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Book Review: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Dreamless is the anticipated sequel to last year’s Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. Find out more about YA, mythology and Dreamless in my interview with Josie HERE.

Book Review: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

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Title & Author: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy (Mythology)

Release Date: May 29, 2012

Series: 2st book in a trilogy

Publisher: HarperTeen

How I Got the Book: ARC via HarperTeen


“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.

Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling STARCROSSED delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds expectation.”

WARNING!! This review includes spoilers for Starcrossed! Read with caution!

Left Me Dreamless

With Helen trying to save the Scions by descending into the Underworld every night, Dreamless is action-packed and exciting the whole way through.The story picks up right where Starcrossed left off: Helen and Lucas are reeling with the knowledge that they’re cousins and Helen is trying to save the Scions by looking for a way to stop the Furies from invoking rage among the Scions.

I really appreciated that Dreamless didn’t get soft. Helen is still facing a million problems – some of which include dealing with being attracted to someone she’s related to, struggling with feelings for someone new (hello Orion!) and coping with like a month of no sleep (when she descends into the Underworld, Helen isn’t really sleeping). Her problems don’t get resolved easily, and watching her find the solutions was interesting and engaging.

Btw, I didn’t see this other guy Orion coming at all. He’s a really great character though, and I’m DYING to see what happens in the third book in the trilogy, Goddess.

Side note: Everyone in this book is really ridiculously good-looking. I’m not upset by it…it’s just unfair. 🙂

Angelini’s style of writing – sort of the omniscient third person perspective – is still present in Dreamless and just like in Starcrossed, I enjoyed how she told the story. As the reader, you get a sense of what everyone’s thinking at times and an extra bit of things the characters may not even know.

Mythology is for Lovers

The thing I like the best about Dreamless is the mythology. With mythology becoming a super popular sub-genre in young adult fiction, I like how authentic Angelini keeps the story. Obviously, she changed and added things to the classic mythological stories, and I loved it…and am also blissfully unaware of the nuances, as I’ve forgotten almost everything I learned in high school about the topic.

In Dreamless, we meet some new characters like Ares, Eris and Terror (the gods of war, chaos and panic) and this weird ant being, Automedon. Weirdos fo sho. But awesomely awful weirdos.

As for that love triangle I alluded to earlier, it definitely worked for me. There was the right of tension and confusion to make it work. Plus, I actually really like Lucas and Orion! Usually, I only really like one, but I dunno guys, this is a serious toss up!


Dreamless is a reader’s dream: a sequel that’s suspenseful, fast and heart-pumping. I really, really enjoyed this book, and I definitely recommend reading Dreamless pronto (and Starcrossed too if you haven’t already).

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • carole mckenzie

    I need to read this book now! How did I miss the release? Great review, makes me want to get my butt in gear! lol

  • Pam

    Lovws your review of Dreamless. Can’t wait to read it!

  • Ems

    I’m so torn on this one. I really didn’t like Starcrossed, but I have that annoying series thing (point in case: Hush Hush…hated it, but had to continue the series because I can’t just leave them hanging!). We’ll see. If my library picks it up, I’ll read it, but if not, I may have to let my series thing go.

  • shreya gunna

    Orion=To hard to resist
    Everyone’s else gorgeousness=My green face (;Dya know..with envy)
    Mythology=BIG WINN!!

    I love your review! 😀 You covered everything I loved about it 😉

    Mine: http://chocolatecoatedreviews.blogspot.com/2012/06/review-dreamless-by-josephine-angelini.html

  • Bookishlilly

    I’m reading this now and LOVING the mythology! What I’m not loving is the other scions, especially Jason, being moody and snappish at Helen when she handling the real business. Hoping their attitudes get better. Oh yeah, Orion is awesome! Great review!
    Truly Bookish

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