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Starcrossed: Dreamless (Awakening Book 2) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Josephine Angelini
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Revue de presse

“A gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away.” (Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselilng author of Fallen)

“A supreme mix of mythology, brutal action and heart rending romance. The perfect summer read.” (Chicklish (blog))

“One of the most cinematic books I’ve ever read. Dramatic and intense! I can’t tell you how many times I gasped while reading this book. Starcrossed plays out like a movie in your head.” (Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of FIRELIGHT)

Romance alternates with fast-paced action from above and below. There is a healthy dose of classical deus ex machine and tantalizing hints of a third book in which all-out war erupts. Dreamless and its sequel will be well-liked by fans of contemporary renderings of classical mythology. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

This fantastical dual-world page-turner introduces more abhorrent mythological creatures while reuniting readers with Helen’s supportive high-school friends, as well as the crazy Delos family, who anchor her between the real and mythological worlds. (Booklist)

“Compelling…Brutal…This romantic, action-packed tale will appeal to ‘Percy Jackson’ fans who are ready for more mature fare.” (School Library Journal)

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Tasked with descending to the underworld and killing the Furies, Helen must endure hellish torture whenever she goes to sleep – she wanders around the various levels of hell with no idea how to complete her task, and she’s beginning to suffer from extreme exhaustion. Although she still trains with the Delos clan, Helen and Lucas are coming to terms with the fact that they cannot be together. Lucas believes that the only way Helen will complete her quest is if he leaves her alone completely, so he tells her he doesn’t want to see her again and that he never loved her. Distraught, Helen carries on with her mission, and for the first time meets another person down in the shadowy underworld: Orion, descended from Adonis and with the power to control desire, he is the heir to the house of Rome and an outcast. He’s also kind of hot. Confused by her conflicting emotions but glad to have an ally in hell, Helen begins to realize the enormity of her task . . .

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 512 pages
  • Editeur : Macmillan Children's Books; Édition : Unabridged (5 juillet 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect 19 juillet 2012
Par MariaBav
A stunning sequel to the bestseller Starcrossed and definitely worth the wait!

The whole plot of the story is such an imaginative one that Josephine Angelini has kept up to the standards of creating a god like world. Based on the whole idea of gods and power, Dreamless captures the excitement, dangers and wonders of a new world. I particularly like how the Underworld is portrayed to the audience, creating such a lonely and barren place that the reader becomes to think of it as a nightmare, which is how it is intended to be as it is the Underworld, it is hell. However, although the plot and description throughout the book is engaging, I think some readers could find it to be a little slow in places, but this should not let this affect them as it is definitely worth the wait for the ending of the book.

Moving on to characters I have to admit that the main character, Helen, did at some points annoy me in some way, and I can imagine why some people may dislike her. However this did not ruin the book for me and I hope it doesn't for anyone else! Helen is similar to other heroines in other books, but what makes her different is her personality and how she reacts to things. At the end of the book I definitely admired how she acted. The descriptions and characteristics of other characters is also very well presented to us and I enjoyed reading about different characters and the detail Angelini gives creates a vivid image in the readers mind, making the story feel more believable.

Overall this is a sequel worth reading!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fans of Mythology won't be disappointed! 29 mai 2012
Par Amanda Welling - Publié sur
First Impressions: I love books that revolve around mythology, so I knew I needed to read Dreamless. I really enjoyed Starcrossed last year when I borrowed it from a friend, even though it wasn't the best book I had ever read. I was so looking forward to seeing how the story would progress and I felt like it took forever for me to get my grubby little hands on a copy of Dreamless. It was definitely one of most highly anticipated novels so far this year, so I was hoping that it wouldn't let me down or fall into the dreaded sophomore slump.

First 50 Pages: There is an odd phenomenon going on with writers lately. For some reason, there are a lot of books coming out that have main characters that are possibly related falling in love with each other. If you have read Starcrossed, then you know that Helen and Lucas believe they might be cousins, even though the math doesn't really add up properly, and as the reader, YOU KNOW that it isn't true. This was the most frustrating aspect of both books, because it continues into Dreamless, this odd guessing game. I'm not going to tell you if this pseudo-mystery gets resolved in this book. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't...but it is extremely annoying all the same. Sorry, I just had to get that out of my system before I continued with my review because other than the whole inbreeding thing, I really liked this book.

Characters & Plot: Poor Helen in Dreamless looks like she is wasting away. She is so thin, completely drained from all of her nights spent in hell, quite literally. The poor thing is so stressed out and it has begun to take its toll on Helen physically and mentally. Helen also still believes that the love of her life is her cousin, which is also taking a toll on her and her relationship with Lucas. Neither Helen or Lucas wants to loose what they have together, but how can they continue to be a couple when the world feels like it is wrong for them to love each other the way that they do?

