“ Author: Josephine Angelini / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 05 July 2012 / Genre: Children's Fantasy & Magical Realism / Publisher: Pan Macmillan / Title: Starcrossed: Dreamless / ISBN 13: 9780330529747 / ISBN 10: 0330529747 „
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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 skeptical 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!
'Her brow wrinkled with worry. She knew that he wasn't exaggerating - Lucas had changed. His face was so pale it reflected the moonlight, and his eyes were a dark blue that bordered on black. It was like looking at the midnight twin of her sunshine Lucas. He was still beautiful, but so sad it was painful for her to look at him.'
This is the second book in the Starcrossed Series by Josephine Angelini. I got this in a First Reads Giveaway, along with the first in the Series. I was really looking forward to reading this one, and It didn't disappoint. Helen's character continues to grow in this book. She takes the burden of the World on her shoulders,as her friends seem to be growing apart from her.
Since discovering that she is a Scion, Helen has felt quite relieved, knowing that she's not just a freak and there's a reason for her abnormal strength. In the first book, we discovered that Helen is a Descender, meaning she can come and go from the Underworld while still being alive. She is the only one that can take on the responsibility of destroying the Furies; the ancient curse that causes Scions to turn on their own families.
Despite everything that Helen is dealing with;School life, keeping her secrets from her Dad, descending into the Underworld every night, and dealing with her feelings for Lucas Delos, Helen stays strong throughout everything, even when she feels like she has no one to turn to. I love Helen's character;she's selfless and carries on looking for the Furies, even though it's killing her. But just when she thinks she's alone, help arises in an unexpected place, and suddenly, the Underworld doesn't seem quite so bad anymore.
I really enjoyed this book, I feel lucky to have won this book, and to have discovered a new series of books that I love. I can't wait to read the third in the series, and see what else Angelini has in store for Helen and her friends.