Thursday, 25 December 2014

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone book #2) by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2) Title: Days of Blood and Starlight
                                                                   Author: Laini Taylor
                                                                   Published: November 6th 2012 by, Little Brown Books for Young Adults
                                                                   Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone book #2
                                                                   Genre: YA, Alternative Universe
                                                                   Stars: 4/5

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. Forhope.

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

This book was a lot better than the first book (click to read my review of that here).

In terms of characters we got to understand a lot more of Karou and her past and how betrayed and hurt she has become after knowing what Akiva did to her. She had grown a lot more both as her previous self and as Karou.

Akiva just annoyed the hell out of me in this book. He just seemed like a lot puppy desperate for Karou’s affection. I liked him a lot more in the first book.

One character comes back alive, one main character dies and another was on the brink of death. All three scenarios did tug my heart strings......especially the death. I mean come onnnnnnn. I was banking on that character not dying. It was a very emotional scene.
There’s also a potential romance between Zuri and Liraz. I knew something was going to happen between them as soon as she laid her eyes on him. I like her a lot!

The plot line was a lot better in this book purely because as readers, we had a direction as to where the story was going. There’s going to be a massive war between the two species but this time humans will be involved.

In was left speechless at the ending. Safe to say that was a massive turn around and a really good idea on Karou and Zuri’s behalf.

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