Title: Dreams of Gods & Monsters
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: April 8, 2014
Format: owned- paperback
“People with secrets shouldn’t make enemies.
People with destinies shouldn’t make plans.”
I did it. I have had these books on my shelves for SO long. I started this trilogy in June and I have finished it! I am pumped. What I am not excited about is how this book disappointed me in the end. This is really a 3.5 star book but because I loved the overall series so much… I had to give it 4.
I think this book started out so strong. I really loved the struggle it took to bring these two enemies together. I loved the journey and I found myself loving many of the characters. In fact, I’ll jump right into the characters right now…
“We haven’t been introduced. Not really.”
Liraz was my absolutely favorite character in this book! She might even be of the whole series. Her character growth and story arc was just hauntingly beautiful. Not only is she unapologetic about her attitude, she’s hilarious, ruthless, and deep down has a huge heart. I loved learning more about her and seeing her grow.
Karou & Akiva are out-shined in this book by Zuze & Mik. Omg.. they are so amazing because they are fearless and HUMAN! I really loved all their one liners and how much they love and care. They had so many touching moments. Not to mention… they are pretty important in this whole war!
Ziri... oh man… his story in this book is also something that I really loved. There were moments that just broke my heart. He makes so many sacrifices and he just wants to be seen and loved.
Of course, Taylor’s writing is just so beautiful and so quote worthy. Her prose and her flow is just lovely. I never felt bored and for a chunky book, it didn’t take me too long to get through. The fighting was brutal and it really stressed me out. She broke my heart at times but where she failed me was the ending.
I’m not sure where she went was needed. Some things just happened way too quickly. I wouldn’t say that I was confused but I just really wanted more. I know there are things that are left open and that’s completely fine. I just needed more information and it felt rushed and just thrown together. I was expecting to be shattered or overwhelmingly in love by the end. Neither of those things happened and I just felt.. meh..
“In the legends, chimaera were sprung from tears and seraphim from blood, but in this moment they are, all of them, children of regret.”
Overall, I absolutely loved this series. There’s amazing characters that I wont be forgetting anytime soon. I’m completely won over by Taylor’s beautiful and meaningful writing style. She knows how to break your heart and make you whole again. This book was a bit of a disappointment in the end, but it was still a strong conclusion. I am really happy with where most of the characters ended up. I cannot wait to see what she’s coming out with next!