Review: Dreams of Gods & Monsters

May 30, 2014 Review 34 ★★★★★

Review: Dreams of Gods & Monsters
Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
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Publisher: Little Brown
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 613
Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
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?


“Once upon a time,an angel and a devil
pressed their hands to their hearts

…and started the apocalypse.”

Where do you even begin with a book like DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS? It was a utterly fantastic conclusion and a nearly perfect book. I liked the other two books but this finale just cemented the series into my shelf of all time favorites.

First, I have to say if it’s been awhile since you’ve read the last two books (like me) go check out the Recaptains website, because they have awesome recaps that were extremely helpful in jogging my poor memory.

“Once upon a time, a girl went to see a monster menagerie
where all the exhibits were dead.”

Characters, characters, characters. Probably one of the best things about this series (among so many others) are the characters. The huge variety of characters, not only differing in appearances, but also personalities, motives, and dreams. Each one has so much depth, and they all add a little something extra to the story.

In addition to all the familiar faces, there are some new characters introduced as well. I like when series do this because it keeps things fresh and Taylor has yet to write a character that wasn’t made from unicorn blood and rainbows (meaning: awesome).

And I think these quotes say everything I could about the writing. It’s probably the best I’ve ever read in any young adult book. Beautiful, without being too complex and hard to understand.

“Once upon a time, there was only darkness.
And there were monsters vast as worlds who swam in it.”

And boy, is there darkness. Everything is at stake and no one is safe. That’s why I was on the edge the entire time I was reading this-you really have no idea what could happen and we already know Taylor doesn’t pull any punches in her writing. Even with everything, I’m still very satisfied with the ending, although there is opportunity to see more from this world. *crosses fingers*

This book left me overwhelmed by feels so much I’m actually going to use this gif that has No-Face in it to describe how I felt. (And if you know me, you know how much I avoid Spirited Away)

How is he not terrifying?

A great conclusion.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.8

34 Responses to “Review: Dreams of Gods & Monsters”

  1. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    I’m so excited to binge-read this series soon. So many people love it to death, and I can’t wait to be able to finally understand what you guys are talking about. There’s nothing better than a book that not only has good plot, but an excellent cast of characters as well. Usually books only focus on the primary ones, but it seems the secondary individuals are given a lot of depth here as well. Thanks for the review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      Ooh, I can’t wait to see what you think of them all. I really hope you like them :) Right? I’m a huge fan of character driven novels but these focus on both characters and plot so you can’t really lose. Sure!

  2. Andreea

    I have read the first book in 2012 I believe and really enjoyed it. I even gave it to my mom to read it and she loved it too. But I don’t really know why I haven’t continued with these books. Maybe I will, in the near future.

    Anyway, great review and glad you loved it so much.
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    • Alise

      Nice! I wish my parents would read, ha. It’s like pulling teeth. I hope you continue the series sometime :)

      Thank you!

  3. Melliane

    I hear so many great things about this book since its release and I know I really need to try the series. But it’s so good to know that the last book is that awesome because it’s always a bit tricky… thanks for the review!
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    • Alise

      You really should! I think you would like it a lot, actually. Yeah! I’ve read so many lame final books but I was so happy with this one. Sure!

  4. Ellie M.

    Amazing review! I’m trying to see if my library will have a copy of this so I don’t have to buy a copy but I’m getting very impatient lol

    • Alise

      Thanks! Ha, I know the feeling. I had a copy of Ignite Me on hold but I couldn’t wait so just ended up buying the book.

  5. Sarah J.

    I’m working on my review for this one now. I absolutely adored this trilogy. I love the depth of the characters and how they each all meant something, even if it wasn’t a big character. Haha unicorn blood and rainbows. Too true.:D Great review!!!
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  6. Larissa

    I’ve honestly read only the first book of this series but don’t think I finished it before it had to go back to the library :o I really do have to give it another chance though, everybody seems to love it.

    I’m glad this one worked so well for you. A conclusion to a series can be quite difficult, it’s hard to create a meaningful ending to something that spans so many books and plot lines. Then you have to consider all of the devoted fans who may want a certain ending that differs from what the author sees. Endings can also be bittersweet, you may not want to say goodbye to the characters or the world quite yet.

    The characters in this series do sound quite awesome and well developed, which makes me want to read this series even more. I do love well developed characters with purpose and a killer backstory.

    Great review! (:

    • Alise

      Ha, that happens to me all the time. Yeah, I hope you do!

      Exactly! I was really worried this one wouldn’t meet my expectations or end up changing everything so much but it didn’t. It was great.

      They were! That’s one of my favorite things as well.

      Thanks :)

  7. Silvia @ Darkest Sins

    I’m so glad you loved this one, Alise! I’ve always heard great things about this series, but still have to put my hands on it. Argh, we don’t get enough time to read them all!! *sigh* Fantastic review, I know I will have to read it at some point!
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    • Alise

      Yeah, there just isn’t enough time. Plus that useless thing called sleep ;) Thank you! I hope you like the series when you get around to reading them!

    • Alise

      Right? Sign me up for whatever she writes next! I read that interview too, I can’t wait to see what she’ll come up with next. You know it’s going to be good :)

  8. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    Don’t be mad at me Alise, but I haven’t started this series yet. *hides under covers* I keep requesting it from the library, but when I go to read it I get intimidated for some odd reason. SOOO many people (you included!) love this series, so I don’t want to be disappointed by the hype. But this review has absolutely convinced me to start the series! The fact that there’s such great character development and such beautiful writing makes me so excited, because those are two of my favorite things in books.

    Thanks for sharing Alise, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3 So glad you loved it so much! :D
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  9. Alise

    Haha, no worries! There are a lot of popular books (like movie adaption coming out popular) that I haven’t started yet either :P I can see how it would be intimidating. I’m so glad, I really hope you like it! The writing is seriously gorgeous.

    Thank you :)

  10. Franny

    Never read this series even though I’ve heard great things about it. I love how passionate your review is, it makes me want to put it on my TBR, so that’s what I’m gonna do!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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  11. Angie

    Love the Recaptains.. you know what? I am going to have to go to their site and get a refresher on the other books. I started Dreams of Gods and Monsters and was a little confused at first.. so I put it down. I am waiting to get it back from the library to start over. I can’t wait to get started on it.
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    • Alise

      I think that’s a great idea! It’s super helpful, especially since I’m so forgetful. Let me know what you think of it :)

  12. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Sigh…ever since I finished reading this one I have been seeking out fellow lovers of the series just to bask in their feels and relive them all over again. Laini Taylor is a goddess and I worship her. This book was amazing, the characters were BEYOND anything else and well we all now the writing style was sheer brilliance :D I am THRILLED that you loved it so much and I loved reading your thoughts ♥
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  13. Alise

    Haha nice! I like doing that too :) Or if they are just starting the series. Seriously! I’ll read anything by her now. YES! So good! Thank you! :D

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