Dreamless ARC Review

PJV Quickie: Josephine Angelini couldn’t have served up a better sequel to ‘Starcrossed’, there were no second-book-blues for me!

Title: Dreamless
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #2
ISBN: 0062012010
Publication: May 29th 2012 by HarperTeen
Received ARC from HarperTeen
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review

If you thought there was tension in the first book, you have even more to contend with in ‘Dreamless.’ Angelini must literally have a plot to drive her fans crazy – because she didn’t pull any punches. The book literally had me in a choke-hold until I finished it.

There has been some bemoaning the appearance of a love-triangle within this series and I have to say, at first I was a little apprehensive. I mean who doesn’t love Lucas? He’s like the perfect literary boyfriend. Yet, the introduction of “new guy” was crafted well and I really believe it helped keep the momentum of the second book going, thus keeping ‘Dreamless’ from being a total slump. Helen is put through quite a bit in this book and she might as well get a bit of assistance from the hot, helpful and sensitive variety.

This is not a series you want to pass up, it has it all, the romance, the deeply flushed out plot, intense back-story and action, action and more action. A must read in my estimation. You’ll fall head-over-heels for Helen and Lucas and the world that Angelini has created. The tragic story of these Scions will break your heart and leave you wanting more.

The beginning part of the book, though, did leave me confused, but I quickly settled in after the first chapter. It felt as if I had missed something. This is because Angelini just jumps right into the story, without any recap or hand-holding. I usually really don’t like recaps, “blah blah blah, get on with the story already, I know this!” But, I think a bit of hand-holding might have made the transition a bit smoother.

Recommendations:

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Highly recommended that your read the first book, ‘Starcrossed’. This is not one you can jump right into and there is not even a hint of stand-aloneness. Fans of goddesses and myth stories should really enjoy. In my ‘Starcrossed’ review I described it as a Percy Jackson for girls, I stand by my original recommendation.

 

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