Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Dreamless - Book Review

Dreamless – Book Review
Josephine Angelini
Starcrossed book #2
YA Mythological
Can true love be forgotten?

As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out--a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.
So I’ll say upfront, I thought Dreamless was a fantastic read and totally on par with its predecessor, Starcrossed. Yet like most of the people on the blogsphere, I had heard about the dreaded love triangle and while I was initially worried that Dreamless would turn into another stereotypical kind of read, I’m pleased to report that it didn’t and I enjoyed every minute of it.
This book sees Helen making nightly trips down into the underworld in search of the furies. Determined to end the blood debt between the houses, she endures every nightmare imaginable but even with her health failing, she refuses to give up the quest, even if it will cost her life.
Yet when she stumbles upon Orion (a gorgeous and powerful scion from the house of Rome), Helen finally begins to believe she may succeed after all. With Orion there to protect her, Helen learns how to navigate the unpredictable landscape of the underworld and together, they begin to unlock its secrets. But as the two of them grow closer, the danger to everyone around them grows greater, and Helen risks losing the people she cares about most...
I must admit, I thought that this book got off to a slow beginning however by the time I reached halfway, I was completely hooked. Here the story really picked up the pace and with the plot full of twists and turns, Dreamless became an impossible book to put down.
Helen I thought really developed as a character. Now in full control of her powers she can be pretty kick-ass. However she is also very selfless, determined to break the furies curse, even when each night she loses more and more of her health and sanity to the underworld.  Also despite her attraction to Orion, she is still completely in love with Lucas and her inner turmoil as she struggles to stay away from him is heartbreaking.  
Lucas on the other hand, is much darker in this book. Consumed by anger and frustration, he tries his best to help Helen from afar, even at the cost of alienating himself off from the rest of his family. This gave his character much more depth and took off some of his ‘nice-guy-shine’ which if possible, only made me love him more.
As for Orion, when he first appeared I was sceptical of whether or not I could like him - but to my surprise, he turned out to be a really fabulous character.  Charming and witty, he is a generally nice guy and brings out a more confident and self-sufficient side to Helen. However while I am still definitely team Lucas, Orion is impossible to hate and I can’t wait to see how things between the trio progress.
So overall, I really enjoyed Dreamless. If you haven’t read the series, I whole heartedly recommend you find yourself a copy of Starcrossed and give it a try – especially anyone who is a fan of YA romance or Greek Mythology.  4 stars!
As for me – I can’t wait to find out how the series concludes in Goddess, the final instalment of the trilogy which will be out in 2013! You can also check out my review of Starcrossed, the first book of the saga HERE.

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1 comment:

  1. Great follow-up to the first book although the problems in the first book are definitely not resolved. In fact, things only get more complicated. This is a fun teen novel that has clean content.