Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 29, 2012)
Series: Starcrossed #2Source: Publisher
Helen needs to get through hell in two ways: by night they reflected the underworld, even worse torments her day that Lucas and they may possibly love. In the underworld, Helen meets Orion. The more time they spend together, the closer they come to. Then something totally unexpected happens, the forces calculated for holding and Lucas Orion: The four houses are combined and Scion, a new Trojan war seems inevitable!
Last year I was most captivated by debut author Josephine Angelini's novel, STARCROSSED. It's premise was a refreshing change from the usual paranormal suspects that are the norm in the YA genre. Teenage descendants from Greek gods!! and an impossible love (hello! sign me up). I easily became immersed in the storyline and upon finishing I was left pining for it's sequel, DREAMLESS. So, you could imagine my joy when I had this in my hands. I devoured it in one sitting and could not put it down and now I am again left wanting...more, more, more.
DREAMLESS quickly picks up after were STARCROSSED left off with Helen knowing that she is the only scion able to go into the underworld. She can only visit this tempestuous land when she sleeps and it is slowly destroying her, but Helen cannot give up. As she continues on her visits she encounters Orion and in time he become her most trusted confidant. Yet, she cannot stop thinking about Lucas, her forbidden love. Meanwhile everyone is working together to try and figure out how they can all avoid war, but it may be too late.
I usually have an issue with the second novel in a series because it can make or break a series, leaving you in a slump, but that is not the case with DREAMLESS. This novel moves at a smooth and quick pace with unseen twists and turns and the mystery keeps you wholly engaged making you not want to stop reading. The author has done a fine job of bridging both books together and introducing new characters make this connection.
Josephine Angelini has done remarkable job at introducing a love triangle that does not want to make you pull your hair out. It is subtle yet not surprising and you cannot help but want all parties to be happy, although you know that cannot happen. There are also other love pairings in this story that I enjoyed seeing come to life before my very eyes and hope that as the series progresses that we will witness more heart palpitating moments.
In DREAMLESS the mythology is very well detailed and complex and although the author explains it thoroughly I felt that at times it seemed a bit overwhelming. Yet, I was addicted to the story and it's characters and did not want to stop until I finished the very last word. Now after being left with the HOLY GUACAMOLE of cliff hanger endings I don't know if I can stand the wait for the next novel, because the suspense is going to surely kill me.
DREAMLESS is a must read for all fans of this series but be forewarned you will be left pining for more.