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Dreams of Gods & Monsters
By Laini Taylor
You might think that a man my age doesn’t read Laini Taylor, and you’re partially right, a man my age doesn’t normally read Laini Taylor. If it hadn’t been for one particular thing catching my eye, I might not have read Laini Taylor. And I firmly believe that any man who hasn’t read Laini Taylor is missing out on something very special.
A couple of years ago, I was going through the Goodreads giveaways and a certain phrase caught my eye, “Once upon a time an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.” Bingo! I entered the contest, no real expectations, I didn’t even notice that I had entered the contest for the second book in the series. That’s how I won my first Goodreads giveaway. So, I bought book one, I figured I got it for half price (my own financial logic); and I was swept away on an adventure I could never have imagined.
Laini Taylor is not just a great writer, she is magical. There is something about what she does and how she does it that doesn’t just take you away – you are magically transported into a completely new/alternate reality. Yes, she is long-winded. Yes, she can be melancholy and verbose. The best way I can describe her writing is to call it Dawson’s Creek-esque. The characters are over the top, they are overly dramatic and I love them all.
Sometimes it’s not the main characters that pull you into the story but the supporting cast. For me, it was Zuzana and Lirazel. They were two polar opposites who were so much alike. Laini Taylor made these characters make the story so much more. She crafted both of them down to the minutest detail, the story would have been lacking without them. They made me laugh, they made me…you know the rest, don’t make me say it.
“Chocolate. Never attempt an alliance without chocolate.” – Zuzana
“Feelings are stupid…” – Lirazel
Well, there you have it, three YA books read by the old man. My suggestion? Break free from your favorite genres, you never know what you’ll find.