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Days of Blood Starlight Once upon a time an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and warThis is not that worldArt 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 itIn this stunning seuel 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 lifeWhile 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 hopeBut can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream A a whole year until the next book comes outI can'tI can't snapsOHMIGOD I CANT W8 I CANT I REALLY CANT AHHHHH OMGOMGOMG THIS IS GOING 2 TAKE 4EVER ND I WANT IT NOW I NEED MORE AKIVA AND KAROU Y DOES THIS HV 2 TAKE SOOOOOOOOOOOO LIKE LONNNGGG Woahhhhhhh Did I just have a total trolly fan girl rant over a book TaylorI thinkI think I just need to go sit down I feel so woozy This series just does such weird things to me looks at the release date again OoooooOoooOooohhhhhhh Reread with For Love Of A Book This book is amazing and it made me cry for really sad things and really good things and just OMG Once upon a time an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them And it's snap split the world in two GodKarou is living with the evil freaking Thiago and the other chimaera They are all hateful and evil with the exception of a few But I won't go into that without giving away some major spoilers that you need to read for yourself OMG Karou is now the resurrectionist she took over Brimstone's old job But she is making things for Thiago that are horrific and deadly The war between the seraphim and chimaera is neverending Once upon a time the sky knewthe weight of angel armies on the move and the wind blew infernalwith the fire of their wings There is blood and guts and savagery in this book I mean why wouldn't there be in a war And poor Karou is not where she wants to be she's not in the life she wants to be in she wants her friends back The nicer chimaera but we can't always get what we want although sometimes things do come back And poor Akiva He's back with Hazael and Liraz fighting against the chimaera He thinks Karou is dead until he finds out she's not And one day she does forgive him for something he did he didn't know he just didn't know And then Zuzana Karou's best friend and Mik Zuzana's boyfriend show up at the creepy monster house to visit Karou God if they only knew what they were getting into and thank God at that time Thiago needed Karou or they would have been supper But it was so much fun with the days that Zuzana and Mik were there There was so much laughter in with all of the horrific stuff I really want those guys as my best friends too Along with Karou and I want my own Akiva Thiago is doing horrible things to his people in order to make them stronger He's also a jerk that does bad things to his people for other reasons too But sometimes a woman is just a bit smarter than the evil ruler Stick that in your pipe and smoke it buddy I'm so freaking happy over this book Well okay accept of the crying and some other things MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List What are we fighting for What are we killing for What do you see when you look into the future Gone are the first book's spunkiness and lightheartedness and thankfully the annoying romance angle even though the deceiving and useless cover of this book may wrongly lead you thinking otherwise Instead the darkness and dirt and tiredness and betrayals and pain and weariness and hopelessness and violence and vengeance and grim determination set in and it is so much realized and gripping and touching than I hoped having lived up to the promise that the first book in the series was trying to set up Days of Blood and Starlight are filled with blood and not that much starlight after all This book does not shy away from pulling gut punches sometimes in a dirty way And I loved it A dream dirty and bruised is better than no dream at allIt's not often that a seuel is stronger than it predecessor but it's the case here Laini Taylor unflinchingly minimized the wonder and cuteness and romance and instead focused on creating a rich landscape devastated by war and characters wounded and scarred by it and yet caught in the relentless cycle of violence which breeds of the same In the cycle of slaughter reprisal begat reprisal forever Karou is hardly recognizable as the spunky blue haired girl full of vitality that we came to love She lost everything she held dear and permanent in her life and is barely a shell of her old self consumed by regret and shame and guilt which honestly she really does not deserve and the freuently annoying in its persistent cheerfullness presence of Zuzana is a painful reminder of how different Karou's life has become She is a shell shocked survivor and she tries to navigate her way through this new world in a daze relying on pain and wearing herself out The fire seems to be gone out of her for a while as she resigns herself to being a necessary albeit unwanted and resented player in the game a puppet to be tolerated until she can be replaced She does what she thinks needs to be done and there is nothing warm and fuzzy or comforting about it I have a soft spot for reading about those scarred by painful experiences and Karou wins my heart with her plight And yet she is determined and strong with steel in her backbone than I can imagine because who could have doubted that she will eventually find her way Be your own place of safety she told herself straightening No crossbar in the world could protect her from what lay ahead and neither could a tiny knife ticked in her boot though there her tiny knife would most certainly remain and neither could a man not even Akiva She had to be her own strength complete unto herselfKarou resourceful strong level headed self sufficient you are still welcome to join my literary BFFs circle ReallyAnd on the other hand we have Akiva the hated at least