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Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor Book Review

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. 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. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

I've read the previous two books in this series and absolutely loved them. So I was pretty excited for the final book to tie everything up. Was it what I expected? No. Am I happy with it? I think I am. Would I like to see more? Maybe, I don't know how another book would turn out with they way Laini Taylor ended the series. I feel like it wouldn't be the same sort of book as these three have been. But anyhow...

I loved: How the world-building was incredible. I love the style she's put on it as well. You've got several different settings that are quite diverse and each have their own vibe that is unique. There's the seraphim world, the chimaera world, the human world, and then glimpses of the stelian world. And they all sort of collide in this book which is both scary and intriguing. 

I also loved the characters. They're very unique and either heroic, hilarious, or dreamy. Or incredibly evil. *shudders* I think the author did a marvelous job and a b-character, Zuzana, is definitely one of my top 5 favorite characters of all time.

I also loved the chimaera, they're very cool and have a very nice fantasy element to add to the story. I definitely prefer them over the angels.

Also there were some very lovely scenes that I enjoyed and "aw"ed at.

What I didn't love so much: While I liked the ending alright, I felt like it was a bit crazy and it was almost half too crazy and incredible to really believe to have happened. But with all the information that was piled into this book I think that it's almost a problem of already having a large book and not wanting to add on too much more. So there wasn't as much explaining as there could have been at the end. It was quite a surprise though.

It also took me a little bit to get to a part where I didn't want to put the book down and was devouring words. Once I got to that part things flowed easier though. In some ways it was a bit harder to read because there was a lot going on and the plot gets a bit deep here and there, making me read through a paragraph again. 

I think I may have guessed or foreseen a few minor plot twists but most everything else was quite a surprise.

Overall, I think that the first book was probably the best of the series. The second and third books are neatly tied and are both very good! It was a very very exciting book and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, granted it did take a few chapters to get fully excited about the story. It's a unique fantasy/supernatural book and I have really loved reading this series. I would give Dreams of Gods and Monsters four flowers.
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  1. I still haven't read this series even though I'm planing to. Just to tackle down some ARCs and I'll get to it. I'm so glad that you've enjoyed this last one. Great review :)

    1. I totally understand getting buried in piles of books :) I hope you enjoy them, like I did, if you do read them!

  2. I am glad that you liked how it all came together, sadly anymore it seems like that isn't happening too often with trilogies.

    1. That is a sad fact, sometimes the books don't match up and one is completely different from the others. But yes I was quite happy wit this trilogy. :)

  3. I just finished this book last night! It was amazing. I love how everything turned out :) Hmmm, I think I would like something for afterwards about the Godstars with the Nithilam. Maybe even in a novella verson, just so that it eases my curiosity and hunger for what would happen. But all in all, if left in a really good way.

    1. I agree, something extra, even just a little bit, would be cool. I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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