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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Donna L. Phillips
In this sequel to Starcrossed (HarperTeen, 2011/VOYA June 2011), Scion Helen continues the odyssey begun in her earlier dreams of the Furies. Now, however, her dreamless nights are filled with journeys to the Underworld. She hopes to find a way to disarm the Furies and end the three-thousand-year legacy of bloodletting among the four classical Houses. She and Lucas/Paris are still attracted to each other, in spite of now knowing they are first cousins. A mysterious new attraction has entered the picture—Orion, a Rogue Scion like Helen. There are extra helpings of romance as Helen's mortal friend, Claire, pairs up with Scion Jason and Matt becomes enamored with Jason's twin, Ariadne. The romance alternates with fast-paced action from above and below, as those who benefit from the Furies's role are determined to thwart Helen's quest. The mythological framework and minor characters are more fully-realized in this sequel. Helen's trips to the Underworld are conveyed with gut-wrenching detail. Mortal friends Claire, Matt, and Zach do more than giggle, grin, and worry, though there is still enough of that to annoy sophisticated readers. There is a healthy dose of classical deus ex machina and tantalizing hints of a third book in which all-out war erupts between gods and Scions. Since copies of Starcrossed are currently missing from both my school and public libraries, it seems likely that Dreamless and its sequel will be well-liked by fans of contemporary renderings of classical mythology. Reviewer: Donna L. Phillips
Kirkus Reviews
Real sexual tension apparently requires all the divine forces in the universe be arrayed against you, if this book is any guide. Demigods and erstwhile lovers Helen and Lucas can never be together, because they're secretly first cousins. Just in case the couple realizes that relationships between cousins aren't considered incest in their home state of Massachusetts (or 24 other states in the union), Lucas's father explains that the future of the demigod species, nay, of the entire planet depends on the couple staying apart. Because! Of history! And magical things! And could Lucas just stop being so selfish? Lucas responds by pretending to hate Helen, following the standard tortured-angsty-boy recipe for staying away from his girlfriend. Poor Helen, meanwhile, is spending all her sleeping hours traveling the Underworld. She hopes to defeat the Furies and end the senseless feuding that has tormented the semi-divine Scions since the Trojan War, but she can't seem to make any headway in the blasted hellscape of the Underworld. Not to mention, her magical journeys are keeping her from REM sleep, thus probably killing her. At least she's met a hot new Scion in the Underworld to fill the vacancy Lucas left by being such a meanie. Interesting plot twists almost carry endless pages of Forbidden Love. (Paranormal romance. 13-15)
Lauren Kate
“A gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away.”
Sophie Jordan
“One of the most cinematic books I’ve ever read. Dramatic and intense! I can’t tell you how many times I gasped while reading this book. Starcrossed plays out like a movie in your head.”
Chicklish (blog)
“A supreme mix of mythology, brutal action and heart rending romance. The perfect summer read.”
Booklist
This fantastical dual-world page-turner introduces more abhorrent mythological creatures while reuniting readers with Helen’s supportive high-school friends, as well as the crazy Delos family, who anchor her between the real and mythological worlds.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This paranormal sequel to Starcrossed (HarperCollins, 2011) continues demigod Helen's quest to descend into the Underworld to try to defeat the Furies and end thousands of years of endless killing among her kin. In this world, Helen and her demigod cousins are descended from one of Four Houses, and the Furies make them all enemies of one another. Despite the fact that Helen and Lucas were from enemy Houses and wanted to kill each other in Starcrossed, they fell in love and then discovered that they were first cousins. Now, they're finding it hard to resist their mutual attration, despite knowing its wrong. Then Orion shows up to rival Lucas for Helen's affections. Helen can fly and throw lightning bolts but makes mistakes and, like all the Gods, is guilty of hubris. She finds herself in horrific situations and the only way she can end each night so she can wake up to try again is to die - by quicksand, falling, etc.-and this is taking a terrible physical toll on her. The violence that the Gods and demigods inflict upon one another is compelling, but also brutal. Enough of the events from Starcrossed are recounted that it's not essential to have read it first. Unfinished events in this book guarantee another installment in this series that's loosely based on the Helen of Troy myth. The family dynamics in this romantic, action-packed tale are reminiscent of the "Twilight" series and will appeal to "Percy Jackson" fans who are ready for more mature fare.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062012012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Pages: 489
  • Sales rank: 100,466
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Josephine Angelini

Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a major in theater and a focus on the classics. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three shelter cats.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    A fabulous sequel to Starcrossed.

    I won a Goodreads Contest and received an ARC of Dreamless. My review could be a little spoilery, so take caution while reading!

    Dreamless was as I had expected, full of action, plot twists, romance, and anger. Most second books in trilogies are filler novels that move along slowly, but Angelini did not give us a standard sequel.

    The plot was fantastic. Helen has to find the Furies to rid the Scions of their need to kill each other. Helen faced so many obstacles being the only descender. My heart broke for her with every page. She is a true heroine -- never giving up in the face of constant failure, having her heart all but ripped from her chest, facing betrayal and loneliness. She is a tough chick.

    Characters -

    Lucas just pissed me off beyond belief. I understand why he was so angry and hurt, but I couldn't stand his hot and cold attitude towards Helen. He's supposed to be strong for her and he fails in that aspect.

    Orion... oh wow. I fell in love with him. He never once faltered in his quest to help Helen in the Underworld. He is a beautiful, sweet soul just looking for justice in the world of Scions. His life was never easy, with hardships most people would not be able to bare. I loved Helen and his relationship. How close they seemed to be, over such a short amount of time. I can't wait to see more of Orion in the last book.

    Claire also pissed me off. She was not a true friend to Helen in Dreamless. She was so infatuated with Jason that she wasn't there to support Helen as she was entirely alone. Then, when she was supposedly trying to help Helen, she was either yelling at her, making fun of her, or getting her into more trouble with the rest of the Delos family with her asenine requests. I was very disappointed in her and Jason for their attitudes towards Helen.

    The rest of the characters are some what the same except Matt, who I fell in love with in Dreamless. He is just trying to cope with being a mortal surrounded by supernaturals. He is so strong and brave. It was breathtaking. And of course Hector! I was so excited to get to see more of him, even though anytime he was around all hell broke loose. I still love him though.


    All and all, I have very high expectations for the next installment. I know I will be disappointed with what I want, but that won't stop me from hoping it comes true! This action packed, breathtakingly beautiful novel definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars. Thank you Angelini for a great series so far!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Lukewarm follow-up

    I was slightly disappointed with Dreamless. I could not get into it. Starcrossed blew me away, and I could not wait to get my hands on the next novel in this series. However, Dreamless fell flat for me.

    Helen and Lucas were separated at the end of Starcrossed because they are cousins. So what does Helen do? Spend the entire book pining away after Lucas. Oh sure, she met Orion, then she loved him, too. But she still wanted to bang her cousin. I was hoping this would have been handled differently and without a love triangle, honestly. I hoped that they'd find out that Helen's mom is a big liar and that they weren't really cousins. Then they could live happily ever after. But nope! I know Cassandra Clare played with this idea some in the Mortal Instruments series, but she just did it much better than Angelini did. The way Clare handled everything made it seem like it was unnatural for Clary and Jace to be apart. This was handled in a way that made it seem unnatural for Lucas and Helen to be together.

    I did love Orion, though. I was hoping that Helen would quit running for emo child of the year and decide she wanted to be with him instead. Lucas was annoying in this book. I didn't like him at all. He was all broody and bratty. Orion was great. He was the main source of entertainment for the book.

    Also, the book just jumped around too much. It was third person limited, but it switched POVs constantly. I could keep up because it stated who the narrator was following, but it was annoying. Every time I'd get into what was happening to one character, it'd switch. Usually, I'd get frustrated and put the book down. Because of that, it took me FOREVER to finish this book.