by me romantic interest from the first book who and that's a tribute to Laini Taylor's skill I must say unexpectedly has enough character development for me to come to understand him and even grudgingly respect him Akiva genuinely is trying to set things right and not only because of his love for Karou but also it appears because of realizing how little cruelty and vengeance are actually worth He is allowed to develop on his own and not just as a part of a standard cutesy couple that he almost became with Karou many moons ago The big theme of this book the one that kept resonating with me was the futility of violence and the longing for compassion and mercy and peace The uselessness of adhering to the 'eye for an eye' approach to vengeance and violence is repeated over and over and over again Because as we have seen so many times in our real world the natural compulsion is to answer violence with of the same to wreck vengeance to make the other side feel your pain Many seemingly 'righteous' wars even recently have been started on this idea and the results of them have never been satisfying have never been worth it; instead only suffering and pain was dealt to those caught in the middle of the fighting Breaking something is always easier than building something new but it is rarely a sustainable solution to the problem It seems so devastatingly simple but yet so often overlooked so often trampled in the search of rewarding 'justice' which causes pain The vicious cycle isn't it The futility of it is so obvious in literature like this book but why are we so blind to it in real lifeI can easily see this book not having such a following as the first book in the series did because of the pronounced darkness of the tone and the decided lack of romance The tensions are about the power not about love The conflict is not because of feelings but because of grim reality of war and power struggle But this shift in tone and emphasis is what made me a fan of this book and is what makes me really look forward to the next one in the series Because sht is getting real believe me And I want to learn 45 stars without hesitation I will even round up to five given how much I enjoyed it So there My review of the first book in the series Daughter of Smoke and Bone is over here by the wayThe third and final book Dreams of Gods and Monsters is reviewed here RightI mean reading this book was a hell of a ride Taylor doesn't just like to rip things apart she bloody well SHREDS them and scatters the remaining pieces into the wind Like I mean this book is really not for the faint of heart It brings back all the magic of Daughter of Smoke and Bone but there's pain involved in this one both physical and emotional AND THAT ENDINGNOI MEAN COME ONSTOP LEAVING ME HANGING LIKE THIS TAYLOR “Dead souls dream only of death Small dreams for small men It is life that expands to fill worlds Life is your master or death is”But of course my favourite instalment in the DOSAB trilogy has the honour of being my 50th Goodreads review ; PS How did this happen I only began reviewing books in June How did I manage to review 50 books in less than 5 months I am shookethWhere to begin Where to BEGIN Now that I’m finally reviewing arguably – as it changes on a day to day basis my favourite book of all time there is so much to discuss I don’t think that I need to reiterate the beauty that is Laini Taylor’s breath taking prose as I gushed about it nonstop during my review for the previous book This is a dark and brutal war story this time around in contrast with the magical whimsy of the first instalment I even watched an interview once with Laini Taylor where she explicitly stated that she included the light and funny moments with Zuzana and Mik because if she hadn’t she risked making this book too dark and depressing which I definitely agree was a smart move Zuzana’s prominent role and witty banter provided much needed levity in this novel which had such dark themes from war to death to prejudiceand even rape I also know that I’m not alone in considering Zuzana to be one of my favourite characters in not only this trilogy but in YA fantasy itself 3“Let’s see You know how at the end of Romeo and Juliet Juliet wakes up in the crypt and Romeo’s already dead He thought she was dead so he killed himself right next to her “Well imagine if she woke up and he was still alive but” She swallowed waiting out a tremor in her voice “But he had killed her whole family And burned her city And killed and enslaved her people”Unfortunately for me my ship’s romantic moments were essentially non existent in this book as wellmostly because of the revelations that came to pass at the end of the first instalment Akiva is with his seraphim brethren at their camp as they formulate their next plan for attack whilst Karou is trying to salvage what little is left of the chimaera race by undertaking Brimstone’s past responsibilities as the resurrectionist Now there is a void of resentment guilt disappointment and betrayal separating the two of them in addition to a complete lack of communication As always in literary relationships for some reason many problems could be easily resolved if they actually CONVERSED with one another Despite my disappointment as a result of the lack of swoon worthy moments I do not feel as if the absence of romantic developments hindered this novel at all If anything I think that it added to the intensity of the plot Since there is a war going on around them and their loved ones are dropping like flies Akiva and Karou have important things to worry about Their plates are pretty full at the moment and they don’t need to add relationship troubles into the mix Their love lives aren’t the prioritythe survival of their respective races IS Thus it only makes sense that romance has taken a backseat here I still adamantly and desperately ship them though 3There are spoilers for