Dreamless (Starcrossed Trilogy Series #2)

Dreamless (Starcrossed Trilogy Series #2)

by Josephine Angelini

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ISBN-13: 9780062012012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Series: Starcrossed Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 489
Sales rank: 420,345
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.80(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.”

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“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. 99 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)
Anonymous 14 days ago
Stayed with the story and never got boring. It was amazing.
jennrenae on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Two days ago I read Starcrossed and could not put it down! It was the book equivalent to the where-have-you-been-all-my-life? guy. After finishing it, I went straight to my ARC of Dreamless (thank you HarperTeen and Edelweiss) and stayed up most of the night reading. Some people have a way with words---and Josephine Angelini is one of those people. I just got swept away in her descriptions! I felt like I woke up one morning and found myself in her world--looking around to see Lucas, Helen, Hector, Cassandra and the whole gang. I just love when a book can transport you to another place and time--the only true magical powers anyone can have! I absolutely adore Angelini's characters. They are so vibrant and full of life--even the characters that are not in complete focus, like Hector. I just love Hector--strong and mighty, yet completely and utterly devoted to his family. Angelini gives him so much depth even though he's not one of the main two, Lucas and Helen, and I appreciate that she spends so much time building her characters so that every dimension of her book comes to life. The Greek mythology is so....there are no words. The way she depicts the Furies is cataclysmic, and it's so new and original. I can literally see them slinking across the ground in craziness begging for murder so that for one tiny second, they can feel at peace--if that is even possible. I've always pictured the Furies as these evil hellbeasts, and I admit, I much prefer Angelini's tortured Furies over the ones I have always known. And then....drumroll please! Lucas! I admit, I read books for the guys--the ones that sweeep you off your feet over and over again, and Lucas, being the flyer he is, can quite literally sweep you off them! If only I could stay in the air with him and never come down! He is the perfect young adult guy, and I have to say, whenever I see my ideal ya guy in a novel, I find myself never being able to put it down. He rivals Daemon, Aiden, Four, and Jace for me! He's overprotective (which I love), strong and chiseled (oh la la), arrogant and tempermental (sigh), and completley broken and struggling (if only I could save him)! My heart literally aches for him, and I can't wait for everything to FINALLY work out! There were so many twists and turns that I didn't see coming in Dreamless, and I really admire Josephine Angelini for her inventiveness with mythology. I will admit that I longed for more of the love story, but after Daphne's evil treachery (in my mind its evil) of convincing Lucas and Helen that they are cousins when they are not, I knew I was in for lots of angst (grrrr). Hopefully I will get more of my love story in book 3! So....after much rambling about how I love this book, I will say that it is a MUST READ! I went through the gamut of emotions with this one--happiness, sadness, anger, disbelief, more anger, and a little (okay a lot) of lust :) Shame on me (hehe) or shame on Angelini for writing such a wonderfully addictive novel!
AmberFIB on LibraryThing 5 months 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. A lot of things have been introduced, but the novel didn't end on a cliffhanger. The ending did, however, make you curious to see what happens next. I can't wait to see how it plays out.
Kr15tina on LibraryThing 5 months ago
What I LovedBook TwoThe middle book is always the killer book in a trilogy, I love the middle books but at the same time they drive me crazy because I'm so close yet so far from the ending. So many answers I want now and I have to wait, but I loved this one. Dreamless kept me entranced and captivated throughout the entire book. Lots of both good and bad things happened by the end of the book.EmotionsWow this book is filled with so many emotions; desire for the off limits, exhaustion for a seemingly impossible task, betrayal, developing feelings for another. . . the list can go on and on. Helen was being pulled in so many directions and I could feel her pain.CharacterHelen: She was amazing in this book, I admire her for her stamina and continually dealing with her horrible trips to the Underworld. Also handling another heart breaking situation that I don't want to say what it is. Her willingness to fight and learn how to defend herself without her abilities. I really do love Helen in this book and I will be 100% rooting for her in the battles to come. Greek Mythology My favorite thing about this series. I love any retelling or use of Greek mythology in books and Josie does wonderfully with creating her own use of the heroic mythological characters and archetypes. I will also admit that I love Hades especially when he is used as the brooding good guy and I'm so happy with how Josie portrayed Hades in her version. Oh and we get to meet Morpheus, WOW, I would love to visit him in my dreams. Didn't LikeHaving to wait for the final book, killer!Recommendation You have got to read this series especially if you love the tale of Romeo and Juliet mixed with Greek mythology.
