Review – Dreamless – Josephine Angelini

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.

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Review:

Silver Stars 4

Having enjoyed the first in this series so much, I had high hopes for Dreamless, and I wasn’t disappointed… mostly. The reason this book is only a 4* compared to the 5* I gave Starcrossed is simply that it took longer for the story to really get going.

The continuation of the story started off much slower than the first book, yes Helen is following her path into the Underworld, but other than that, she, the Delos’, and her friends are seemingly plodding along. It’s not until the introduction of Orion that things start heating up.

Helen grows as a character, much more than in book one – I guess that’s what happens when you are the only person in the world who can stop the Furies. It really takes a toll on her, and I don’t blame her for being selfish in parts when she feels Claire is abandoning her to spend time with Jason. having said that, on the whole, Helen is more worried about everyone else over herself. When she finally comes into her own in the last third of the book, she does it with grace and her fearlessness made me forget that she is still a kid.

Lucas on the other hand, in my opinion at least, regresses as a character slightly. In way I understand why he acts the way he does after Daphne’s revelations at the end of Starcrossed, but he takes it far too far for my liking. Having said that, when he finally comes to terms with himself, his character becomes a major player, and again, does so with class and finesse.

Once again, the back up characters are brilliant and support the main characters very well. Angelini writes strong, yet flawed, characters extremely well, and any reader can imagine this motley crew of friends hanging out in their own school, or even being part of their group themselves. Each character has their own story arc that they have to deal with, and come to terms with, and they all tie in with one another seamlessly – not all are resolved, beware being left with just as many questions at the end of book two as at the end of book one!

I have to admit, the love triangle aspect of the story is another reason this book lost a star. I understand why Helen feels things for someone else other than Lucas, it just irritated me how swiftly it happened – even though in reality, it didn’t. (Believe me, that will make sense when you read the chapters set in the Underworld, I think.

***Possible Spoiler***

The introduction of the Gods was another area of the book I loved. Angelini has taken extremely well know figures from mythology and woven them into her story in a new way, but still remaining as true to them as possible. I loved that. Her descriptions of the Underworld and Hades were so detailed, I could picture them clearly, almost as if I were watching either a movie or TV adaptation. This, I believe is Angelini’s strength. Her descriptions of both people and places were excellent.

Time for book 3…

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