Daughter of Smoke and Bone NOT Days of Blood and Starlight belowDays of Blood and Starlight begins close to where Daughter of Smoke and Bone endsAs we now know Karou was once a chimaera by the name of Madrigal in a previous life She had rescued Akiva who was badly wounded from battle after which he seeks her out in order to thank her for saving his life and to promise to never take another life of one of her kind LOL Despite him being seraphim and her being chimaera against all odds they fell in love and dreamt of a world devoid of war and strife When the affair was discovered by Madrgial’s covetous foster sister Chiro grrr they were punished for their transgression Akiva was brutally tortured by the chimaera and Thiago the “White Wolf” who also personally had Madrigal beheaded Finally happy that they are re united at last having found each other in another life and thus proving that their love transcended death Karou with Madrigal’s memories inside her now thinks that she can be with her love That is until Akiva confesses to killing the only family that she had ever known while mourning for her which includes Brimstone Issa Twiga and Yasri who raised and protected her for her entire life Heartbroken Karou leaves Akiva in Prague and heads through a portal to Eretz with the Fallen angel RazgutNow in Days of Blood and Starlight Karou has assumed Brimstone’s role by resurrecting chimaera for Thiago Thiago is leading what remains of the chimaera race by sending them on missions to protect the chimaera villages from being invaded by the seraphim Or at least that’s what Thiago tells Karou anywayZiri the last remaining member of Karou’s Kirin tribe returns severely injured from one of Thiago’s attack and destroy missions against the seraphim He confides in Karou that Thiago’s plans are anything but peaceful and she ultimately realises that Thiago doesn’t want to need her any If she’s not careful her days are numbered while she lives under Thiago’s ever watchful and resentful eye This was supposed to be another buddy read with Laura the Explorer ButI got excited and accidentally left her behind in the dust Oops Sorry P PS The artwork above is again credited to Lesya BlackBirdInk Seriously her work is phenomenal warjust wari have read plenty of books about war before fiction yeah but fiction about wars that actually happened conflicts in europe america africa but i have never read another book that did what this one did for me i have never felt the horror of war as much as i felt in this one and that's a little messed up right that it would take a YA fantasy novel about imaginary battles between imaginary beings to bring the horrors of war and genocide into my emotional sphere in my defense when i read or watch movies it's like this asperger's cloak descends upon me and i never really get emotionally invested and usually it sucks because i don't get scared at books and i don't get that nice cathartic crying response that a lot of people do when they read so it is usually unfortunatebut here i really felt something i didn't cry or anything but i freuently felt nauseousangry and so frustrated that i just wanted it to stop not the book just the bloodshed and the revenge and the political decisions that kept leading to such horrifying actsit's really powerful stuff particularly for YA but that's kind of what laini taylor does she writes these incredibly sophisticated worlds with remarkable characters and an incredibly subtle fantasy world and in Daughter of Smoke Bone she did the impossible for me in that she made me care about the romance angle of it when usually i am reading these YA books and kind of enduring the heavy stares and kissing to get back to the actionthis one there was so much horrifying action i think i was probably praying for a kiss or two to relieve it but no no kisses for you karenkarouthat is not to say it is all one prolonged desperate howl there is comic relief and zuzana and mik provide a couple of kisses to remind the reader of the kinds of things that will be lost if this war continuesand oh god it continuesi feel like i could write pages and pages about this book but i also feel like a lot of it is better kept inside of me and for you to discover for yourself which is something of a cop out i understand but if you read the first one you are probably going to be compelled to read the second one after that it's all on you do not be expecting any of the sweetness and light of the first book this is a different and much darker story this is fear and vengeance and emotional scouring and survivor's guilt consider yourself warned but don't stay away on those grounds because the experience of reading this book is a very important one and it has left me a little shaken and that's worth a million love storiesthe projected date for the third part2014you have got to be kidding mecome to my blog 45 stars “Let’s see You know how at the end of Romeo and Juliet Juliet wakes up in the crypt and Romeo’s already dead He thought she was dead so he killed himself right next to her”“Yeah That was awesome” A pause followed by “Ow” suggested elbow punctuation on the part of MikKarou ignored it “Well imagine if she woke up and he was still alive but” She swallowed waiting out a tremor in her voice “But he had killed her whole family And burned her city And killed and enslaved her people” Days of Blood Starlight chapter 47This is approximately the circumstances in which we find Karou and Akiva at the beginning of Days of Blood Starlight All available blurbs and summaries are a little coy and vague about what this seuel has in store for its readers Wonder no This is a dark brutal novel with a war at its core At the opening Akiva just gave his seraphim brotherhood all the tools to destroy chimaera and chimaerawell they are almost completely eradicated as a nation Karou is chimaera's only real hope of survival No talk of romance and love