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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)
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. Neither Helen or Lucas wants to loose what they have together, but how can they continue to be a couple when the world feels like it is wrong for them to love each other the way that they do?
Dreamless also introduced a love triangle. I know, I know....WHY? I wasn't exactly jumping for joy when I found out about this, but I do have to say that Josephine Angelini really made it difficult for me to choose between the two boys. The new guy, Orion, is simply wonderful and is described as a total hottie. I really despise love triangles because they are so overdone now in young adult literature, but I have to say that I enjoyed the interactions between Orion and Helen, and there isn't as many hurtles stacked up against them as there is with Helen and Lucas, but where is the fun in that? I'm curious to see how this will play out in the third and (I think?) final book. Some people may be a little disappointed to know that Lucas isn't a huge part of this book since he doesn't get as much page time as he did in Starcrossed.
The author takes the mythology aspect to a whole new higher level in Dreamless, which I ADORED! There are new Scions, new Gods, and all sorts of new stuff that wasn't in the first book. I just love how she weaves everything together so perfectly and she makes it so easy to understand. For anyone who has ever studied Greek Mythology, it isn't the easiest subject to follow, but the way this author incorporates everything, it IS easy.
Final Thoughts: Overall, Dreamless was a really good read. I love the author's writing style, the book was set at a good pace, and the mythology was outstanding. Even the new love triangle didn't bother me too much. If you are a fan of Starcrossed, you are definitely going to want to pick up Dreamless. If you are a fan of mythology like me, this series would be great to look into more. Josephine Angelini is super talented and these books aren't at all disappointing in my opinion. I'm dying for the next book now!
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. Then, when she was supposedly trying to help Helen, she was either yelling at her, making fun of her, or getting her into more trouble with the rest of the Delos family with her asenine requests. I was very disappointed in her and Jason for their attitudes towards Helen.
Matt is who I fell in love with in Dreamless. He is just trying to cope with being a mortal surrounded by supernaturals. He is so strong and brave. It was breathtaking. And of course Hector! I was so excited to get to see more of him, even though anytime he was around all hell broke loose. I still love him though.
All and all, I have very high expectations for the next installment. I know I will be disappointed with what I want, but that won't stop me from hoping it comes true! This action packed, breathtakingly beautiful novel definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars. Thank you Angelini for a great series so far!
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