Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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?
I don’t really know how to begin this review. I finished this book over a week ago and I’m still slightly unsure how I feel about it? I’m confused? Normally I very quickly know how I’m going to rate a book, usually even while I’m still reading it I know! This one has me boggled though, I think partially because I loved the first book so much and immediately started reading this sequel after I finished book one and I almost feel like I should have taken a break first and read something else.
This one to me had a feeling of second book syndrome. The first book was SO GOOD and honestly blew my mind that I waited this long to read it, it was absolutely phenomenal and beautiful. But Days of Blood and Starlight was just, not. The plot was slow, there was an abundance of new characters that I had a hard time keeping straight, it was much longer than it needed to be, and it mostly felt like the dreaded filler book before the real story begins again in book three (I feel this with absolute certainty now that I am about halfway through Gods & Monsters!)
In the first book I loved Karou and Akiva, no matter what happened between them. I love them separately, as people. This book though Karou kind of annoyed me? She spent the majority of the book hating Akiva and it really bothered me, I know she’s young and angry and feels betrayed but I just wish she would hear Akiva out and give him a chance. Again, I realize I can’t impose my adult feelings onto a teenager but just UGH I want her to at least listen to what he has to say! Akiva is such a gooey cinnamon roll that deserves more love than he gets.
I also feel like the plot took a weird turn? I’m not sure, maybe it’s just me or because I listened to the audiobook and not the physical book. The plot just never gripped me like the first book, I found myself drifting away from the story while I was listening and then I would come back it confused as to what was happening. This doesn’t normally happen to me with audiobooks so I’m not sure what happened but I couldn’t get into it. I think it’s also partially because this book was mostly a setup for book three. This whole story (spoiler) was about getting ready for a war and I just found it slightly, boring. I just want to get to the war already!
I don’t want to spoil too much since this is a second book in a series so I’m going to leave it at that. You guys know how much I love Laini Taylor, unfortunately I think this is my least favorite book I’ve read by her thus far. She is still a phenomenal writer and has the most gorgeous writing style, so extra stars for that!