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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS (Daughter of Smoke & Bone 3) by Laini Taylor {Review}

Reviewed by Andye

Daughter of Smoke & Bone 3
by Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Hardcover: 624 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 8, 2014)
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Review of Days of Blood and Starlight
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.
THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW for Dreams of Gods and Monsters, but may have spoilers for the previous books.

At a Glance:

I am utterly blown away by the brilliance of this book. I can't even begin to describe how incredibly it was written. I haven't seen such a well thought-out storyline since Harry Potter. No lie. I wish I could have half of the creative genius that Laini Taylor has. This ending was nothing short of amazing.

The Series:

There are very, VERY few series that I finish these days.  So, just the fact that I made it through these books should tell you something significant.  The entire thing was just plain awesome.  From beginning to end, I loved this series.  Book one, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, is exciting and romantic and heartbreaking, and the world that Laini created was just incredible.  Then came along Days of Blood and Starlight, and it was EVEN BETTER!  I was worried about series syndrome, but no.  Not even a little.  Then, just when I thought I couldn't be blown away any more, comes Dreams of Gods and Monsters.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters:

I loved this book.  I'm not sure if you could tell from above, or from my Goodreads updates, but I was seriously in awe of the complete brilliance of this ending.  I used the term "word artist" in a recent review of a book I loved, but I didn't even know the real meaning of this until I read DoG&M.

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Coming back to this world of wishes, tithes, teeth and resurrections, was a return to one of the most creative worlds I've ever experienced.  There are so many threads that the author weaves together over the course of the series.  And when you finally see what it all means, you realize just how well thought-out this story was from it's conception.  I love YA, but it isn't that often that you see this kind of thought and detail given to a book.  Not to mention the fact that Laini Taylor's writing is seriously gorgeous!  I wanted to quote practically every other line of the entire book!

The tension of what will happen with Karou and Akiva was so intense!  So much tension and heartbreak and hope!  It was torture, and I loved it!  Mik and Zuzanna were awesome!  When I first started this series, I didn't think I would like having Zuzanna as part of the cast of main characters, but she grew on me so much!  And Samurai Mik!!  I adore him and his wit!  Ziri and Liraz were two more characters that I loved getting to know even more.  Ziri has become such a fast favorite.

One minor, minor thing that I had a little bit of a struggle with, however, was that there was a new character introduced, named Eliza.  I knew that she would to be integral to the story, but I just had a hard time caring about her.  I was so familiar, and had fallen in love, with the other characters, that I found myself just tapping my fingers, impatient for the time when I would see Karou, Akiva, Mik, Zuzanna, Ziri, Liraz and the others.  This was the only time the book was slow for me at all, and even then, it was still fascinating.

I can't say too much more because I'm under strict orders not to give anything away, but I really think that people are going to love this ending, even if some parts are hard.  It's just a beautifully written book, and an incredibly beautiful story.  It will be one of the rare books that I re-read (most likely re-listen because I'm anxious for the audiobook) over and over.

Go buy this book now!  You will not be disappointed.....except with all the other books that no longer live up to your high expectations, but that's a tithe worth paying.


  1. SUPER jealous you got to read this early. I can't wait to read/listen to this one. :-)

    1. I'm so thankful that I got to read it! :D

  2. Two weeks and counting for the official release. Cannot wait!

    1. I KNOW!!! I'm excited just to own it and complete my pretty set! :D


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