Days 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
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.
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.