Expected Published Date: May 29th, 2012
Finished Date: April 10th, 2012
Source: ARC, For Review
The Blurb from Goodreads: 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. As an unforgettable love triangle emerges, Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding. The eagerly awaited sequel to the internationally bestselling Starcrossed, Dreamless delivers with a huge emotional impact that will leave readers satisfied—and longing for more.
The Review: Dreamless was one of my most anticipated books of this year, so when I found it was available for review I jumped at the chance to read it. And now…..after reading I’m so disappointed with it and here’s why.
When Helen discovers she’s the only Scion that can enter the Underworld at will, she is fast to take on the journey to try and stop the Furies from collecting any more blood debts from the other Scion’s. But taking on the task isn’t easy for Helen because she is literally going through hell and back. Every night she enters the Underworld and she comes back that little bit weaker…it’s safe to say her family and friends are starting to worry about her. One night while in the Underworld, Helen comes across a boy, a boy called Orion who is ready to defend her against the evils that try to cause her harm. Soon Helen and Orion take on the task together and try and defeat the Furies one and for all.
Last year when I read Starcrossed I was left speechless because I completely fell in love with it, so I was really excited to see where the author took Dreamless but you know I’m disappointed. Now, I cannot knock the author’s fantastic style of writing, which is very descriptive and places and events are so easy to imagine, but there are definitely things which I didn’t like.
The main part of the problem was the LOVE TRIANGLE! I can’t count how many times I’ve read a second book and the author introduces a new guy and I’m seriously starting to pull my hair out with this storyline. I need and want something more from a second book and don’t get me wrong, in some cases I do like a love triangle but this time I didn’t. There are certain events that happen in Starcrossed that lead to a big change to Helen and Lucas’s relationship, and even though it was a shock, I was still excited to see how they would overcome this problem. I was really hoping for them to go on some mission to try and prove it wrong. BUT it was like everyone had moved on and just agreed with everything they’d been told. It’s hard for Helen and Lucas to be around each other and because of this Helen and Lucas didn’t spend a lot of time together and this is what I missed most. I fell in love with Starcrossed because of the relationship they had and I missed it, pined for it and really just wanted to skip the whole of the book and have book three ready and waiting for me so I could see them together (because you know it will all work out in the end, it always does) So yes, I’m disappointed but anyway, let’s move on.
The characters become so much stronger during the course of this book - especially Helen. She goes through so many trials and she’s determined to defeat the Furies. She really goes through a lot and you can’t help be proud of her. And Lucas, I feel for him. He takes things the hardest and it really changes him. He really does become a whole new person but he still goes out of his way to help Helen and I loved that about him. He’s still so protective of her and loves her no matter what. Now Orion, I did like him and I liked him as a character but I would have preferred his relationship with Helen to stay as friends because that’s how it starts but it is what it is, so yeah I liked it him despite everything else.
Now one of my favourite things about this book was how we meet so many different Greek Gods – ones that I’ve never read about before EVER and I think the author did a fantastic job introducing each and everyone one of them.
Overall, I am disappointed with Dreamless but don’t let my feelings stop you from reading this book. It’s still a good book and I will definitely be picking up the final book in the series – just to see how everything plays out.