I read both these books this year. Starcrossed had crossed my eye last year but I didn't get a chance to actually read it. And I regret not reading it before as I loved every minute of it.
Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention.
Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?
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.
Josephine Angelini's compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling "Starcrossed" delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds all expectations.
I love me some greek mythology. Starcrossed focused on Helen Hamilton and Lucas Delos's rivalry which was due to the fact of the wrath of Furies. They end that rivalry by saving each other. They fall in love but soon find out they are cousins and hence they try to distance from each other. The sad thing is they aren't really cousins- Helen's mum just said that due to unknown reasons. At the end of the first book we see Helen trying to find a way to make the Furies get salvation by embarking on a journey to the Underworld.
Whereas Dreamless focuses on Helen finding herself alone as Lucas has now become someone she didn't think possible. He has garnered his anger and become a shadow master. This book showed us a love triangle between Orion-Helen-Lucas. A new war has started now as the cycle of revenge starts and intensifies.
Josephine Angelini has so breathtakingly connected these characters with the greek stories, one can only wonder and try to reach out to her characters as well as the original greek myth itself. The books have their fun and thrill moments. You get frustrated in a few places but then get rewarded with a new tease. :p