Friday, April 11, 2014

Review: Dreams Of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

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Dreams Of Gods & Monsters
by Laini Taylor
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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?

My Rating - 5 Stars

Review -

What to say? Oh  my jeez. How I feel after finishing this book is....satisfied. Sad? Yes. Disappointed? No. Just satisfied. Which I suppose is the best way to feel at the end of a book series. There really wasn't anything I hated, I loved the book and the ending was pretty close to perfect, a few times it strayed and I am not a hundred percent sure on how I feel about that last chapter as it was kinda strange but I'm happy with the book and after having read it I would still recommend the series which to me says a lot.
So, in this book a lot happens, like it's a 600 page book and you could never guess all the craziness that happens in it, but a good crazy.
New elements are introduced partially in the form of a girl named Eliza and something called the Cataclysm, sh*t hits the fan I tell you but in one of the best most interesting and fulfilling ways. There are definitely some nice twists and turns that you never see coming and it's magnificently heart poundingly  gut twistingly good. While you might be worried by the length of the book that it might be slow and boring it' not, so much more happens than I think allot of people expect out of it, at least more than I did, it goes so beyond everything we have seen so far and it reads fast, you know?

Likes -
   - Zuzana and Mik - They always must be number 1, they are absolutely my favorite part of these books and I love that they played a bigger part in this book. And of course we see more of the 3 fairytale tasks and could they be more adorable/swoon worthy?
"Would you still love me if I were a Japanese man?"
"Of course." Said Mik, without missing a beat. -Page 449
   - The Plot - It goes so much further beyond what we have seen in this world and it's crazy and I just loved every minute of it.
   - Liraz - Okay, I have loved her character for a while now but she grows and evolves so much in this book, partly because of her brothers death and partly because of Ziri and can I just say that I ship them so hard? But seriously even on her own Liraz becomes so much more and I was rooting for her the whole time.
   - Eliza - Okay for the biggest part of this book Eliza is a mystery and not a huge part. A seemingly normal human girl who kinda gets swooped up in aftermath of the angels appearing on earth. I loved her right away and her mystery was only part of it. Also for the brief period that she journeys with Zuzana and Mik, just the best.
   - Akiva - Okay so I haven't been one of those people who have always loved Akiva and always shipped Akiva and Karou in fact I kinda hated him, that changed slightly with book two and in this book I kinda started to love him.
  - Karou - She also really grows in this book I feel, she learns that it's okay to be happy and it's okay to forgive Akiva and other things that might spoil you. And of course she's still her badass self.
  -Their relationship - Again I have been pretty anti-Akiva from the beginning but in this book I actually enjoyed it for the most part. I think mainly because they actually acknowledge the fact that they don't really know each other and that they have to kinda start from the beginning rather than just pick up from their old lives and it was sweet...until it wasn't.
   -The writing - What else to say? If there is one thing that can not be denied it is Laini Taylors' beautiful writing.
   -Everything else....I don't know I loved pretty much everything about this book but I think if I go any further I shall spoil everything! There are just so many new elements to this book and old ones and it just goes in so many directions and it's just so good. I mean, Eliza, Razgut, Meliz, The Cataclysm, not to mention the war and the angels are on earth and  the Stelians and, and,  and all the things!

Dislikes -
  - I liked the ending, I really did, but something about the last chapter, I don't know, it was just strange, not bad strange just strange.
  - Okay, Akiva continually mentions to them in their past "making love" and like to me the way he thought it was just kinda creepy, okay?
  - I know we get a lot of Zuzana and Mik but I wanted more!!
  - Stormhunters - I wanted to see more of them and learn more about them!

Overall - While I will freely admit it is not my favorite last book ever it is pretty damn awesome and in my opinion no true fan of this series will be disappointed.

And a playlist?
Over all Theme Song for this book - Beautiful Times by Owl City

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  1. I've only read the first book, just haven't had the chance to catch up. Great review!