Book Review: Dreamless (Starcrossed #2)

Author: Josephine Angelini

Genre: YA greek mythology, paranormal
Published: May 29th 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 487
Source: Purchased Hardcover
Available at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads Summary:

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 all expectations.

My Rating of this Book – 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Dreamless was an awesome sequel to Starcrossed! It links beautifully, yet there was more action and excitement and intrigue added to the beloved modern, Greek Demi-God (or Scion) twists and the classic ‘Helen of Troy’ romance. The novel even broadened its horizon to include events that were happening beyond the main characters’ points of views. And the plot was more complex with its connections to the Underworld and Helen’s mission to end the Furies’ madness.

Again, much like Starcrossed, the characters were the main feature; each unique and refreshing in their personalities and challenges. I really felt for Lucas throughout the novel. To be around Helen, the woman he truly loves, and not be allowed to even acknowledge her while in the same room. God, it was even killing me! But as much as I love Lucas, I really fell for the latest character involved in Helen’s life, Orion. The moment he popped into Underworld, I was completely hooked by his attitude, his skill, and his amazing yet chilling Scion powers.

Even with everything I love about Dreamless, there was one thing that was a turn off for me, and that was too much inner thought. Being a writer, I understand the importance inner thought. It’s what connects the reader to the character and their motives, and it’s so easy to get caught up in it while writing. However, there is such a thing as too much, and it especially becomes a problem when it begins trail off from one tangent to the next. That’s what I most commonly found in Dreamless, where Helen’s thoughts would just trail from one thing to the next. Most of the time, I could still follow along, but there were also a few times where I had to go back to reconnect myself to the actual scene or conversation. And being that this novel is 487 pages, I feel some of these thoughts and even some flashbacks could have been trimmed and focused.

All in all, the novel was extraordinary, and I can’t wait to see what happens in Goddess (Starcrossed #3) next year!

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