Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3
Published by Hachette on 2014-04-08
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known.When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.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.
I was so excited for Dreams of Gods & Monsters! I listened to Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight last year, and they quickly became my favorite audio books of all time. Khristine Hvam really did such a great job with the voices that I often forgot that she was the only one narrating! I loved the first two books and was very anxious for the final installment and knew that I would get audio again!
I’m honestly having a hard time writing this review. I loved the first two books in the series so much that I can’t even believe that I didn’t love the last one. It honestly makes me sad. However, Dreams of Gods & Monsters was just not what I expected the final book in this series to be.
I just felt like a lot of the storyline dragged. There were new characters introduced and their storylines that really didn’t appeal to me. I could see how they came together in the end, but I still wasn’t that interested in them, and they pulled me out of the story. I also just felt like there was too much going on, so it was hard to really stay focused on the story because it jumped around so much. The couple aspects that I was really excited about going into Dreams of Gods & Monsters felt like they too a backseat to the new characters. Also, I was expecting a huge final battle, and we didn’t really get to see that.
The ending left me completely disappointed. It didn’t really feel like anything was resolved to me. I mean, I guess there were some resolutions and that life isn’t always tied up in a neat little bow, but it just left something to be desired for me.