Okay, now that we've taken care of that, let's check out some of the earliest reviews we can get our hands on, other than what the commoners have been writing over on Goodreads.
Amazon Best Books of the Month Excerpt: "Never fear, fans of Daughter of Smoke & Bone--Days of Blood & Starlight is just as good, if not better... Taylor’s writing is full of energy and imagination, creating a world so vivid, you’ll swear you’ve been there, and characters you feel you know as well as your friends. The last third of the book demands your full attention, leaving no time to breathe between sentences and ending on a cliffhanger so big, you’ll wonder how on earth you can wait for the third installment."
The Bookish Babe Excerpt: "There was never a doubt in my mind that I would love this sequel, though I admit, Days of Blood and Starlight did begin a bit slowly for me. I'm not exactly sure why I had a problem falling into this book. The writing was certainly perfect. Maybe, it's because I was the biggest fan of Karou and Akiva together, happy, and seeing them at odds, though understandable, was hard for me."
Midnight Fantasy Book Reviews Excerpt: "I noticed some people on Goodreads saying the pacing was slow. I didn't think it was very slow but if it had been fast, there would have been a lot missed. Every characters thought and action was carefully planned and nothing was written that didn't need to be. You could really start to understand Akiva and Kaoru even more than in book 1."
Grantland Excerpt: "When questioning the motives of the seraph/chimera war, Karou asks, “What do you see when you look into the future?” In a lot of ways, this uncertainty encapsulates the adolescent experience and the strength of young-adult fiction’s recurring central conflict: Teenagers have to make difficult choices for which the consequences are unclear. When I finished Days of Blood and Starlight, I, too, found myself wishing I could see into the future, because the book ends on another terrific cliffhanger."
(Wow, Blood & Starlight was recommended on a sports/pop-culture website that primarily targets the 18-35 year old male demographic. That is how you know it's legit! And the writer gives a good argument for all ages to read YA fiction, so definitely check out the full review.)
Reading Teen Excerpt: "I have to say, I was even more swept away by this book than I was Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I was IMMERSED in this book. I didn't want to do anything but read it. I was constantly being hit by a barrage of emotions from one chapter to the next. My heart was in shambles by the time I got through it. I was pelted with one heartbreak after another, only to be given a tiny morsel of hope and then have it blown to pieces. Laini Taylor assaulted me with Days of Blood and Starlight, and all I want is for her to do it again."
So it seems that the pace is a little slower than the first book, but overall, Blood & Starlight is amazing, and perhaps better than its predecessor.
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