Dreamless also introduced a love triangle. I know, I know....WHY? I wasn't exactly jumping for joy when I found out about this, but I do have to say that Josephine Angelini really made it difficult for me to choose between the two boys. The new guy, Orion, is simply wonderful and is described as a total hottie. I really despise love triangles because they are so overdone now in young adult literature, but I have to say that I enjoyed the interactions between Orion and Helen, and there isn't as many hurtles stacked up against them as there is with Helen and Lucas, but where is the fun in that? I'm curious to see how this will play out in the third and (I think?) final book. Some people may be a little disappointed to know that Lucas isn't a huge part of this book since he doesn't get as much page time as he did in Starcrossed.

The author takes the mythology aspect to a whole new higher level in Dreamless, which I ADORED! There are new Scions, new Gods, and all sorts of new stuff that wasn't in the first book. I just love how she weaves everything together so perfectly and she makes it so easy to understand. For anyone who has ever studied Greek Mythology, it isn't the easiest subject to follow, but the way this author incorporates everything, it IS easy.

Final Thoughts: Overall, Dreamless was a really good read. I love the author's writing style, the book was set at a good pace, and the mythology was outstanding. Even the new love triangle didn't bother me too much. If you are a fan of Starcrossed, you are definitely going to want to pick up Dreamless. If you are a fan of mythology like me, this series would be great to look into more. Josephine Angelini is super talented and these books aren't at all disappointing in my opinion. I'm dying for the next book now!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Lukewarm follow-up 29 mai 2012
Par Fall Into Books - Publié sur
I was slightly disappointed with Dreamless. I could not get into it. Starcrossed blew me away, and I could not wait to get my hands on the next novel in this series. However, Dreamless fell flat for me.

Helen and Lucas were separated at the end of Starcrossed because they are cousins. So what does Helen do? Spend the entire book pining away after Lucas. Oh sure, she met Orion, then she loved him, too. But she still wanted to bang her cousin. I was hoping this would have been handled differently and without a love triangle, honestly. I hoped that they'd find out that Helen's mom is a big liar and that they weren't really cousins. Then they could live happily ever after. But nope! I know Cassandra Clare played with this idea some in the Mortal Instruments series, but she just did it much better than Angelini did. The way Clare handled everything made it seem like it was unnatural for Clary and Jace to be apart. This was handled in a way that made it seem unnatural for Lucas and Helen to be together.

I did love Orion, though. I was hoping that Helen would quit running for emo child of the year and decide she wanted to be with him instead. Lucas was annoying in this book. I didn't like him at all. He was all broody and bratty. Orion was great. He was the main source of entertainment for the book.

Also, the book just jumped around too much. It was third person limited, but it switched POVs constantly. I could keep up because it stated who the narrator was following, but it was annoying. Every time I'd get into what was happening to one character, it'd switch. Usually, I'd get frustrated and put the book down. Because of that, it took me FOREVER to finish this book.

Additionally, I felt that things were dragged out too long. Sure, there was a lot of action, and I know I should have cared more what happened during these action scenes... especially since I loved the first book so much, but I just didn't like the characters that much (outside of Orion) in this novel. Therefore, all of the action and suspense was wasted on me. Furthermore, the characters tried to be funny a lot and they just weren't. There were many places where a character would say something not-funny-at-all and then the other character would just die laughing. I sat there like, "um why are you laughing? THIS IS NOT FUNNY!" I'm assuming these were attempts at humor, but they were not successful.

Other than Orion, the one shining part of this novel was Angelini's writing. She has a way of describing things that makes you feel like you're there. She also words things very gracefully. Because of her ability to write, I have hopes that book three in the series will be much better than this one.

I didn't hate this book, but I just liked it okay. I mostly talked about what I didn't like because I feel that the good stuff has already been mentioned, and the negative things would make me check this book out from the library first instead of buying it outright. Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. Anyone who read Starcrossed has to read this book. Also, if you haven't read Starcrossed and want a good mythology series that deals with Helen of Troy, then you should start the series. Will I continue this series? Most definitely. While Dreamless wasn't my favorite book, and I feel that Angelini had a bit of a sophmore slump issue with this novel, I have faith that the third book in the series will blow my mind. A lot of things have been introduced, but the novel didn't end on a cliffhanger. The ending did, however, make you curious to see what happens next. I can't wait to see how it plays out.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fabulous sequel to Starcrossed. 29 mai 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I won a Goodreads Contest and received an ARC of Dreamless. My review could be a little spoilery, so take caution while reading!

Dreamless was as I had expected, full of action, plot twists, romance, and anger. Most second books in trilogies are filler novels that move along slowly, but Angelini did not give us a standard sequel.

The plot was fantastic. Helen has to find the Furies to rid the Scions of their need to kill each other. Helen faced so many obstacles being the only descender. My heart broke for her with every page. She is a true heroine -- never giving up in the face of constant failure, having her heart all but ripped from her chest, facing betrayal and loneliness. She is a tough chick. I also loved how there was so much more Greek Mythology intertwined into the story with each turn of the page. It was truly fascinating and kept me wanting more.

