Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

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.
Dreamless, the second of three from the Starcrossed trilogy, debuted just a few days ago and oh my god was it amazing.  It picks up just a few days after the events that occurred at the end of Starcrossed.  Helen now must face even greater challenges than before.  She must descend, alone into the Underworld every night with the quest of finding the furies and freeing the scions of their curse.  In doing this not only will she be helping all of the houses, but the rogues and outcasts, including Hector, as well.  Descending has become her personal live nightmare and Helen feels that she is no closer to finishing her task than she was before she began.  Now, she has to do all of this without the comfort of Lucas.  She tries to avoid him and forget her feelings for him but the fates seem to have a different plan, constantly drawling them together.  Just when she thinks that she can’t do this anymore a mysterious guy saves her in the underworld but she is thrown back to her room before she can see him.  Dreamless is full of light, darkness, love, family, friendship, fantasy, and war the most supreme levels.  I could not put this book down and literally read it in less than fifteen hours and just a little more than twenty four hours of its release.

  I really liked the new side of Lucas in this book.  In Starcrossed, he was so in control of himself, light, and so good.  In Dreamless, while his character is still all of the things that make him Lucas, he is now broken and becoming something darker.  Josie really did a fantastic job of showing the reader just how dark and broken Lucas had, and can still, become.  What can I say, I love characters that are broken and beautiful.
The Underworld really transformed for me in this book.  In Starcrossed I didn’t really get it.  It seemed to me that anytime Helen descended she was walking in circles never really making any progress.  I didn’t understand why anyone would be able to or want to go there and by the time I got to the end of the book and you learn that the only way to free the scion of the furies is for Helen to go to the Underworld and find them I really had no idea where Josie was going with story. 
I absolutely loved some of the new characters introduced in this book.  Orion may have surpassed all of my previous book character crushes.  He is the descendent of Adonis, Aphrodites favorite lover and “the pinnacle of male beauty” with that, his awesome talents, and sexy wit what’s not to love?  Morpheus, the god of dreams, Hades, god of the underworld, Persephone, Hades queen, Ares, the god of war, and a few other mythological beings make an appearance as well.
Lastly, I really loved how it ended.  It was so “shit hit the fan” that I have no clue what is going to happen next.  The ending was so mind blowing and I didn’t even see it coming at all.  I’m already dying for the third and final book to come out!!!!

1 comment:

UK said...

Dreamless picks up where Starcrossed left off and all of my favorite characters are back once again. Helen, Lucas, friends and family, they all make an appearance. Poor Helen, you have to worry for her for all of the things that she is going through when she descends into the Underworld each night. But she's a strong young lady, and therefore perfect for the job. Lucas. I love Lucas. He's definitely one of my favorite hero's of all time. (He is in the same ranks with Jace, Noah and Dimitri!) We do see him go through some different changes in Dreamless, but that just made me love him even more. I'm curious to see more of him in the next book.