Dreamless (Starcrossed Trilogy Series #2)

Dreamless (Starcrossed Trilogy Series #2)

by Josephine Angelini


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ISBN-13: 9780062012029
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: Starcrossed Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 319,491
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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“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.”

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Dreamless: A Starcrossed Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
unearthly-so More than 1 year ago
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!
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very good book!
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
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.
Novelsontherun More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WONDERFUL this book was so awesome!.OMG lucas and helen r the best couple.i really wonder why no one is talking about zach, i mean i know he was a traitor but i was really sad when he died.i will never 4give daphne 4 that horrible  lie.hector is so much my favourite character!.tanku so much angelini 4 making this wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
This book is 500 pages of awesomeness! “It's not our talents that make us safe or dangerous, it's our choices.” DREAMLESS by Josephine Angelini is the second book in Josephine's Starcrossed/Awakening trilogy. It seems that the ebooks are the Starcrossed series and the hardcovers are the Awakening series... but they're the same. I had previously read and reviewed STARCROSSED (http://tinyurl.com/q3od5l5), the first book in this series in Sept 2014. I was originally drawn to this trilogy because of its Greek mythology aspect. I've been fascinated by the heroes, gods and monsters in Greek mythology for as long as I can remember. This YA saga uniquely mixes mythology with conflicted romance, breath-taking action, betrayals, and gripping intrigue and I loved it! DREAMLESS continues the story of teenage Helen Hamilton who lives with her father on Nantucket Island. She discovered in STARCROSSED that she was a Scion, which is a descendant of a Greek god and a mortal. Each Scion has a special power. Helen is the only person living who has the ability to travel to Hades. Helen needs to get to the Furies to stop the blood feud that will doom us all if not stopped. To do that, every night she wanders through the Underworld in search of the Furies. This is absolutely a series you must read in order. I'd read the first book and I still struggled trying to recall all the plot details since it had been so long. Josephine Angelini is truly a genius storyteller and this series is fantastic. Those starting the series now can read the books straight through and that's a huge plus. DREAMLESS picks up right where STARCROSSED left off. It took me a few chapters to get back into the story, but get back in it, I did. AND it was SOOOO good! We are introduced to a new character, Orion, who has been sent by someone to help Helen. Orion's special power is to affect a heart's desire. He could easily abuse this power, but he doesn't, which makes him a hero to me! There's a love triangle with Orion in the picture, but I don't see the hot sparks between Orion and Helen that obviously exist between Helen and Lucas, though others might. Hades, Persephone, Ares and, of course, the Furies, all figure prominently in this installment. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 5 Wine Glasses!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome in my opinion. Even though Daphne insists on tellin Helen that she is related to Lucas Hector and the rest of them (Which I think is just cruel). Orion is an awesome guy. I cant stay away! I would say that this is a definite must read. The plot and storyline are great, with a little love story going on in the background. This is one book worth reading and re-reading.
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lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A Fantastic Book Contemporary, Mythology, Young Adult, Nantucket, Underworld Helen Hamilton is the only Scion that can descend to the Underworld. As the only one that can she now has a nearly impossible task that she must complete. To stop the endless cycle of revenge that curses her family she wanders through Hades night after night. During the day she fights to overcome the exhaustion that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Helen isn’t sure if she has the strength needed to go on now that Lucas is not by her side. Just as Helen reaches her breaking point she finds a new mysterious Scion that comes to her rescue. Orion is funny and brave and he shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. Time is running out for them and a ruthless foe is plotting against them. The Furies’ cry for blood is also getting louder. The mortal world and the ancient Greek worlds are colliding in Helen’s sheltered world. Nantucket is descending into chaos. Though none of that is as hard as it is proving to forget Lucas Delos. This second book in the trilogy is just as good as the first one proved to be. This is one trilogy that brings the myths to life in a completely different way that makes for a wonderful read. The characters are proving to be fascinating and pull the reader into a world that is different and yet so real that it makes for a book that the reader won’t want to put down until the very last page. The books are woven together so well that they flow one into the other and will have readers eagerly reaching for the third book to see if Helen and Lucas will get a happy ever after and just what will happen when the gods come to visit.
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KKetch More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucas and Helen are the best couple
HorseAnimeFreak More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kind of story!
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jadaseven More than 1 year ago
A book that leaves you wanting more and more!
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DaniRoo More than 1 year ago
¿¿¿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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