Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Review // An Epic Middle & Disappointing Ending

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Book 3 in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy
Genre: YA fantasy
Pages: 613
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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plot: 10 out of 20
characters: 20 out of 20
setting: 20 out of 20
relationships: 19 out of 20
twists: 10 out of 20
79 out of 100

If you haven’t read the first two books, beware of spoilers.

I loved this trilogy, but I have to admit: Dreams of Gods and MonstersΒ was my least favorite. There were some things I really enjoyed, and others that I didn’t. One thing in particular was disappointing to me. :/

the plot

Before I get to the things I wasn’t a fan of, I want to say that the middle of this book was amazing. It was fast-paced and action-packed, and if the whole book had been similar to that with the happy ending I desired, I would’ve been over the moon. Unfortunately, though, that wasn’t the case. The first third of the book (150-200 pages) was slow and contained more planning than doing. The middle more than made up for that, but I also wasn’t a fan of Eliza’s storyline. I tolerated her chapters, but tended to try to read them faster so I could get back to the original crew that I loved. And, I’m not going to lie, the ending disappointed me. As the last book in the trilogy, the end of this book meant the end of Karou and Akiva and everyone else’s story, and it wasn’t what I’d hoped. They did get a happy ending, but not in the way I wanted. :/

the characters

However, on a happier note, all the characters I loved were as awesome as ever, and the few I wasn’t sure about became as much.

Karou has definitely become one of my favorite female characters. She was strategic and tough, loyal and caring. I loved everything about her: how she treated those close to her, how she managed to (mostly) stay collected and positive throughout everything, and her epic blue hair. I also loved that she was more mediator than fighter, especially as the odd one out: she was chimera, but the only one in a human body. Her attitude toward her job as both a leader and the resurrectionist was refreshing and inspiring, and she was just amazing. I would’ve loved for the series to end with her back in a Kirin body, but am okay she remained in her human one. I mean, to get a new body, she would’ve had to die, and I don’t want that. πŸ˜‰

Akiva proved himself early on, and that was a relief for me since I wasn’t sure about him in the second book. He was a firm feminist, believing not only in Liraz and his seraphim sisters, but especially in Karou. Early in the story, he told himself that Karou could make her own decisions and wasn’t a prize to be won, and I cheered inwardly after reading that. He also was a respectable leader, and an admirably brave fighter. I loved him, and he definitely saved his spot on my favorite male leads list. πŸ˜€

There were many sidekicks and minor characters, and for the sake of length I won’t go in-depth about them. Just know that they were all determined, brave, loyal, and so lovable, all of them: Liraz, Ziri, Zuzana, Mik, and more. πŸ™‚

the setting

Throughout the trilogy, Laini’s writing was gorgeous, and seemed to become more so as it progressed. This was especially true regarding the world of Eretz. The rioting world of Earth was great, but I loved the war-torn, slowly healing environment she created for the parallel world of seraphim and chimera. I could easily picture the horrors and beauties of everyday life there, and honestly wouldn’t mind living in the end version of it. πŸ™‚

the relationships

My favorite part of this whole trilogy was the lasting friendship Karou and Zuzana had. It was demonstrated from the start of the first book and stayed true until the end of this one. In many fantasy books and others as well, friendships between the main character and their human friend tend to fade away. This is because either the friend never finds out, or they do and choose to leave. But even after Zuzana found out everything about Karou, the chimera, the seraphim, and the war, she stuck around, determined to help. I loved that so much. ❀

I also loved Karou and Akiva’s romance. They went through so much in the past two books, and that didn’t let up in this one. Theirs was a rocky road, and not with the sweetness the ice cream undoubtedly has. It was difficult, but the slow-burn relationship that came out of it was a joy to read about. ❀ With all of my raving, you might wonder why I didn’t give this element a full score. And that’s because I was disappointed, on their behalf, that they didn’t get the happy ending I wanted so badly. Yes, a happy ending did come, but it wasn’t what I wanted from the end of their story. :/

the twists

My other big issue was that nothing really surprised me. I suspected something was odd about Eliza from fairly early on, and even though I wasn’t spot-on, I just didn’t care very much. As for the betrayal around three-quarters through, I had a feeling something similar was coming about that too. And the twist at the very end was the main cause of my disappointment. I know something had to happen, because nothing can just be easy, but I didn’t like it. 😐

overall

Dreams of Gods and MonstersΒ had a few too many flaws for it to be a favorite on its own, but the trilogy as a whole exceeded all the expectations I had when starting the first book last December. πŸ˜‰

my rating: 3Β½ out of 5 stars


If you want to know my thoughts on the major events of this book, you can watchΒ my video.

Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! πŸ™‚

I’m off to play Splatoon and start The Rose Society by Marie Lu. πŸ™‚ I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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