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Monday, August 13, 2012

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Dreamless (Starcrossed #2)
by Josephine Angelini
HarperTeen
ISBN: 978-0-06-201201-2
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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.


The Good Stuff
  • Fast paced, non stop action - where you are constantly on the edge of your seat wondering what else can happen to poor Helen
  • Love the little lessons in greek mythology and the Iliad - done in such a fun suble way that readers won't know they are learning something (sign of a fab author in my opinion)
  • Unique storyline
  • Most of the characters are flawed and interesting
  • Love how much importance is placed on the friendships between the characters
  • Enjoy the relationship and dialogue between Helen and her father Jerry
  • Fascinated by the idea and character of Morpheous -- me thinks I could stay with him for eternity
  • Cover is beautiful
  • Angelini's writing is developing beautiful - loved her descriptions of Hades & of the gods
  • Looking forward to reading the final book in this delicious series - nothing better than greek gods & fate
  • Excellent 2nd book in a trilogy - which as we know is a rarity
  • Love Orion -- found him far mor intriguing than Lucas -- so if I have to pick - I say Orion all the way -- eventhough I am pretty sure in the 3rd book we will find out that Lucas isn't really related - bets anyone?
The Not So Good Stuff
  • The constant mentions of incest gross me out
  • The beginning was a wee bit confusing for me at first, as it had been a long time since I read Starcrossed -- not really a bad thing, more my lack of brains these days, but it did affect my enjoyment of the book
  • Characters actions make me want to smack them for being so stupid sometimes (sorry I am older and jaded LOL!)
  • Angsty love triangle - again not a bad thing - just as a 42 yr old mom - not my bag baby (In defense of author not overly angsty and both of the boys are intriguing)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"It was a frustrating afternoon.  The more the two girls read, the more they were convinced that half the stuff written about Hades was written by medieval scribes on serious drugs."

"Apollo fell in love with Cassandra of Troy right before the war. When she told him she wanted to remain a virgin and rejected his advances, he cursed her. A dickhead move if there was one."

"How young you are!" A musical but melancholic voice came to them from somewhere inside the giant, gilded cage. "Knowing what you really want and having the confidence to say it are two of the hardest things to do in life, young princess."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Would only recommend to those who have read Starcrossed first - as you would be quite confused as to what is going on
  • But if the premise intrigues you - grab both books and sit down and enjoy
  • For those who enjoy mythology type stories

4 Dewey's

I won this from @harperteen in one of their Twitter contests

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