Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review - Days of Blood & Starlight By Laini Taylor

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)
Written By Laini Taylor

"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."

-Before I delve in to this book I would like to note that I adored the first one of the series, Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Of course I did put it off for some time because the idea just didn't catch my interest, and I did find the over the top lovey dovey romance a bit annoying, but overall the first book was everything I wanted in a new read! Also, because this is the second book in a proposed trilogy, if you haven't read the first please be aware that there are spoilers ahead!-

So, here I am trying to figure out how to write a review for a book that was so badass that all I want to do is buy copies of it for every single person I know and demand they read it right away so we can gush over it together. (Because seriously, what is better than rehashing an entire book with someone that is just as in love with it as you are?)

Everything about this book was amazing, and if I'm being completely honest I think it blows the first one out of the water. It may be because Akiva and Karou, who spent the first book staring in to each others eyes and confessing their love to one another, are separated and dealing with troubles specific to their own people and their own fights. 

With the major players living away from one another (and Karou reconnecting with her true self) I was finally able to see the Seraph and Chimera people through their own eyes. It was magical learning so much about each culture through their day to day, and I loved seeing the way both Akiva and Karou dealt with the fallout from the previous book.

Of course, there is so much more to this story than just gorgeous world building, and it is clear that Laini Taylor loves her characters deeply. They are flawed and confused and lost, but they try and do the things that they feel are right. Karou makes sacrifices to ease the guilt she feels for what happened to her people and attempts to battles her shame spiral at every turn. Akiva goes against everything he has always believed to do what he feels is right for his world and looks for help from the last people he expected. It's all beautiful and heartbreaking and filled with love.

The final chapters were so vital to the story and yet so unexpected that I don't have the words to express how much I am excited for the final installment to this trilogy. 

This series has become an instant favorite of mine and I can't wait to buy them all and give them loving places in my home! 

-Also, as a quick side note: I was so thrilled with this book that I decided to explain the plot to my significant other. He gave me an eye roll and said, "It sounds pretty cheesy...". DO NOT BELIEVE IT! I wasn't sold on the first books blurb at all, but I am so happy I gave it shot! (I guess you really can't judge a book by its... synopsis?)-

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