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[Review] Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

days of blood and starlightDays of Blood and Starlight
(Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication: February 25th, 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page count: 513 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
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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?

Well, I don’t know where to begin. The first installment didn’t wow me as much as it did to every one so I started Days of Blood and Starlight expecting nothing to blow my mind away. And it seems like I was not exactly wrong either. More than half of the book, I wasn’t paying attention THAT much to be honest. I didn’t like how the story is told, and how overly descriptive the writing is. I guess it really comes down to preference but I like stories with more dialogues and interactions and interesting banters instead of 12345678 paragraphs of recap of how something happened.

bored bored bored

Days of Blood and Starlight switches POV a lot so it was kind of confusing. I liked the chimaera POVs better than when we’re with the angels because well, I personally loooove the diversity of the chimaeras. How every creature has their own shapes and animal attributes and uniqueness. They are truly wonderful beings and ZIRIIIIII <3 Ziri is my favorite of them all. Of all the characters actually. I still couldn’t connect to Karou nor Akiva, hence my lack of enthusiasm for the whole story since these two are the main characters. The romance between them fell utterly flat to me and I couldn’t take it anymore if I had to spent another page reading about them angsty-ing the heck out of each other. Angsty-ing the heck out of each other. I don’t even know if that exists haha.

There were so many scenes I deemed quite unnecessary and got in the way of my enjoyment but fortunately, the plot became slightly more bearable during the last 150+ pages. I wish that the pace had been much faster. Though honestly I wasn’t underwhelmed at all because I didn’t expect much from this series anymore.

While I can see why this series appeal to so many people, it’s crystal clear that it isn’t the one for me. But still, I will likely to read the final book of this trilogy. BECAUSE OF ZIRI.

2-5-stars

10 Comments

    I haven’t tried these books yet because I’m not sure if I’m going to enjoy them. Everyone loves them so much, I don’t want to be the black sheep (again). Hopefully you’ll like the final book in the series better 😀
    Celine recently posted… When Everything You’re Reading is MehMy Profile

    1. I know how that feels. I didn’t want to be the black ship and honestly, I’m a little sad that I don’t enjoy this series :/ Thanks, Celine! I think I’m gonna buy it next time I’m purchasing online 😀

  1. I’M GLAD YOU LIKED THE SERIES JUST FOR ZIRI. He was also my favorite! And to be honest even though I loved the series I have to say it was A LOT to get through.
    Valerie recently posted… ARC Review: SeekerMy Profile

    1. YEP YEP ZIRI ALL THE WAY <33 Gahh yes! Even this installment was pretty thick! And I usually don't mind thick books but DoBaS seemed even thicker than it actually was because I didn't enjoy it 🙁

  2. Aw, I’m sad you aren’t enjoying this series :C I do think you have to be in a particular mood because they do require a lot of patience and focus since they are so hefty and a lot is going on. I love the writing but yeah, it’s not for everyone. I hope your next read is better for you!
    Alise recently posted… ARC Review: Things We Know by HeartMy Profile

    1. Yeah, I feel the same way as well 🙁 I really wanted to like this series so badly because you know, it’s almost all of my friends’ favorites.

  3. Aw I’m sorry that this didn’t work well with you Kezia. And I’m surprised you didn’t enjoy Daughter of Smoke & Bone either. I loved the book, but I understand that you didn’t because I also agree with the “overly descriptive” part.

    Karou and Akiva are one of my OTPs lol, but I became very frustrated with them in this book 🙁 The angst and the mixed up feelings were messing things up.

    I completely understand how you felt with this one. It was kind of hard to get into, right? :/ (by the way, I LOVE THE GIF)
    Jillian @ Jillian’s Books recently posted… Stacking the Shelves (7)My Profile

    1. Thank you! I stumbled upon it and felt like I just HAD to use that gif xD Ugh, yeah this book was SO angsty I can’t even. To top it off, the writing style didn’t work for me at all 🙁

  4. Oh dear, yours is one of the first reviews I’ve read that didn’t fully enjoy this book! At least you found an awesomeness in Ziri. Great review Kezia!
    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence recently posted… Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost Review: Vicious vampire coupleMy Profile

    1. Thank you, Jeann! Yeah, I feel like a total black sheep here haha. Ziri was indeed this book’s saving grace for me.

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