Audio Review * Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

June 24, 2013 Reviews 5 ★★

Audio Review * Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini TaylorDays of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Narrated by Khristine Hvam
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Published by Little Brown BYR on November 6, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 517
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Also in this series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
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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 Thought…

  • This was a really hard review to write as pretty much everyone I know that has read this loved it. I did not. I did like Daughter of Smoke and Bone, though as five months have passed since I listened to it I can say that it was by no means as memorable for me as it was for others.
  • I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Khristine Hvam. She is one of my favorite narrators and while I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I hoped I did enjoy her narration.
  • The best part of Days of Blood and Starlight for me was the writing. Her writing is beautiful and for someone like me who struggles with imagery she made me able to see things.
  • So what was the problem with Days of Blood and Starlight? It was depressing. And it was boring.
  • Despite the awesome narrating and writing it was a struggle to finish the audio and there were a couple of times that I considered stopping because I was so bored. I don’t have one specific thing I can point to as to what bored me, just that I was more interested in work, then the story. I also thought it was a lot darker than Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I wasn’t quite prepared for that level of darkness.
  • In the second book in the series Karou is now working for Thiago (for those that have not read Daughter of Smoke and Bone he is not someone you want to work for) doing Brimstone’s job of resurrection. The war between the chimera and the seraphim still rages on, with Karou and Akiva on opposite sides. Karou is still (understandably) pissed at Akiva, and Akiva thinks she is dead. I liked that this tension was in Days of Blood and Starlight and that Laini Taylor didn’t resolve the issues between Karou and Akiva in the beginning of the book like so many others.
  • I didn’t really care for Karou in Days of Blood and Starlight. She wasn’t as strong of a person as she was in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I realize that things happened and that can break a person down, but I felt like she changed a lot and in some ways was very accepting of her new fate. Even though she was in an unfavorable position I still wanted her to be that strong character that she was in Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
  • Most of my favorite parts of Days of Blood and Starlight revolved around Zuzana. I loved her even more in this book than in the previous one. She is one kick-ass bff and I wish there would have been a lot more of her and less of other some of the other characters. Both her and her boyfriend Mik provided the small amount of lightness that I so desperately needed in Days of Blood and Starlight.

Typically I fall into the majority of what people like/don’t like but Days of Blood and Starlight just didn’t work for me. Here are two other reviewers that loved Days of Blood and Starlight:
The Overstuffed Bookcase
Midnight Book Girl


5 Responses to “Audio Review * Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor”

  1. Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Ah, this is the infamous two star review you mentioned. I’m pretty sure it’s not the only low rating I’ve seen for it, so don’t worry! I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t speak to the plot, but I hope I love it. Then again, I really go in for depressing, and I’m often not bored as long as there’s pretty writing and good characterization. We’ll see whenever I get to it!
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    • Kimberly

      I do hope you love it, it just didn’t work for me. All of my goodreads friends that have read it rated it 4 or 5 stars.