Review: Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)

Posted July 25, 2014 in 3 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

days of blood and starlight

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

About

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?

Cover

I’m loving this cover. I love how nicely the series matches.

Initial Thoughts

It took me forever to get into this book. I’m not even sure why. I think I might have gotten bored at the start because we didn’t get to see Karou right away. She’s my favourite character and I find Akiva’s parts a little boring sometimes. It got better though or I wouldn’t have finished it. Once Karou came into the picture I was able to get into it more.

My New BFF

I really love Karou, the main character. I think she’s a great female heroine. She’s brave, strong, and fights for what she believes. She’ll also do anything for her friends. I did also enjoy her best friend Zusanna. SHe was hilarious! I love how easily she accepted all the crazy things going on too. She 100% trusts her best friend. Their relationship is probably one of my favourites.

My Crush

Akiva is obviously the big crush in this book. He’s an angel. Literally. But I’m not sure how much I fell in love with him. He was a great character and I did get all swoony sometimes, but he was so boring. His parts in the angel world made me want to skip chapters. I didn’t really care for his brother and sister either. Everything they did was stupid. They weren’t brave enough to fight for what they thought was right. It was a little silly I think. The author tried to make him the perfect swoon worthy character and it just didn’t happen. I liked him more in the first book.

Writing Style

The world building was excellent. The author was good at informing the readers of the politics and inner workings of her world. I really liked that we saw fun details about the chimera race. The angels also had some politics going on, that was the only part I enjoyed from their parts. The rest of the writing was ok, some characters were amazing others not so much. It was a hit or miss I think.

Closing Thoughts

This book was really slow to get into and I wasn’t all that impressed with it. It was a good book and I’ll read the last one, but it wasn’t as good as it could have been. A lot of potential got thrown away. I think what really happened was that everyone loves this series so much and it was a little disappointing for me. I wish I liked Akiva more and I wish the whole series was just in Karou’s point of view. Maybe that wouldn’t work but I was really bored with Akiva. That was my main issue. I get really upset when the characters don’t turn out right.

Quote

“Dead souls dream only of death. Small dreams for small men. It is life that expands to fill worlds. Life is your master, or death is”

3 out of 5 stars

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