Title: Dreamless (Book 2 in Starcrossed)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: HarperTeen – HarperCollins
Release Date: May 29, 2012
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.
This was a great second installment to the series. Having just reread Starcrossed made it a lot easier to read the book, though; I know that if I didn’t, I would have been pretty lost for the first half of the book.
That being said, I caught right back up with Helen and Lucas and all their problems. I loved how Angelini wrote from several people’s perspective in the third person – it really opened up the book and heightened the suspense and tension for the reader, especially when it came to relationships between the characters (and not just romantic ones – Daphne and Helen’s relationship, Orion and Lucas’s relationship, Andy’s connection with everyone, and Matt’s relationship to his friends, too). Not only was it tense, but it was insanely emotional to have some characters’ secrets revealed and want to scream it out to the rest of the characters (even though it’s not real, and they can’t actually hear you – oops).
So obviously there was a real connection between the reader, the plot, and the characters. Angelini is awesome, and this book is sooo worth everything I went through to get my hands on it! Plus, the publishers did an amazing job with the covers – all of them. As a series, I love the connections between each of the covers. Not only does it reflect the plot/idea of Greek mythology, but it increases the feeling of continuity between the books.
Title: Goddess (Book 3 in Starcrossed)
Release Date: May 28, 2013
After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.
To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.
Agh! This book was so exciting, and tense, and suspenseful, and everything you would want for a series’ finale! I loved every interaction between the characters, and all the internal monologues, because they increased the emotion involved for the characters and for the reader as I waited to see what would finally happen.
I also love how new characters are introduced in this last book (and in the previous book, as well). They help everything come together. Plus the scene with the gods is great, and the whole Aphrodite relationship with Helen? Awesome!
Parts of this book were a little predictable (like Matt, unfortunately), but the ending? I was so torn as to how to react and feel! It was the best kind of ending – a little unpredictable, a little sad, but a lot happy. Basically, a fitting ending that ties up all the loose ends. As a whole, this last book did that very well, while keeping me unsure of how, exactly, it would end. There were tears of sadness and joy at the end, and I admire Angelini for being tough enough to write this ending.
I will definitely keep my eye out for more by Angelini (needless to say, I highly recommend this book/series). I hope you enjoy it too!
*Note: I do not recommend this book/series for anyone under the age of 15 due to language and sexual content.