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A story of love, destiny and feuding families with extraordinary powers, descended from the heroes of ancient Greece, Dreamless is the second book in the heartstopping Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini.

Tasked with descending to the underworld and killing the Furies, Helen must endure hellish torture whenever she goes to sleep - she wanders around the various levels of hell with no idea how to complete her task, and she's beginning to suffer from extreme exhaustion. Although she still trains with the Delos clan, Helen and Lucas are coming to terms with the fact that they cannot be together. Lucas believes that the only way Helen will complete her quest is if he leaves her alone completely, so he tells her he doesn't want to see her again and that he never loved her. Distraught, Helen carries on with her mission, and for the first time meets another person down in the shadowy underworld: Orion, descended from Adonis and with the power to control desire, he is the heir to the house of Rome and an outcast. He's also kind of hot. Confused by her conflicting emotions but glad to have an ally in hell, Helen begins to realize the enormity of her task . . .
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Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 30mm | 360g
  • Macmillan Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 9780330529747
  • 49,461

About Josephine Angelini

Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. A real live farmer's daughter, Josie graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theatre, with a focus on the classics. In addition to the bestselling Starcrossed series, she is the author of The Worldwalker Trilogy, inspired by the Salem witch hunts. She now lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband . . . and she can still drive a tractor.
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41,657 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
5 45% (18,878)
4 34% (14,051)
3 16% (6,673)
2 4% (1,495)
1 1% (560)

