Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review : Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

PublisherHarperCollins Publishers

Release Date: April 30, 2012
Pages: 430
Source: Own

The Story:

StarHearts, as fans of Josephine Angelini call themselves, will stay up all night reading Dreamless, the second book in the bestselling Starcrossed series. The saga mixes mythology, romance, action, and intrigue in a completely original way.
Dreamless continues the story of Helen Hamilton, a shy girl living on Nantucket Island whose desire for an ordinary life was thwarted when she discovered she is a Scion, a descendant of a Greek god and a mortal. Each Scion has a power, and Helen’s is the ability to travel to Hades.
Helen is determined to use her talent to stop a war amongst the gods and change her destiny, which is to live a life patterned after that of the tragic Helen of Troy. But her quest may cost her Lucas Delios, the boy she loves.

via Barnes & Noble
RatingFOUR Gold Stars!!!!

My Review

If you're reading this review, know this: I took my butt to Barnes & Noble as soon as Dreamless hit shelves. Normally, I wait to search the internet for cheaper prices but not in this case. Dreamless was worth every penny. Honestly though, I was afraid. You know the reputation sequels have . . . and considering how much I loved the first book, Starcrossed, I don't think I could have withstood the disappointment. But the book gods blessed Josephine Angelini.

Tag Line:

In the Underworld, every night is forever.

Opening Line:

Red blood bloomed from underneath Helen's torn fingernails, pooled in the crescents of her cuticles, and trailed down her knuckles in little rivers.


Starcrossed left off at one hell of a cliffhanger. Helen and Lucas are cousins! Of course, readers know that its a load of bullshit to keep them apart but it doesn't make Helen and Lucas' separation any easier. Talk about a dark emotional and moral roller-coaster.

The main plot conflict of Dreamless was for Helen to explore and utilize her Scion capabilities to appeal to the Furies. The Furies! (I greatly appreciate the heavy tie to Greek Mythology this go around in the trilogy.) And while on her quest in the Underworld she receives a helping hand . . . from a mysterious, hot guy she has plenty in common with, Orion.

Alas, to add the cherry on top, we have the ConfusedHelen-CousinLucas-CourageousOrion triad. Normally, the whole love triangle fiasco isn't my sort of taste but in this case it was delicious . . . and twisted. That is all I am going to say about that *insert maniacal laugh*

Dreamless readers are swept into a sea of lies, lust, gloom, doom, funny, touchy and greater purpose. If you haven't read the Starcrossed trilogy already, get off your butt and get started.

Character Breakdown:

Helen - In Dreamless readers watch her become stronger. We see her being to embrace who she really is, what she is capable of. And she just doesn't give up. No matter how hard it got with the cousin Lucas situation or in the Underworld, Helen kept pushing forth.

Orion -  I love Orion! Probably more than I love Lucas. Orion is smart, strong, fun and sexy in a self-deprecating(?)/quirky funny (still not sure if this is exactly term I was going for, you'll understand when you read Dreamless) sort of way with just the right amount of tortured soul. And he entered the story in the nick of time. 

Here is one of my favorite quotes from 

Claire to Helen"So, anyway, I opened my window to yell at him and tell him that he was going to wake my grandma-- you know how she can hear a dog fart two houses down. But he said he had to see me That he couldn't stay away from me anymore, and then he kissed me! Is that not the best first kiss ever?" page 287 

***Check out Josephine Angelini's website for more information about her and DreamlessHERE

*Read my review of Starcrossed & Goddess

Happy Reading!


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