Monday, March 25, 2013

review - Days of Blood and Starlight

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Five Stars
Days of Blood and Starlight
by: Laini Taylor

Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Format: Hardcover - la biblioteca
Page Count: 517
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Angels, Paranormal
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Summary: 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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My Review
Loved, loved, loved this book! I devoured it in the span of about 36 hours and being a 500+ page book, that is quite a feat. I was a little leery to start this second book, because while I enjoyed the first in the series, it didn't blow me away. I finally got hooked when the Karou's backstory and other life were brought to the forefront, turning the slightly paranormal story into one that had more of a fantasy feel (right up my alley).

Days of Blood and Starlight continued this fantasy-feel, and I fell in love with this series!

Zuzana's opening emails had me smiling like an idiot; her pop-culture references are amazing! Along with Karou's.

The journey through this book to that last page had me on the edge of my seat. The prepping, the action, the humor and horror; they all were spot on, each pulling you deeper into the story. Ziri is definitely my new favorite character, heart-wrenchingly good twist in the ending.

One of the best this 2012! Just checked goodreads for the third book; as of today, it is set to drop in April...2014.


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