Saturday, July 7, 2012

Dreamless

Author: Josephine Angelini

Source: PortlandBookReview copy for review...(I need a better little blurb for this).

Favorite Character: Orion. He is funny and uses humor to smooth out awkwardness. Easily brushes off failure and is very friendly.

Summary: (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.



Review: While the first book in the series was very plot driven, this one slows down just enough to really make it better. For those who couldn't get past the 2-dimensional characters in Starcrossed, Dreamless won't disappoint on that front. Helen is more characterized. More real. And although there is still some odd connection between her and Lucas, Helen  interacts perfectly with the other characters. Her strength is tested and this book is an emotional roller-coaster. Almost psychological, if you will. I  loved this aspect of the novel as it brought the story to life.

I felt slightly overwhelmed by all the things that happened in the first book, so I did have to re-read the ending of Starcrossed to orient myself. Good thing too because it really got me invested in this one. The secrets and web of lies start to make more and more sense in this one and new characters are introduced that are multi-layered and complex. The magic is exquisite and of course the descriptions are vivid. The strength is really great writing!

I still need more chemistry between Helen and Lucas and I cannot wait to find out what will happen to them later on. This book to sum it up was the battle, but the next promises to be the war. It is really exciting and I am glad that I got more characterization from this story. Cannot wait to pick up the third book!

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2 comments:

  1. I think this story is great! The way the writer created Helen as the main character is fantastic. I can't wait to read this. Great review Isa!

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