Saturday, August 18, 2012
Book Review: Dreamless
Book 2 in the Starcrossed series
AUTHOR: Josephine Angelini
GENRE: Mythology twist, urban fantasy, drama
PREMISE: Helen continues her life as a Scion broken hearted now that she and Lucas can't be together. But then she meets Orion and quickly learns about big trouble brewing among the gods...
MY REVIEW: Starcrossed was a interesting read for me. I went into it with low expectations and wound up enjoying it much more then I thought I would. It isn't a perfect series (Lucas is a very problamatic boyfriend) but damn, it's entertaining and Angelini actually writes decently. The best way to describe this series is Percy Jackson combined with Twilight with a pinch of Mortal Instruments thrown in for good measure. Thankfully it's more PJ and MI then Twilight. The second book is just as enjoyable as the first book. Maybe more so because Orion is freaking AWESOME. Sorry y'all. Team Orion even if like with Lucas, I feel the romance developed too quickly. At least Orion is fun.
I will say, the incest in this annoys me even though I appreciate the fact that it looks like the author isn't making it just magically disappear by way of Mortal Instruments. Of course this is just the second book. I fully expect that come next book it'll somehow come out that they're not related and wind up together. I really really hope not. But...I'm pretty sure that's what will happen because this is mainstream YA. But author, if you decide not to go this route, I will adore you.
As a second book this did a good job: it dealt with consequences of the first book, it introduced new characters, created new dynamics, added in new plot points, and Helen became more independant which was very nice to see. There is still the cheese factor there of course but this is a enjoyable cheese. Can't wait for the next book. Bring on the war!
WHO SHOULD READ: Those that have read and liked Starcrossed, Percy Jackson fans, Twilight fans, Mortal Instrument fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five snarking Orions