Book Review: Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) – Laini Taylor

5 stars

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Pulication date: November 6th 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Summary:

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: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Review:

You can read my review about the first book in this series here.

I have found the PERFECT way to describe the atmosphere of this book:

It’s so dark and heavy and everyone is acting so regal and stiff and fabulous!*
I know, I know my words and thoughts are all over the place, I was just so sucked in at times by the monstrosities of this book. Laini Taylor is such a master mind. I’m sorry Sarah J. Maas but someone is clawing at your throne!
This one is a lot heavier and darker than the first one in this series, but I loved it none the less!

*Except for Zuzana, she just stays the delicious smol bean that she was in the first one. Don’t you just love her! 😍

After the mind blowing ending of Daughter of Smoke and Bone that left my heart into little pieces, Karou is trying to come back from the blow Akiva dealt her. She has so much character development going on. I’m surprised how lonely and lost she often seems in this book. It made me actually like her more than I did in the first one. She just seems more “human” and down to earth.

I don’t know how I feel about Akiva, I actually still kind of like him. But everything and everyone changes so much in this book that it’s almost impossible to keep track of how I feel about everyone. And I also don’t want to spoil to much and I feel if I talk too much about Akiva I’m just going to start spoiling everything.

My emotions where all over the place in this book. It’s impossible to choose a real side for me! So much happens and so much changes, we get to know a very different side of some of the characters. The war in this book is so life like. Not the battle scenes (monsters and angels can’t really be portrayed in an earthly manner) but all the emotions and mental conflicts feel just so real and raw (this series is making me into a poet, I don’t want to know what the review of the last book will look like if it keeps on messing with my head like this 😅 ).

The ending really makes me so curious about what the last book has in store for us!

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