Dreams of Gods and Monsters Aah, what a satisfying end to this series. I loved it, I really did. When I originally picked the book up and saw it was slightly over 600 pages I was slightly suspicious that perhaps Ms. Taylor had slightly stretched out the tale this time and might've exaggerated it. To my delight, however, I was proven wrong. It was a beautiful narrative made up of both description and telling, a lot of gap filling too with the whole "back story" to some of the elements, as well as action. It wasn't a book that I read in one or two days however, and that's because there really was a lot more showing and describing than just throwing the reader into the action, as opposed to "Days of Blood and Starlight", and for me personally that was more enjoyable, although I can't complain with the second book because that action was just breathtaking.I loved the ending and the introduction of new characters that took place in this novel. There was one loose end left (one I won't mention though) that I wish was taken care of but who knows, maybe that'll be the subject of a separate novel or a separate series in the future. I also found myself shipping a new couple in this book as opposed to rooting crazily for Karou and Akiva, but those two got their own happy ending as well, one that was believable and sweet and resolved their ongoing "tension" throughout the book in a...'discreet' way haha. The new couple though, oh I wanna see a new series written about them, it was just so damn adorable and fitting that the two were paired together that now I wanna read more. It was the perfect ending to such a refreshing and original trilogy that stayed true to the original 'flavor' of the first book. It had jokes between Karou and Zuzanna that made me laugh, heart-melting lines spoken by Akiva, tension and drama and moments of deceit where I just wanted to reach into the book and strangle the damn villain. I couldn't have asked for anything better. Bravo Ms. Taylor, take a deep bow.Megan (The Book Babe)
Great Due to copy and paste, formatting has been lost.The reason that I rated Sara Benincasa's Great three stars isn't because I didn't like it - in fact, it's just the opposite. But I ran into the same problems in this one that I did in the original one. Sometimes, the drama of this one (and the original) was just too hard to keep up with. It's not that they're bad reads, not at all... but sometimes they're just a bit too complicated for my taste.I really loved the writing style of Great. It has the same elegant, descriptive narrative of the first one, but it was much easier to understand this time around. It was interesting to see the parallels of the story, but it was also interesting to see the differences. For instance, Nick was genderbent into Naomi, which honestly makes more sense. And then we have Jacinta, the female counterpart of Jay, who was just as over the top and weird as the original. And then, of course, we have Delilah... and I'm sure you can all guess exactly where that goes. It was really an interesting update, to say the least.Naomi did a good Nick, and I feel like we got to know her better than we got to know Nick in the original. Her voice was a lot less disconnected. She was very even keel, and she wasn't annoying or anything - which Jacinta could be. It was nice that she balanced out.As for Jacinta, I really don't know exactly what to say about her character. It was obvious that she was Jay, but her personality was a bit different, and truly a lot more twisty. Not to mention the fact that she's obviously a girl, but... her and Delilah end up being in a relationship, and it was a bit confusing.Great mostly follows the original plotline of The Great Gatsby, but there are a few new twists here and there. All in all, I'd say that it was an interesting enough read; and I'd definitely recommend it if you enjoy the original story.Peter
(entered years later; read before Goodreads)Probably enjoyed it.Newmarket library.Franjessca
5 full moons - "London Falling" by Chanel Cleeton Chanel Cleeton did an amazing job on the sequel to I See London. I thought Chanel put me through the ringer in the first book…oh boy was I wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I was prepared for Maggie and Samir to have a difficult time because these two came from two different worlds, but Chanel made it more difficult with the details of what Samir and Maggie were going through individually. I was prepared for the ending to be different, but Chanel gave the perfect ending to such a beautiful couple.In London Falling, Chanel picks up where I See London left at, and how Maggie is confused with Samir. He hasn’t contacted her since there moment together at the end of last semester, so she has no idea how he feels about her. Chanel gives Maggie and Samir such a hard time on making up their minds what they are going to do, but she had their relationship grow through the book. They were tested constantly and they proved that they were lying to each other about what was going to truly to come.I love when an author can switch from different points of views and make the reader feel for both characters. Oh, I how I loved Maggie and Samir from the moment they met in I See London, but in London Falling they are tested completely. Samir is from a prestigious family in Lebanon that is preparing him to take his father’s legacy. His family wants him to marry a Lebanese woman and Samir is confused with what he wants. Maggie is from South Carolina and she’s dealing with her father not being around and her mother leaving her. She knows she doesn’t belong in Samir’s life, but for the little time she wants to enjoy being with Samir.Gosh darn it…throughout the whole book I was rooting for these two to be together because they belonged together.I loved every bit of London Falling just as much as I did I See London, and I”m really going to miss Maggie and Samir. They both have become a favorite couple of mine this year to read. Chanel did an amazing job on making me fall for such a stubborn, lovable, and steamy couple (together). I also adored learning more about Fleur in London Falling and hope we get more of her in the future. She needs her happily ever after too. The poor girl needs to find the perfect boy just like Maggie did.If you enjoy New Adult romances that have a couple that involve opposites attracting and includes tension, angst, steamy moments, and heartaches than this is the book for you. I give this book five full moons and highly recommend it to New Adult readers out there.I’m so glad I was introduced to Chanel Cleeton’s books from InkSlinger PR because I have found an author I look forward to reading more from in the future. =)I received a complimentary copy of the book from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.