Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #2
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
First published: May 29th, 2012
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 487
Goodreads Summary:
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.
Click here for my review of Starcrossed (#1).

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

First thoughts:
After having loved the first book of Josephine Angelini's debut series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of the sequel. Sadly I didn't feel as passionate about Dreamless as I was left a bit disappointed by the characters. Nonetheless it was still a lovely read, especially because of the wonderful usage of Greek mythology and the quite exciting storyline.

More detailed:
While I couldn't get enough of the characters in Starcrossed, I sadly lacked the necessary connection to them now. My favorite character didn't appear often enough for me and even though Orion, who we are introduced to in Dreamless, might be a somewhat good substitute, I missed a feeling of being happy to meet these characters again.

I'm not exactly sure why I'm suddenly not in love with these characters. Mostly it's just a "feeling" that's hard to describe - maybe my expectations have changed during the last year. I think they were all a bit too one-dimensional for me since their thoughts constantly revolved around the same things, making it a bit tiring to listen to their thoughts.

But like I said above, I definitely enjoyed reading Dreamless despite my problems with its characters. Josephine Angelini is using Greek mythology in a very refreshing way and whenever we get to find out another clue to the complete puzzle, it was a little bit like Christmas for me. I absolutely love (Greek) mythology and found that it's used very believable in this series.

Another thing I really liked is the plot line itself. There weren't any real dull moments since something was happening (mostly going wrong) all the time, without being too overwhelming though. Especially during the last third, Dreamless was hard to put down and I can't wait to find out what Josephine has in store for us in the next book.

All in all, I'd definitely recommend Dreamless for everyone who already liked Starcrossed. Don't be scared off by my attitude towards the characters - and even if you might feel similar, the plot line and the mythology definitely balance out that deficit. I'll definitely continue reading this series and am already looking forward to the sequel.

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  1. Awesome review! I'm a little sad that you found this book disappointing because I also LOVED Starcrossed! Josephini is a fantastic writer and great to talk to in person! I can't wait to read Dreamless! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

  2. I thought Starcrossed was just an okay read. It seems like Dreamless is following in that vein, which is a bummer! I was considering giving the series another shot, but I think I might pass. I'm looking for more out of the characters. Thanks for the review!
    - Lauren

  3. I wish my favorite character had been around more in the book as well. I definitely missed seeing him. And I also agree about all of the characters being different, they all seemed to be going through something that is changing them.

    Great review!

  4. The beginning of Dreamless was a little on the slower side, but I think that was necessary to ensure the proper build up for all of the crazy events and changes that happen throughout the book. We are talking serious game changers that make some of the shockers from the previous installment look like child's play. As I got further and further into the book I was only sucked even more into the story and the fantastic characters. I just loved seeing all the different elements come into play, especially as more and more of the Greek Mythology gets woven into the story.


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