Friday, June 13, 2014

Remember Amy's book anxiety? She got over it

I’m trying really hard not to reveal too much. I don’t know how to review a book.

'Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.'

Do we agree that Daughter of Smoke and Bone was good? Great.

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Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Do we agree that Days of Blood and Starlight was great? Awesome.

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The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series is a story of war and its devastating affects it has on its people, the Chimaera and Seraphim. The series is well-written and well-paced, Laini Taylor does a great job of world building, weaving together two magical worlds, between our own. But the real strength of the books lies in its characters. They are complex, conflicted and given a lot of depth, they feel real and so many of them, not just the main ones, go through a great journey of self-discovery and growth.  How she manages to do this is masterful.  We learn not only of the devastation of war, but the extreme lengths war mongerers will go to, for what they believe is right. To this end, Akiva and Karou are both manipulated and used to further the war. And this is where we are left waiting for Dreams of Gods and Monsters.

Did I forget to mention that it was also a love story too? One of love, lost and found and lost and found, with some stars crossed in there too.

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Once upon a time, an angel and a devil pressed their hands to their hearts and started the apocalypse.

I’ve totally held my breath for this novel. Please be better than or as good as the last two.  Laini Taylor, please don’t get lazy with the writing. Please, please, please.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters is beautiful and devastating.  Like the two books before it, it isn’t without its flaws, but on the whole this book is amazing.  I recommend you read it when you can have time to sit with it for extended periods of time, you’ll feel ripped off if you try to read it a chapter at a time.

There is just so much happening in this book and there is so much attention to all of it.  No Laini Taylor I could not call you lazy.

From the first chapter, I was hooked.  We wake in terror from Eliza’s nightmare of monsters, and the pace is set.

The narrative flips between worlds, Eretz and Earth, from the humans, seraphim and chimaera, and the voices are so distinct, we definitely get some great perspectives.

I was sceptical at first, when I realised that Laini Taylor was introducing new characters, worried more like it.  But she does it really well, and we learn more about the Stelians, and Eliza’s life, and Razgut’s story. The angels have arrived to Earth and uh-oh, it really is an awful feeling and what a great Being to choose to come to Earth (wouldn’t half the world just feel like throwing their arms open to them? So scary, but I digress) hoping to negotiate to get weapons of mass destruction from the humans back to Eretz.

And we come to this point where historical enemy armies have to ally together, and they don’t know how because their entire history has taught them to be foe not friend and somehow, grudgingly and warily, they do.

And they go to battle against the Dominion left behind to hunt them.

This battle in the middle of the book was just so heartbreaking and feels so real and awful and we are pulled so quickly, away from it, it is almost deafening the silence of that pull away from what happened.  And we don’t know for so long.

And while all this is going on, the Stelian Queen is hunting and so close to her prey and her kill.  And watching the battle making the decision to stay out of it, it is not their battle.

And Eliza is still trying to makes heads and tails of what is happening in the Earth that she thought she knew.  Questioning why the angels make her nervous, and why ‘the beasts’ make her feel their loss.

And the sky is literally falling a part in the Far Isles of Eretz.

Oh ya, Akiva and Karou are trying to stop impending doom.

So much begins, happens and ends before we even get to the end of the book and where it ends, it’s a good choice. However the epilogue, I could take it or leave it, but there are some people out there who will love it. READ THE BOOKS – all of them.

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