Characters -

Lucas just pissed me off beyond belief. I understand why he was so angry and hurt, but I couldn't stand his hot and cold attitude towards Helen. He's supposed to be strong for her and he fails in that aspect.

Orion... oh wow. I fell in love with him. He never once faltered in his quest to help Helen in the Underworld. He is a beautiful, sweet soul just looking for justice in the world of Scions. His life was never easy, with hardships most people would not be able to bare. I loved Helen and his relationship. How close they seemed to be, over such a short amount of time. I can't wait to see more of Orion in the last book.

Claire also pissed me off. She was not a true friend to Helen in Dreamless. She was so infatuated with Jason that she wasn't there to support Helen as she was entirely alone. Then, when she was supposedly trying to help Helen, she was either yelling at her, making fun of her, or getting her into more trouble with the rest of the Delos family with her asenine requests. I was very disappointed in her and Jason for their attitudes towards Helen.

Matt is who I fell in love with in Dreamless. He is just trying to cope with being a mortal surrounded by supernaturals. He is so strong and brave. It was breathtaking. And of course Hector! I was so excited to get to see more of him, even though anytime he was around all hell broke loose. I still love him though.

All and all, I have very high expectations for the next installment. I know I will be disappointed with what I want, but that won't stop me from hoping it comes true! This action packed, breathtakingly beautiful novel definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars. Thank you Angelini for a great series so far!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not as Good as Starcrossed 2 juin 2012
Par The Book Runner - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
This would make a really great movie with sound effects, CGI and the right editing bringing the action into a 2 hour time period. Unfortunately, you cannot read this book that quickly and it is much harder to remain focused on Helen's ordeal in the written word. I probably could have withstood it had Lucas been more intimately involved in this story, but he was sadly absent along with any romance, making this novel somewhat dry.

For a while it has been popular to rewrite famous fairy tales (Gail Carson Levine, Alex Flynn, Jane Yolen) and now it seems that Greek Mythology has become the new vogue (Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs) Josephine Angelini appears to have a PhD. in Greek mythology with how much detail she exhibits in the tome called Dreamless. If you are a fan of the Greeks, it is possible that all the characters she mentions will be familiar to you and if you don't disagree with some of the license she has taken with their stories, you will probably delight in the complex story she has written. If you have never read the Iliad or the Odyssey and are not as familiar with Greek mythology, you will probably become bogged down by this story and start to skip a little to get to the actual storyline. So in the end, you will either enjoy this story or find it slow depending on what mindset you have coming into it. It is more complex than Starcrossed.

Helen and Lucas must stay apart since they are cousins but can't seem to stop their attraction to each other. Helen enters Hades every night in search of the Furies and is continually tortured there, only able to heal herself when she wakes up in her bed. Daphne sends Orion another Scion Outcast to help Helen in Hades and he becomes a semi love interest and possible future enemy. Most of the story seems to take place in Hades while a lot of history is unveiled as to How the four Houses work and Why.

I LOVED Starcrossed because I love romance and witty dialogue. Dreamless was packed with too much information and not enough relationship for my tastes and I found myself trudging through it, especially Daphne and Zach's POV, many times forcing myself to read another chapter. Yes, there was a lot of thought and research done to make this book as complicated as it appears, but in the end, it is Helen and Lucas that made Starcrossed so engrossing and I found that their separation in this book left the story empty.

Would I/Did I buy it? Yes ($12.23 First Edition Hardcover)
Would I read it again? Possibly (not)
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes, if you plan on reading book 3
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful, magical tale 11 septembre 2013
Par Mrs. L - Publié sur
DREAMLESS by Josephine Angelini is the beautiful, action packed sequel to STARCROSSED. Fans of STARCROSSED, prepare to get giddy over DREAMLESS. I love mythology and Angelini weaves a magical tale around characters that I can't help but love.

Angelini introduces a new character in DREAMLESS- Orion. I love him, he'll make the ladies happy. He is a charismatic, mysterious bad boy. And what is thrown into the mix along with a new character? A love triangle, of course. I'm sometimes exhausted of love triangles, but this is fun- Angelini's beautiful writing just flows and so the love triangle actually made me enjoy the book even more. The character development in DREAMLESS is much more relevant than in its predecessor. Secondary characters that are extremely likeable get even more time in the book, so I feel like I know them much better and they really help move the plot along.

The story is very dreamy- most mythology based young adult has this feel for me. And Josephine Angelini really knows how to write a stunning adventure story. DREAMLESS is a wonderful mix of mythology, action and strong characters- a super satisfying read. Much better than STARCROSSED. Ah, and that cliffhanger ending!! Sigh. I highly recommend DREAMLESS to anyone who loves a great love triangle, mythology and young adult novels packed to the brim with action!
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