I rated the first book 5 stars all around but I took away one star all around for book 2 for the following reasons:
Book 1 was so intriguing, fascinating, exciting, and mysterious. It made me want to be Karou... what a fascinating and mysterious life she had! But then at the end you find out she's not actually Karou, but Madrigal, and that is when the fun mystery that has been so built up all comes crashing down- never to be picked back up again.
In book 2, I was mourning the loss of the exciting, young life of Karou as the whole tone of the story shifted and became dark, anguished, heavy and dry. The whole feel of book 1 that captivated me was gone and I missed it and it was never coming back. In addition to that, the mysterious characters- such as Brimstone, who I so longed to discover more of- were all dead!
The beautiful imagery that painted book 1 so lovely and made you want to be there was missing from this book. Left mostly to my own imagination, Eretz was vast and empty, without much detail by the way of landscape.
The story was really heavy and angsty, which got on my nerves. In my review of book 1, I had said I was relieved it wasn't full of angst, but book 2 more than made up for that with plenty of angst. However, once I accepted that this was now a new and different story with a totally different feel, I was able to enjoy the book for what it was, especially for the way it ended.
Finally, the reason I removed a star for the narrator is because she read this book in a strangely continuous manner. What I mean by that is the story frequently changes locations or perspectives from Madrigal to Karou to other characters, but the narrator transitions from one scene to another completely seamlessly, without even a pause, so if you aren't paying close attention, you may lose track of where you are.
Like I said, I was still able to enjoy and appreciate this book, but be prepared for a dramatic change to everything you loved about book 1.
This trilogy was my introduction to Audible and my my what a great intro it was!
Zirie was my favorite character amongst many others for his selflessness, bravery and kind, loving heart. But then there's Karou, Akiva, Zuzanna, Miq, Brimstone, Issa and so many characters that were so beautiful and special in their own way that it is really hard to appreciate just one...
The story was captivating from the beginning, moving seamlessly from one book to the next until the last one. As much as this was a fantasy genre, for a while you forget this is fiction because the writer writes with a fluidity, ease, descriptive depth, mastery and finesse, credibility and authority that captures you and makes you believe in the realness" of her world or should I say worlds. The intrigue was very intriguing, the plot development flawless and the characters believable. You move and are catapulted back to many emotions and feelings from sadness, joy, disbelief, excitement, anger, expectancy, suspense and so many more - all keeping you interested and begging for more. What i especially took from this literary opus was how perception affected one's ability for empathy and love... I won't talk about the story per say because i want the potential reader to discover it on their own without spoiling any moments but believe me you will not be disappointed. In nearing the end of book three i was between reading slower because i didn't want this journey to end but then being eager to finish just to see how the story ended!
I have read all three books and found after reading each one I could not wait for the next. I even feel like there should be a 4th book just to satisfy my addiction to every character in this book.
The narrator met all my expectations and she made each character come alive with their own voices and personality.
I enjoyed listening to Days of Blood & Starlight. The speaker brought life to the characters and the story was enthralling.
No, it was too long, but whenever I has a free listening moment, I played the book.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
I have no idea. I haven't read the print version.
What I can say is that this book is a complete switch from the first book. Now Karou has to face who and what she is. She has to figure out who the bad guys are and how to keep herself and her friends safe.
The only thing even close is the first book. The Daughter of Smoke and Bones
Yes, and I came close
This book rips at your heart a little bit. Karou feels betrayed, even though she needs to sit down and realize she really wasn't. You almost wish you could reach through the book and shake her to say "snap out of it." Toward the end she starts to buck up, but at times it gets a little tedious.
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
This book will wrench your heart out, make you mad and cry! What a beautiful set of characters and reflection of what it is to be a hero and a killer. Just an amazing book that makes it really hard to wait to get to the last book.
The lesson Karou has to learn during this book is hypocrisy, but what does anyone and everyone want to do, when the people they love have died? Avenge them. So off she goes to avenge her family and remember who she is but sacrifice herself during it all?
Just a true roller coaster rider. Amazingly written and perfectly narrated.
I've only listened to the story but I can imagine that the audio is more entertaining.
Karou of course, she plays the largest part and she has blue hair, cool.
This may sound strange but I liked the scene where Suzzana and Mic are outside and she notices that his violin case is heavy and then she discovers why. I wanted to say, "Up yours your treacherous B**ch!"
As impractable as it sounds, yes if I could I would
If any books deserves an OMG it's this one and the following 2 books in the trilogy. I not only did not want it to end but I wanted to join Karou, with antlers or not.
yes ! It may be a lot of those who do not like fantasy worlds but it had the wonderful mix of action, friendship and heart wrenching moments for me.
Akiva but only because he is my current book boyfriend haha. No but seriously his actions and love for Karou makes my heart flip and ache at the same time.
I do not write reviews as I have horrible grammar and don't know how to properly review. All I can do is share my feelings for the story and characters. So me submitting a review is a huge deal for me since that means I LOVED this book !
I found this book to be more engaging than the first. I felt like I really got to know each character better. I know others stated that they didn't like this book, but in retrospect I actually found it to be the best out of the trilogy.
This was a book that really peaked my interest and made me feel like I HAD TO KNOW what happens next.
Her narration really brought personality to each character.
There were a few moments between the main characters that moved me.
My only complaint is the numerous flash backs. A few can enhance a story, but pass that it's too much. Often I found myself thinking the book was out if sync only to find the first several minutes of the new chapter was a verbatim repeat of of something from a previous chapter.
The narrators performance adds just the right element to this truely amazing story. I was on the fence for the first book and got it in a 2 for 1 credit special. I fell in love instantly. Khristine's voice is perfect as is her accents for the characters. You always know who is talking and she really brings the pages to life.
Its so in depth without being overly graphic in its attention to detail. The story has a wonderful flow that isn't broken up by too descriptive landscapes.
No, this is a first and I will jump on the chance to listen to her again.
"Loose yourself in the world of Angels and Monsters"
Wonderful synergy of writing and performance! A perfect blend.