author: Josephine Angelini
released: May 29, 2012
format: E-book, paperback, hardcover
pages: 496 pages
Read: May 16, 2013
StarHearts, as fans of Josephine Angelini call themselves, will stay up all night reading Dreamless, the second book in the bestselling Starcrossed series. The saga mixes mythology, romance, action, and intrigue in a completely original way.
Dreamless continues the story of Helen Hamilton, a shy girl living on Nantucket Island whose desire for an ordinary life was thwarted when she discovered she is a Scion, a descendant of a Greek god and a mortal. Each Scion has a power, and Helen’s is the ability to travel to Hades.
Helen is determined to use her talent to stop a war amongst the gods and change her destiny, which is to live a life patterned after that of the tragic Helen of Troy. But her quest may cost her Lucas Delios, the boy she loves. (From Amazon.com)
Why You Should Buy It
This second book in the Starcrossed trilogy takes Helen, Lucas, and all their family and friends on more twists and turns through the modern world of greek mythology. The mixture of mythology, suspense, action, and romance is a perfect blend of magic — it will keeping you hanging on until the very end.
I had two issues with this book — the love triangle and the fact that no one could figure out Helen’s true parentage. But, obviously these were major plot points that lead up to the final book, so I was able to accept them quickly.
This book wasn’t as fun as the first one — and I mean that in the best way. I have found the true point of the second book in a trilogy is to add gut-twisting emotional issues that the protagonists have to work through. The ‘happily ever after’ image has to be shattered so it can be remolded in book three. And this book did hit me hard emotionally. I just wanted to hug Helen all through the book. And Lucas and Orion. All three deal with more than any other characters and are still amazing characters.
I also have to say that the ending of this book was rather brilliant. I sometimes hate how books in a trilogy have endings that seem thrown together — just to get you to the next book. But this one ends perfectly. Not that I wasn’t screaming “WAIT, WHAT ABOUT…” No, you still have questions and I wish some things would have been answered in Dreamless, but obviously we will see how they turn out in the final installment.
The mythology interwoven in this book is supberb. Angelini really knows how to manipulate the myth into something that is completely realistic for 2012. And that is SO important when writing about something that’s been around for thousands of years.
Overall, this book was an amazing addition to the Starcrossed series. I for one can not wait for Goddess to hit the shelves at the end of this month!
Four point five out of Five Stars