Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor

Title: Days of Blood & Starlight
(Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown
Published: November 6, 2012
Source: Publisher

Purchase:  Amazon | B&N

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?



"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying. 

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple 
and dreamed of a world that was like a jewel box without a jewel—
a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness. 

This was not that world.” 

Karou made the mistake of loving her adversary, and look where it’s gotten her. No longer just a battle between her kind and Akiva’s… but a war on the world.  Now she must do whatever she has to in order to avenge her people. Even if that includes playing nice with The White Wolf.  She agrees to build his monstrous army, but doing Thiago’s bidding comes at an exorbitant price not only to herself but to those she holds most dear. 

“‘Good girl.’ She bristled at the words, and the caressing tone in which he spoke them. Am I? she wondered, as she sank to her knees to raise the dead.” 

This is a genre that I have only dabbled in; but after finishing this book, it is one I plan on spending much more time enjoying.  ‘Wow’ would be such an underestimation of this book, but that’s the word that keeps reverberating in my head.  This is an absolutely stunning sequel!  This book started off at what I felt to be a solid pace only to build and gain so much momentum that I was completely engrossed in this world Laini Taylor has created.  I was so caught up in everything that was transpiring – and believe me, there was a great deal happening in these pages – that I tuned out everything around me.  I absolutely love the different perspectives.  They were done so well and brought so much emphasis to the story.

There’s nothing else that can be read after this book, except for the final book – and that is exactly what I’m going to fall into next.  The real world will have to wait until tomorrow for me to rejoin it. 

“Do the thing. Kill the monster. Change the world.” 
A huge thank-you to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  My Rating: 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2) Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)



  1. Hey sweet girl, I am so sorry I haven't been over here to comment. I am finally really getting back to blogging. This summer has not been the best. Anyway, I love this series and I am currently listening to the final book. I hope to complete it today. I love the writing and the world building and I think Laini Taylor is genius. So glad you finally gave this series a go.

    1. Aw, I'm just sorry to hear your summer hasn't been treating you right! Hope things are much better now. Aaaaah -- the last book just slayed me. I have no words! Hope you love it! *hugs*

  2. Oh wifey the texts I received about this series have me so excited to read it. Gahh they sound so good and right up my alley. Also can you say covergasm?

  3. Dang it, I just saw a review for the 3rd book, and now you are making this one sound all good. I just need to read these already.

  4. Aweome review! Girl, I keep meaning to read this series and well my tbr pile is HUGE! Have a wonderful weekend:)

  5. YAY! I so need to read this series and I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And I'm glad you enjoyed the genre and want to explore it! Can't wait to dive into this series!!

    You're awesome *winks* :D

  6. I LOVE this series, lady!! I can't wait to hear what you think about DoGM ;) Great review!

  7. I know that everyone who reads this trilogy becomes horribly addicted, and I just don't have enough time to squeeze in another series at the moment. Maybe in the fall when things calm down a bit. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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