Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)
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, ...more
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“Yeah. That was awesome.” A pause, followed by “Ow,” suggested elbow punctuation on the part of Mik.
Karou ignored it. “Well, imagine if she woke up and he was still alive, but…” She swallowed, waiting out a tremor in her voice. “But he had killed her whole family. And burned her city. And killed and enslaved her people.” ...more
A-a whole year until the next book comes out?!
I can't.....I can't........ *snaps*
OHMIGOD I CANT W8 I CANT I REALLY CANT AHHHHH OMGOMGOMG THIS IS GOING 2 TAKE 4EVER ND I WANT IT NOW! I NEED MORE AKIVA AND KAROU! Y DOES THIS HV 2 TAKE SOOOOOOOOOOOO LIKE LONNNGGG!
Woahhhhhhh. Did I just have a total trolly fan-girl rant... over a book? Taylor...
I think....I think I just need to go sit down. I feel so woozy. This series just does such weird things to me *looks at the release date again*
I mean reading this book was a hell of a ride. Taylor doesn't just like to rip things apart, she bloody well SHREDS them and scatters the remaining pieces into the wind.
Like, I mean this book is really not for the faint of heart. It brings back all the magic of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but there's more pain involved in this one, both physical and emotional.
AND THAT ENDING
I MEAN COME ON
STOP LEAVING ME HANGING LIKE THIS, TAYLOR.
Gone are the first book's spunkiness and lightheartedness, and (thankfully!) the annoying romance angle (even though the deceiving and useless cover of this book may wrongly lead you thinking otherwise).
Instead the darkness and dirt and tiredness and betrayals and pain and weariness and hopelessness and violence and vengeance and grim determination set in, and it is so much more realized and gri ...more
Daughter of Smoke & Bone Review
This is the best sequel I have ever read.The first book was great ,but this one...perfection.Everything fits amazing,the characters had a truly development,they are perfectly explained and described,the background is smoky cool,and antique.The story is mind blowing,written so smart.There were some moments I was speechless,like what just happened.
You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog
i have read plenty of books about war before. fiction, yeah, but fiction about wars that actually happened: conflicts in europe, america, africa... but i have never read another book that did what this one did for me - i have never felt the horror of war as much as i felt in this one. and that's a little messed-up, right? that it would take a YA fantasy novel about imaginary battles between imaginary beings to bring the horrors of war and genocide into my emotional sphere?
in my ...more
Days of Blood and Starlight is the fantastic sequel to the very well loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, where we met the lovely Karou and her unimaginable surroundings. Both the characters and world building in this series are created wonderfully and incredibly vivid--which is surreal for such an imaginative fantasy world. While we are taken on a mind blowing journey when this world unravels i ...more
I'm not allowing myself to read it though until I finish NaNoWriMo. Just a little incentive to get writing.
EDIT #10: OHMAGAWD. NOT EVEN 4 1/2 HOURS LEFT.
EDIT #9: 9 MORE DAYS PEOPLE. 9.
EDIT #8: 24 MORE DAYS. 24 MORE DAYS OF TORTURE. Laini, I am begging you. Let this book be the exception, and n ...more
Don’t take that the wrong way. I mean it in a good way. A very good way.
You know why I love this series so much? Because it’s different. I’d previously rage-quit reading anything even remotely YA because I just can’t with the contrived drama, and the angst, and the dopey, sappy, first time love, and the Mary Sues. The goddamn Mary Sues.
Authors, stahp it with the goddamn Mary Sues.
And then there’s the love triangles. Anyon ...more
Okay, fine. Not relevant. Really….party poopers.
Most of us had to prepare ourselves for the fact that DoBaS, like most middle child books, was probably not going to be quite as good as it’s older siblings. Personally, I always hold out hope for middle child bo ...more
These are the Days of Blood & Starlight.
Oh, Ellai, my hands will never be clean again.
4.5 stars. I want to crawl inside of Laini Taylor's head and live there for a little while. For every creative idea I've ever had, it feels like a penny compared to a hundred dollar bill. Laini falls on the idea-rich side.
