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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Synopsis: 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 whatshe 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. Forhope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
Review: This book is amazing, probably one of my top five favorite reads of the past year. Laini Taylor has once again outdone herself, her writing is absolutely beautiful I get swept away. The emotions at play throughout the book are diverse and the inner struggle of Akiva and Karou is heart wrenching and angsty and beautiful. The one downfall of the book is that the pace, especially in the first half is rather slow, focusing more on the emotional turmoil of the main characters than on moving the story forward. However, once the action kicks it there is an absolute roller coaster of sharp twists and wicked turns that move the story along, setting up what will no doubt be an absolutely fantastic third book.
I really love how the author tells the story from the viewpoint of both Karou, Akiva, and certain secondary characters it helps to create a more rich experience that is sometimes lost when there is a singular viewpoint. Each character has a unique voice and the author does not shy away from the tough stuff or the heartache. As much as I wanted Karou and Akiva to kiss and make up on page 1 their journey is spectacular and so much more interesting. Despite the situation being bleak the overall message of hope for the future and a desire to leave the world better than they found is throughout. Overall, this book is fantastic and wonderful and I absolutely loved it!


 Reviewed by: JENNIFER
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