AboutToRead on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Josephine Angelini is one of those amazing authors that can create both fantastically developed characters and a kick-ass plot. Dreamless was just as amazing as Starcrossed¿there was tons of adventure, mystery, romance, and of course, mythology! What more could you ask for?As Helen parades around the Underworld trying to find and destroy the Furies, we get an in depth look at one of the most explored places in Greek mythology. There was nothing interesting about Angelini¿s Underworld, but we did get to meet an awesome new character, Orion. Orion adds a lot to the story and I am really looking forward to seeing more of him in the next novel. Angelini manages to keep romance alive in the story despite the ridiculous Lucas/Helen situation (this is the only aspect of the trilogy that truly irritates me beyond belief). Even though Lucas and Helen spend a lot of time a part, they are constantly thinking about each other and I still believe in the strength of their relationship.The storyline in Dreamless is just fantastic. Not only is it action-packed, but it is also surprising and incredibly exciting. As soon as Dreamless was over, I wanted to pick up the sequel (which unfortunately won¿t be released for another year). The ending is just amazing and I need to see where Angelini takes us next.Dreamless is a fantastic read that will undoubtedly leave you wanting more. It was nearly impossible to tear my eyes away from the pages and I cannot wait to read Josephine Angelini¿s next novel. If you are looking for action, romance, and mythology Dreamless is the perfect choice.
summerskris on LibraryThing 5 months ago
After Josephine Angelini's epic debut with Starcrossed, I could not (but, alas, had to) wait to receive my copy of Dreamless. You can imagine my excitement when my ARC of Dreamless arrived in the mail. From book one, I knew where the story was going, but I had no idea how Angelini would bring us to its conclusion. This is how she does it: action, reaction, and characters. Dreamless is not one of the transition middle books in the series; no, Angelini delves right into the heart of the plot and kept me glued to the sofa until she brought the novel to its stunning conclusion, leaving me breathless and anticipating book three (Goddess).While there is a prophecy and destiny driving the characters, the characters themselves, with their complex personalities and relationships, also drive the plot. Book one left my heart tearing up for Helen and Lucas. Book two broke it two pieces, as I watched the two mature and try to forget each other. Another guy is introduced, and he seems to promise a way to move on. While I typically hate love triangles, this one melds beautifully into the plot. Dare I say that I might have a crush of my own on the new guy? For Helen, however, forgetting is far from easy. Other conflicts arise as Lucas's relatives fall for mortals, Hector comes into contact with family, and Cassandra grows more distant. Every character found its way into my heart, even the nasty villains (I just loved to hate some of them).Helen's duty as the Descender seems pretty simple. She has to find the Furies and eliminate them. However, as always, that isn't all there is to it, and Helen's journey in the Underworld reveals that there is more to her quest that she initially thought. Helen's inability to dream wears her down gradually, threatening her health and mentality, rendering her unable to make the decisions that she needs to make. The fate of the Scions rests on her actions. Dreamless captivated me from start to finish. I absolutely cannot wait to read book three!
