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Starcrossed is a young adult fantasy romance novel by American author Josephine Angelini. The novel was followed by the sequels Dreamless and Goddess, and received praise from critics and fantasy authors amidst its release. StarHearts, as fans of Josephine Angelini call themselves, will stay up all night reading Dreamless, the second book in the bestselling Starcrossed series. Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Gr 9 Up-This paranormal sequel to Dreamless (Starcrossed Book 2) – Kindle edition by Josephine Angelini.

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Helen’s mission as “The Descender”, is to spend every night in Hades, in search of the Furies, those pesky little sisters who make the Delos’ family members want to rip each others heads off constantly.

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini – review

In doing so, she suffers from lack of sleep and actual rest which has a negative impact during her waking hours. With the weight of both the mortal and the ancient Greek worlds weighing heavily on her shoulders, Helen begins to crack.

Frustrated and angry, Helen can’t even confide in Lucas, the one person she feels the most connected to because they’re supposed to forget the aangelini even exists. How do you angelihi the other half of your heart though? Just when things couldn’t get any more complicated in Helen’s life, a new guy shows up bringing with him danger and risk, not only to her mission but to her heart as well.

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Time begins to run out with an unseen enemy who seeks to destroy them all. Chaos breaks out in both worlds leaving Helen to wonder if she’ll be able to complete her mission or if the pressure of it all will prove too much? The second book in a series can be josephime because there’s the hype of the first book to live up to, unanswered questions and love interests to work out.

In the case of Dreamless, there was the pesky question of whether or not, Helen and Lucas, the star-crossed lovers were really cousins or not. The simple math laid out in Starcrossed would say no, but Helen’s mother, Daphne said otherwise. Oddly enough, he’s still related to Helen somehow but then again, isn’t everyone in Mythology?

There are so many gods and demigods to keep track of in Mythology and unless you have a real love for it, it can be extremely confusing. This particular story seemed to drag angelinni places and really, Deeamless just wanted to know if Lucas and Helen were in fact, cousins.

Dreamless does set the stage for an epic battle that will apparently take place in the third book. Hopefully, by then all the loose ends will be tied up and we’ll know for sure who fathered who and when, which demigods and humans survive and live happily ever after or who’ll spend eternity wandering through the Underworld. Why I Loved It: Dreamless drove me just as crazy as Starcrossed.

That is a good thing. Most of the time. At times, I was pretty much could only be described as I mean, seriously, what happened here??? So for those who read Starcrossed and still have not dived into the sequel, here’s what you need to know. The book’s intro is a lot more fast paced than the last book.


However, Helen spends a massive amount of time in the Underworld. Which can be a bit depressing. At times, I had a hard time reading the book. Granted I still think that Ms. Angelini’s writing is just as incredible. But I was resisting with intensity a love triangle. And that’s what shows up in this book folks. A stinkin’ love triangle. Just for the record, I am totally Team Lucas, and I really think that I will be an angry girl if at the end of Goddess the story ends in something other than Lucas and Helen having a shot at happy ever after.

Ok so moving on. I did enjoy this sequel. I thought the writing was good, I loved the further exploration into mythology, and I loved how the characters were more developed. One more time, not thrilled about the introduction of Orion as a prospective love interest. Helen struggles a lot with her mission to bring an end to The Furies, and that struggle may be more than she can handle.

In the end, I wasn’t expecting where the author was taking me. Well not completely anyways. Once again the book left off in such a way that I will have to read the next one. Those who loved Starcrossed, you must continue the journey. This series takes the story of Helen of Troy to an all new level of awesome. Dreamless Starcrossed 2 did not disappoint. If you like love triangles, you are going to flip.

There is so much tension between Lucas, Helen, and Orion that is was hard to pick a side. Oh, Orion is a descendant of Adonis so he was extra yummy. Now I don’t usually like love triangles because they are usually frustrating, but this was a bit different.

These demi-gods have very distinct roles to play in a prophecy and Helen is stuck in the middle. It was always a clear choice in other love triangles– Team Peeta, Edward, and Four all the way. But I am torn between Lucas and Orion.

I want them both, and I don’t think I would be mad at Helen for picking either of them. In Starcrossed I raved over how great Claire and Jason were. Well, in this book I did not feel that same love. In fact, if it were possible, I would punch Jason in the nose. I think Orion and Hector stole the show in Dreamless. The other characters were just kind of there taking up space. They helped move the plot, but they didn’t move me. In fact, this book took me over a week to read! It was only pages!

It just kept going and going and going. And those 50 page chapters?! Don’t misconstrue this as me saying that the book wasn’t good, because it was. It was action packed and very complicated. The plot was a finely tuned vessel, that’s for sure.

It just seems like too much was packed into this book. The editing also irked me. For this to be a final copy I could not believe how many typos I found. Yes, I totally counted. And yes, I wrote in the library book because I had to fix them! I can’t leave grammar mishaps uncorrected. Someone really dropped the ball on that one. Overall though, this was a great read for the plot. Orion was a wonderful addition, and Josphine cannot wait to see how Lucas’s new ‘development’ plays out.


There were lots of hints at the end about the impending war, so it’s going to be fierce. Hunks in chain metal.

Epicness in the making. It was the book equivalent to the where-have-you-been-all-my-life? Some people have a way with wordsand Josephine Angelini is one of those people. I just got swept away in her descriptions! I felt like I woke up one morning and found myself in her world–looking around to see Lucas, Helen, Hector, Cassandra and the whole gang. I just love when a book can transport you to another place and time–the only true magical powers anyone can have! I think I absolutely adore Angelini’s characters.

They are so vibrant and full of life–even the characters that are not in complete focus, like Hector. I angelink love Hector–strong and mighty, yet completely and utterly devoted to his family. Angelini gives him so much depth even though he’s not one of the main two, Lucas and Helen, and I appreciate that she spends so much time building her characters so that every dimension of her book comes to life. The writing brings Daphne to life, and you truly have an emotional dreamlezs.

If only I could pull a pensieve-like move dreamlesa instead of jumping into memories, jump into a book! The Greek mythology is so The way she depicts the Furies is cataclysmic, and it’s so new and original.

I can literally see them slinking across the ground in josephone begging for murder so that for one tiny second, they can feel at peace–if that is even possible. I’ve always pictured the Furies as these evil hellbeasts, and I admit, I much prefer Angelini’s tortured Furies over the ones I have always known. Her imagery of the Furies melts into the page, and I have never felt more lost in tragedy, hatred, and misery.

I admit, I read books for the guys–the ones that sweep you off your feet over and over again, and Lucas, being the flyer he is, can quite literally sweep you off them!

If only I could stay in the air with him and never come down! He is the perfect young adult guy, and I have to say, whenever I see my ideal ya guy in a novel, I find myself never being able to put it down.

He rivals Daemon, Aiden, Four, and Jace for me! There were so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming in Dreamless, and I really admire Josephine Angelini for her inventiveness with mythology. I will admit that I longed for more of the love story, but after Daphne’s evil treachery in my angflini its evil of convincing Lucas and Helen that they are cousins when they are not, I knew I was in for lots of angst grrrr.