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review 2016-10-01 05:10
Rezension | Dreams of Gods and Monsters von Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods and Monsters: Zwischen den Welten 3 - Laini Taylor,Anna Julia Strüh,Christine Strüh

Beschreibung

 

Der Heerführer Jael hat Eretz nach blutigen Kämpfen gegen die Chimären erobert. Dies ist immer noch nicht genug für Jael, und so zieht er mit seinem Dominion-Heer in die Welt der Menschen, um sich Massenvernichtungswaffen zu eigen zu machen.

 

Die Chimäre Karou und der Seraphim Akiva stellen sich währenddessen der schier unlösbaren Aufgabe, die seit jahrtausenden verfeindeten Stämme der Chimären und Seraphim zu vereinigen, um Jael’s Plan zu vereiteln. Durch ihre unerschütterliche Hoffnung und ihren Glaube an eine Zukunft, in der beide Rassen in Einklang miteinander leben können, haben sie eine Chance im Kampf gegen die Dominion Krieger.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Ich habe mich riesig auf „Dreams of Gods and Monsters“, den Abschlussband der Fantasy Trilogie „Zwischen den Welten“ von Laini Taylor gefreut. Leider hat es etwas gedauert bis ich dazu kam mir diesen Wälzer vorzunehmen, und meine Erinnerung an die Ereignisse der vorherigen Bände war daher etwas eingestaubt. Sehr passend ist da das Personenregister am Ende des Buches. So kann man sich einen guten Überblick verschaffen und seinem Gedächtnis auf die Sprünge helfen. Natürlich gibt es auch immer wieder während des Handlungsablaufs kleine Rückblenden.

 

Sehr interessant fand ich, dass eine neue Protagonistin namens Eliza eingeflochten wurde, die ein geheimnisvolles Erbe in sich trägt. Nach und nach lüften sich die Rästel um Eiliza und deren Herkunft, sowie ihre Rolle für die Geschichte. Ehrlich gesagt fand ich diesen neuen Handlungsstrang mit Eliza um einiges interessanter als das Gefühls-Hin-und-Her zwischen Karou und Akiva.

 

Laini Taylors Schreibstil ist genauso bezaubernd und atmosphärisch wie in den ersten beiden Bänden der „Zwischen den Welten“ Trilogie, und stellt besonders detailliert die Gefühlswelt der Hauptprotagonisten Karou und Akiva dar. Besonders das hadern mit ihrem eigenen Gewissen und den Gefühlen gegenüber einander nimmt einen großen Stellenwert während des Handlungsverlaufes ein. Leider wurde dadurch die Spannung ausgebremst und das Buch an vielen Stellen einfach zu langamtig für meinen Geschmack. Deshalb gibt es von mir einen kleinen Abzug in der Gesamtbewertung, so dass ich auf 4 von 5 Grinsekatzen komme.

 

Über die Autorin

 

Laini Taylor hat bereits drei Romane veröffentlicht. Sie hat Literatur und Kunst studiert und lebt in Portland, Oregon mit Ehemann und Tochter Clementine. (Quelle: FJB Verlag)

 

Information zur Reihe


1. 2012 Daughter of Smoke and Bone 2011 Daughter of Smoke and Bone
2.
2013 Days of Blood and Starlight 2012 Days of Blood and Starlight
3. 2015 Dreams of Gods and Monsters 2014 Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Fazit

Ein atmosphärischer Finalband der „Zwischen den Welten“ Trilogie!

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-dreams-of-gods-and-monsters-zwischen-den-welten-von-laini-taylor
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review 2016-05-01 04:07
#DaughterofSmokeandBone: NeverJudgeaBook
Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor
Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) - Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods & Monsters - Laini Taylor

Of course, we would never…

 

Because we’ve always been told not to.  Certainly I would never...

 

Judge a book by its cover? But it’s not judging if it’s obvious.  Right?  Because just look at these covers.

 

Obviously The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is for girls.  It’s nothing but a kissing book.

 

Sorry, not interested.

 

Luckily for me I have friends who enjoy shaming me into submission, who swore it wasn’t a kissing book—that it was actually so much more.  My lack of interest evolved into curiosity, and my curiosity cannot be denied.

 

So, I picked up The Daughter of Smoke and Bone and read it.  Then I read Days of Blood and Starlight.  Then I read Dreams of God and Monsters.  And guess what I found?

 

I was right. It is totally a kissing book.

