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Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor Audiobook {3.5 Stars}

Dreams of Gods and Monsters is the heart-wrenching conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and if you love fantasy and beautiful writing, you really need to be reading this series! I’ve listened to both Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight on audiobook, so I had to conclude with audio as well, even though it meant it took me longer to get through Dreams ;-). I’ve had an up and down relationship with this series to be honest and Dreams of Gods and Monsters kind of encapsulated both ends of the spectrum for me, whereas I loved Days of Blood and Starlight the most in the trilogy strangely enough. There will be spoilers for the previous two books below by the way!

Note: I listened to Dreams of Gods and Monsters on audiobook. This definitely influences my opinion, I can’t help it.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor Audiobook {3.5 Stars}

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Narrated by Khristine Hvam
(Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3)
Published by Little Brown on April 8th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 613 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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?

3.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters opens with a bang and I literally had shivers while listening. I loved the entrance of the angels onto Earth and the perspectives of various news reporters and normal people. It really made me think about what would happen if such a crazy thing happened and I think that Taylor accurately portrays the likely reactions of humanity to such an event.
  • Eliza is my favorite new character in Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I almost wish that she had showed up earlier, I love her that much. Taylor got the grad student perspective so spot on and I delighted in catching all the references to actual grad student things like the National Science Foundation GRFP. As soon as it was mentioned that Eliza had that fellowship, my eyes bugged out ;-). A certain badass female angel is my favorite previously introduced character, hehe.
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters really delivers on answers to questions I didn’t even know I had. There are a lot of things that I had come to be comfortable with in the previous books and had forgotten were weird, such as Akiva’s magic and heritage. I felt that Dreams of Gods and Monsters wrapped things up fairly well by answering all those various threads that had been hinted at previously, which makes me a very happy reader!
  • The narration of this trilogy has been one of my favorites and Hvam continued to do a pretty good job in Dreams of Gods and Monsters overall.
  • Normally I hate epilogues, but Dreams of Gods and Monsters had an epilogue that I desperately needed and led to me being much happier with the conclusion. I have to admit that I was gnashing my teeth a bit at the end of the final chapter, but then the epilogue soothed me, hehe.

Weaknesses:

  • I’m sorry, but I’m just really over Karou and Akiva and how beautiful they both are and how in loooooooooooooove they are with each other. There was just too much gushing and pining and cake obsession in Dreams of Gods and Monsters for me. They either needed to kiss or focus on the task at hand, no more of this constantly gazing at each other crap please.
  • Maybe I’m forgetting this from previous books, but I felt that there was way too many PoV switches in Dreams of Gods and Monsters that kind of ruined the suspense at times since I knew things that Karou didn’t. Along those same lines, I felt that the foreshadowing got way too heavy handed, again leading to the tension being ruined since I knew what was going to happen.
  • Hvam is my favorite audiobook narrator but I really felt that she stumbled at times in Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I adored the narration in the previous two books, but I felt that in this one, the accents didn’t all quite work and the dialogue got to be a bit overdramatic. I actually ended up speeding up the audiobook towards the end because I just felt that the narration was dragging too much.
  • While I understand that the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is about one conflict that is resolved, Dreams of Gods and Monsters cuts off just as things start to get really epic! I like the explanation in the epilogue for why a certain bigger issue isn’t tackled immediately, but I really need a sequel trilogy to exist eventually D:

Summary:

Dreams of Gods and Monsters is a solid conclusion to a fantastic trilogy and returns full circle to many of the themes introduced in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The romantic elements got to be way too much for me, but I realize that the romance has always been a major theme of this trilogy ;-). I felt that the secondary characters were really the strength of Dreams of Gods and Monsters and would have been happy if there had been less Akiva and Karou in favor of all the awesome secondary characters, hehe. While I previously hands down recommended the audiobooks of this trilogy, I’ve now changed my mind since Dreams of Gods and Monsters just wasn’t as well done in my opinion and made the romance stick out even more I think.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

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Comments

  1. “I’m sorry, but I’m just really over Karou and Akiva and how beautiful they both are and how in loooooooooooooove they are with each other.”

    YES YES YES!! I nearly wiped off an entire star for that reason right there! It make me upset, because I actually grew to like Karou and Akiva in Days of Blood and Starlight. They really began to grow, and they had distinctive voices, but they reverted back to the gooey sticky characters for the last chapter of the trilogy. Barf.

    The secondary characters were the best. Ziri and Liraz. Right there.
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    • I did actually wipe off a star for the gucky romance in hindsight, haha. Yup, Days was definitely my favorite of the trilogy for just that reason, sigh.

  2. I didn’t read your review in too much detail, because I don’t want to know too much. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one, though. :D
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    • Hehe, fair, though I try to keep things a spoiler free as possible. I hope you get a chance to read it soon!

  3. Cake? Well, it’s probably a good thing I decided not to continue with the series after the first book if the romance gets to be like this. ;) Thanks for the great review!
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    • Ha, yeah. I still kind of want you to read book two since it is much darker and has way less of a romantic focus, but I’m thinking book three would not please you.

  4. I understand your feelings here: I was also a tad underwhelmed with how some things were wrapped up. This is probably my least favorite out of the trilogy since both previous books got a solid 5-stars from me. I think DoB&S was my favorite out of the bunch too! I just don’t think I’ll ever tire of Laini Taylor’s glorious writing style and gorgeous imagery. I hope she never stops writing :D
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    • Exactly, I can understand that things couldn’t be perfectly wrapped up, but I still feel unsatisfied. I’ll definitely read whatever she writes next though!

  5. Huh, yours is the first non-raving review I’ve encountered so far! It’s good to see some criticism of it too. The romance doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy, but the rest sounds pretty good.

    • *baas as a black sheep* ;-) Yeah, the romance just really started annoying me this time around, though I think reading them physically might help that.

  6. I’m so glad you reviewed this! I just won this audiobook in a contest. I’ve read the first two in the series but have never listened to them on audiobook before. Do you think I should read it in book form first? I don’t have a lot of experience with audiobooks so I wasn’t sure!

    • I’d say listen to a bit of the audiobook and see if you like the narration. If it doesn’t appeal, then you can read them physically instead :) I do really love this narrator though, so I hope you do too :D

  7. I still haven’t listened to book 2 but I will. I feel like I need to give the first book another whirl because it didn’t wow me. I wonder though if I was just caught up in trying to figure out all the accents, places, ect.
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    • That would definitely do it, I have a startling ability to ignore confusion when listening to audiobooks so those sorts of things don’t bother me even though they really should, ha

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