15 March, 2013

book review

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor

My Copy: Hardcover, 513 pages
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown
Source: Gift

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

THIS IS NOT THAT WORLD.
Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is — and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle for redemption. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
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My Review

Okay, so I’m finding this to be a difficult review to put together.  Days of Blood & Starlight started off a bit slow and boring and I kept thinking I can’t wait to get it over with so I can move on to another book.  But, I had to keep going, because the first book was so good and I will want to read the next one.  So, I read, bored and anticipating just getting it over with.  But then, the end…Oh my God, the ending…The ending slapped me right in the face and I could not, for the life of me, put the bloody book down!  The ending was so intense and action-packed and just filled with everything captivating and wonderful.  The ending of this novel was the Starlight that previously had been a pool full of Blood I had to begrudgingly swim through to get to it.

The characters were really good.  I think I liked Karou more in Days of Blood & Starlight than in Daughter of Smoke & Bone.  She seemed very different in this book.  She definitely grew as a character and she seemed more mature.  But, she was also a bit darker of a character in this one, which was good and bad in ways.  Akiva didn’t seem too much different.  But I liked him in the first book, so I still like him now.  He has a moment near the end, though, that is so totally badass!  It was awesome!

The writing was, of course, great.  I’m not sure I enjoyed the writing quite as much as I did in Daughter of Smoke & Bone, but there is no doubt that Taylor is a fantastic writer.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Daughter of Smoke & Bone.  If you are bored like me in the beginning, just remember the kickass ending I talked about!  Now, how do I rate this book?  It should be possible to rate the first half separately from the second half!  Ah well…

4_5 stars blue
A Peek Inside:
From Chicago to New York, London to Beijing,
from the museums’ wildlife dioramas, from the
frozen, snarling mouths of lions and wild dogs, the
jaws of Komodo dragon specimens and ball pythons
and stuffed Arctic wolves, the girl the phantom . . .
she was stealing teeth.

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4 Responses to “Review: Days of Blood & Starlight”

  1. Oh good! Thats a relief! I have the first book sitting right here and when I began to read this review, I was wondering if I should even bother reading it. Now I know I can expect to enjoy both the first book and this second one too! Yay! 🙂