Thursday, June 28, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Dreamless resumes where Starcrossed left off. Hector is now an outcast and cannot interact with his family without the furies trying to make them kill one another. Lucas and Helen are still under the false impression that they are cousins and are struggling to suppress their feelings for each other.
Helen is descending to the underworld each night with hopes of finding the furies and putting an end to the blood debts, which have been plaguing the Scions for ages. It is even more important to her now that she has seen first hand the impact the furies have had on Hector and the rest of the Delos family. She is determined to fulfill her obligation as the Descender, but it is taking its toll on her physically and mentally. She is alone in the underworld and wandering aimlessly. Even though Casandra, the Oracle, is trying her best to research history, they can't quite determine how to bring happiness to the furies.
One evening, she encounters another person while in the underworld. She later finds out that Orion was sent by her mother to assist and protect her because he, too, can descend into the underworld. This is where the love triangle comes into play. Lucas and Helen are adamant about their need to move on...so Josie has to throw a hot guy, the descendant of Aphrodite, into the mix. I really enjoyed this new character, but I am still TEAM LUCAS 100%.
I enjoyed how Josie gave Claire and Matt, Helen's long time BFFs, a larger role in this book. I am excited to see how their relationships and roles within the Demigod world will continue in Goddess, the final book in this series. There were a lot of new Gods, Goddesses, and mythological creatures mentioned throughout the book. I actually found myself at Barnes and Noble one afternoon browsing a National Geographic book on Greek Mythology in order to get a better understanding of all of the characters. Josie did a REMARKABLE job of weaving Greek Mythology throughout the story without overwhelming the reader. She has set up an explosive conclusion to this series, which is scheduled to be released in May of 2013.
Monday, June 11, 2012
For those of you who are not familiar with the Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini, I thought I would post a review of the first book in the series prior to posting my review of Dreamless.
I took four years of Latin in high school, so I was familiar with some of the Greek mythology this story is based upon. This is; however, the first Greek fiction I have ever read. I LOVED it.
Helen grew up on Nantucket (a small island in Massachusetts) and was always aware of the fact that she was different, but never understood why. While Helen and her friends had an interesting dynamic, the story didn't really take off until the Delos family arrived on the island. I enjoyed discovering Helen's unique abilities along with her and sharing in Lucas and Helen's developing relationship. From mortal enemies to destined lovers, I couldn't help but root for them. I was absolutely devastated by some of the twists that took place the last third of the book. The readers become aware of at least one lie that greatly impacts the characters, but they have yet to discover it. How many other lies they have been fed has yet to be determined. Angelini left me completely thirsting for Dreamless, which is scheduled to be released in May 2012. (For those who have read the book, the pun is intended.) I can only hope that over the course of the next two books the main characters will unravel the lies, Helen and Lucas will conquer the Demigod world together, and the Delos family (including Helen) will live happily ever after. Is this too much to ask for? I don't think so. It is fiction after all.
The next paragraph contains a mild spoiler. You may want to skip to below the next picture if you want to keep this spoiler free.
The one issue that I had with this book is the same one that I had with the Mortal Instruments series. Why do authors feel the need to have their characters fall in love and then, in the last few chapters, spring the fact that they are somehow related upon us? In this case specifically, the Scions are portrayed as having extreme intelligence. Lucas also has the unique ability to detect when someone is telling a lie. Why is it then that they cannot determine based upon simple mathematics that Helen's father couldn't possibly be who her mother says he is? The man in question (who was related to Lucas) died well before the time she was conceived. Any fan of Jerry Springer could have put two and two together in this case. Why can't our brilliant Scions figure this out?
|Jacque, Amy Plum, Josie Angelini, and Book Nerd Flo at the RT Book Convention|
Thursday, June 7, 2012
For those of you who haven't read the first book, I will give you a quick summary of the characters. Rachel and Darcy have been best friends since they were four years old. They are now 30 and living in New York City. Rachel is the smart and sensible attorney who recently stole Darcy's fiance' (Dex). Ordinarily this would be an unthinkable situation, but I was actually rooting for Rachel and Dex because they seemed perfect for each other.
Darcy on the other hand is an unlikeable character. I can not describe her any better than their long time friend Ethan who said...
"You are shallow. You're utterly selfish and misguided, with totally screwed up values." She is the attractive, flirty, party girl who thinks she is entitled to anything and anyone she wants, simply because she is beautiful. She was actually dating one of the groomsmen (Marcus) during her engagement and is expecting his child when she decided to call off the wedding. Dex was also planning on cancelling the wedding because he was in love with Rachel. You would think this mutual realization would lead to an amicable split, but not when Darcy is a factor in the equation.
This is where Something Blue starts. I was a bit leery at first about the change in narrator. The first book was told from Rachel's perspective, but now we are getting Darcy's side of the story. Darcy does rehash several situations from Something Borrowed, so we get her point of view on various events that unfolded in book one. We also learn more about her relationship with Marcus. It doesn't take Darcy long to alienate herself from all of her friends and family. I actually enjoyed watching her sense of entitlement get whisked out from under her as her life came crashing down before her pretty little Jimmy Choos. Before long she was left with only one option. She decided to move to London to "visit" Ethan for a few weeks, but she had no intentions of returning to New York. She was on a mission to find herself an attractive and wealthy Englishman who could support her and her unborn child.
After about 200 pages, and a reality check discussion with Ethan, we FINALLY get to see Darcy's finer side. She begins to take her pregnancy more seriously and realizes that perhaps SHE is the one with the "issues" and not EVERYONE else. As she begins to make a complete 180, I actually started to like her character. By the end, I was on Team Darcy.
While I don't think it was quite as good as the first book in the series, it was well worth the read. I was very happy with how the story came to a close and would recommend it if you are looking for a light and entertaining book to read.