REVIEW: Dreams of God and Monsters

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Author: Laini Taylor

Ratings: 3.5/5

“Common enemy, common cause.”
~goodreads

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Karou and her fellow chimaera rebels made the impossible possible. They joined force with Akiva and the Misbeggotten seraphims, the rivals we’re now allies. Though full of tension, they still tried working side by side to defaeat the Dominion emperor Jael and his army. At first, they all we’re fine, they thought that everything will fall into their right places despite of all the possibilities of failure. They have this great plan and they even made the Misbeggoten soldiers immune to the hamsas. But boy they’re wrong. The war is still on.

On a series, the ending is the most exciting part, but it did not happen in this trilogy. I found this book not as good as the Days of Blood and Starlight. It is lacking in climax that made Screenshot_2015-07-29-17-12-05-1wish for more action packed scenes. Also, new characters we’re introduced, that apparently, played a vital role in the story. So it felt like our beloved main characters we’re overshadowed by extras (which is not exactly an extra). It just made me crave for more Akiva and Karou moments. Those little stolen moments amidst all the impending danger just isn’t enough for me. I just wish that after all the wars and battles on the first two books, Laini Taylor will finally give Karou and Akiva a chance for more romance (or more kissing perhaps).

Nevertheless, Taylor’s superb talent in making lyrical prose and stellar world building still shines all thru the book. Also, let’s not forget the to die for cover, the book still lived up to the expectation in that aspects.

All in all, I like this book but not as much as I like the second one.

“We are the beginning.. We always have been,
This time, let it be more that a beginning.”

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3 Kickass Heroines

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Females were widely celebrated by a lot of authors. A fair share of heroines with “I-ain’t-gonna-take-any-shit” exist through prints. And here’s my top three picks of heroines with kickass attitudes.

1. Linh Cinder (Cinder)

Linh Cinder is a lot of things: the towns best mechanic, a stepdaughter cinder_fan_art_by_mirapau-d4ucq4iwho solely provides for her family of four, the face of the rebellion, technically the rightful queen of the moon, and above all, a cyborg. Despite all these roles she play, she also didn’t forget to fall in love. Talk about multitasking.

2. Princess Mia (The Princess Diaries)

Mia is your average goody-two-shoes nerd with oversized glasses and braces. People barely notice her. But a shock worth a lifetime came through her door when she learned that her deceased father is the king blue67design-crown sketchy doodleof Genovia making her the present ruler of the said kingdom. Mia don’t want to be queen, but she still claim her throne knowing that there’s a big responsibility that came with it.

3. Juliette Ferrars (Ignite Me)

Her parents exiled her in an asylum, everybody thinks that she is a 0a116bf5b5f178376aea21a67bb2b446monster. Juliette may be broken and naive about the world, but she still embraces her unique ability. Trying to save the world, she even gave herself a chance and her tormentor to fall in love with each other. She may be acting and feeling frail, but inside she’s indestructible.

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Review: Days of Blood and Starlight

Author: Laini Taylor

Ratings: 4/5

The war has been over and the chimaera has lost. Groups of seraphims were deployed all over Eretz to kill or arrest the remaining chimaeras. But every group that was sent were killed with messages left over their corpses. The seraphims learned that some rebels have survived.

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Karou became the new ressurectionist for the chimaera’s living army. She do not want to see Akiva ever again.

But as brutal killing of both races happen, they both found themselves side by side to fight the new emperor of Astrae.

Reading this book is a hell of a ride. The way Laini Taylor describe both Morocco and Eretz so vividlymade me feel like I have been there already. This second installment for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy is certainly not for the faint of hearts. It felt like that anytime something big is going to happen that made me do not want to stop reading for even a second. Every chapter left me wanting for more.

After reading the first book, I am not sure if I would continue this series. But I tried and I also give this book a different approach. I just went with the flow and I do not try to overanalyze everything. Turns out effective for me. It made me wished that I pick this story up sooner.

My favorite characters would be Zuzana and Mik. They brought the necessary humor and sarcasm in the story. Their characters balanced the ongoing bloodbath into the story. The idea of them warming up with the chimaeras were genius. It soften up the beast’s images that made them more realistic.

As a verdict, this story is a must read along with the other book in its trilogy. Days of Blood and Starlight realy exceeds expectation so it’s okay to get your standard up to the ceiling.

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“It was brave,” countered Issa.
“It was rare, it was love,
and it was beautiful.”

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Ratings: 3/5

Screenshot_2015-07-28-12-39-56-1Karou, a blue haired ‘human’ girl, loves to draw. She draws ‘chimaera’, these are beasts with body types of different animals aranged with some of human’s. She tell stories about them like they are really existing, which is true. Brimstone and his friends really do exist in between this world and Eretz and Karou is their ‘errand girl’. She fetches teeth all around the world in exchange of wishes without knowing the real truth about what Brimstone is doing with them. All she knows is that whenever she’s at Brimstone’s, he strings those teeth with random arrangements.

Akiva and his siblings were Misbegottens. They were bastards of the king of seraphims whose sole purpose is to fight every war that their father is cooking. At present, they are to fight and kill every chimaera that walks Eretz. But Akiva has a dark secret. In the past, he met a chimaera named Madrigal into whom he fall in love with. She saved him when he is dying. They spent nights full of pleasure into each others arms. Being a beast lover is the worst thing a seraphim could be, but still he pursue their relationship. But they got caught by the general of chimaeras and he was tortured while Madrigal was beheaded in his very eyes. But then, he escaped.

So what will happen if Akiva met Karou and learned that Madrigal’s soul is within Karou?

If you like overly serious book with its fair share of action, then this masterpiece of Laini Taylor is for you. The way she weaves word is out of this world. She has this exquisite plot all planned out with characters that didn’t even exist in your wildest imaginations. Only her’s though. Chimaeras and seraphims are creatures in her imagination that she brought to life for others to believe in.Screenshot_2015-07-28-12-39-30-1

Personally, this book doesn’t do it for me. It felt like I’m just forcing myself to read it until the end. Nevertheless, I am still amazed of her choices of words. It’s like a symphony, you can see her meticulousity in writing this masterpiece of hers. The thing is, I think that there’s too much going on with the story. There’s this point of view then here’s another of a different character. I had to re-read a lot of parts of the book because I got lost a lot of times.

All in all, I like Daugter of Smoke and Bone but it’s not on the list of my favorites.

“Love is a luxury.”
“No. Love is an element.”
An element. Like air to breathe, earth to stand on.”

~Laini Taylor

Review: All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Nieven

Ratings: 4/5

This magnificently crafted book is totally heart wrenching. It is about two kindred spirits whom is facing the darkest days of their lives.

Finch is your mysterious, brooding guy. He’s the type of person you admire but you don’t wanna get too closed with. He’s eccentric. His soul? So beautiful.Screenshot_2015-07-24-10-00-02-1

Violet, the pretty cheerleader that everybody wants to be like, that everybody loves. But because of her dark past, she felt like she’s not good enough for her parents and even for herself.

Ms. Nieven surely is genius. She wrote something about unique circumstances but still is relatable. Her book surely broke too many hearts. Readers surely fell in love with Finch’s character. But then, how will you resist a mind so full of ideas? A body so full of energy.

Personally, I can’t put my feelings for this book in words. I felt like I lost something so valuable. The book, the characters and what happened feels so true to me. I don’t think I’ll ever get over this book, it’s that good. Another bonus point is when I read the acknowledgement section of the book, learning that it is written truly from the heart.

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“You make me love you,

You make me love you,

You make me love you…”

~ All The Bright Places