Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)Book Review:  Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Author:  Laini Taylor
Published:  April 2014
Series:  Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3
Genre:  YA Paranormal

The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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.

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?

My Two Cents
Reading two books at the same time has finally nipped me in the butt.  Scratch that.  Reading two, 600 page books at the same time has nipped me in the butt.  Note to self...not my brightest idea.  Especially when both books are really good.  But as you can imagine 600 page books are a bit wordy and I found myself setting daily page goals so I could finish both books.  Ahem, less of my stupidity and onto the review.  Finally an ending for Karou.  Well, sort of.  Her and Akiva have finally decided to be lovers (thank the stars) and spend time together.  Well, sort of.  I found Dreams of Gods and Monsters to be a book of half endings.  Without giving too much away, there is a bigger picture than just Jael and his rather large army.  So we bid farewell to Karou, Akiva and the gang but they have more things to fight for, and I guess I won't be a part of that (since this is the last book in the series).  Well shoot.  Dreams of Gods and Monsters has it all, romance, fighting, mysterious prophecies and comedic relief (thanks to Zuz and Mik).  I'm awarding Dreams of Gods and Monsters 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Read this series if you prefer your angels to fight with swords (rather than their smokin hot bods, thank you YA fiction for stereotyping angels this way) and want a heavy side of fantasy to go along with it.  Yes please!

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