Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

Release Date: November 6, 2012
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Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet
Pages: 517
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Challenge: None

Love, love, loooooooove, love, love!

Days of Blood and Starlight is book two, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is book one. If you have not read book one, YOU NEED TO DO IT NOW!

Days of Blood and Starlight begins just as Daughter of Smoke and Bone ended. We learn more about Karou and Akiva’s history. Not just the history of their relationship, but about the history of their worlds. I don’t really want to get too much into the story, because book one sets up so much, you really need to devour that one first!

Laini Taylor is a flippin’ rock star! Gah! She is such a talented writer, I am in awe of her story telling ability. She paints her worlds with words more intricately than a painter with canvas. Her world building is incredible. I feel like I’ve been to Prague, to this desert castle, to the worlds that she has created.

There are several new characters and stories introduced in this sequel, I’m very interested and hope we find out what happens to the two sisters. And of course Karou and Akiva are a constant. (Thank GOODNESS!) Although, Karou is such a different character in this novel. I feel in love with her in book one, and now I respect her even more after this book. It was disheartening to see the change in her, she’s hardened and broken, but she’s still very much Karou.

This story is so different than anything I’ve read, I wish I could write a review that it deserves. All I really want you to take away from this review is that Laini Taylor is a fabulous writer, and you NEED to read these books.