in this story Akiva and Karou are in different camps now with an abyss of resentment guilt and disappointment separating themI have already heard a few voices upset by this almost no romance development Not everyone wants to be torn away from the heavy romantic story line of Daughter of Smoke Bone and face the ugliness of never ending war where nobody wins But for me this trilogy is better for it I am not the sort of reader whose attention can be held for long by romantic angst I love reading about love but I am not of the opinion that just love can sustain a series of books Something bigger than that has to be at stake In this book there is and it pushes all romantic woes to the background And understandably so considering the nature and severity of the rift between the lovers Can you continue loving someone who initiated genocide of your nation Will you expect to be forgiven for killing off your beloved's entire family Probably notDays of Blood Starlight also gave me in terms of storytelling than I had anticipated I didn't expect at all to be so deeply submerged into the world of chimaera and seraphim to get to know it so intimately I remember getting only a glimpse of Eretz in Days of Blood Starlight This seuel is an adventure through the Emperor's harem chimaera's tribal villages seraphim barracks ruins of Loramendi and excesses of Astrae and then a look at what is is BEYOND the borders of the land known to Akiva and Karou It is such a pleasure to read something about a world that has so much depth to it to feel like I will never know the full expanse of this world and every wonder it holds The masterful twists at the end left me hungry for and because as much as I know about Eretz now I also know how much there is still left to exploreDays of Blood Starlight may be not as uirky and charming as its goulash and skuppy mischief filled predecessor but it's a novel that encourages you to contemplate the conseuences of war for both winners and losers and futility of revenge Even though I missed Prague and ever annoying Kaz a little in Days of Blood Starlight reading it was still a pleasure albeit a pleasure of a different kind If there's one thing that makes my blood boil and my skin ripple with creepy crawlies it's a story that disrespects real suffering For me this was one of those Even though it started off really well the second half majorly crashed and burned Think there are two stories of suffering in this series the teen angst romance and the story of genocide and grief This was such a huge fail for me in the way the grief story becomes an afterthought so the teen angst romance can get back in the spotlight This story is about how attraction to a hot guy molds a girl and changes her fibers defines in some undefinable way who she is and grief is something that while uncomfortable passes like a bruise I think the opposite is trueMurder and the Manic PixieI googled genocide statistics and these are the numbers the internet came up with for meArmenia 1000000 killed from 1915 1923China under Mao 58000000 killedUSSR under Stalin 20000000 killed Robert Conuest The Great TerrorHolocaust 5700000 killed from 1933 1945 Nuremberg TrialKhmer Rouge Cambodia 1600000 killed between 1975 1978Bosnia 250000 killed from 1992 1995 US State DeptRwanda 1000000 killed in 1994Somalia 300000 killed from 1991 present IRIN a UN agencyDarfur at least 450000 killed from 2003 present UN High Commission on RefugeesIt is kind of interesting that when we talk about war and genocide we round the numbers so cleanly We shove individuals off the statistics because one million makes a catchier number than 999876 Or maybe we just estimate because it's not possible to even know how many people died It is certainly not possible to estimate how many survivors have been broken by genocide not to mention the lives broken by racism and sexism the slightly chill siblings of genocideChris Hondros Samar Hassan 5 screams after her parents were killed in Tal Afar IraI understand why Stalin’s regime romanticized and justified genocide and the same with Pol Pot Hitler and Mao Propaganda is useful when you are clinging to maniacal power And as Eddie Izzard saysWe think if someone kills someone you go to prison that’s murder You kill ten people you go to Texas they hit you with a brick – that’s what they do Twenty people you go to a hospital they look at you though a small window forever And over that we can’t deal with it Someone who’s killed a hundred thousand people we’re almost going ‘Well done You killed a hundred thousand people You must get up very early in the morning I can’t even get down to the gym’About this book though we see a lot of genocide in the world and it seems disrespectful to me to romanticize a genocidal warlord whether it is for the purposes of propaganda or for the purposes of a YA fantasy novel Pushing Akiva’s choices onto the Emperor or whatever he was called just doesn’t ring true to me You kill the people you kill even if someone else told you to And I’m not saying that books for a younger audience can’t talk about genocide The Gregor the Overlander series blew me away when it went into genocide Truly amazing This book though was a whole book full of manic pixie dream girls dabbling in genocide and then gazing at each other Even the dudes in this book are manic pixie dream girls And it’s like you know genocide just gets so monotonous and tiring after a while Genocide ennui is so now You kill and kill and at first it’s fulfilling but then you’re like “this really isn’t getting me laid the way I thought it would even though I got these eyes of fire and a dreamy widow’s peak and like shawls fulla moth birds I picked up at Hot Topic” Then you gaze across a crowded battlefield at this girl and she’s all “OMG all I want is hugs And I know you view spoilerkilled my whole family hide spoiler

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