    Additionally, I felt that things were dragged out too long. Sure, there was a lot of action, and I know I should have cared more what happened during these action scenes... especially since I loved the first book so much, but I just didn't like the characters that much (outside of Orion) in this novel. Therefore, all of the action and suspense was wasted on me. Furthermore, the characters tried to be funny a lot and they just weren't. There were many places where a character would say something not-funny-at-all and then the other character would just die laughing. I sat there like, "um why are you laughing? THIS IS NOT FUNNY!" I'm assuming these were attempts at humor, but they were not successful.

    Other than Orion, the one shining part of this novel was Angelini's writing. She has a way of describing things that makes you feel like you're there. She also words things very gracefully. Because of her ability to write, I have hopes that book three in the series will be much better than this one.

    I didn't hate this book, but I just liked it okay. I mostly talked about what I didn't like because I feel that the good stuff has already been mentioned, and the negative things would make me check this book out from the library first instead of buying it outright. Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. Anyone who read Starcrossed has to read this book. Also, if you haven't read Starcrossed and want a good mythology series that deals with Helen of Troy, then you should start the series. Will I continue this series? Most definitely. While Dreamless wasn't my favorite book, and I feel that Angelini had a bit of a sophmore slump issue with this novel, I have faith that the third book in the series will blow my mind.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very goo

    I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very good book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Lol

    I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! LOVED IT!! GREEK MYTHOLOGY A STARCROSS



    WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!

    LOVED IT!!

    GREEK MYTHOLOGY

    A STARCROSSED LOVE

    COLOURFUL ADVENTURES

    A NEW FRIEND

    SMEXUAL TENSION

    A LOVE HIDING

    VILLAINS

    TANTALUS

    HUNDRED COUSINS

    BUG GUY ( CREEPY DUDE)

    HOTTIES


    ORION

    LUCAS

    MATT
    ( OOO YES HE IS NOW A BUFFED HOTTIE)

    HECTOR ( Awww...I love Hector)

    JASON


    Things aren’t looking good for Lucas and Helen. Lucas has to let go, no matter how much it hurts. He knows it has to be him. Helen is not strong enough to let go of their relationship.

    Enter Orion, oh and what a lovely entrance.

    Helen must descend into the Underworld to find the Furies , with the help of Orion, they work together . Orion is the best guy. I love him. He is a whole lot of smexi, but he is also funny and you just want to take him home. Things are easier with Orion...in a kind of tough mission, way.

    Claire is still a most magnificent friend. Everybody needs a Claire, loyal to the core ,and is she smart!

    Daphne, Helen’s mum, is rather kickass and ninja stealth and goes about her mission in the background of this book. Without the Ninja outfit.

    Helen has a lot to learn still, and is stumbling about working it as she goes. She is the Descender, but I think she needs a ‘How To’ manual.

    My goodness , little ol Nantucket gets a bit of a smackdown and it was pretty ‘cool’ in a bad kind of way, very colourful in my head , and crazy going on.

    I had a fave scene in this book with Orion and Helen, and all I will say is it has the letter L in it, but I can’t remember the name of it...hehe!!!.....why am I even writing this? ....oh, yeah! now I remember.....nope I forgot again......

    Oh, and a bit of a costume change for Helen, that would look spectacular up on the big screen.

    Visually this book was magnificent and needs to be transferred to the big screen.....especially with all these hotties....errr...did I say that out loud? I meant to say, the mythology , mixed with the dream scenes, throw in the hotties and WOW!!

    Josephine’s story sparkles !

    Visually it is quite magical.

    Just quietly, I do love the craziness of the Furies...they do get a bad rap.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    couldjt put it down.

    great book after starcrossed! i want this to be made into a movie soo bad! looking forward to the end when (i hope) lucas and helen can be together ;)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    The truth behind the charcacters.

