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Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters

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Title:Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Author:Laini Taylor

Series:Book 3

Rating★ ★ ★ ★ 

Note:Reviews for Book 1 and Book 2 here.


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?

The New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion as – from the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond – humans, chimaera, and seraphim strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

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Karou was still fierce and hopeful, which was refreshing compared to the last book.

Akiva was dedicated, passionate, and brave.

Liraz was definitely still grieving in this book, but she felt softened and more open too.

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“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil pressed their hands to their hearts and started the apocalypse.” 

After a very long wait (self-induced because I didn’t want this beautiful series to be over) I finally finished the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series! This series had me pulled in from page one. Laini Taylor’s writing takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride of pain, hope, pain, and compromise. She definitely knows how to take advantage of the emotional ties we forge to her characters and the final book in the trilogy was no exception.

Karou felt stronger in this book because she was no longer vying for approval from the Chimera that shunned her. Yes, she recognized that she needed them to win against the Seraphim, but she was done feeling sorry for herself.

Both Karou and Akiva had stumbled a bit in the last book in their commitment to their shared dream. There was a wedge between them, but in the Dreams of Gods and Monsters we see their relationship start to repair. Honestly, I was very excited because although I live for the tortured romance I was dying to see them actually come together again.

Soldiers and children do as they’re told. Children grow out of it, but soldiers just die. 

Liraz was another character that I was looking forward to seeing. I knew that after Hazael things would be different, but I wasn’t expecting her new character to develop as much as it did. Her character made great leaps in terms of how she interacted with Chimera and, in particular, Ziri.

To avoid repeating myself too much, I’ll only briefly touch on Laini Taylor’s writing style. She really keeps you on the edge of your seat because you’re never 100% sure how things will turn out. She makes you think a character is safe and then rips the rug out from under you. It’s almost like flipping a coin to see if she’s deciding on one thing or another but you’re gambling because you’re not sure how many times she’s flipping it. I love it because I’m pretty good at predicting plots but with her, I’m never sure.

That being said, the plot definitely kept me engaged but the ending blew me away. It had its kinks—for one, the big reveal about the stellians felt a little too late in the game for me, and it felt at once resolved and not? But overall I love the mythology/history that was revealed as well as the other characters’ parts in it. I definitely wish we could see it through to the end and see them triumph against the big threat (don’t want to spoil anything). It was a great twist and I love the idea of them preparing for a final battle.

Overall, this was a beautifully tailored story about love and hope that I recommend to anyone who loves fantasy and forbidden romance. This series will forever have a spot as one of my favorite all-time series!



What other YA series with angels have you read and enjoyed?


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