Review: Days of Blood and Starlight

Author: Laini Taylor

Ratings: 4/5

The war has been over and the chimaera has lost. Groups of seraphims were deployed all over Eretz to kill or arrest the remaining chimaeras. But every group that was sent were killed with messages left over their corpses. The seraphims learned that some rebels have survived.

Akiva was certain that Karou is already dead. Screenshot_2015-07-29-17-11-11-1

Karou became the new ressurectionist for the chimaera’s living army. She do not want to see Akiva ever again.

But as brutal killing of both races happen, they both found themselves side by side to fight the new emperor of Astrae.

Reading this book is a hell of a ride. The way Laini Taylor describe both Morocco and Eretz so vividlymade me feel like I have been there already. This second installment for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy is certainly not for the faint of hearts. It felt like that anytime something big is going to happen that made me do not want to stop reading for even a second. Every chapter left me wanting for more.

After reading the first book, I am not sure if I would continue this series. But I tried and I also give this book a different approach. I just went with the flow and I do not try to overanalyze everything. Turns out effective for me. It made me wished that I pick this story up sooner.

My favorite characters would be Zuzana and Mik. They brought the necessary humor and sarcasm in the story. Their characters balanced the ongoing bloodbath into the story. The idea of them warming up with the chimaeras were genius. It soften up the beast’s images that made them more realistic.

As a verdict, this story is a must read along with the other book in its trilogy. Days of Blood and Starlight realy exceeds expectation so it’s okay to get your standard up to the ceiling.

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“It was brave,” countered Issa.
“It was rare, it was love,
and it was beautiful.”

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Ratings: 3/5

Screenshot_2015-07-28-12-39-56-1Karou, a blue haired ‘human’ girl, loves to draw. She draws ‘chimaera’, these are beasts with body types of different animals aranged with some of human’s. She tell stories about them like they are really existing, which is true. Brimstone and his friends really do exist in between this world and Eretz and Karou is their ‘errand girl’. She fetches teeth all around the world in exchange of wishes without knowing the real truth about what Brimstone is doing with them. All she knows is that whenever she’s at Brimstone’s, he strings those teeth with random arrangements.

Akiva and his siblings were Misbegottens. They were bastards of the king of seraphims whose sole purpose is to fight every war that their father is cooking. At present, they are to fight and kill every chimaera that walks Eretz. But Akiva has a dark secret. In the past, he met a chimaera named Madrigal into whom he fall in love with. She saved him when he is dying. They spent nights full of pleasure into each others arms. Being a beast lover is the worst thing a seraphim could be, but still he pursue their relationship. But they got caught by the general of chimaeras and he was tortured while Madrigal was beheaded in his very eyes. But then, he escaped.

So what will happen if Akiva met Karou and learned that Madrigal’s soul is within Karou?

If you like overly serious book with its fair share of action, then this masterpiece of Laini Taylor is for you. The way she weaves word is out of this world. She has this exquisite plot all planned out with characters that didn’t even exist in your wildest imaginations. Only her’s though. Chimaeras and seraphims are creatures in her imagination that she brought to life for others to believe in.Screenshot_2015-07-28-12-39-30-1

Personally, this book doesn’t do it for me. It felt like I’m just forcing myself to read it until the end. Nevertheless, I am still amazed of her choices of words. It’s like a symphony, you can see her meticulousity in writing this masterpiece of hers. The thing is, I think that there’s too much going on with the story. There’s this point of view then here’s another of a different character. I had to re-read a lot of parts of the book because I got lost a lot of times.

All in all, I like Daugter of Smoke and Bone but it’s not on the list of my favorites.

“Love is a luxury.”
“No. Love is an element.”
An element. Like air to breathe, earth to stand on.”

~Laini Taylor