    I've been reading the review for dreamless, and i am getting pissed. Everyone is mad at lucas for not being there for her. HELLO!!! Did you not read the book he was doing that beacause he loved her. Lucas didn't want helen to love him because "they were cousins" (not really). He wanted her to be with Orion so she could be happy, and actually have a life. So im tired of people looking at him as the uncompassionte one , when really all he did was think about helen. All the decisions he made were for helen sake and i may be just spitballing here but anyone who risks being hated and forgotten and alone for someone who doesnt realize it is no "bad person". Everyone is so quick to fall for Orion, forgetting about his part in the prophesy. Oh and helen shes the one that doesnt deserve lucas. Yes, shes willing to die for lucas, but if she really cared why would she do something (fall for Orion) that she knew would hurt not only lucas but alot of innocent people. If she would just listen to people when they try to warn her , half of this story wouldn't be happening. I am most definetely routing for lucas because if anyone deserves helen its him. All helen thinks about after shes been with lucas is her guilt and how wrong it is. But she never put herself in his shoes to see how he might feel. EVER!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Love

    Well written with exception of choppiness in terms of transitions! I could literally picture Helen and her struggle to discover the truth, the emotional and physical toll it took on her How hard her struggles were. I love how the author made Helen so brave! Also loved Ares summation of why wars are faught and how the cycle continues--wow didnt see that coming!

    Disappointed in Jason's coldness towards Helen. Not sure what that was about as he was so supportive and understanding in the first book. Also dissapointed in love triangle. Thought Helen and Lucas's love for one another made them inseparable. But this book made it feel like they were only drawn together by fates. I didnt feel Lucas's love for Helen--but rather that he only cared to protect her. As one would for any friend/family member. I didnt see him struggling or a need in him to emotionally comfort/support her--even when he discovered she was wasting away much less dying. A heart should want what it wants--it doesnt have to be rational. If she was to die, why not seek comfort in one another? NOT one tear was shed by him... such a let down in my opinion!

    But other than my disappointments, it was well written. Hoping 3rd book sets things right....Either their love is inseparable and should be reflected in the dialogue OR Lucas is undeserving.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Ahhhh

    Yay i hope this is the next book after starcrossed i loved that book!! And if it is im soo glad to be the first to write a reveiw!!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Omg theres a second one?!

    I loved the first one so much. I read it like 4 times. It was awesome! I cant wait.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Omg

    I just finished the book and to all the fans she has to write another one cuz lucas and helen still dont know their not related! And there is still an issue with the hundred!So she needs to write another book!Team Lucas (and if u read the book u would understand y i just said that)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2014

    Dreamless was an awesome sequel to Starcrossed! It links beautif

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Lucas

    Lucas and Helen are the best couple

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

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    LOVED IT!!!!!!

    I am just in love with the series!!! And I am even more in love with this book!!!! It was super super good!! I mean I haven't wanted the third book of a of the series more since The Hunger Games, the Divergent series, The Chemical Garden series and the Legend series!!! Just... Yeah as you can see I'm in love with this series so I am getting the third book today no matter what!!!!!! And my goal is to finish this book by the end of the month... Easy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Couldn't put it down

    My kind of story!

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    Must read!

    A book that leaves you wanting more and more!

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

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    ¿¿¿½ It has been awhile since I'd last seen Lucas & Helen,

    ¿¿¿½

    It has been awhile since I'd last seen Lucas & Helen, so I've been eager to get back to their story to see what happened on the heels of Daphne's shocking revelation and the epic-Olympic-sized showdown on the streets of Nantucket. This book, in a word, is hard. It's hard to see Helen and Lucas separated, especially given the fact that we know that Daphne has lied to them. It's also hard to see Helen gradually become isolated and alone as her relationship with the Delos family, her friends and her dad become more strained, and as her nightly trips to the Underworld being to take an increasingly physical, mental and emotional toll on her. The only bright spot in her life becomes the charming, mysterious Orion who takes on the duty of becoming Helen's protector as she descends each night, and with whom she works to defeat the Furies.

