Dreams of Gods and Monsters


Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Photo: Hachette Book Group)I know I have said it before, but thank goodness for book clubs. If Monique in my book club hadn’t suggested Daughter of Smoke and Bone¬†as one of our picks, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. But I was hooked as soon as I started reading it, I completely loved Days of Blood and Starlight, and I’ve been waiting for Dreams of Gods and Monsters for awhile now.

I was assigned a weird temp contract last week – three days of looking after an empty office where all the employees were away at a conference. “Bring a book,” the girl who did my training advised. She was smart – and a quiet office was the perfect place to dive into the world of Eretz one final time.

The final book in a trilogy is always a bit of a wild card. Sometimes, everything wraps up a little too neatly. Other times, the way things wrap up isn’t satisfying at all (I’m looking at you, Allegiant). Sometimes they don’t wrap up the way you want them to (ahem, Mockingjay). And sometimes, well, they’re perfect.

I work with a really neat lady named Carol – a former teacher – at the bookstore, and our teen fiction picks are often similar. She and I read Dreams of Gods and Monsters at the same time, and neither of us could get over how completely and satisfyingly good it was. Karou and Akiva’s tangled alliance, evil angels and the blending of the ordinary with the fantastic. It’s just…so good. There’s nothing I like better than a smart writer

There’s not much else I can say without spoiling this series. But if you’re on the fence about fantasy at all, please don’t throw in the towel until you’ve at least tried this trilogy. If it doesn’t make you think twice about the genre, nothing will.