TITLE: Days of Blood and Starlight
BY: Laini Taylor
SERIES: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Because of this book, I realized one thing: It is very hard to review a second book in a trilogy. Hahaha. But seriously. Especially if the said book is flawless.
Usually, second books in trilogies are the worst. They serve as the fillers and an introduction to the ending. So sadly they turned out to be boring and too informative. But with Days of Blood and Starlight, that didn’t happen at all. Well, it was informative but definitely NOT boring.
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them. And its snap split the world in two.”
So that quote above basically described the whole premise of this book. If you’ve read my review of BOOK 1, you’d know there was this part there that I found boring. Well in that boring part is where Karou(devil/monster) and Akiva(angel) held a wishbone. And yeah they made a wish maybe for their races to be united. No more war. Then it snapped in two. Who would’ve known it was a foreshadowing of what will happen between them? In book two, Karou and Akiva are really apart. It started almost where book 1 left off. And the said wishbone is also the reason why they are – Karou learned about the truth. And now, Karou and Akiva have no choice but to fulfill their duties in their respective races as if they’re set to destroy each other. And that, THAT is just heartbreaking.
Usually I don’t like it when the MCs are apart because it affects their feelings towards each other. Many things could happen okay? There’s always a possibility of third wheel and fourth wheel and I despised love triangle. I’m really glad the author handled the issue here so well. I love Akiva but I love the other guy too. he’s just so adorable and the author even used him so that Karou learned more about Akiva. It was perfectly executed guys, you have to read this if you haven’t yet.
And I love ALL side characters, including the bad ones. from the moment they were introduced up to their developments. Ha!!! Well done. And that death….
Like I said, though this was a second book in the trilogy, I didn’t get bored reading it. There was no major battle but darn it, the things that happened. It doesn’t matter if Akiva and Karou were totally apart the whole time and just saw each other few times, their story kept going. There was always an interesting thing happening keeping the tension alive all throughout the book. The secrets that unfold. The twists and the turns the whole plot took? No wonder this book has almost 5-star rating in goodreads.
And let me just talk about Akiva for a moment. He did something okay, that’s why he and Karou were not in good terms. But he just didn’t know. *deep sigh* If he was filled with angst in book 1, here, it’s just too much. Like he can just kill himself because it was unbearable and I … I… I…
I’m a mess for Akiva. But worse, I understand Karou if she wouldn’t want to see him anymore. I’m just so glad that at the end things are getting clearer for these two star-crossed lovers.
Finally, all I want to say is that I’m disappointed with my friends on Goodreads and everywhere bookish place I know. No one has ever, like really no one has ever recommended this book to me. Why?
Happy Reading guys.