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Days of Blood & Starlight This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 spotl 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 true.Murder and the Manic PixieI googled genocide statistics, and these are the numbers the internet came up with for me Armenia 1,000,000 killed from 1915 1923China under Mao 58,000,000 killedUSSR under Stalin 20,000,000 killed Robert Conquest, The Great Terror Holocaust 5,700,000 killed from 1933 1945 Nuremberg Trial Khmer Rouge Cambodia 1,600,000 killed between 1975 1978Bosnia 250,000 killed from 1992 1995 U.S State Dept Rwanda 1,000,000 killed in 1994Somalia 300,000 killed from 1991 present IRIN, a UN agency Darfur at least 450,000 killed from 2003 present UN High Commission on Refugees It 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 999,876 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 slightlychill siblings of genocide.Chris Hondros, Samar Hassan, 5, screams after her parents were killed in Tal Afar, IraqI 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 says,We 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 peoplewe 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, thoughwe see a lot of genocide in the worldand 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 spoiler killed my whole family hide spoiler , but I m pretty sure it was just because you loved me sooooo much And then her wise, exotic nanny is all, Honey chile, you just gotsa go get yo man He only view spoiler killin ev yone you loved hide spoiler cause he sa grievin fo you If you go back to him, maybe it will bring peace ta tha whole wide universe and tha moons n stars ReallyReally It kind of highlights how convenient the resurrection convention of this series is It s okay that he s a mass murdering fuckhead We ll just bring the people we cared about back to life, and no harm done Romeo and JulietPartway through this book, Karou somewhat heavy handedly reminds us that Daughter of Smoke and Bone was the story of Romeo and Juliet genocide, which, duh Thanks, Karou I, um, read it Now, I love Romeo and Juliet I love it a lot When I was in college, my genius roommate used to convince guys hanging out at our house to perform the balcony scene with her as a comedy The play makes this wonderful, sad clown comedy Juliet is a crazy person, wanting to pluck Romeo back to herself like a little bird on a string, bwuhaha Romeo is a self centered ass, in love with the idea of being in love and bragging about his girlfriends to his buddies It is kind of hilarious, especially set to the backdrop of the plague breakout in Verona, which gives some perspective to the childish dramatics of our couple.I have also seen one completely earnest, sad, beautiful production of Romeo and Juliet The actors playing the couple were living together in real life, and they had this palpable spark between them that made the star crossed fate truly tragic The lighting was intimate, like the production in Slings and Arrows once it turns beautiful here at 2 50 and the couple was still dumb and cursed, but I may have teared up a couple of times because they were beautiful and hopeful Daughter of Smoke and Bone caught elements of both comedic and tragic readings of Romeo and Juliet perfectly The real tragedy in either reading is that the story of these lovers can only exist within this window of time It can only exist with the suicide at the end Like any romantic story, it only works if the sun sets at the appropriate time Otherwise, you start to realize that he snores, and she chews too loud He says all his sentences as a question she can t ever remember to put the cap back on her toothpaste.Or, worse than snoring, as Taylor so beautifully showed in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, he has the capacity in him to commit genocide and kill every one you ever loved It is beautiful because that changes the entire game it changes the entire person he is He is not the person dreaming of peace and respect for all creatures He is the person killing them Or is he Days of Blood and Starlight asks in its backwards bulldozing over the beauty of the first book Maybe he was super provoked and it was okay that he killed and betrayed everyone because he was like, really, really sad Awww Poor little mass murdering fuckhead He was so sad Romance and GriefSo, the thing that bothers me in the fallout in this book is Karou This story assumes Karou s devotion to this dude, into whose eyes she s gazed for like twelve seconds, would be a strong enough feeling to overcome her grief for her family It creeps me out when women in real life blindly stay with men who make them feel terrible It says something to me about the degradation of the soul I think that plenty of smart and interesting women do that, but it is at its base a creepy choice to me But, then, nothing in this story built up to Karou for that type of creepy choice, so her actions and feelings for Akiva just made no sense to me There was this idea that it could be noble to go back to someone who made you feel the worst you could possibly feel It s not romantic, but it s also confusing It also makes no sense to me because romantic feelings especially early, fiery romance are like a delicate collectible unicorn figurine, and grief is like a jackhammer Sometimes romantic feelings can t survive someone s table manners and overuse of the word absolutely, and it is beyond me to conceive of a situation, aside from being creepily insane sufferer of Stockholm syndrome, where romantic feelings could survive the murder of one s whole family.Other Miscellaneous ComplaintsAm I wrong, or did all the hand burning on the doors stuff happen when Karou was seventeen But, I know Brimstone made her a baby because she has memories of her childhood, and it s never indicated that they are false So, like, this book is trying to tell me that Akiva was the nicest guy ever, and dreaming of peace, but then he did all of the hand burning stuff in reaction to seeing Madrigal get killed But, he just waited seventeen years to express his heat of passion genocide That makes no sense.Also, if the hamsas work after you cut off a hand so they have some kind of magic of their own aside from the soul inside of the body why didn t they just burn hamsas into the outside of the walls of Loramendi Further, how did the whole group of angel soldiers stand around holding the hamsa hands without also accidentally hitting each other with hamsa magic Dumb.And why be such an asshole to Ziri, book Why be such an asshole to the ONLY actually badass character in this entire story WHYYYY In ConclusionOverall, I often don t agree with that advice to writers I think from Faulkner to kill your darlings, and I feel like writers often misapply it because they have something