Review: Dreamless, Josephine Angelini

October 7, 2013 Reviews 1 ★★★★

Review: Dreamless, Josephine AngeliniDreamless by Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #2
Published by HarperTEEN on May 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Pages: 487
Source: Publisher
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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 expectation.


…try to remember that dreams do come true, but they don’t come easily.

I was so excited to start reading Dreamless, I loved Starcrossed when I read it last year and thought it was very unique the way it revamped Helen, the Trojan Wars and the face that launched 1000 ships. Starcrossed was very much about the romance between Lucas and Helen and explaining the world that Angelini created.  Dreamless is a very different book, it’s about Helen finding her inner strength and very much delving into the characters and fleshing them out to provide a much richer reading experience.

In this novel Helen is struggling with her quest to free the Scions from the Furies.  Much of the book is about her journeying into the Underworld trying to work out how to find the Furies and reunite the Houses.  Helen and Lucas have also discovered their relationship as cousins and this has driven a large wedge between them which is further strained by the introduction of a new character – Orion who can journey and assist Helen with her mission.

This book started out a little slowly for my tastes, I’m not sure if it was just because there was such a long time between me reading the first book and this sequel but it took me quite a while to get into things and remember what was happening.  I would have appreciated a little bit more of a reintroduction to the overarching plot just to get me back into the swing of things.  Once I started remembering the characters and getting involved in Helen’s quest I truly enjoyed this story it was fast, fun and action filled.

Helen was done brilliantly in this book – I had found her to be quite weak in Starcrossed and I loved the self exploration and growth that she goes through in this novel even though it nearly kills her.  By the end of the book she is fast becoming the kick ass heroine that this series deserves and I can’t wait to see how she tackles the challenges set before her in book 3!

I used to hate love triangles but I have read quite a few really good ones this year that the whole love triangle thing is really doing it for me.  The introduction of Orion really irritated me at first but he was such a likeable guy that I couldn’t help but really love him by the end of this book.  Lucas on the other hand I wasn’t quite so impressed with.  I thought his melodramatic and public break up with Helen was poorly handled and then lets be frank he stalked her invisibly throughout half the book. Not on man, not on! His handling of Orion however when they meet was very gentlemanly so he got a bit of reprieve from me there.

The plot wrap up in this novel is sensational – I wolfed the ending up in no time and am now desperate for book 3! It managed to provide some key plot resolution making you feel that you had actually finished the book but left enough shock and cliff hangers that you can’t wait to read the next installment. Very neatly handled by Angelini and a far cry better than many YA books out on the market! I think anyone who enjoys Greek mythology should consider this series, it’s a very unique angle and a lot of fun.

four-stars – Awesome sequel and fabulous love triangle!


starcrossed dreamless goddess


Email | Goodreads | | Twitter | Instagram Philippa lives in Brisbane, Australia with her partner and two daughters. She is an avid reader and reviewer of Young Adult literature as well as being a student midwife, closet geek, procrastibaker and coffee addict.

One Response to “Review: Dreamless, Josephine Angelini”

  1. Cali W.

    Great review. I love Josephine’s books; I am reading her new series Trial by Fire right now. 🙂

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