booktwirps on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Starcrossed was one of my favorite books of 2011, and I was chomping at the bit for Dreamless. When I managed to snag an ARC of it, I was beyond thrilled. (By the way, if you¿ve not read Starcrossed, you may want to skip this review as there may be minor spoilers.)Dreamless picks up not long after the conclusion of the last book, and Helen and the Delos family are trying to figure out how to stop the Furies so Hector can come home without the rest of the family wanting to rip out his throat. Unfortunately, Helen is the only one of them who can descend into the underworld. The problem is Helen has no idea where to look or what to do when she is down there. The most aggravating problem is she is powerless when she descends, and she always awakens bloodied and bruised and usually with a few broken bones. Things seem hopeless until one night, she meets Orion, a descendant of Aphrodite, who has found a way to descend (thanks to Helen¿s mother) and help her out. Throw in a few vengeful gods hell-bent on reenacting the Trojan war and reclaiming the world and things start to get really interesting.When I first started reading the book I was a little underwhelmed. It felt like all I was getting was a few very short scenes before Helen was descending again, and when she descended I didn¿t feel like the story was really going anywhere. Things picked up and started to get interesting when Orion entered the picture, but I still didn¿t feel like I was getting any answers. By the end of the book it all came together, but I was still left wondering if all that time describing Helen¿s nightly descents was really necessary. I felt that some of it could be trimmed.The entire cast from the first book returns, and they are all just as enjoyable as they were in the first book. I absolutely love Claire (Helen¿s bff), and Helen is an awesome MC. She seems real, even if she is a powerful demigod. There are also some new villains introduced in this installment. They created all kinds of mayhem and the battle scenes were just as awesome as the ones in the first book.I also really liked the addition of Orion. I was dreading yet another love triangle, but this one was handled well. Since Helen and Lucas are (supposedly) cousins, Helen needs a hot man in her life, though there is a reason why Helen shouldn¿t fall for Orion due to some rule about mixing the houses, but I think they need to ignore it. I am team Orion all the way.I¿m really looking forward to the final book. Something huge is about to go down and I can¿t wait to read it.If you liked Starcrossed, you definitely need to check this one out. Like I said, it has some slow parts that may leave you scratching your head, but it¿s still very much worth the time.
usagijihen on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wow. Helen really takes a beating in this one, guys! I love how Angelini isn¿t afraid to torture her characters, and the payoff is huge. Yeah, there¿s a love triangle, and I usually hate those, but Angelini really did a good job with this one, and made it work within the plot to really boost all of the sub-arcs and character journey arcs as well as the main arc. Make no mistake ¿ ¿Dreamless¿ shows how far Angelini has come within the short span of a year, and shows how far she¿s willing to go to make her stories unforgettable.We get deeper into how the Furies seek their revenge and how the divergence of Greek and Roman myths further complicates the whole Hundred Cousins fleet that¿s after Helen and the Delos family (and each other) in this book ¿ and it makes for some fantastic worldbuilding that reinforces even more how dire the situation is, how much higher the stakes are for all of our heroes in this book. We delve deeper into the legend of Helen of Troy and ¿The Iliad¿ as we see Helen and Orion fighting together in the underworld, as well as see Helen¿s mother Daphne make some surprising alliances without really truly knowing her endgame ¿ and it all makes for a really explosive last third of the book with a really nice big payoff, setting things up nicely for the third (and hopefully not the last) book.As I said before, I usually really am not into love triangles, but Josie worked it hard here, and made it all work so that in the end we know that Helen definitely still loves Lucas, but, as it seems to me, loves Orion more like a brother despite what happened when the Furies overtook them both. Incest being a major theme in both this series and classical Greek literature, it¿s also heavily discussed in this book. So if this is your squick, be prepared for lots of talking about it and lots of self-torture on Helen¿s part over her attraction to both Lucas and Orion over it. It¿s fascinating how Helen tortures herself over it instead of giving into it ¿ her blood debts with Lucas are paid, after all, and in a lot of places, it¿s okay to marry your first cousin. So the question is ¿ why doesn¿t she give in? I¿m curious about this, and would love to pick Angelini¿s brain about it should I get the chance.What was also great was finally including Claire and Matt more into things ¿ this was badly needed after the ending of book one, but at the same time, even though they¿re human, I feel like Claire out of the two of them wasn¿t used to her full potential. Matt gets a pretty large role at the end of this book (I won¿t