Dreamless (Anglais) Relié – 29 mai 2012
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“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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StarHearts, as fans of Josephine Angelini call themselves, will stay up all night reading Dreamless, the second book in the bestselling Starcrossed series. The saga mixes mythology, romance, action, and intrigue in a completely original way.
Dreamless continues the story of Helen Hamilton, a shy girl living on Nantucket Island whose desire for an ordinary life was thwarted when she discovered she is a Scion, a descendant of a Greek god and a mortal. Each Scion has a power, and Helen’s is the ability to travel to Hades.
Helen is determined to use her talent to stop a war amongst the gods and change her destiny, which is to live a life patterned after that of the tragic Helen of Troy. But her quest may cost her Lucas Delios, the boy she loves.
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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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Dreamless was not about the romance. Yes, it's there and it's absolutely wonderful, but I think what I loved most about this book was Angelini allowed the love triangle to develop slowly, without being in-your-face, and it was done quietly in the background as the rest of the story happened. It made sense given everything else happening in the story.
As for the rest of the story, holy cow was it amazing. I was holding my breath through most of the novel. There is so much happening, but it all works somehow. Helen descending, her starting to fall apart, the act of the Gods on her...it all somehow manages to fit together perfectly. There's action where there should be and as soon as I was able to catch my breath after one problem, I was holding it again because Helen was facing something new.
The ending is definitely not the worst cliffhanger I've ever read, but it definitely had me growling and grumbling over reaching the end of the book. There is so much possibility and potential for the next book, and I really can't wait until I can get my hands on it.
Why You Should Buy It
This second book in the Starcrossed trilogy takes Helen, Lucas, and all their family and friends on more twists and turns through the modern world of greek mythology. The mixture of mythology, suspense, action, and romance is a perfect blend of magic -- it will keeping you hanging on until the very end.
I had two issues with this book -- the love triangle and the fact that no one could figure out Helen's true parentage. But, obviously these were major plot points that lead up to the final book, so I was able to accept them quickly.
This book wasn't as fun as the first one -- and I mean that in the best way. I have found the true point of the second book in a trilogy is to add gut-twisting emotional issues that the protagonists have to work through. The 'happily ever after' image has to be shattered so it can be remolded in book three. And this book did hit me hard emotionally. I just wanted to hug Helen all through the book. And Lucas and Orion. All three deal with more than any other characters and are still amazing characters.
I also have to say that the ending of this book was rather brilliant. I sometimes hate how books in a trilogy have endings that seem thrown together -- just to get you to the next book. But this one ends perfectly. Not that I wasn't screaming "WAIT, WHAT ABOUT..." No, you still have questions and I wish some things would have been answered in Dreamless, but obviously we will see how they turn out in the final installment.
The mythology interwoven in this book is supberb. Angelini really knows how to manipulate the myth into something that is completely realistic for 2012. And that is SO important when writing about something that's been around for thousands of years.
Overall, this book was an amazing addition to the Starcrossed series. I for one can not wait for Goddess to hit the shelves at the end of this month!
Four point five out of Five Stars
The short story to this review: This was an amazing second book of the Starcrossed series! Read it . . . after you've read Starcrossed, book one, of course!!!
Now here are the details: First of all, this is a trilogy, and this book stays true to most formulas involving trilogies . . . bad things are going to happen -- things that are going to have to be resolved in book three. So I know this. I expect it. But expecting it doesn't make it any easier. Oh man, this was a wild ride for our heroine, Helen!
First of all -- the romance. In book one Helen loves Lucas, Lucas loves Helen, Helen's newly arrived and borderline mental mother explains that Helen is really Lucas's first cousin. All this romantic love is now taboo, big time. But here's the thing . . . I know as a reader what Helen and Lucas do not know -- Helen's mom is a big, fat liar! Helen and Lucas are not related, so they are totally free to make googly eyes at each other all day long and even take things farther if they so desire. So for this ENTIRE book Lucas and Helen fight their attraction to one another, sometimes in rotten ways. Lucas is gone (at least everyone thinks he is gone) from the story for a good portion of the book, and he is a big grump for another good portion -- all in order to try and protect Helen and prevent the two of them from getting it on accidentally on purpose one day. This was soooo frustrating to read -- but in a good way. The writing was done wonderfully so that I never got annoyed with this story line, but it was still so frustrating for me as a reader to be rooting for the two of them to be together, knowing that there was absolutely no reason for them to be apart. I wanted so badly to insert myself into the story so that I could yell out, "Hey lovebirds! You might want to double-check your source about your family relationship. I have a huge suspicion that she might be a selfish, lying, bumface!" But I couldn't do that, and it worked out okay. Nothing has gotten resolved by the end of this book, but things aren't going to be so rocky in this regard at least.
And enter into the story romantic interest number two. Orion is able to help Helen as she descends into the Underworld to try and find the Furies. I loved this character. I have to admit I wouldn't have been totally unhappy if Helen had decided to form a romantic attachment to him. Orion has a tragic history and has been on the run from just about everyone since he was ten years old. And yet he has such a sunny and optimistic personality. It was infectious, and I was so glad he was with Helen, especially because she was feeling so much despair without him. It was a strange love triangle to read because I really was rooting for both of the guys. I liked them both equally, but I never really felt pulled in two directions. I still feel like Helen and Lucas are ultimately meant to be together, but I feel just as strongly that they will be able to do this without hurting Orion. I don't know how this will happen, but my reading heart tells me that it will be okay.
