Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight

Book Review: Days of Blood and StarlightDays of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on November 6th 2012
Pages: 517
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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?

thought

Days of Blood and Starlight is a sequel I should have read ages ago! I read the first book when it came out and never continued on with the series. I picked this up without any rereading, but fell right back into the story. It picks up after Karou disappears, we find her in a camp of demons, taking over to raise dead demons. The POVs jump around though and we get a taste of Akiva’s feelings and all the problems that Angels have. How can Angels be so evil? Seriously…

My favorite is of course Zuzana who is all kissy lovey with Mik, but finds time to literally go across the world to find her friend. And hang out with a bunch of demons once she gets there. For such a long book, I found myself reading it all day. The pacing did feel a bit off. There was some down time parts and then high action sequences. I did enjoy the parts in the other realm, where war was being waged. I loved seeing the softer side of demons as well and how the angels could be more cruel at times.

Verdict: 

A thrilling addition to the series and making me want to read the last book asap.

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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