Sunday, 25 November 2012

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) 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.

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 really liked this book but there were also parts where i got bored with it or frustrated at the story. It starts off really good; Karou is working with the white wolf - Thiago - and ressurecting Chimaera for him while Akiva is off working with the angels. The whole book is building towards a war that is no doubt on the horizon.

I loved Karou in the first book and loved her again in this. She is just so kickass and independant and headstrong. I also liked how she didnt just forgive Akiva right away for killing Brimstone like a lot of YA heroines might have done. What i didnt get was why she was workig with the White wolf who was obviously untrustworthy and had his own motives and it annoyed me with her for making such a bad decision.

Akiva has his own problems to deal with and was in the book plenty but what it lacked was interaction between him and Karou. They have like two scenes together in the entire book and thats only like in the last thrid of the book. I was excited to see how their relationship would change in this but was let down.

There is, however, plenty of action that you will love and lots of stuff goes down in this book. Zuzana and Mik are back too who are like my fav characters in this book cuz they are so lighthearted and funny. What i didnt like was the fact that so many other characters were thrown into the mix and their stories that i didnt really care about and was just itching to get back to Karou and Akiva.

Overall it was pretty good and the cliffhanger at the end was amazing. I will definitely be looking forward to the sequel as i really wnat to know where the story goes.

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