Friday, 14 December 2012

#177 Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)
Release Date: 8th November 2012
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy:  Fishpond | Booktopia | Dymocks
More Info: Goodreads
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.

This was not that world.
Such a gorgeous cover. I love the blue background with the fire. It really reflects the title of the book. Not related to the cover but isn't the title so gorgeous as well?


Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living...

Finishing Days of Blood and Starlight was truly an unforgettable experience. One might say it was incredible but I would say it gave a whole new world to me. A world I can always return to, cherish and love. Laini Taylor's talent brings us a story of angels, chimaeras and the lovers who dream of a new peaceful life.

After finishing Daughter of Smoke and Bone last year, I was at a loss. The story was stuck in my head for weeks. It's the kind of story that imprints in your mind. However, Days of Blood and Starlight is Laini Taylor's best work yet. The story progresses further in the fascinating world Laini Taylor has created. Laini's gift in words beautifully captures the intense feeling of torn-apart lovers, war and sacrifices. It is Laini's talent that makes her more than just an author, she's a storyteller as well, weaving gorgeous stories within the story itself. The ending gave me hope. Just like Karou's name. Hope is such a powerful word and even after the 'bloody' tears I cried for this book, I truly wish that the lovers can stay together for a new life in the third book.

The characters simply add to the beauty of the story. Remember the girl with the blue hair? The human girl with an enchanting past? Karou is now a girl who no longer lives within Brimstone's protection. She is now exposed to the cruelty of life, a never-ending war between the angels and chimaeras. She feels betrayed by her lover and makes decisions to help save the chimaeras. While they might not always be the wisest decision, I still adored Karou for her bravery, strength and her ability to endure the changes that happened in her life.

Akiva. I don't know how it's possible but I loved you so much in Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I love you even more in this book. The way you speak, the way you handle situation in such a calm way, the way you truly love Karou, sometimes I just don't know why it's so difficult for you and Karou to be together. I adore your brothers and sisters too!

Zuzana and Mik, you both are so cute too. Zuzana can be troublesome at times but I love how Mik is always ready to support her and stand by her side.

PS: Dear starlight, please give Karou and Akiva the happiness they deserve.

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. They dreamed of a new life, one with no wars, one where they can live happily together. Days of Blood and Starlight is one further step to this new life. Laini Taylor's  enchanting writing weaves you a story of torn-apart lovers, sacrifices and war between angels and chimaeras. Days of Blood and Starlight is one beautiful and unforgettable experience. I might have to cry bloody tears now because the third book won't be out until 2014!
5 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Days of Blood and Starlight!
Thank you Hachette Australia for the review copy!


  1. Beautiful review, Celine! I suppose I'm no longer surprised to see this book get 5 stars after 5 stars. I adored the first one, from the characters to the world-building, and can't wait to get around to this over my break. :) I'm glad you loved it!

  2. Incredible review, Celine! I loved this book SO MUCH and it blew me away, far more than DoSaB did. It was so beautifully written and the plot twists were phenomenal, so I can't wait for the last book to release now. It's going to be amazing...I can just tell! :)

  3. Wow! This looks like a great series! I'm so tempted to get the series after reading your review!

  4. Such a breathtaking book and such a LOVELY review, Celine! Laini Taylor does it again and I'm so curious to see how this all ends. I loved Zuzanna and Mik's relationship!

  5. I'm so behind on this series - I haven't even read the first book let alone the second book. I will soon though! Great review.

  6. Oh, I So need to read this already!!
    I love her writing as well! when I read Daughter of Smoke and bone I thought the same thing, about how its not just a book, but a real story!!
    What a great review!

    -Theresa Jones

  7. Oh yay! I'm so happy you loved this Celine, I was incredibly worried when picking this book up as Daughter of Smoke of Bone had been one of my favourites for last year, but Taylor totally upped the game with this book! Brilliant review Celine, I can't wait for the next book either! :)

  8. The title is blissful perfection. :) It rolls off your tongue in such an exquisite manner, and it's really an apt example of 'verbal relish' (it's a phrase! =)) Anyhow, enough of my ramblings. ;) Beautifully said as always, Celine. :) I attempted to read this book but it wasn't my cup of tea nor was it holding my interest, still, I'm pleased that you liked it. :)


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