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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini: Book Review & Giveaway

Dreamless
by Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #2
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 29, 2012)
Buy the Book: Amazon
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.
At a Glance:

I love this book so hard!  There has rarely been a paranormal romance that I've loved as much as I have loved this series.  Dreamless was never boring, always exciting, and chock full of romantic tension.  This is one of my favorites!

Oh My! Gods!

One of my favorite things about this book were all the Greek gods! There were so many gods introduced, and so much mythology, I just loved it.  Morpheus, Hades, Ares, Persephone, and many others make appearances in this one.  Greek mythology has always been one of my favorite things.  Josephine does such an amazing job of mixing the old with the new, keeping things interesting, while staying true to the classic myths.

Love Triangle with a Cause:

Yes, there is a love triangle.  I'm not sure why people are getting so sick of them, but many are.  I would like to make a case for this love triangle, though!  First of all, as you know, Helen and Lucas are cousins.  They can't be together.  So, what's Helen supposed to do?  Second, Orion is freaking awesome.  Yes, I loved Lucas and Helen together, and who knows, maybe they'll pull out a "Jace and Clary" but I seriously fell for Orion, and I would not be sad to see Helen end up with him.  Third, and most important, this love triangle has a purpose.  It is essential to this storyline.  It's obvious that Josephine didn't just throw it in for a thrill.  Even if you're sick of love triangles, I think you should give this one a chance!

Kick-Butt Heroine

I love Helen.  I have to say, I was a little worried about her at first.  She goes through hell in this book, and it really starts to wear on her.  There are moments that she's almost in complete despair.  But what I love about her, is that she never stops trying.  She is so kind and caring, she's constantly thinking about others.  She won't give up, and she won't let anyone save her.  That doesn't mean she won't let anyone help, though.  And you seriously don't want to mess with this chick, she will zap you!

The Family that Kicks-Butt Together, Stays Together

One of the awesome things about this series, that you don't see a lot, is the family dynamic.  I love the way that all of the Delos family is a part of this book.  Each one of them has a significant role, and a unique personality.  And this family is hard-core!  Then there's the heart-wrenching separation between Hector and the rest of the family.  They can't be around each other without the Furies making them want to rip each other's hearts out.  It was SO SAD!  I wanted to get a Hector hug!

Romantic Tension

There was SO much romantic tension in this book.  Tension between Lucas and Helen was THICK.  Yes, they are cousins, and are forbidden to be together, but they fell in love before they knew.  Turning that off is really hard.  Luckily, Orion is there to help! I loved the developing relationship between Helen and Orion.  They grew slowly, from acquaintances, to friends, and then to having feelings for each other.  This is my favorite!  By the end of the book, I didn't know what I wanted.  Do I want Helen and Lucas to not really be related?  Do I want her to end up with Orion?  Or should she just go hang out with Morpheus for the rest of her life?  I. Can't. Decide.

Cliff-freaking-hanger

Yeah, I can't say I'm a fan of the cliffhanger.  I really do like each book to have some resolution.  But, I'll be honest, it just doesn't bother me with these books.  I love them that much.  And it's definitely done it's job.  I can not WAIT for the next book. 

Book Doppelgangers:

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout, Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

 Yep!  It got an extra piece!
Content:
  • Profanity:  Heavy
  • Sexual Content:  Mild/Moderate dialog
  • Violence:  Heavy
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Josephine is hosting a blog tour giveaway, and this giveaway will end at the end of the tour. She's giving away a kindle with either the Starcrossed or Dreamless skin on it. In order for blog tour followers to enter, they do need to comment on each blog tour post (only once) as well as follow Josie on twitter.
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24 comments:

  1. YAY!! LOVE your review! I'm so glad you loved this book. I loved what Josephine did with this story. Thank you for being apart of the blog tour.

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  2. Good review. I like how you have it seperated out.

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  3. Awesome review! I love how easy it was to read through and how you left out all the BS :) Can't wait to get my hands on this book, I love mythology!

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  4. Fantastic review!!! I can't wait to read this. I got it on Tuesday, but I need to read a few other books first. I don't mind love triangles as long as there's a reason for them. I can't stand it when they are there just to have them though. Your review has made me really excited to read Dreamless (Even more than I already was)

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  5. Great review! I totally agree, loved this book so hard! The love triangle is perfect and essential for this story, and very well done.

    I know I'll be re-reading both Dreamless and Starcrossed at least twice before the final book comes out.

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  6. Great review! Loved the book! Couldn't put it down. :D

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  7. These books are soo amazing!! Seems like Josephine has been getting pretty much great reviews. Well deserved though! Cannot wait for Goddess.

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  8. Hi! I loved how you put the book doppelgangers at the end and just everything about how you separated your reviews into sections, really cool (: Thank you for the thoughts! (:

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  9. Really interested to see where this series progresses. The mythology is really fascinating. Sounds great :)

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  10. I absolutely LOVE Josephine Angelini's writing and how she builds her characters. I loved "Starcrossed", and have NO doubt in my mind that I'll love "Dreamless". I also really like how you categorized your review...explaining precisely why these things made you love the book. My personal favorite: "The Family That Kicks Butt Together, Stays Together." lol :P I also love the concept of the "Book Doppelgangers" - seriously freakin' great IDEA!!!! :D

    Thank you for your generosity, and for participating in this blog tour! :)

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Eep! I really need to finish City of Lost Souls so I can read Dreamless!

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  12. Woh! That review makes me really want to read the book. Absolutely fabulous!

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  13. I read Starcrossed recently and loved it! Now I can't wait to read Dreamless! I'm sorry Lucas is leaving the picture for a while, but I'm excited to meet Orion.

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  14. GREAT Review. Love that cover. **runs off to add to TBR list**

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  15. Great review! All of the stuff you said makes me anxious to read it!

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  16. I like how you set up your review.

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  17. Great review– this has totally made more excited to read this one! I like how a long triangle is kind of developing...spices up the story :D

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  18. I definitely have to add this to my tbr list and I found a new author to follow. Yay!

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  19. Okay, okay, you're the first reviewer who has persuaded me to give the love triangle a chance because you wrote that it's essential to the storyline. Normally, trivial love triangles make me want to scream. (commenting as Justine)

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  21. Great review!! I'm looking forward to reading these!

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  22. Great review, and I agree with most of it, especially the part about the Delos family. :) I love them! But I think you forgot something important: Lucas and Helen are not actually cousins. Helen was TOLD by Daphne that they were, but in the first book, just before Pandora dies, Daphne tells her that Helen is NOT Ajax's child, that she and Lucas aren't actually related. (It's on page 458--US hardcover copy.) That's why this book was so frustrating for me to read haha. I still loved it, though. Not as much as the first, but as far as sequels go, I thought it was great.

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    1. Hey Jori! You're right, I did forget that! In fact, I only vaguely remember it now. haha. Ugh, the problems with series and how long it is between reading them. Thanks for reminding me!!!

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