Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)
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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
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.
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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
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.
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
Wow, just wow. *switches to spanish*
Les dije que mi GR era spanglish, y hoy se me antoja escribir en español. ES QUE A VER. No sé ni cómo expresar mi sentir sobre este libro, tuvo muchas cosas increíbles y pocas cosas que no me gustaron, así que empezaré con lo que no me gustó.
Creo que tuvo partes algo densas y aburridas, y las historias de algunos nuevos personajes no me interesaban para nada. Y otra cosa es que siento que le faltó esa MAGIA del primer libro. Yo me enam ...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
I like this series! I forgot how amazing the writing is and how much I love these characters. I'm really into this magic system with the animal hybrid characters; I think it's super neat. This one dragged a little, even though I like that it's set somewhere in the world that I've never read about before. It was just a little bit stagnant because pretty much this entire book was characters watching the war from the sidelines, whereas I thin ...more
“A dream dirty and bruised is better than no dream at all.”
After finishing Daughter of Smoke & Bone., I immediately picked up the second book because this is one of those series you just can’t put down until you know every possible detail about it. For once, I’m really happy I didn’t start this series when it first came out because how can you possibly wait a whole year between each new release? This is what I like to call a marathonable series.
This book took a turn for the blea ...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
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 hap
This story mostly focuses around Karou working as a resurrectionist in the desert where she builds new bodies for the souls of dead chimaera. The war is brutal, widespread, and pretty much the main focus of the book. Basically everyone's in a bad situation and it's looking pretty bleak. Akiva is with his half sibling seraphim and then there are a few other perspectives from new charact ...more
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
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.
And its snap split the world in two.”
The first line of this book gave me goose bumps. Laini Taylor continued her series in the second installment and the title is Days of Blood & Starlight. It's such a gorgeous title, isn't it ? Karou and Akiva have to face their faith in this book, it's not something can be solved by a word. Their conflict is bigger than the world they live. I can understand very well why Karou did that ...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
So this book was a real downer.
Days of Blood and Starlight had all the tried & true elements of a typical second book in a series. Much of the plot was occupied by characters trying to deal with the fallout ending of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and the setup for the series finale. I would have been disappointed if those two points were the exclusive focus of the book, but Laini Taylor managed to introduce i ...more
What really pulled me however in this book, and the one preceding it was the other worldly choice of events. To clarify, there are so many typical YA n ...more
Ich glaube, es ist ziemlich lange her, dass mich ein Buch so bewegt hat wie Days of Blood and Starlight. Allerdings ist es auch ziemlich lange her, dass mich eines so gelangweilt hat. Verquere, seltsame Welt...
Ich war nach etwa 300 Seiten des Buches kurz davor, es abzubrechen. Der Anfang des Buches hätte wirklich radikal gekürzt werden müssen, was leider leider nicht passiert ist. Stattdessen quält man sich durch immer mehr Szenen von Akiva im Krieg und Flüchtlingen, die ich überhaupt ...more
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