Em: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini – REVIEW

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Release Date: May 29th, 2012
HarperTeen, 487 Pages
Sub-genre: Mythology
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Starcrossed #2
Follow up to: Starcrossed

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.

I enjoyed this book, but it took me forever to read because I have been going through the thesis-writing process and it had been too long since I read Starcrossed.
I’m not going to give it a “star” rating at this time.

I really wish I had read Starcrossed again before picking up Dreamless. On Goodreads I decided not to give it a “star” rating because I couldn’t put a value on the book.

Some things I liked:

  • Hector. He’s awesome, loveable, and a really strong supporting character. I’d LOVE to see a short story about him and finding his love on his own.
  • ORION. He’s a new character that I seriously enjoyed having as an addition to the story!!!! Must have more of him, please.
  • The mythology. Angelini seriously did her homework!! I love how she incorporated a lot of mythology and it flowed well, kept the storyline interesting, and was consistent throughout the book.
  • Setting. I LOVE that it is set in Nantucket. The description is gorgeous and it is perfect for the action.
  • Meeting some of the major gods. That was pretty awesome and seeing their personalities portrayed by the author was interesting.
  • THE ENDING. Yes, it was awesome. I totally felt that the wait was worth it in the end. My heart was racing and I was so happy to see some serious action.

Some stuff that was…okay, but not great:

  • The Underworld. I just thought too much of the book was set here. I know that was the main point of the storyline, but it was just too repetitive. That’s just my opinion, but every time I picked up the book hoping for something exciting that would progress the story, I ended up in the Underworld. I can totally sympathize with Helen getting stuck there every night.
  • Lucas. I know he’s the MC’s boyfriend, but honestly. I didn’t know what to think of him most of the time. I guess that’s the point, but I was so frustrated that I wish he’d just…hit the road.

Overall, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I LOVE mythology and Angelini’s spin on it is so creative and interesting.

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