Dreams of Gods & Monsters

 

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)

 

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dreams of Gods & Monsters is the end of a dark fantasy series about the war between the Seraphim and the Chimaeras. Daughter of Smoke & Bone is a unique young adult fantasy book for me. Its style is dark and mysterious. It was one of the best for me.However, Days of Blood & Starlight became just a typical young adult book revolving around rebellion and vengeance. I expected this book to be better. I expected the last book to give justice to the first.

I was kind of disappointed. There are  a lot going on in this book and somke of them… are completely unnecessary. I get it that it was how the author wanted it and she could do whatever she wants with it… it’s her book. But as a reader, I had my expectations. All I’m saying is that my expectations were not met.

However, the dark mysterious style I loved from the book is still around. The characters are still compelling. By the way, we’ll know more about Razgut and this book and I have to say that he’s one hell of a character! There were so much background story behind him and the author did well on that part. Events are still thrilling and there are still shocking moments. I still like this book. But… I just think that the ending failed to give me a conclusion. The author chose to drag on… insert some more story in there instead of ending it with the new world Akiva and Karou/Madrigal was supposed to begin. It ended with *spoiler* Karou doing that and Akiva away because of his magic.

Maybe it’s just me. I loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone so much and expected the other books to be just as good. Don’t get me wrong… this book is not teribble… it’s just average. And maybe that’s terrible because the first book is awesome. And I can’t help but think that Daughter of Smoke & Bone could have been a stand-alone-novel. It would just be a really brutal way to end a story but ti was enough. I don’t know why the averageness of the second and third book upsets me but honestly, it was okay. Not great though, just okay. And again, the characters are great. The author was able to provide us with rich and deep characters. Liraz is my favorite, though.

Anyways, I’d try to read the whole series again some other time. Because maybe, something will unfold when I read it at a second time.

Days of Blood and Starlight

 

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)

 

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

Once upon a time, a girl lived in a sandcastle, making monsters to send through a hole in the sky.

 

As I have mentioned in my review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I couldn’t recover from it and that I would read Days of Blood & Starlight as soon as possible. I have finished reading the second book of the series and here are my thoughts about it.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone is dark and full of mystery. Days of Blood & Starlight is still dark, actually, very much darker. But the darkness doesn’t come from mystery anymore. It comes from vengeance. And from something different, this series fell into the same old story as every young adult books out there- stories that revolve around rebellion.

In Daughter of Smoke & Bone, the war between the chimaeras and angels are over. And as we know, wars can be ended in two ways: one is through a truce that would lead to peace (Akiva and Madrigal’s dreams) and one is with defeat. It was the latter. But Karou is alive, hope is alive. And Karou is forced to join unexpected allies in order to avenge her people and to save what’s left of the chimaera.

Karou is very different from Karou in the first book. She might have lost herself. That is completely understandable, though. Because she has lost a lot. But I didn’t expect her to fall this hard. She has went way past the line. She made very terrible choices. She isn’t doomed though. Akiva made terrible choices too. Akiva set things in motion. And maybe, in the next book, we’ll see what Akiva and Karou can do together. Can they possible lead an army?

Needless to say, this book had a lot of things going on. It was action-packed like the first one. And like the first book, the characters remain rich. They still had depth. You can still understand their actions because their actions have roots -emotions that are realistic.

However, this book does not have what appealed to me in the first one- something that would set it apart from the rest. The elements and concepts in this book are just like most young adult books out there except here we have angels that are not always good and monsters that aren’t always bad. And, possibly a love triangle. I’m just sick and tired of those. I mean, such compelling characters does not deserve to be just like every one else.

Still, I think that the next book will be worth it. Or should I say, this series is still worth it. Angels, magic, battles and love are just so tempting. And maybe the same old story can be quite good because of familiarity. But I am hoping to be shocked in the next book. I am hoping for surprises and stories that would haunt me forever.