Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
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.
Don’t miss our review of the first book in the series: Starcrossed.
If you remember my review of STARCROSSED, surely you also remember how much I loved it. In fact, I regret not re-reading it before diving into DREAMLESS. I spent a little time at the beginning trying to remember just what had happened at the end of the first book. And it wasn’t until a little ways in (and asking a few friends) that I finally got my bearings. (I would highly recommend a re-read of STARCROSSED before you partake. Mostly for your own sanity.)
That being said… well, I have to admit that sophomore novels scare me. I always fear what I loved about the first book won’t hold up. That certainly wasn’t the case here. Once again, Josie pulled me into these characters’ lives and plopped me down right in the middle of all the action. We pick up pretty much right where we left off in the first book. And in case you haven’t yet read STARCROSSED, or don’t remember… Helen and Lucas believe they’re first cousins. They’ve been forced to separate. And the love they shared in the first book – and still feel for each other – is palpable.
On top of that, Lucas is facing his own… demons, while Helen’s facing hers. By visiting Hades every time she lays down to sleep. It’s wearing on her, bringing her down. She’s stuck, unsure what needs to be done in order for her to finish her task. But it’s not just that. There was so much going on in this book! Gods are popping up all over. Hector can’t come near any of the Deloses without them wanting to kill each other. One of Helen’s classmates is doing some strange stuff. There’s fighting and new couples and heartache and it’s just so, so good.
In the midst of all this, we meet Orion. Cute, sweet Orion. He was cute. And sweet. But he never grabbed me the way Lucas did. Plus, I wasn’t ready to let go of them being together (especially since I know the truth). Orion felt a little more like an older brother to me, almost like Hector. I’ll say right now I’m going to be very disappointed if Lucas dies and she ends up with him, just throwing that out there.
Everything tied up nicely, and the book ended without – gasp – a cliffhanger! That’s not to say the end didn’t leave me yearning for the third installment! I will be waiting to see how this whole thing gets tied up. I have no doubt Josie will do it right!
Ahemahemahem:We’ve been tweeting and pimping it for a couple of weeks, but today (May 29) is the last day for you to take advantage of getting Starcrossed on your kindle (or kindle app) for only 99 cents! Order it here. Check out all of the other great deals going on right now here.
Guess what, Fictionees?!? We’ve got an Advance Reader’s Copy of Dreamless to give away! To enter, just leave us a comment and let us know TeamLucas or TeamOrion? Good luck!
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