30 April 2012

(ARC) Review: Dreamless - Josephine Angelini

Release Date: May 29th, 2012
Hardcover: 487 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen

As the only Scion that can enter Hades at will, Helen descends to the Underworld in search of a way to overcome the Furies and end the cycle of revenge that has cursed the Scions. But she’s running out of time. Each descent weakens her both in mind and spirit. A mysterious stranger might be her only salvation, but the price may be her love for Lucas Delos.

Angelini doesn't disappoint in the sequel to Starcrossed. Even though most times sophomore novels tend to be less exciting than the first one, Dreamless will still keep readers at the edge of their seats.

In Dreamless Helen struggles with her mission in the underworld: somehow free the Furies, so that the Houses can be together again and, of course, help Hector back to his family. But is freeing the Furies the right thing to do? And even now Lucas and Helen can't be together but everything changes when a certain Orion appears to help Helen with her mission in the Underworld. The consequences could be deadly...

Angelini introduces us to many new characters in this novel. And I must say that most of the time I don't like additional characters but what can I say?! Orion is the new definition of perfection! Yet the love triangle wasn't in any way annoying. What I like the most about the characters in this novel was that many of them changed a lot. They developed new sides to them that made the story even better.

I was utterly captivated by the plot and, I admit, I read the whole thing in one single sitting. Dreamless has everything to keep one literally "dreamless", since you won't be getting much sleep when you get your hands on it. Despite being often a bit lost because of the sudden change of point of view or because sometimes Helen was in the Underworld completely out-of-the-blue, I enjoyed the chance of reading the story told by someone other than only Helen.

Obviously I'm a bit biased when it comes to novels about Greek mythology, yet I'm sure this novel will please everyone who is eagerly awaiting an amazing sequel to Starcrossed. With a plot full of action, surprises, a new delicious love triangle and, well, hot guys, Dreamless will leave readers begging Josephine for an instant release of the third novel!

A big thanks to HarperCollins for providing me with a copy of Dreamless!!

Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. A real-live farmer's daughter, Josie graduater from New Your University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband. Website / Twitter


  1. I read Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini last year and while I liked it, I wouldn't have put it on my favourites shelf or anything. But I picked up Dreamless and I absolutely loved it.

    I was playing catch-up for a good chunk of Dreamless, however, so I would definitely recommend doing a refresher on Starcrossed if it's been a while! After all, you don't want to be like me and be saying "So who the heck is Kate?"

    Anyway, the storyline in Dreamless was much more engaging to me. Although all the various Underworld scenes did get a little repetitive in the beginning, I was rooting so hard for Helen to accomplish her task and once things started really happening in the Underworld parts, I was all for it.

  2. @Italia Yes! I think so too! Dreamless is a lot better than Starcrossed. The Underworld scenes were my favorites! Furthermore I loved Orion! :)