Early Review: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

, by Kt Clapsadl

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Starcrossed #2 

 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.

Helen carries an incredible burden as she is the only one who can easily enter the Underworld on her own and survive. Each night she must travel the perilous terrain to search for a way to once and for all stop the Furies and the bloodshed they cause. Everyone is counting on her, yet she may not have the strength to succeed as each subsequent trip severely weakens her, with no recovery in sight. Even so, it isn't the failure of her body that plagues her, but her broken heart from her separation from Lucas. Being parted from him is sheer agony, but she somehow finds a way to continue on. Then a mysterious stranger starts showing up on her missions and she finally starts to feel a little less alone, even if he is every bit as forbidden as her beloved Lucas.

When I first read the description for Dreamless, I have to admit that I was quite disappointed. I'm really not the biggest fan of love triangles. Aside from a very few exceptions, I wish they would simple become obsolete. So, I have to be honest that I had put off reading this as I was very hesitant to see the beautiful love between Helen and Lucas get destroyed. Yes, I realize this does seem silly after the shocking change in their relationship in the previous book, but that didn't make me love their love any less. In fact, all I wanted to see in Dreamless was them finding a way to over come it, not have another boy thrown into the mix. That being said, I'm not as bothered by the addition as I thought I would be. In fact, I think his inclusion really added something to the story. A lot my mollification stems from the fact that it didn't follow the typical triangle pattern of a girl angsting over two boys. Yes, the new guy came in a filled a void, and she did grow to care for him, but it didn't seem to eclipse her love for Lucas. Granted, only time will tell where things are going with the three of them as I imagine things will get quite dicey when Lucas and Helen find out the truth about their relationship.

The beginning of Dreamless was a little on the slower side, but I think that was necessary to ensure the proper build up for all of the crazy events and changes that happen throughout the book. We are talking serious game changers that make some of the shockers from the previous installment look like child's play. As I got further and further into the book I was only sucked even more into the story and the fantastic characters. I just loved seeing all the different elements come into play, especially as more and more of the Greek Mythology gets woven into the story.

After finishing this book  I have this almost overwhelming urge to go lower the five star rating I gave Starcrossed because Dreamless blew it completely out of the water. I mean as much as I enjoyed Starcrossed, it just cannot even begin to stand up to Dreamless. In so many trilogies, the second book really lags, but that is definitely not the case here. In fact my only complaint about Dreamless would have to be that it ended. Well, that and the pesky little cliffhanger of an ending, but that's pretty much standard in YA Trilogies, so I can't really fault it for that. I cannot wait to get my hands on the final installment, because by the way things are going, it promises to be a conclusion of epic proportions. Dreamless is full of action, heartache, incredible odds, and even a little triumph that ensures a wild ride from start to finish. Trust me, you won't want to miss it!

(Received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss)


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