to prove But, in the first book, Taylor so boldly worse than killed Akiva by revealing him to be a mass murdering fuckhead Trying to resurrect his character by romanticizing what he did felt cheap and disrespectful in this one Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot, like Akiva, all had motivations for their mass murdering, but they were not romantic motivations It is not romantic to commit genocide or kill your girlfriend s family It is not romantic to make another person feel terrible It s not romantic to want to make out with a guy who killed your family It just isn t I got a copy of this book from a friend, and nobody paid me anything to rip it to shreds with the crescent blades of my keyboard A a wholeyearuntil the next book comes out I can t..I can t snaps OHMIGOD 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 WoahhhhhhhDid I just have a total trolly fan girl rantover a bookTaylorI think.I think I just need to go sit down I feel sowoozyThis series just does such weird things to me looks at the release date againOoooo A a wholeyearuntil the next book comes out I can t..I can t snaps OHMIGOD 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 WoahhhhhhhDid I just have a total trolly fan girl rantover a bookTaylorI think.I think I just need to go sit down I feel sowoozyThis series just does such weird things to me looks at the release date againOoooooOoooOooohhhhhhh 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 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 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 What are we fighting for What are we killing for What do you see when you look into the futureGone are the first book s spunkiness and lightheartedness, andthankfullythe annoying romance angleeven though the deceiving and useless cover of this book may wrongly lead you thinking otherwiseInstead 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 muchrealized and gWhat are we fighting for What are we killing for What do you see when you look into the futureGone are the first book s spunkiness and lightheartedness, andthankfullythe annoying romance angleeven though the deceiving and useless cover of this book may wrongly lead you thinking otherwiseInstead 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 muchrealized 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 all It s not often that a sequel 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 breedsof 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 deserveand the frequently annoying in its persistent cheerfullness presence of Zuzana is a painful reminder of how different Karou s life has becomeShe 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, withsteel 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 herself Karou resourceful, strong, level headed, self sufficient you are still welcome to join my literary BFFs circle Really.And 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 theeye for an eyeapproach 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 withof 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, onlysuffering 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 ofrewarding justice which causespain 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 life I 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 sh t is gettingreal, believe me And I want to learn.4.5 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 way.The 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 spain 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 reviewP.S 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 shooketh Where to begin Where to BEGIN Now that I m finally reviewing arguably as it changes on a day to day basi 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 reviewP.S 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 shooketh Where 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 prejudice and 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 well mostly 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 haveimportant 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 priority the 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, below Days of Blood and Starlight begins close to where Daughter of Smoke and Bone ends As 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, Razgut.Now, 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 anyway.Ziri, 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 But I got excited and accidentally left her behind, in the dust Oops Sorry P P.S The artwork above is again credited to Lesya BlackBirdInk Seriously, her work is phenomenal war.just war.i 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 war.just war.i 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 unfortunate.but here, i really felt something i didn t cry or anything, but i frequently felt nauseous,angry, 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 acts.it 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 action.this 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, karen karou that 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 continues.and oh god, it continues.i 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 stories.the projected date for the third part 2014.you have got to be kidding me.come to my blog 4.5 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 Mik.Karou 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 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 Mik.Karou 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 peopleDays of Blood Starlight, chapter 47 This 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 sequel has in store for its readers Wonder noThis 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 Notalk of romance and love in this story Akiva and Karou are in different camps now, with an abyss of resentment, guilt and disappointment separating them.I 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 not.Days of Blood Starlight also gave mein 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 sequel 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 forand , because as much as I know about Eretz now, I also know how much there is still left to explore.Days of Blood Starlight may be not as quirky and charming as its goulash and skuppy mischief filled predecessor, but it s a novel that encourages you to contemplate the consequences 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 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 God Karou 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 resu 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 God Karou 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 anddeadly 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

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