Review: Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

Posted June 26, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 10 Comments

Review: Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
Days of Blood & Starlight
by Laini Taylor

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 6 2012
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
Pages: 517
Format: Audiobook
 

Recommended Read!

“I can’t think of another series that’s like this one. The setting, the mythology, it’s all so unique you can’t help but feel mystified by it all. ”
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In the second novel of the Daughter and Smoke and Bone series, Laini Taylor kicks up everything into overdrive. While I enjoyed the first book, I feel like everything just seems more polished in this one. Not only is the writing better, but the characters are more fully formed and I loved the way Taylor was able to incorporate so much humor into this book. DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT is dark, and a lot of the stuff that happens in it will probably break some hearts, but at the same time, it doesn’t feel like a heavy book.

While we find out what Karou really is, at the same time, there are more questions that arises, keeping the book moving at a fast pace. I really like Karou and Akiva, but I think my favorite character of the series is probably Zuzana. She has so many adorable and funny moments in this book that she really became the star of the show. I just love supportive friends like that in novels and she’s definitely a big reason why I think you should try this series.

Now as you can tell, I’m intentionally avoiding talking about the plot of this story because it would just involve too many spoilers, but I will say that the ride just gets bumpier for these characters but it’s still very fun and enjoyable to read.

I can’t think of another series that’s like this one. The setting, the mythology, it’s all so unique you can’t help but feel mystified by it all. I would definitely recommend trying this series if you haven’t already, and if you can, try the audiobooks because I think the narrator does an excellent job with accents and bringing these characters to life, especially Zuzana. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!

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About Laini Taylor

Hi there! I'm a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My 'Dreamdark' books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries -- not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It's creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called "Laini's Ladies."

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Timitra

This series is on my wishlist…thanks for the review Annie

Elizabeth
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These covers are gorgeous

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They are! I kind of want them for my bookshelves.

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I read a sample of the first book and was kind of floored. Great writing and premise! I need to get back on this series. Thanks for the review!

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I’ve been enjoying it! Plus I think the each book is better than the last.

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This is one of my all time very favorite series. It is phenomenal and the writing is so damn good. I went and bought all three in hardcovers which I almost never do, had to have those covers. It is totally unique and I so wish more people were aware of it.

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I can see why you enjoyed this series so much! It’s so unique and different than what’s out there. Do you have a favourite book in the series? After having finished this one, I think this one is my fave but I’m about to start the last one today!

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.

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ML

Love this whole series. Probably the 1st book the best, then 3rd, then 2nd. But all are very, very good.

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Yes, I’m so in love with this series!