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I Belong


Review: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Title: Dreamless

Author: Josephine Angelini

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Series: Starcrossed (Book 2)

Publication Date: May 29, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 487 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062012010 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062012012 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Emmy

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: This novel falls back on the cliche love-triangle for some added drama (NOT that it needed more) while adding more layers to the mystery of Helen’s role as the Descender and tension to the story.

Opening Sentence: On Monday morning, school was canceled.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I am going to try really, really hard not to spoil book one in this review, but some of it will be unavoidable! You should read Starcrossed before reading this review. 

Helen’s learned a lot more about being from the House of Atreus since she first met the Delos clan, but even they can’t teach her everything. For one thing, they don’t have any idea what a Descender is supposed to do, much less how they can help her in the Underworld. The only thing any of them knows is that the key to saving the Scions lies in the Underworld. But going to the Underworld every night is torture — sometimes literally — and lonely. Time passes differently in Hades, turning the few hours Helen’s asleep into days stranded. Until one night, she’s suddenly not alone.

Orion is Helen’s Shield, in accordance to the prophecy. Though he’s from another House, the Furies don’t haunt them in the Underworld and it’s safe for him to protect and save her.  As Orion brings news about Helen’s mother and the Hundred Cousins (House of Thebes), their nights (in truth, days) spent together in the Underworld help them grow closer.  And with Lucas being…Lucas, Helen really needs someone to lean on. But the Delos family doesn’t trust a boy they’ve never met with Helen’s safety — nevermind that he’s only ever tried to save her — and they hunt even harder for the key to freeing the Scions from the hatred of the Furies.

But Helen can’t be a secret forever, and while the Hundred Cousins might have some bigger problems than a teenage girl, she’s on their radar. Not only is she no longer safe, but neither is her father or her best friends who’ve been thrown face first into the world of powers that are completely beyond them. As Helen tries to learn how to fight without her demigod powers, Cassandra begins to be pulled further and further away from humanity by the Fates. The prophecies she’s making are not exactly what the Scions want to hear.

Attempting to keep the Truce and keep her distance, Helen sticks close to her friends and tries to forget Lucas. As her friendship with Orion begins to grow stronger outside the Underworld, the dangers they face inside begin to change. When Helen begins to find her powers as the Descender, they face challenges that are more than physical. Delving into mythological histories, Helen tries to find more about the Furies and how the Houses can free themselves without bringing divine destruction down on the whole earth.

Because there was significantly less need for set up and explanation, Dreamless is much faster paced. I love the way Angelini is developing the plot to follow a much different path than both the readers and the characters expect. The love triangle really bothers me. A lot. But the fact that Helen’s relationship with Orion blooms slowly and the trials with Lucas make their relationship impossible, the triangle managed to fit within the story. It wasn’t added in for gratuitous drama, it’s just built into the mythology of the Scions. I can’t wait to read Goddess. While I think I know what’s going to happen, Angelini has a way of spinning the situation outside the realm of what seems probable.

Notable Scene:

Arching ribs soared overhead like the pillars of a gothic cathedral. Lumpy joints, covered in branching colonies of dead and dusty lichens, lay like massive boulders in their path. Helen noticed that may different types of anatomies were jumbled up, as if hundreds of beings the size of skyscrapers had died heaped on top of each other. The scale was increased to such an extent that it was as if Helen were looking through a microscope. From her perspective, each pore inside the sequoia-sized bones was so large it appeared as though they were made out of layers of lace. She ran her hand over one of the latticed surfaces and looked over at Orion.

“Do you know what these creatures were?” she whispered. Orion dropped his eyes and swallowed.

“The Ice Giants. I’ve read stories about this but never believed it was real. This is a cursed place, Helen.”

The Starcrossed Series:

1. Starcrossed

2. Dreamless

3. Goddess

FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Dreamless.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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