Review of Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

14 03 2013

Its been a few days since I finished this book, (I was on a major book hangover after reading this) but I simply had to review it!

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?”
(Description from Goodreads.com)

This is the much anticipated sequel to Taylor’s ever popular Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I found myself completely enthralled by this book!

It continues Karou’s story after the events of the previous book, where she works under the watchful eye of Thiago, leader of the destroyed chimaera empire, creating new modified bodies for his small army of surviving soldiers.

I can’t really explain too much about the book because I feel that it is just too good to pass up. I mean, seriously this book was just…I can’t even describe this book!

Everything about this book was completely the opposite of the first book. Kaoru is no longer the happy, kick ass girl she was in the first book. Instead we see a completely defeated, hopeless shadow of the girl she once was. Everything about her old life has been taken from her by the man she loved, leaving her scarred and alone. The heartache she goes through is terrible but as a reader, I kept holding out hope that something good would happen to her. Well, without giving away anything, I’m sorry to say that is not the case with this book.

So I was totally into the love interest, Akiva, in the first book but for some reason, I couldn’t really get into him in this book. I know he is filled with so much sorrow and regret for what he has done to Kaoru and her people, but I am not a fan of the way he basically sulked around the entire time in a kind of depression. Maybe its because I’m generally a happy person and I wanted the ‘prince charming’ to save the day, but Akiva just wasn’t doing it for me this time.

The side characters were actually my favorite characters in this book. I simply adored Ziri, the only remaining Kirin from Kaoru/Madrigal’s past. He was just a great character that I thought symbolized the innocence and hope of Kaoru as she lives in her ‘sand castle’ filled with monsters.

I also enjoyed Hazael, Akiva’s brother, and his constant joking with their sister Liraz. I feel he brought a bit of comic relief into this otherwise dark and depressing tale. Seriously, he was great and I really loved him!

Karou’s faithful best friend Zuzana and her boyfriend Mik return and also add to the comic relief. And honestly, Kaoru needs all the friends she can get. I loved the cuteness of this couple and the dedication Zuzana had to finding her best friend. True friendship is tracking your best friend to the Morrocan desert (or was it Marakesh?) and staying with her while she creates new bodies for dangerous monsters.

Overall, I simply ADORED this book. It made me laugh, cry, scream, cry again, want to vomit, cry some more, and did I mention cry? Seriously, this book is all kinds of sad!

The entire time I read this book I was basically like this:

This was me when I got the book from the library:

This was me as I started to read it:

This is when everything started to go downhill:

And then the tears started to fall:
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At one point I couldn’t help but think to the author:
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And then cry some more:

And then she kills off a character:

And I avoid the book like a plague:

At which point I return to the book, and cry some more:

Finally, I finish the book and see no light in life:

And I discover that I have to wait until April of 2014 for the next book and I just…:

Did I love this book? Yes. Did it make me cry? Yes. Did it yank out my heart, sautee it in a pan of my tears, serve it to me on a silver platter, and force me to eat it while re-reading its saddest parts? HELL YES.

Everything about this book was DARK, DEPRESSING, HOPELESS, HEART-WRENCHING, and just plain SAD and I loved every moment of it. So I give this book 4 1/2 stars out of five because of that ending. Seriously the WORST place to end it. It was almost as bad as the way Anna Banks ended her book Of Poseidon. But don’t let my tears scare you away! READ IT! AAnd if you haven’t read Laini Taylor’s first book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, WHY ARE YOU EVEN READING THIS? GO READ THAT NOW!

4 and a half starsDays of Blood and Starlight

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27 08 2013
Review of Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | Between The Lines

[…] of Glass was heartachingly tragic and beautiful. It is right up there on devastating sequels with Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (which still leaves an ache in my chest). I was lost in this story once I got a hold […]

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