Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Days of Blood and Starlight: 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.

Ar 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?

Sometimes I’ll read a book and will absolutely love it. But over time I’ll remember I liked it, but have trouble recalling exactly how much I liked it. I’ll try to tell myself that it was good but not fantastic, and that it just happened to come along at the right time in a reading spell. If I’m unlucky this feeling is right, but every once in a while a book will prove to me again why it really is fantastic. Days of Blood and Starlight proved to me just how amazing Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Days of Blood and Starlight really are.

Days of Blood and Starlight is absolutely amazing. I was hooked from page one and was utterly unable to put it down. School work had to wait, TV had to wait, friends had to wait, all until I reached the last page, leaving me gasping for more.

So to help you realize why I liked Days of Blood and Starlight so much here are a few of the reasons why.

First off, the characters are absolutely fantastic. They are full, realistic, and yet still maintain a sense of magic about them that makes them absolutely enchanting. Not only that but since many of the characters were introduced in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the author, Laini Taylor is able to delver further into many of the characters psyche’s. Personally I think my favorite characters in this book were Ziri, Amzallag, and Zuzana. All of them just bring such richness to the story, no matter the size of their part, and really just take this book to the next level.

Of course, besides the characters Days of Blood and Starlight is full of action, death, and jaw dropping surprises. I’m usually pretty good at predicting what will happen, but this book had me on the edge of my seat with excitement, eagerly awaiting what was going to happen next. Truly fantastic.

Finally, this entire series is just incredibly original. It is a breath of fresh air, cleansing the pallet of previous stale and unoriginal books that have accumulated in the recesses of the brain, reinvigorating the desire, nay, the need, to read again. Now when I say it’s original, I don’t mean every part of the book has never been seen by the light of day. There is a struggle in love, political deceit/backstabbing, and a war. But the characters/creations are vivid and imaginative, the situations pulse-pounding, and the solutions and decisions each characters make are will leave readers absolutely stunned.
And it is the combination of all of these aspects that makes this book unique and absolutely fantastic, truly one of the best books I’ve read this year. 

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Published: November 6, 2012

Price: $18.99

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