Author: Laini Taylor| Blog
Publication Date: November 6th, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
My Interest: Series Love
Age Group | Genre: YA| Paranormal, Romance
Series: Yes, Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.
I feel as if I have been waiting ages for this book to come out, even those I just discovered the first book in the series last fall.
I was pretty much one hundred, fifty-seven billionth in line at my library to read this book, and it fueled my excitement and expectation even more. I will admit. I started this story ready to be amazed and open minded about where Taylor was going to take the story. I finished it less excited, and feeling stuck in the world of second books.
I checked out a copy of the novel from my local library. I was not compensated in any way for my review (cross my heart) nor did I promise a good rating. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine.
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.
The truth of Karou’s past has finally been revealed. She knows who she is, and what side of the war she hold allegiance too. But finally knowing the truth of her past has brought to light just what her actions have done. Karou and her love, Akiva, find themselves on opposing sides this time as the unending war between angels and demons wages once again.
In the second installment of The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, readers discover a world where love and betrayal go hand in hand, and how sometimes, hope is born from the ashes.
Well… we all know how I feel about Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I mean, my slight obsession with it was sort of obvious. Which is why I was so ridiculously, almost too excited, about finally getting to delve into this second novel.
I absolutely feel in LOVE with Taylor’s writing in the first book, so I couldn’t wait to get more of it. I don’t feel let down in that area at all. Taylor’s magical, all-absorbing prose is back in Days of Blood and Starlight, and I had no trouble falling into the world she created. It took me longer to read this book than the first because it is longer in page number, but I have also been super busy with school. Nonetheless, I carried it around with me everywhere and anytime I had a free moment I found myself wanting to be immersed in the world.
Though Taylor’s prose was enough to drive my interest, I was entirely disappointed with the plot of the story. My theory is that my disappointment is a mix of a few things. I found, unfortunately, that the book falls into the typical second book syndrome. The plot, at times, felt stagnant to me. A lot happened in both worlds that just didn’t move anything along, which could have been because there was absolutely way too much miscommunication going on between Karou and Akiva. Seriously.
I think the two are fabulous characters (and we learn a lot more about both!) but the two were just ridiculously stubborn in this story. If they had just talked at any point in the novel, I think they would have realized they were on the exact same side and so many of the issues readers find in the pages would have disappeared. I don’t mean to say that nothing happened in the story because in fact, a lot did happen. Or, at least a lot happened to set up book three. There just wasn’t any *huge AHA! moment* that I had been expecting. There is a really great twist near the end of the story (that I did see coming,) and I’m curious to see where Taylor will take it.
I was really hoping for a fabulous read, and perhaps a second book in a trilogy to restore my hope in storytelling. Unfortunately, Days of Blood and Starlight felt rushed at times as if it didn’t get enough revising time; therefore the plot left me wondering what was happening in the bigger picture.
However, Taylor’s writing is once again mesmerizing, and I have a feeling book three will restore my hope in the series.
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