Review: Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini

Published: May 29th 2012 by HarperTeen 
Rating: 5 out of 5


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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.

Josephine Angelini's compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling STARCROSSED delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds all expectations.



Well, all my misgivings from the first book are forgotten. Rather than a book of two teens going through a very angsty love affair this book is about selflessness. And I loved it!

Helen knows the Furies are destroying the Scions lives. Rather than let her family and others endure the agony of experiencing the Furies every time they meet, and the fights that surely follow, Helen has made it her destiny to find the Furies in the Underworld and end the curse.

The problem is she has to Descend to the U/World every night and endure torment and torture to get to her goal. She isn't making any progress on her own and it's making her really sick.

Of course, one of the other reasons she's going to the Underworld is so that she can avoid seeing so much of Lucas. Even though she knows they're cousins it doesn't help her heart in any way being near him. He seems to also have the same response. Until his father tells Lucas he must end his relationship once and for all. Cousins can't be together and their offspring are usually born insane. Lucas makes a grand gesture that pushes Helen even further away from him and his family. So, for Helen, going into the underworld is certainly an escape.

On one journey she meets another person being attacked by a harpy. He introduces himself as Orion. Helen isn't sure whether she can trust him but then she learns her mother equipped Orion with a nifty gift that means he can descend also. Helen's mother, for all her meanness may have saved Helen with this one gesture. Orion is from the other of the four houses which means although they can work together in the underworld, once they get back to the surface the Furies will be at them to attack and kill each other. This happens once and its an experience both of them want to remember and forget at the same time.

Helen grows closer to Orion but she can see conflict still every time she notices Lucas nearby. Little does she know that Lucas has been keeping his own secrets and he is fully aware of Orion and Helens descending and what takes place in the underworld.

Things start to get messy. Orion, Lucas and Helen are from the Four Houses. If the blood of all the houses is joined, as in blood brothers, then it will free all the Gods. They will arrive on Earth and start another war for domination. It could annihilate the human race.

The future doesn't look good for our heroine, and her two suitors are nothing short of valiant in this sequel. While Starcrossed came across as gushy in places, telling too much story rather than showing -- and a lot of story there was too -- Dreamless has found more of a centre and has stuck to the main thread of the story arc. There are a few diversions with Helen's friend Zach, and Helen's mother seeking out the frightening sounding Tantalus. Rather than a story of young love (which primarily this is) the tale shows the characters in a less glamourous light. 

I'm not a fan of love triangles, although I'm one of the few that believe they do exist in real life. Angelini covered this delicately and with the sensitivity it deserved without making it too unreal. I loved Orion and although I didn't take to Lucas in the first book I do think he's grown more in Dreamless.

Most of all Helen has proved that although she may only be an island girl and have a horrid disowning mother, she can overcome all the Fates going against her and fight for the greater good. She has proved to me she is selfless. Her character is still growing and I don't think we've seen the last of her talents. 

I loved Dreamless, so much more than Starcrossed. I'm looking forward to Goddess now the danger of Earth being destroyed is very real. I also hope we see more of the gorgeous Morpheus. Phew!



About the Author
Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

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