Friday, May 18, 2012

Dreamless (Starcrossed # 2) by Josephine Angelini Review

Name: Dreamless (Starcrossed # 2)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC
Release Date: May 29th, 2012
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Thank you HarperTeen for sending me a copy of Dreamless for review!!

Helen needs to get through hell in two ways: by night they reflected the underworld, even worse torments her day that Lucas and they may possibly love. In the underworld, Helen meets Orion. The more time they spend together, the closer they come to. Then something totally unexpected happens, the forces calculated for holding and Lucas Orion: The four houses are combined and Scion, a new Trojan war seems inevitable!-Goodreads

My Review:
After falling in love with this series after reading the first book, I was super excited to get my hands on a copy of Dreamless! Once this book arrived, I could not put it down, and I found myself staying up so late at night, because I had to know what happened next! Needless to say, this book definitely didn't disappoint and was a fabulous followup to an awesome series!

One of the main things that I loved about Dreamless was that it had a lot more action than the first book in the series. The scenes with the fighting and the battles were awesome! It was great to see Helen actually use her different powers and see her in action a lot more. Of course, I loved seeing Lucas, Hector, Jason and Adriane fight as well..and also Claire and Matt too!! The plot of Dreamless definitely wasn't too slow or too fast and Josephine Angelini does a really great job of keeping the plot moving without the book moving so fast that we have no idea what is going on. I also loved reading about the scenes in the Underworld when Helen is trying to accomplish her mission. Josephine Angelini really creates a place that I can imagine in my head while I'm reading this book.

Now onto my other favorite part about Dreamless...the characters! In this book, I really saw Helen develop so much as a character. She becomes so much more independent and willing to fight. She really is a courageous character and is willing to sacrifice herself for those that she loves. I really love that she is such a caring girl, and just wants to make things better for her friends and her family. Now onto of my favorite boys! We also see a huge change in Lucas from the first book. No longer do we see the outgoing, friendly boy, but we see a shadow of his former self. (Spoiler Alert for those who have not read the first book) Lucas (and Helen!) is crushed after learning that Helen is his cousin and he tries so desperately to stay away from her, no matter what the cost. I will say that I really liked seeing this darker side of Lucas, but it was also nice to see moments where he really came out and shined as a hero.

When I first read the summary of this book, I had no idea who Orion was/what he would be doing in the book. After reading Dreamless, I have to say that Orion easily has become one of my favorite characters! He is really brave, and super strong, but he also has an awesome sense of humor that really balances Helen out. He really is a great partner for Helen to have in the underworld and they really do make a great team! I was really worried about their being a love triangle because I'm not the biggest fans of them, but Josephine Angelini does a great job of straying away from the "typical" love triangle scenarios and makes this one work in a way that I really liked! I really didn't feel that I was rooting for one guy over the other. What I felt was that Helen needs both boys because they both balance her out and I really can see how she is torn between the two!

The introduction of a bunch of new characters including a bunch of minor gods and a few major ones as well! I really liked seeing a whole different group of characters included in this book, especially since I love reading about Greek mythology! These new characters definitely make the plot really stand out, and I found myself keep re-reading scenes with these characters in them because I liked them so much!

Overall, Dreamless is an AMAZING followup to an already awesome series!! This book has action, suspense, and romance, and of course Greek mythology! I can't wait to read the third book in this series and make sure to pick up a copy of Dreamless when it comes out on May 29th!!

My Rating: Five out of Five Stars


  1. This is supposed to be one of my next reads....I can hardly wait! Eek! I haven't read the first one yet...and I have a couple review books that I need to review too!!! I almost wanna say, "forget those review books!" LOL Great review!!!

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  3. Great review and very encouraging since i'm starting this book today...YAY!!!

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  4. Oooh, I love books about Greek Mythology! I'll have to start reading this series I think! Great review :)

  5. OH MY GOSH!!! I am like dying to read this book!!! Starcrossed is such a good start to a promising series. I love Greek mythology, the real stuff, so I like to see what authors come up with for retellings of certain myths. Helen and Paris, as well as Hades and Persephone, are very common. But I love the retellings :D
    Thanks for the review!
    Alyssa Susanna

  6. AHHH. So excited to read my copy. Starcrossed was a solid read for me but nothing that ROCKED THE BOAT. It was missing something.

    BUT. Dreamless, oh, boy. Oh, boy, oh, boy, OH, BOY. I can't wait to start this one! It sounds like exactly what I've been waiting for.

  7. AHHH!! Great review! I can't wait to read this :)

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  9. The plot in this book is mind blowing. Let me the first to tell you sometimes fate sucks. In this book, fate just does not let them be. Lucas and Helen from the start are fighting against fate. I admit that I liked them fighting. It gave you more tension between the characters. You felt their love grown with each growing frustration.

    The characters were a whole another set of story. Each characters had such a unique identity. They all had their flaws. I like how each of them played a role in Lucas and Helen's life's. They all stuck by each other as a family and did what they thought was best. Now some may think that some decisions were wrong, and I thought so too. But in the end, I knew they did it out of the kindness of their own heart. They were only looking out for each other.

  10. Oh man I can't wait to read this book! I love mythology stories but I never have time to sit down and read this! Gna put this higher up on my TBR now. Thanks for the great review!

  11. Fans of Greek mythology who are looking for a new and engaging spin cannot miss the Starcrossed series! Dreamless is a solid follow up that gave me just enough information to be satisfied but still has me begging for more!
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