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Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2) - Laini Taylor Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.And its snap split the world in two.Days of Blood and Starlight was one of my most anticipated books of this year, and, as almost all of my other highly anticipated reads, it ended up disappointing me. Are my expectations too high or do the books have actual problems?If you’ll have me answer that question, then I’d say that the books have major problems. But again, that’s just me.Anypoodle, Days of Blood and Starlight was released a year later, give or take, from the time I’ve read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This means that I had no recollection of the past events. This means that I went in blindly.If you are in my situation then know this: you will find yourself confused throughout the book. If you are not in my situation, then you’ll be probably happy because Laini Taylor spared you those annoying flashbacks.You lucky duck.Another problem I have with Days of Blood and Starlight is the story. Laini Taylor is taking it in a very different direction than its predecessor. I felt like it was more fantasy-ish than Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Which is good. Or is supposed to be good.No more teenage drama, no more love triangles and all that crap. Gimme, right?Well, it did not work for me for some unknown reason. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want stupid teenage shit. I just wanted.. something else that I can’t name and did not happen in Days of Blood and Starlight.“Karou.” It was only a whisper, but she jumped at the sound of her name. Who—? She saw no one, she had heard no approach. Only… A draft of heat. A drift of sparks. Oh god. No. And then like a dropped veil, his glamour vanished and he was before her. Akiva.Maybe more of this? I guess so. Too much war-related drama, too few Karou and Akiva.Overall I did not hate it nor love it as I was expecting. It was just ok. That’s disappointing when I think of how awesome Daughter of Smoke and Bone is. I hope Laini Taylor makes it up to me in her next book.Review also posted on