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Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: 2nd book in the Starcrossed series
Publication Date: May 29, 2012
Source: egalley from publisher
I was kind of afraid going into this one. I’ll admit that. After reading Starcrossed and loving it last year, I read some other not-so-postive reviews of the book and began questioning if I had read the same book as everyone else. So, naturally, I began Dreamless with some reservations and lowered my expectations because it seems that with a lot of the books I gushed about this time last year, I’m finding myself a little less wowed with their sequels. But I shouldn’t have worried.
Dreamless picks up right where Starcrossed left off. As you’d expect, there’s a lot of angst and avoidance after what happened at the end of the first novel. Everyone’s emotionally charged and ready to lash out, most especially Helen and Lucas. But they try to be friends. Until it’s obvious to everyone that that’s not the best decision. So what does Lucas do? The thing most fictional guys do at this point: pushes the girl he loves away to protect her. I usually hate this tactic…and I didn’t particularly like it in this instance, but considering the circumstances and the impressions these characters are working under, I’ll let it slide this time. Also, this approach paved the way for hunky Orion to enter the picture.
In this installment, Helen is travelling to the Underworld each night when she sleeps, trying to reach the Furies in order to stop the bloodlust between the Houses. But she’s having no luck. Enter Orion. He’s gorgeous, helpful, and, oh yeah, he can influence emotions. Just what our starcrossed lovebirds need right about now, right? Maybe not. I know there are some die-hard Lucas fans out there, but I like to reserve judgment on the love interests until the third book. But that’s just me.There’s plenty of action, romance, and betrayal to go around in this novel. There was considerable character growth, as well, especially in Hector’s case. There’s a peppering of mythology, too, but I love the subject myself and can never really get enough. I loved revisiting these characters, though, and am eagerly anticipating the next book. Overall, a solid sequel, and if you enjoyed Starcrossed, you’ll most assuredly enjoy this book.
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