Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series, Book 3

Note:  If you haven't started this series yet, then don't read any further.  Go pick up the first one and get reading!

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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?

A love story from past lives: Karou and Akiva.  As former enemies come together to defeat the tyrant empire, we finally see some form of the dream coming to fruition.  Just maybe Karou and Akiva will get that happily ever after they've been wanting.  But reality has something else in store for them.

This story picks right up from the last one where Karou is deceiving the chimaera into forming a tender alliance with the Misbegotten.  And while Akiva tries to come up with plans to stop Jael and the angels who have gone to Earth for weapons, the two opposing sides begin to do the unimaginable: they get along (after some small squabbles).  But back on Earth, the apocalypse has come: angels are upon us.  And a stranger is realizing she knows something about the angels that no one believes.  But when fate brings the right people together, it seems nothing can stop Akiva and Karou from getting their hard-fought-for peace.

I have to stop right here, and ask if there was something in the second book that foreshadowed any of this that happened?  Or was it all over my head?  Because I felt like this book took a left turn after left turn after left turn until I was all sorts of confused.  I felt like once we hit an acceptable climax, the story took a new and weird turn.  It was like the author refused to let the story end.  And about that ending?  Gah!  I'm opposed.  And the whole fact that it's totally open for another part to the story (even if it's not told from Karou and Akiva's points of view).

Am I the only one who thought this was the worst book of the series?  It just didn't jive well for me...  And now the story is over (well for now)...

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