Sunday, April 27, 2014

Review Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor  Goodreads|Amazon

Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers April 8, 2014

624 Pages

Last (Third) Book in Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy

Source: Bookstore (bought)

Bookologist Analysis: This book brought a wonderful finality to the end up of the story, yet it was a story all in itself. We met characters that find the reason they are alive, and some characters become a part of our lives. Dreams of Gods and Monsters was a magical thread that was pulled by a needle threading through the plot and world of Eretz.

In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known.

When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.

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.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters proved that not all trilogy books have to end with heartbreaking and heart wrenching conclusions. The story all started out with Brimstone and Karou in Prague. This was before we knew about angels and wars and were just following Karou around as a concentrated art high school student. Then Akiva walked in with Liraz and Hazael. We had a brief romantic overture followed by death, destruction, and loss of hope in Days of Blood and Starlight. In Dreams of Gods and Monsters we follow our characters on their journey with Jael becoming a threat as he invades earth. Eliza is having increasing difficulty with her nightmares and balancing them with her work. Dreams of Gods and Monsters was breaking you piece by piece to build you back together into a more complex puzzle piece than before you read the Saga.

In this book I loved the back and forth between Akiva and Karou. We saw them want each other, but be afraid to offend the other one and then be too shy to meet each other’s eyes. Then we saw Mik and Zuzanna come back because they love their friends so much. Karou has become a deeper person with the layering of Madrigal's personality onto her own. Akiva is also pushing deeper and deeper into his "schemes of energies". The characters have choices to face, but they are also realizing that with these choices that they have to learn from the past and can't just kill for the sake of killing. You have to a justifiable plan and know that the least amount of harm is the best option.

The eloquence matched with the characters and plot became the heartbreak of it all. We watched Karou grow from being a shy, class clown art student to a  flying, resurrectionist was a journey that I am honored to have gone on. The conclusion of this trilogy/saga had me realize what an experience this has been for me. I read Daughter of Smoke & Bone just when I was getting into YA novels and had just moved. My days fantasizing about monsters and angels have not stopped even now. I fear I might not do this books justice with all its roaring cliffs and quiet valleys, from the girls of Zuzanna and Karou, to the boys Mik and Akiva, with the magical worlds of Prague, Morocco, and Eretz, and the supporters Issa, Liraz, and Eliza.  My Rating «««««

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