say what or how ¿ read it for yourself!) but it seems like Claire was neglected greatly here, and, to a certain extent, treated as if she were made of glass because she was mortal. I¿m wondering why Angelini went this route, and maybe if Claire¿s most at risk in the next book. Otherwise, I¿m a bit puzzled as to why she was treated so gently when it¿s clear that at times she was stronger than Helen when it came to a lot of things.And the final kind of sad character arc transformation that I thought Angelini did brilliantly here ¿ Cassandra turning into The Oracle. The way she painted the picture of this girl becoming something completely inhuman in such a short amount of time was absolutely heartbreaking, yet completely feasible in this situation. I hope she gets a larger part in book three, because she definitely deserves it. And I have the feeling she will, because of that final explosive last third of the book with Orion, Helen, and Lucas concerning the War of the End Times beginning.I feel like everyone¿s character here got sketched out a bit more fully, and a bit more rounded out. We got to see other places, and that filled out the world in the setting capacity even more. This feels like a fully functional real world now, and I can see the War coming, and it isn¿t going to be pretty. I enjoyed watching the evolution of everyone and everything in this world in this book immensely and I just seriously can¿t wait f
hrose2931 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
******Slight Spoliers if you haven't read Starcrossed in which case this review will make no sense*****Okay, I used the word EPIC to describe Starcrossed, but truly, Dreamless is EPIC. There are so many stories going on besides the one major story and I just can't imagine, as a writer myself, how this author kept everything straight. There are introductions of new characters, new revelations and the often dreaded love triangle. But it works here because Helen and Lucas believe they are cousins and if they can't be together then Helen should have someone right? (NO! I AM TEAM LUCAS ALL THE WAY!) But I can't find anything to dislike about Orion so for now, he's a good guy, just not my favorite for Helen.So the story lines, I can't tell you them without giving things away. I'll tell you that all the Scions have more power than they know and are just now getting to know what they can do. We see Hector a lot more than I expected. Helen does not sit down and have a pity party about Lucas. She powers through all her troubles. Being the Descender is a very hard job and being alone every night is horrible. She's very isolated and she feels hopeless until she meets Orion down in the Underworld. He provides some respite from the loneliness and even some levity at times. And a reminder of what the Furies can do.We learn more about the Furies and why they do what they do. We even see more of Daphne. And feel how deep her hatred of Tantalus really is. And the story she told about Ajax, his death, becomes believable. A new monster I've never read about is revealed. And on it goes.The thing Josie Angelini does is takes the mythology which is ancient and not staid, but isn't really changing, is it? I mean it really is kind of written in stone, buildings and statues and coins. But Josie takes the old mythology and bends it into something I haven't seen before. Or maybe not bends it but brings it forward into our time as if it was still living, existing. I couldn't have dreamed most of this up and I still feel like I need to reread it because at 500 pages, I am bound to have missed a lot. I savored every minute Helen and Lucas were together. I felt every step of Helen's lonely descent into the Underworld. The hopelessness. I understood the Scions being worried about their human friends and relationships. And yep, I had to do research again. Looked certain people up to find out who they were, the stories behind them. You don't have to do that to understand the story, but I love doing that. I don't remember my mythology of the minor people enough to know who did what and what they were famous for or infamous for.I am dying for the next book! I want to slap Daphne still. I don't trust her and don't understand her motives for keeping Helen and Lucas apart. I just don't get her. But I'm sure Josie Angelini won't leave it hanging. She will let us know when we need to and not a minute before. Maybe during the reread I'll be able to see a motive. I just know that I devoured each and every word and even when I tried to predict something, I was never right. Unpredictable, heartbreaking still, revealing, intricate, detailed, sweeping -EPIC. It's the only way to describe Dreamless that doesn't limit it in any way. It's an amazing follow up to Starcrossed and lovers of that novel will love to see all their favorite characters in greater depth in this novel. This is one of my favorite series and I absolutely cannot wait to see where the story leads next. I know it's supposed to be a trilogy, but this seems like such a big story to end in just one more book. I could go another two books! That is just speculation on my part and I have absolutely no knowledge of that at all. Just wishful thinking!My thanks to Harper Teen for an Advanced Reader's Copy of Dreamless! There was no monetary compensation for my review.Heather(Team Lucas)
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!