 

But I was wrong too.  There’s a really cool story mixed in with all the brooding, drama, angst and kissing.  War.  Fighting.  Underdogs.  Oppression.  Heroes that rise up.   Bad guys to bring down.  Weak-but-strong good guys.  Strong-but-weak bad guys.  There are characters you want to love and characters you love to hate.

 

The writing is outstanding, very visual.  I could see everything.  The characters are tangible.  The plot pulls you along.  With out a doubt, there was way more killing than kissing.

 

That’s how this guy became a fan of these girly kissing books.

 

And…I suppose the kissing wasn’t so bad.

 

Content advisory: No language at all, but there is some PG-13 sexual content.  All implied.  Never physical, but lots and Lots and LOTS of gooey, mushy, girly LONGING and WANTING and BROODING and ACHING and PINING and LANGUISHING and…

 

 ...Barf.

 

The Value of a Star: Ratings Explained

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review 2016-03-31 03:24
Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Dreams of Gods & Monsters - Khristine Hvam,Laini Taylor

I just love this series.I love these characters. I love her writing. And just like the first time I read this series, I want more. Not that it needs more, I'm just greedy and want more. I can not wait for Laini Taylor's new book Strange and the Dreamer. 

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review 2016-03-29 06:04
Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Dreams of Gods & Monsters - Laini Taylor

This is the book in which Laini Taylor slipped off the magical-unicorn-shaped pedestal of epic storytelling I had placed her on and proved she was a mere mortal after all. I still think she's one hell of a talented author, but after the buildup of the second book my expectations were so high they achieved orbit. I sort of fell victim to my own hype. This is a good book, but it wasn't as earth-shatteringly good as I expected. I set myself up for disappointment. Wistful, bemused disappointment.

 

Things that might have made this a five-star book for me:

 

1. If Eliza's character arc had been teased throughout the series instead of crammed into this one book. Seriously, this character has a whole book's worth of potential development and I feel like I got the super-condensed Reader's Digest version.

 

2. If there had been less of Karou and Akiva inwardly agonizing over their relationship. A lot less. Because ye gods, it felt so repetitive.

 

3. If the epic story hinted at in the last chapter had actually been the focus of this book. Really, any sort of epic confrontation would have been preferable to the anticlimactic conclusion of the confrontation with Jael that was built up as the focus for so long.

 

4. Less deus ex machina. This ties into #3 (and #1, sort of). The writer's convenience went to a whole new level in this book. I know we all wish for one of those "I WIN!" buttons in real life, but reading about people using them is less interesting than more mundane methods of conflict resolution.

I mean, come on! A major battle was almost literally won by the snap of a single person's fingers.

(spoiler show)

 

Like I said, it's a good book. But I'm greedy and I wanted more.

 

If Laini Taylor ever writes a book about that epic story she hinted at, I am buying the living daylights out of it.

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review 2016-03-05 00:49
Slightly disappointed
Dreams of Gods & Monsters - Laini Taylor

Life is a mess right now, so I am keeping my review short and sweet.

 

This is the 3rd and final book of this series, of which I loved, loved, the first two books. The world created is great! The characters are unique and the central story that is carried through each book is great, including the early stages of the the central romance. All good. BUT.... 

 

I thought that the final book felt...unfinished...despite it being the biggest book of the 3. In fact that was my main issue with it...it felt like it had too many words and not enough substance. There was a lot of time spent on flowery description and exposition...and not enough time spent tying up all the loose ends. I sometimes felt like the characters were just talking, talking, talking...before they finally got around to doing something.  So the book needed a lot of fat trimming basically. Get to the point. Cut out all that unnecessary stuff. Tighten it up.  How the characters feels what they think can be demonstrated to the reader with a lot less words. And another issue I had, was that a lot of time was spent this book building up the final big bad...but it all was kind of dropped and left open ended. So it gave me a feeling like...wait...that's it? What just happened?  It's like the story was changed last minute or there was plans to maybe add more, but decided not to last minute..I don't know...but it felt unfinished. And don't even get me started on the final resolution to the romance...that built and built and built...and never really got that satisfying resolution. I understand the author was trying to be realistic for the situation, but at some point it began to feel like tragedy just for tragedy's sake.

 

But obviously, as a whole and together, I loved the entire series,and this book by itself..still was enjoyable enough that I finished and did enjoy many aspects...but those issues above kinda prevented me from LOVING it.

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