In the past, you might have seen my enthusiastic gushing about book 1 and how I likened it to word porn. Because, you know, that's what it was - porn for the brain that wants to li ...more
“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....more
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.T
Warning: this review contains inevitable spoilers for book 1 in the series.
Trigger warning: rape.
Laini Taylor is doing really interesting things with her series. When it comes to romance in the Paranormal/Fantasy YA landscape, more often than not the reader is presented with truly problematic pairings where rape culture is normalised and where insta-love is presented as par for de course and in lieu of actual romantic development.
Daughter of Smoke and ...more
"Mercy breeds mercy as slaughter breeds slaughter. We can’t expect the world to be better than we make it."
I do recall that I said the first book brought my girly wishes to life but this book, THIS BOOK! If I had murderous, savage, bloodthirsty wishes, this book would have definitely brought them to life.
I was completely exhausted from the never ending war between the angels and the chimaeras, the different kind of war dear, sweet Akiva is trying so hard to wage and the war inside Karou’s h ...more
I was desperately waiting for Days of Blood and Starlight to come out and, boy, this was quite a book. Don’t let the rating mislead you into thinking this wasn’t an excellent book because it was. The plot was tighter and the action much more intense than in the first book, but it’s just so incredibly sad that I felt mentally and emotionally draine ...more
You know, I can be so damn stupid sometimes.
I feel so stupid that I didn't realize how breathtaking this series truly is. When I read book one for the first time, I was very detached from it. I thought the writing was gorgeous, yes, but I didn't connect with the characters or plot at all, and then the insta-love came and I was like "Oh great" and became even more detached.
Then, I re-read it. And that second time I realized how many details I missed, and it was so much easier for me to ...more
.. this book is unbelievably wonderful, wonderfully amazing, amazingly beautiful, beautifully shocking, shockingly unpredictable.. And I could go on and on, praising it because this book is a masterpiece, a new wonder of the world next to the pyramids and the Great Wall of China and other natural or hand-made beauties.
I couldn’t stop reading it.. Really.
In fact, after finishing it, I needed to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone again (which I did and I loved it even more than before, ...more
The one thing I really appreciated about this story was the tone. I felt that Laini Taylor expertly captured the feeling of war. Taylor painted both sides as exhausted and frustrated, the soldiers were unable to articulate why they were fighting anymore. All they knew was blood. There was this air of hopelessness, this feeling that neither side was winning, that both were destroying themselves. But even within this ...more
Any words I could say praising this book would not be enough.
Everything is on point, the characters, the world, the writing, the action, the plot, the romance, everything!!
I am so emotionally and mentally over-whelmed by this book. The story is so intricate and just mind-blowing!
This sequel is much darker than the first one and some parts left me in tears and the writing gave me goosebumps. I am fascinated by this world and I adore the characters! Everything has so much depth and th ...more
Blistering, savage, dark and complex -- this sequel lives on the very hinterlands of YA fantasy -- a rare jewel of flawless intensity. It is a mature read dealing with very adult themes -- war, vengeance, brutality, racism. We have seraphim and chimaera slaughtering each other for a millennium. Their hatred of each other knows no end. Their children are born into it, are raised on it, are sent out into the world willing to kill and die for it.
There is an unrelenting, gripping reality to this wa ...more
"The only hope is hope."
Days have passed but it feels like a lifetime ago; as Karou and Akiva set off on different paths, both with same goal to hopefully find the one that will atone for their sins. They both are equally consumed with guilt, shame and sorrow…
This is her kin, her family’s family; this is where she belongs, this is what she is supposed to be doing...right?!? So why doesn’t it feel right, why does she want to turn a blind eye to everything around her, scare ...more
|Is this book better than the first one? ¿Cual te gustó más, el primer libro o el segundo?||20||92||Jun 01, 2015 05:44PM|
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|Never Too Old For...: SOTM May: Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor||20||33||May 26, 2015 07:38PM|
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|Why is no one talking about these books? So good!||72||435||Jan 31, 2015 09:12PM|
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Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a 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.”