Wednesday, March 19, 2014

[Book Review] Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)Days of Blood & Starlight
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?


This is not your original romance novel about angel and demon falling in love. This is a story after the "happily-ever-after. This is about war..

“Dead souls dream only of death. Small dreams for small men. It is life that expands to fill worlds. Life is your master, or death is.”

Karou is not your witty, fun girl anymore. She lost everything and the only thing that will let her feel closer with her old family is to be in the world where she came from. She is hollow, she is empty, and she has joined the rebellion against angels. Resurrecting her fellow comrades, she is unable to fanthom what is about to come. She is called a traitor, an angel-lover but she knows that this is the only way she can forget about Akiva. 

“What can a soldier do when mercy is treason, and he is alone in it?”

Akiva is heartbroken for the second time in his life and he knows that he may have lost Karou forever after what happened. But he has to protect the innocent and stray them away from his father. What's the point of winning a war that was never over and might never be over? After he finds Karou, he has to convince her to stay with him. 

“The choice I mean is to protect our own innocents from the seraphim, instead of slaughtering theirs."

"There are no innocent seraphim, said the wolf."

"That's what they say when they kill our children.”

Wow... Days of Bloog & Starlight was nothing like the first book. There was definitely blood but rarely any starlight. I was so surprised to find Karou so broken that it almost broke my heart. This was a book of war, not your romance and happiness that occurred in the first book. 

It was like the author lifted the curtain so that we can see the real battle between angels and demons and actually feel the pain between everything. This book is about the war that's not over yet, about betrayal and trying to find a reason in actions from people that you think should have your back. 

I am still a little speechless about the ending because it was a little tricky. It wasn't potrayed as a cliffhanger but you still a little confused about how you should feel. Cannot wait to get my hands on the third book. Let's hope for the end of war on this one! I want my happy Karou back!!

CHECK OUT MY REVIEW of daughter of smoke & bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)