Monday, June 11, 2012

Title: Dreamless
Series: Starcrossed #2
Author: Josephine Angelini
Genre: YA, Myth, Supernatural, Romance
Format: Hardcover, 487 pages
Publication Date: May 29th, 2012
Published By: HarperCollins Canada, Harper Teen

I really don't know where to start when trying to explain how I feel about this book. Josephine Angelini took me on such a roller coaster of emotions from beginning to end that I didn't notice myself becoming emotionally attached. From the moment I read Starcrossed, the first novel in the series, I fell in love with Helen and Lucas and there fated loved story. The tension that Josephine created between these two characters was absolutely amazing, and it did not stop in Dreamless. All you could do from the beginning of the book was route for these two characters, hoping that they would find a way to be together. And THEN Josephine hands you a curve ball...a love triangle. Before I go on, let me explain what this book is about. Helen, the reincarnation of Helen of Troy, is a Descendent. She is the only living person able to descend into the Underworld to stop the furies from tearing her family apart. But its taking a tole on her emotions and her health. Soon, she turns to Lucas who seems to be pushing her further and further away, claiming that their attraction is wrong since they discovered that they were cousins. Left to her own will, Helen tries to find the furies on her own, to no avail. Then a mysterious boy shows up to help her named Orion and he makes her rethink her feelings and the direction of her mission.

Now, all I really want to do right now is scream and yell about how much I loved this book. I read it in two sittings, I was enthralled by the description of the Underworld and all of its loop holes and destinations, they were just as I imagined they would be. They were harsh and supernatural and a little bit frightening. Helen grew so much as a character in this novel, she no longer relied solely on Lucas for help, she figured things out on her own and I loved that.

Now, about that love triangle. When I went into this book knowing about the inclusion of another love interest I was a little skeptical. Josephine created a immeasurable bond between Lucas and Helen, and when that bond is threatened by a mysterious boy named Orion, one has to wonder what the author is thinking. But I have to say that I thought this twist brought out a different side of Helen and allowed for her and Lucas' relationship to sustain a few blows before the next book. As readers we have to see that they are not perfect, that their love can be tested, and that it will survive. We will have to wait and see in book three what Josephine has in store for them. But what I do say is that I really liked Orion as a character. He was sarcastic and fun, with a little bit of mystery and intrigue. He was the perfect guy to compete with Lucas, and I cannot wait to see where this triangle goes and how it develops. Please do not make the hasty decision to not pick up the book because of this Triangle, it adds so much more depth to the already amazing story. I loved it.

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  1. I absolutely can not wait for the third novel to come out.

  2. great review and got to say though that i too was skeptical about the triangle but Orion was worth it.

    check my review too if you have time here
    Le' Grande Codex