Our customer reviews

After a slow start, I fell hard for STARCROSSED, the first book in Josephine Angelini's trilogy. I loved that Scions exist in the 21st century and bring a piece of the past with them. Ancient myths, epic love stories and feuds between Greek houses of Scions and gods, that's what made STARCROSSED a fantastic read. The ending of STARCROSSED left me in an emotional turmoil and at that time I wanted to read its sequel so badly, to see the conflicts finally being solved. You can imagine my excitement when I started DREAMLESS. Unfortunately you have to witness my disappointment now after finishing. I had a slow start with DREAMLESS as well. But the story continued like that, I never really got into the story, and it felt strenuous to keep up with Helen's story. If you read STARCROSSED, you know in how far a certain piece of information influenced Helen and Lucas' relationship. I really didn't like the way it developed in DREAMLESS. Helen and Lucas had a limited number of scenes full of emotions and heartbreak, but it simply wasn't enough to keep my mind and heart hooked on the story. The storyline and the way Helen spends most of the book, in the underworld -a barren and colorless setting- trying to break free, appeared sluggish and uneventful to me. Even if something happened, it didn't affect me at all. One day when Helen descends into the underworld, she hears a voice. And unfortunately soon we'll meet the source of that voice. Orion. His character itself wasn't that bad. He is protective, smart and helpful, but in context with Lucas and Helen's romance crumpling, I just didn't need him there as her new kind of love interest. I would've easily accepted him as someone else's new companion, but not Helen's! Love triangle stay in the underworld where you came from! Whereas the secondary characters, especially Ariadne, Hector, Jason and Claire, and their relationships had more power to hold my attention, the enemies and their view on parts of the story in DREAMLESS were rather enervating. Josephine Angelini continues the story of Scions and Greek myths in DREAMLESS. The most significant in DREAMLESS are definitely the furies. Be prepared to learn more about their unfortunate fate and help Helen find a way to free them, herself and all the other Scions from their violent fate of hatred. There are magical items, new myths to uncover and the Delos' enemies don't keep quiet either. THE VERDICT 2,5/ 5 **/* DREAMLESS - Only a shadow of the first STARCROSSED book. What happened to the epic romance of Helen and Lucas? DREAMLESS comes along with only a weak development of plot and action. Furthermore there are annoying enemies and an infuriating love triangle that kept me from adoring this sequel as much as STARCROSSED. The enormous solidarity of the Delos family, their undying love for Helen and the main romance between Helen and Lucas are things I am counting on in the next book. I'm expecting GODDESS to end the series with a bang!show more
by MissPageTurner
This book is the sequel to Starcrossed. The cover looks very good. You can see Helen and Lucas and behind them there are red clouds. I like it and it belongs to the story. The title "Dreamless" sounds good and it belongs to the story. Helen's nights are dreamless, because she wanders the Underworld at that point of time. The characters are incredible and unbelievable. Helen is a sympathetically person, who acts in a normal way. Lucas wants to save Helen, even if he's not quite sure what's up to his love. Orion is a new character. First I wasn't sure what kind of boy he is, I know now that he's a good boy. The containment was good. There are lots of things from the greek mythology and they are very interesting. Some of the characters speak sometimes in ancient greek, I think this is good. Josephine Angelini's writing style is lovely, it contains action, love and drama. I loved this book and I would recommend you to read this book. I can't wait for the next book Orion any longer.show more
by Lia
A stunning sequel to the bestseller Starcrossed and definitely worth the wait! The whole plot of the story is such an imaginative one that Josephine Angelini has kept up to the standards of creating a god like world. Based on the whole idea of gods and power, Dreamless captures the excitement, dangers and wonders of a new world. I particularly like how the Underworld is portrayed to the audience, creating such a lonely and barren place that the reader becomes to think of it as a nightmare, which is how it is intended to be as it is the Underworld, it is hell. However, although the plot and description throughout the book is engaging, I think some readers could find it to be a little slow in places, but this should not let this affect them as it is definitely worth the wait for the ending of the book. Moving on to characters I have to admit that the main character, Helen, did at some points annoy me in some way, and I can imagine why some people may dislike her. However this did not ruin the book for me and I hope it doesn't for anyone else! Helen is similar to other heroines in other books, but what makes her different is her personality and how she reacts to things. At the end of the book I definitely admired how she acted. The descriptions and characteristics of other characters is also very well presented to us and I enjoyed reading about different characters and the detail Angelini gives creates a vivid image in the readers mind, making the story feel more believable. Overall this is a sequel worth reading!show more
by Maria
I adored Starcrossed and I was seriously excited when I came home from my boyfriends and found Dreamless waiting for me. My love for Angelini's writing is immense because it's easy to follow and understand. I had my worries about Dreamless purely because Starcrossed was so good, I didn't know if anything that followed would be AS good. But Dreamless surpassed my expectations and I absolutely loved it. There was, once again, the right amount of romance, action and adventure all combined to make a truly amazing read. We join Helen and Lucas as they continue to struggle with the news that they're cousins and the fact that they have to stay away together, which is obviously a huge struggle for these starcrossed lovers... who aren't allowed to be lovers. But, there has to be a love triangle at some point, and Orion was a great addition to this little gang. Orion helps Helen on her quest as a descender because she just can't do it alone. She finds she's getting no where, and she isn't helping anyone. Although I said it's a love triangle, it isn't one of your typical really annoying love triangles - mostly because we know that Helen and Lucas just cannot be together because they're cousins. Helen just finds it insanely difficult to forget the feelings she had for this boy. The story takes place in the real world and the underworld, but it's never confusing. You always understand where the story is happening, and to be honest it's written beautifully. Josephine has an amazing way of causing her audience to become addicted to her book. I only stopped reading because I had visitors and then my boyfriend came over for 5 days. Otherwise I'd have sat and read Dreamless as much as I could. The twist at the end has set Goddess up to be amazing. I can't wait to get my hands on it, it's a huge shame it doesn't have an expected release date yet, but one thing is for certain: I'll wait as long as I need to to get my hands on that book.show more
by Tyler-Rose Neath
Ever since I accidentally bought Starcrossed on Amazon UK, I've been absolutely smitten with anything Greek mythology. Everneath started it, Starcrossed brought it to new heights, and now, with the sequel to this epic series, Dreamless was pretty much my type of poison. Because of Starcrossed, I'm actually taking a Ancient Greece & Rome unit at university this semester coming. It's going to be awesome! For those who haven't yet read Starcrossed, I'd recommend the Goodreads page, as I'm not very good at explaining things without going into looong details. And Starcrossed is full of them! So if you haven't read Starcrossed, I'd stop reading from here. Just know that both books are fantastic, and you should go right out and read them! SPOILERS - READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL! Helen's struggling with the daunting task she's been given in the Underworld. Every night she visits is another night that goes by without any success, and it seems that she'll never get to free the Furies so that the Houses can be at peace with each other. But is setting the Furies free the right thing to do? And can Helen stay away from Lucas, knowing that to love him is forbidden? One thing that I loved so much about Dreamless is the mythology of it all. Obviously it plays a big part of the novel, but Josephine has really outdone herself - pretty much every important Greek god is present in Dreamless, bar the top few (fingers crossed we get to meet Zeus in Book 3!). She's done so well at the actual research to make the books as authentic as possible, and I give her kudos for that, because mythology is not easy. There's even bits of Roman and Eygptian mythology throughout the book, and I was like, "Dear Gods woman, does your knowledge ever stop?" Josephine, I'd like your mind please! As I said, we're introduced to a wide range of characters in Dreamless, and they make this book, but Josephine managed to keep it all together and while at times the change in POVs left me a tad confused, the entire novel seemed to flow easily - the POV bit is my own personal preference, but was necessary for the novel. Otherwise you'd be like huh? And we wouldn't want that. My favourite character introduction was Orion. Oh Orion, be still my beating heart. You've captured me, that's for sure. Orion is pretty much hotness incarnate. Orion has been sent by Daphne (Helen's Mum) into the Underworld to help her, and the two click right away, especially with Lucas going all berserk on Helen. Speaking of Lucas, he's hiding some shady things in this book. One thing I'm disappointed about is that though there is a lot of Helen/Lucas time, there's not enough! I'm really interested on seeing how the whole thing pans out (loving the fact that we know they're not related, total Greek tragedy there!) and wanted more on that side of things, but we can't have it all! On the sideline, I love watching Claire & Jason's growing romance. I was rooting for them all the way through Starcrossed, and Jason is just adorable. Their romance is just so...beautiful. Sometimes I'd rather read them then Lucas and Helen, which is bizarre. Overall, I adored Dreamless. Josephine has grown as a writer since Starcrossed, and I was highly impressed with how she managed to keep everything interesting when there was so much information to give, but she did it fabulously. Helen sometimes got on my nerves, but that's all part of her flaws as a character, and I'm hoping to see some more growth from her now in the next of the books. Josephine has a great series on her hands, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens next!show more
by Hannah
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