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Underworld

Meg Cabot

underworldLast year, Pierce died – just for a moment. And when she was in the space between life and death, she met John: a devilishly handsome boy who ushers souls from one world to the next. Pierce tried to fight her attraction to John but has now accepted her fate and gone to live with him in the dark realm between heaven and hell. She may finally be safe from the Furies – the angry, vengeful souls of the dead – but is she safe from John? When she discovers that she’s a prisoner and her family are in danger she must escape even if it means risking everything, even her life . . .

I have been waiting for this since having the ARC of Abandon and I haven’t been disappointed.

Underworld begins right where Abandon left off. Pierce wakes up in the Underworld with John. She has to try and process everything she has just found out; her grandmother is a Fury and has just tried to kill her, she has tried to kill her before (!), the Furies are after her as a way to hurt John and they won’t stop until they get what they want. Phew, on top of all this she is now in the Underworld for safety and because of all the above can’t really go home. Being with John might be a dream come true, but life in the Underworld? Pierce doesn’t feel ready to let go of her Mum and her cousin Alex just yet.

So with all that in the background Pierce begins to explore her knew home and her relationship with John as she realises there is a lot about him she doesn’t know, and she wants to find out. She discovers he has some ‘undead’ friends living in the Underworld with him and her. Curiosity continues to grow, not just about John as the head of the entrance to the Underworld, but about his life, his family, the ship he sailed and most of all his death and how he came to be undead. Being the second book in a trilogy not all the answers are revealed, but over the course of the story we do get to know more about the enigmatic John.

Pierce is also worried about her cousin, Alex, who she sees on her phone trapped in a coffin. Her phone shouldn’t work in this other realm so Pierce is desperate to make sure he is alright. John is worried about taking her back, not only because of the danger from the Furies but because now Pierce lives in the Underworld she might find visiting her family a bit difficult. Pierce’s insistence that they go leads to all sorts of drama and it reveals more about the history of Pierce’s own family and the links it might have with John’s history.

In addition to all this is the development of John and Pierce’s relationship. Pierce is unsure if she wants to be stuck in the Underworld, although she is sure she wants to be with John. The connections to Hades and Persephone come to the fore as Pierce grapples with whether or not she will be able to leave the Underworld for good at all. We finally discover the significance of those pomegranate seeds!

Verdict: There is loads going on in the novel and I was hooked. There is plenty more action I haven’t covered. Its a real page turner and I still want to know more and see how it all works out. Hurry up book 3!

Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Macmillan children’s Books
Publication Date: September 2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 314/936KB
Genre: Paranormal romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: None
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Dreamless

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…

This is the second book in a series and as such may contain spoilers for book one Starcrossed.(Read our review of Starcrossed here)

I was so excited to read this book. I loved ‘Starcrossed’, stayed up all night so I could finish and almost threw the book across the room when I finished it as I was so desperate to read the next book straight away. So the second ‘Dreamless’ arrived I started it and although I wouldn’t say I was disappointed it was nowhere near as good as I expected it to be. This could have been the result of my high expectations, it could be middle book syndrome, I don’t know, but I didn’t feel the same urge to carry on reading the way I had with the first book. I read ‘Dreamless’ in three parts, a couple of weeks between each section, I normally devour books in one sitting, but to be fair this is not the first second book in a series that I have read in parts lately.

This almost makes it sound as though I disliked ‘Dreamless’, but I did genuinely enjoy the book and am looking forward to the conclusion, I just didn’t get swept away to the same extent this time. I would recommend reading ‘Starcrossed’ again if it’s a while since you read it. There is very little recapping and I did at times struggle to remember what was happening.

It was lovely to return to characters I loved so much before. I know very little Greek Mythology, but this book, more than the first left me with a thirst to find out more. I hurt alongside Helen and Lucas as they struggled to contain their feelings for each other and act as cousins should. My heart broke for them as they realised how impossible that was. There was some attempt to introduce a love triangle to the story, but I didn’t find it overly convincing. I loved Orion as a character, in fact I like him much more than Lucas, but it is so obvious that he is not the one for Helen. There were times where I almost disliked Helen as I felt that she was leading him on and settling for second best.

As in the previous book the secondary characters play a very important part. They support Helen in her quest in the underworld, but their feeling of being useless is reflected well in the reader. They also provide respite from the trauma that the main characters of Helen, Lucas and Orion are going through. Although there were times I wanted to scream at the characters for being either so stupid or self obsessed that they couldn’t see what was happening, it was almost refreshing to see that people, including demigods are fallible and they don’t always get things right.

Verdict: So whilst ‘Dreamless’ didn’t grab me in the same way that ‘Starcrossed’ had, I did enjoy the book. It serves as a good bridge to what promises to be an explosive climax.

Reviewed by Alison

Publisher: MacMillan Children’s Books
Publication Date: July 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512
Genre: Supernatural, Mythology
Age: YA
Reviewer: Alison
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: None
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