05. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fantasy, Teen Books

Days of Blood and Starlight ( by Laini Taylor, 528 pages, read by Courtney, on 11/21/2012

Full disclosure here: I really, really loved “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” and could not wait for the sequel. And then I got the sequel and began reading. At first, I was impatient. After about 200 pages, I was getting bored. By the 300-400 page mark, I had a good idea of what the cliffhanger reveal might entail. By the end, I was just so happy to be done reading this and to be moving on to something else. I stuck with it because I kept thinking it was going to get better or…something. It’s not a bad book, nor is it poorly written.
The parts I liked best about the first book weren’t really present in this book. I had really loved the scenes in Prague with Karou and her friends (Zuzanna!). There are so few similar scenes in the sequel. The tone has actually moved from an urban fantasy setting to a straight-up fantasy setting, which would be OK, if it didn’t feel so ponderous. All of Akiva’s scenes feel so slow and dry and Karou has become little more than a shell of a person, which make her scenes disappointing. I’m not really sure where the fighting between factions began or even what they were fighting for, which makes the whole war thing a bit frustrating. And the book is mostly about said war, so…yeah, frustrating. Also, there is entirely too little of Zuze and Mik, who are my favorite characters in this whole series. Their role in this story is something of an anticlimax.
Undoubtedly, this is all building up to something bigger, but at this point, it’s just not really working for me. *sadface*

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