and better. Just finished book 2 now on to book 3Published 10 months ago by April
I could not put the book down. I have fallen in love with all the characters. Helen is growing through each novel. I look forward to reading the last book.Published 10 months ago by Sara Jackson