Monday, July 21, 2014

Guest Review from Erin: Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini

Hey Everyone!

Today I've got a Review for the second book in the Starcrossed  series by Josephine Angelini, Dreamless! Here is the link to my review of Starcrossed.

From Goodreads:

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.

Erin's Thoughts:

Aah! The sequel to Starcrossed!!  I was not disappointed! I'm totally obsessing over Josephine Angelini right now (or at least, more than ever!) Dreamless was just as good as Starcrossed, if not better!

If you're read Starcrossed, you will remember that there was a huge reveal at the end, which (surprise, surprise) keeps Lucas and Helen from being together.  The second book builds more on this and shows the anguish between Lucas and Helen; how they're resisting being together and yet they can't stay away! I love that kind of tension in a book and Josephine Angelini does it so well!

In addition, in the last book, we find out why Helen has been having these weird dreams! Dreamless delves more into this and we even get to meet a new character -- Orion!! I know many of you may be tired of this whole love-triangle trope, but I have to say I love them! When they're done right, of course, and Josephine Angelini plays very well on Helen's confusion and her complicated feelings!

But my absolute favorite part of the book? I would have to say it's Helen loneliness.  She has this major quest to go on and she has to do it alone (or so she believes)!  When I was reading the book, I could totally feel how alone, isolated, and separated Helen felt.  How no one could understand what she was going through.  How no one could help her even if they wanted.  How she just absolutely had to do this on her own because it's her duty and destiny.  Her sadness, her loneliness, and her feeling of fatigue is so tangible!  It was tragic and beautifully done at the same time.

Overall rating:

Starcrossed/Josephine Angelini is chipping up to be one of my favorite series/authors! And definitely one of the best Greek mythology based books I've read! Now, off to read Goddess! The third and last book!!! :) I'm not sure if I should be happy or sad!!

Erin @The Romance Bookie

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