Review for Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor

Days Of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

TITLE: Days Of Blood & Starlight
SERIES: Daughter Of Smoke & Bone #2
AUTHOR: Laini Taylor
PUBLICATION DATE: November 6, 2012
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown, And Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc
PAGES: 513 pages
FORMAT: Hardback
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 4 stars

So…I don’t really know how to summarize this story. I’m not even going to try. I’m just going to jump right into the review. This is yet another book that I can’t give 5 stars to. What is it lately with me not being completely satisfied? Am I just becoming too picky? Was it really possible for me to become more picky? Anyway, this one can’t get the top score because the first half was so boring that I had to force myself to read it ****SPOILER****and because Hazael dies, which made me incredibly sad.****END SPOILER*** Considering how well the first one was written and how I couldn’t get enough of it, that’s really saying something. I understand that we are talking about war and that we need to see the different perspectives, but that doesn’t mean I need to read several chapters about a random girl and her sister escaping from their Seraph captors and running to freedom. Seriously? I don’t care. I wanted to read this book because I wanted more of Akiva and Karou (and Zuzana, the best friend a good could have, not to mention amazing comic relief), not the hardships of war. Yeah, I know Akiva fucked up majorly last time and there is no way Karou can forgive him, after all, he did murder the only family she’s ever know, but I at least wanted to see the confrontation between the two!!! Which you do get to see, if you can get through the first half.

Almost literally at the halfway point, everything starts to pickup. Zuzana finally tracks Karou’s ass down and Akiva realizes that Karou isn’t dead and the war on both sides starts to get a little more complicated. Karou’s fiery spirit is finally resurrected and the beautifully lyrical writing returns. It’s everything you imagined the sequel to Daughter Of Smoke & Bone to be. You finally get to see the chimera world, present day, and you learn more about their land in general. Zuzana is by far my favorite character, though Akiva’s siblings, Hazael and Liraz give her a run for the money because they are amazing as well. Then there is Akiva himself who has done so many bad things for reasons so twistedly wrong that they almost seem right. He is definitely in the running for my favorite male angel ever. How can you not love a guy whose nickname is Prince Of Bastards?!?!?

Then there is the cliffhanger ending, which I surprisingly didn’t mind. I think it’s because the main storyline ties itself up nicely and it’s one of those cliffhangers that basically says “tomorrow, there will be doom, but tonight, we are gonna enjoy ourselves a bit while we can.” And I really don’t mind those.

If you enjoyed DOSAB, then this will definitely be something you want to read, if you can just stomach the first 250 pages. Once you get past that, you’re in for the ride of your life!

Review for Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

Daughter Of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

TITLE: Daughter Of Smoke & Bone
SERIES: Daughter Of Smoke & Bone #1
AUTHOR: Laini Taylor
PUBLICATION DATE: September 27, 2011
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group USA
PAGES: 418 pages
SOURCE: Borrowed
RATING: 4 stars

This book was amazing. I flat out loved it, all of it. I loved the world, the main heroine (which is unusual for me, I usually find them to be TSTL), the hero, the minor characters, the writing, etc. Seriously, the more I read, the more I wanted to read. I was ecstatically happy at the absence of the ever-present in YA love triangle. ::does happy dance:: Then why the sigh, you ask? I’ll tell you why, because it is yet another book with a stupid fucking cliffhanger ending. See this face? It’s not a happy gnome face.

Seriously YA authors, why all the cliffhangers? It seems like every damn YA book I pick up these days has a cliffhanger and a year or more wait for a sequel. Is it really necessary to torture you’re readers like that? Why use that craptastic technique to ensure that people will want to buy your next book? Can’t you just trust that you have written a good story and that the people who enjoyed it will happily buy the next one to see what happens next? Take a page out of Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series and leave out the cliffhangers, PLEASE!