Why was this book such a harrowing experience for my nerves? Well, Helen had a crazy difficult task. Every night she had to wander the Underworld looking for the Furies, not knowing exactly what she was doing. Every night she was placed in horrendous situations, and every morning she would wake up filthy, tired, and usually injured in some way. Orion made things easier for her, but the main problem was that Helen was unable to dream, hence the name of the story I suspect. Even as a scion Helen was susceptible to the side effects of multiple nights of dreamless sleep. She never felt rested. Her nerves were completely on edge. She started to feel as if she were hallucinating. She was a complete mess, and if things didn't improve soon, she wasn't going to make it to a book three. All of this is going on in the Underworld, but in the real world she was also being threatened by this mega weird and mega powerful soldier entity that appeared to be invincible. Some plan against her was in the works, and no one knew how to prevent it. So the action of the book got more and more intense as the pages flew by. You know who I was impressed with? The human friends who continued to hang out with this band of scions, even when things got crazy and dangerous. That was amazing!
This book does not end with things all nice and tidy. As a matter of fact, everyone barely gets to the end of the book intact. There are still lots of things to sort out, and really there are a whole lot of new problems that are getting ready to smack right into this merry group of Greek tragedy stars. I thought it was interesting that in the end it was the compassion of Helen, Lucas, and Orion that doomed their plans. I am already on the edge of my seat in anticipation for the final book in this trilogy. I wonder if in the end it will be their compassion that will end up saving everyone. I have to believe that that is true. This was an excellent middle book for the Starcrossed trilogy that I highly recommend, especially if you are a big fan of paranormal romances that involve Greek mythology. I loved it, and I'm already headed out to re-acquaint myself with some of these stories from mythology that I have haven't read for ages. Great book!
Oh, Helen, Helen, Helen. What ever are we going to do with you? Helen continues to be ever more stubborn in Dreamless, but there is one little word that makes her stubbornness and poor judgment make sense: hubris. If Helen's behavior had not been put into such great perspective by one teensy little word, I would have likely been much more upset with her and unable to see the bigger picture. As it was, I became more disillusioned with Lucas as I watched him go off the deep end. He surprised me in the end, however, with some well-timed developments and an attitude change. It is a new character by the name of Orion, however, that caught my attention. Now this is a guy I can root for for Helen! Aside from the obvious reason (read Starcrossed if you haven't already, because I'm not telling!), Orion was an altogether more appealing match for Helen. I found him to be more empathetic and reasonable than Lucas. As such, I was fairly content with what I read of the characters and look forward to seeing more of what they will be up to in the future.
I found the plot in Dreamless even more appealing than I found the one that makes up Starcrossed. There are some truly brutal occurrences that show us that the Scions' adversaries aren't messing around. The plots cooked up by the antagonists and the lengths to which Helen must go in her attempt to put an end to the Scions' hounding at the hands of the Furies made Dreamless so much more compelling and I was easily drawn into the story. The descriptions of the different areas of the Underworld that Helen visits are so vivid and, at times, absolutely chilling. I couldn't help but being mesmerized by each and every landscape that was described. Overall, Dreamless just really worked well for me and I was able to end the book with contentment. I'm glad to say I will be continuing with this series!
Dreamless takes the potential that Starcrossed brought to the table and makes it better with even more interesting character interactions, vivid scenery, and a gut-wrenching series of threats. Angelini skillfully weaves several themes from Greek mythology into a tapestry of tragic, grueling circumstances and challenges. If you're a fan of mythological variations, you will enjoy Dreamless. From its interpretations on key figures in mythology to some truly horrific moments, Dreamless catches you up and makes your imagination take flight. This series is really going places and I can't wait to find out what's next for Helen, Lucas, Orion, and the rest of the Scions.
Obligatory legal statement: This digital review copy was provided to me free of charge by the publisher via Edelweiss. No monetary compensation was received in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.
This review originally appeared on my blog, Starting the Next Chapter, on May 30, 2012.
DREAMLESS has just so much action crammed into these pages; even the first chapter is insane for everything that happens! Josephine Angelini never once let up on the action, and I didn't want to put this novel down! The suspense, drama and action in this sequel were just outstanding, and I had to know how it ended.
One thing that put me off from reading this at first was that a love triangle was being introduced. At first I was like, "I thought Helen and Lucas were starcrossed lovers? Seriously? A new guy is showing up that's trying to win Helen's heart?" But let me tell you, Orion (the new love interest) is just awesome! He seems to be a pretty cool guy, and he literally saved Helen! You'll find out how once you read this series, which you must!
The characters in DREAMLESS grew in many ways tremendously. Helen finally became stronger and wiser, and was ready to stand up for herself. Lucas was sort of a jerk in this book, but I understand why now. Again, read the book and you'll understand, because I don't want to spoil the book for people who haven't read DREAMLESS yet. Josephine Angelini put a lot of thought and effort into these characters, and I really appreciated that!
Like I said before, slow moments can be found in this series. But for some reason, I just didn't mind them at all; I just wanted to know how everything turned out for the characters (even though this is only book two). But DREAMLESS had tons of more action than STARCROSSED, which didn't have that many fast-paced moments in it.
The ending was just brilliant in this novel! So much action, suspense, character growth, and this massive fight scene was all in the final 100 pages, and I just flew through those pages! This series is so addicting!
Overall, DREAMLESS was such a great sequel that leaves me wanting the third book, GODDESS, so much! I can see why this series is so popular!