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Hot, perpetually pissed-off angel seeks living pincushion for scowl practice and general stabbiness. No kissing” Dreams of Gods & Monsters, Laini taylor

mask-2454442_1920Initial Thoughts: As I have said many many times, it takes me eons to finish a series, even a series that I like. Sometimes the overwhelming amount of books in a series is too much for my humble student budget (textbooks before novels). Or, the next book hasn’t been released as soon as I finish the previous book. Two years later, I am ready to pick up where I left off. Lo and behold, I forget what happened in the previous book. Luckily for me, I finished all three (plus one novella) novels of Daughter of Smoke & Bone in under a month!

Summary

Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera’s rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her.

When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited – not in love, but in a tentative alliance against their common enemy. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves.

But with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters?” – Goodreads

The Review

Okay, you have probably seen this coming. If you haven’t read the first book Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, or the second book, Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor, what are you doing here reading this! I cannot talk about the third book without giving away lots and lots of spoilers from the previous books. It is unavoidable, unfortunately. Context is everything. So, please read the reviews of books 1 and 2 before jumping into this review. You have been warned!

My thoughts of this book can be summarized in this quote from the book:

You are a conniving, deceitful hussy. I stand in awe.”
“You’re sitting.”
“I sit in awe” – Dreams of Gods & Monsters, Laini Taylor

As I write this, I sit in awe of what I had just finished reading. This incredible epic series was everything I could ever hope for in a young adult novel. Wonderfully complex characters, delicious romance, battles, suspense – the whole nine yards. It reads like a fairy tale or like a Greek myth.

After the second book ends, Akiva and Karou have joined forces to defeat Jael’s army. Meanwhile on earth, Jael and his army of seraphim have decided to enlist the help of the human race, pretending to be divine beings. Humans everywhere believe that the apocalypse is upon them.

Like Days of Blood & Starlight, Dreams of Gods & Monsters jumps into different characters’ perspectives (though to a lesser extent). There is also a new major character, Eliza, who plays a great role in this book (but I can’t tell you – it’s a secret). Eliza is a scientist who has had frightening dreams ever since she was a child. These dreams of monsters and angels begin to frighten Eliza even more ever since the appearance of Jael and his army. Could her nightmares be real?

I really cannot complain at how the series was wrapped up. There are a few minor loose ends that were not tied up (but have no effect on the storyline). I wish I could have found out what happened to Kazimir who drops off the face of the earth in the last book. I wonder how he took the whole angel invasion. Did he change his business from a vampire tour to an angel tour? Also, I wish I could find out about what happens to Karou’s fake grandmother who plays a small role in this book. She is only mentioned briefly in the first and second books. Other than that, Karou and Akiva’s ending is completely resolved with enough closure so that fans will be happily satisfied.

I did find, though, the storyline got a little complicated at the end and it was hard to follow. I sort of ended up embracing the confusion – what else could I do?! Maybe it was just me.

I honestly wish I could find a similar series that I could recommend. Honestly, this book is so unique that I cannot think of any series which even comes close. I would love to read a similar sort of book.

Final Rating:

A- Cat

About the Book

Title: Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Author: Laini Taylor

Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Book #1: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Book #2: Days of Blood & Starlight, Book #2.5 (novella): Night of Cake & Puppets, Book #3: Dreams of Gods & Monsters)

Year Published: 2014

Pages:613

Genres & Subjects: Young adult fiction, Young adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Angels

Until Next Time,

-Alice

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