What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

I thought Laini Taylor's debut, Daughter of Smoke and Bone was an interested series opener. The cover certainly had me intrigued, and I ended up giving the first book 4 of 5 espresso shots. You can read that review here. So I was on board for book two when it was released.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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?

What I Liked: 1) Love the cover. Both The Daughter of Smoke and Bone and The Days of Blood and Starlight have some of the most beautiful covers. 2) Karou was a new person in this book, she has new responsibilities, new fears, and new needs. It makes her even more as intriguing than she was in the first book.

What I Didn't Like: This part of the story has become a little bland. I know I was interested in the plot the first time around, and the whole, part of two worlds idea that was going on with Marigold/Karou. But the story became very bland in The Days of Blood and Starlight. Very little action, and what there was seemed to be over in an instant. The strength that I admired about the characters from book one failed in The Days of Blood and Starlight.

Overall Thoughts: I found myself just counting down the pages until this book was over. I don't like to leave books unread, so I stuck it out through to the end. I found this book fell flat in comparison to the first book. While I did like to see how Karou changed from book 1 to book 2, there was nothing that pulled me into the story, nothing that kept me hooked. I hate to say it, but I think this is probably the end of this series for me. But please don't just take my word for it, check the Goodreads page for other, often more favorable reviews!

My Rating: 2 shots

1 comment:

  1. It sucks you didn't care much for this book, I'm excited to read it and see what I think of it. The first book was wonderful!


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