Josephine Angelini – Dreamless (Starcrossed Trilogy #2)


publisher: Macmillan
published 2012
pages: 502

Book (English)


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. (Goodreads)

In (Very) Short:

+ second book in the Starcrossed trilogy
+ fun, entertaining read with Greek mythology thrown in the mix
+ met lots of old friends and met some new ones
+ Team Hector 🙂

My Opinion:

The second installment in the Starcrossed trilogy was a really great read. Dreamless started where Starcrossed has left the reader and though it has been quite some time since I read the first book, it was easy to get back into the series.

Helen is now descending into Hades every night desperately trying to fulfill her destiny (not gonna go into detail in case you haven’t read the first book). This time she is all alone (since nobody can go with her) until she finds another human down there – Orion.

I enjoyed the development in this book – how friendships develop and change once love gets mixed up in it all. Though the action part of the narrative was sometimes a little slow, it left much room for the exploration of characters, friendship, and also the power of dreaming.

I felt sorry for Helen and sometimes I wanted to shake and yell at the other characters for making her feel even worse. As if being in hell, getting hurt, and not getting any rest or sleep for months isn’t awful enough. And as much as I liked some of the characters in the first novel, they were really getting on my nerve this time, since they were not necessarily opposing Helen, but their actions and words put even more pressure on poor Helen.

I got reacquainted with old friends and the characters from the first book, but also met some new characters as well as some of the gods who cause mayhem. I did actually like Orion and did not mind the love triangle thing too much since it wasn’t so on the nose as the relationship between Lucas and Helen in Starcrossed. I am still Team Hector though. I don’t know why, but I sure like him.

Bottom Line:

It was a fun and entertaining read and a good continuation of the series. I am looking forward to the last installment of the trilogy.


rating 4


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