    I have to admit, while I ultimately enjoyed this story, it was a little difficult to get back into due to a prevalent tendency to tell vs. show, the multiple third person perspectives, and some of the overly extreme reactions the characters seemed to have to certain situations. (i.e. Lucas. Slow your roll there, dude.) I also found the building romance with Orion to be a little weird when all was said and done... not to mention that... {ahem} scene with Morpehus. (Ummm?) While I really liked Orion and the relationship he had with Helen, I felt in some ways that it was a little too automatic and underdeveloped. And really, just in general, I wish the relationship development between numerous characters had been stronger. However, the plot pleasantly surprised me when it all came together, it was subtle and well-planned, and left me with that wonderful "AHA!" feeling.

    Overall. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what's next for Helen & Co., so bring on Goddess!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Dreamless

    This book was amazing! I am left speechless! I loved every second of it! I have learned a lot about greek mythology and am amazed at how great this book is! Cant wait for the third and hopefully they make it into a movie!

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    After a slow start, I fell hard for STARCROSSED, the first book

    After a slow start, I fell hard for STARCROSSED, the first book in Josephine Angelini's trilogy. I loved that Scions exist in the 21st century and bring a piece of the past with them. Ancient myths, epic love stories and feuds between Greek houses of Scions and gods, that’s what made STARCROSSED a fantastic read.

    The ending of STARCROSSED left me in an emotional turmoil and at that time I wanted to read its sequel so badly, to see the conflicts finally being solved. You can imagine my excitement when I started DREAMLESS. Unfortunately you have to witness my disappointment now after finishing. I had a slow start with DREAMLESS as well. But the story continued like that, I never really got into the story, and it felt strenuous to keep up with Helen's story.

    If you read STARCROSSED, you know in how far a certain piece of information influenced Helen and Lucas' relationship. I really didn't like the way it developed in DREAMLESS. Helen and Lucas had a limited number of scenes full of emotions and heartbreak, but it simply wasn't enough to keep my mind and heart hooked on the story.

    The storyline and the way Helen spends most of the book, in the underworld -a barren and colorless setting- trying to break free, appeared sluggish and uneventful to me. Even if something happened, it didn't affect me at all.

    One day when Helen descends into the underworld, she hears a voice. And unfortunately soon we'll meet the source of that voice. Orion. His character itself wasn’t that bad. He is protective, smart and helpful, but in context with Lucas and Helen's romance crumpling, I just didn't need him there as her new kind of love interest. I would've easily accepted him as someone else's new companion, but not Helen's! Love triangle stay in the underworld where you came from!

    Whereas the secondary characters, especially Ariadne, Hector, Jason and Claire, and their relationships had more power to hold my attention, the enemies and their view on parts of the story in DREAMLESS were rather enervating.

    Josephine Angelini continues the story of Scions and Greek myths in DREAMLESS. The most significant in DREAMLESS are definitely the furies. Be prepared to learn more about their unfortunate fate and help Helen find a way to free them, herself and all the other Scions from their violent fate of hatred. There are magical items, new myths to uncover and the Delos' enemies don't keep quiet either.

    THE VERDICT

    2,5/ 5 **/* DREAMLESS - Only a shadow of the first STARCROSSED book. What happened to the epic romance of Helen and Lucas?

    DREAMLESS comes along with only a weak development of plot and action. Furthermore there are annoying enemies and an infuriating love triangle that kept me from adoring this sequel as much as STARCROSSED. The enormous solidarity of the Delos family, their undying love for Helen and the main romance between Helen and Lucas are things I am counting on in the next book. I'm expecting GODDESS to end the series with a bang!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

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    Such a roller coaster ride of emotions and angst and knee-jerk decisions/ bad decisions..... so much happens without Helen finding out the truth about her mother and Lucas..... i need the third book to fix that fast!

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