HEY Y’ALL…Happy Saturday!🌈
Once again, I’m so, so late posting this review. This year has just been a MESS for me! Regardless, I do enjoy doing buddy reads with people, it gives an extra layer of insight to stories, a different perspective. Plus, it’s fun to discuss books with like minded friends! Do you do buddy reads?
Thanks to Sophie @ https://bewareofthereader.com and Caro @ https://cjrthebrit.com for inviting me to do this BUDDY READ!
Days of Blood & Starlight
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 what she 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. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
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Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Days of Blood & Starlight is the second book in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series and should be read in order. This is a trilogy so expect a cliffhanger at the end!
Karou now knows who and what she is but this knowledge hasn’t given her peace. She finds herself stuck between her feelings for Akiva and her responsibility to her people. Akiva still wants to find a way to bring two enemies together and end this long war but can he trust on Karou’s help?
I absolutely adored book 1 in this series so I was super stoked to read book 2 but I found myself so disappointed with this one! Gah! I had such high hopes for Akiva and Karou…I mean, I’m a romantic at heart, I fracking NEED a happy ending or at least the promise of one to come. But Akiva and Karou seem to be worlds away from that HEA and I found myself frustrated and actually sad for the characters. Yes, I realize that Karou has a lot to overcome, a lot to forgive but that’s the beauty of fiction, right? The ability to change and grow and learn and love all within three or four hundred pages! Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration but you get where I’m going…I just felt like there wasn’t enough character growth or forward momentum happening in this book. Don’t get me wrong, the writing itself was excellent, and I loved getting all the different perspectives from various characters but it was a bit stagnant.
Overall, I rated this book 3.5 stars. I’ll continue on to book 3 because I have my fingers crossed that Karou and Akiva will somehow find a happy conclusion. Told from various POVs with an uncertain cliffy. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
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