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Days of Blood & Starlight Audiobook

Days of Blood & Starlight

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In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a "must read" by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, and The New York Times called it "a breath-catching romantic fantasy."

©2012 Laini Taylor (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Oceanismyplayground California 04-16-13
    Oceanismyplayground California 04-16-13

    Prefers the ocean to deserts, prefers laughter to tears, and will take a good story any day. Discovering a great story? Even better.

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    "Love! Favorite YA Series (after The Hunger Games)"

    Days of Blood & Starlight is a magical book. Yes, it is a book that includes a magical world but it is more than that. Laini Taylor's writing surpasses that of most YA authors I've read and she has created a new world that is vividly alive. Combine that with memorable characters and for me, who has spent the past year powering through YA lit, it is one of the few books that really stands out from the rest. I love this book and enjoyed it more than the first one, if only because it didn't delve into all of the history and background that the first one did.This one had a strong plot that moved the characters I've come to care about along.

    The writing is a little heavy-handed at times but with the amazing narration by Khristine Hvam, it flows by effortlessly, wrapping the listener into the different worlds. My favorite moments still are the ones between Karou and Zusana, and even Zusana and Mik. Who am I kidding, I want Zusana to be my best friend and be witty with a fun accent all the time. The levity that she brings to the story helps ground it at times as Zusana does for Karou.

    This review is vague to avoid any spoilers. All I can say is that Akiva and Karou spend most of the book separated but it gives the reader more time to further appreciate what they're each going through. And all of that history in the last third of Daughter of Smoke of Bone that frustrated me turns out to be 100% essential and by tacking it on in the first book, it gives Days of Blood & Starlight the freedom to keep a good pace for the readers.

    I enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone quite a bit, but I absolutely loved Days of Blood and Starlight. Can't wait for the third book to find out what happens next!

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    Mike Urbana, IL, United States 04-10-13
    Mike Urbana, IL, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Bit of a let down"

    First, let me say Khristine Hvam does another amazing job reading this book. Second, this book was a bit of a let down after the tour de force of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I found Karou's weakness through much of this story infuriating to the point that I almost stopped listening. Zuzana's charming presence helped me stick with it to the end, though. Speaking of the end, the epilogue felt like a shortcut through what should have been an interesting chapter or two in itself. Lastly, I feel like I gotta warn you this story ends with the words "to be continued".

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    Katrina ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 03-02-13
    Katrina ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Cannot wait until the 3rd(?) book!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - if they have read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, this was a wonderful second installment of the series (trilogy?). I love the story and the twists.


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    Sydney 02-27-13
    Sydney 02-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Highly recommended."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Days of Blood & Starlight to be better than the print version?

    This is the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I had previously read it in print. The narrator has done a marvelous performance for both books. She really added to the story.


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    Jaimie kansas city, MO, United States 02-26-13
    Jaimie kansas city, MO, United States 02-26-13
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    "Awesome!"
    Where does Days of Blood & Starlight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good same voice as first book nice to have consistency. Great story!


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes equal with other performances.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I defiantly laughed and felt saddened at times.


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    Elizabeth 02-25-13
    Elizabeth 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Dramatic second novel in the series."
    Where does Days of Blood & Starlight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's part two of a unique and engrossing story. The perfect accompaniment to my jewelry building studio time.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    K. Hvam's reading is the perfect voice for the book. I bet the author is very pleased. Her accents are amazing and it's a wonderful, exciting and rich listen!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Even when the story has taken a serious turn, the side characters bring joy and humor, making it so much fun.


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    Amazon Customer 02-19-13

    p.s. forever

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    "Buy the book instead"

    The audio version of this story was extremely hard for me to follow and "get into." I think it would have helped if I'd been able to read the beginning, and then listen from there. The performance was very good, though.

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    Kr 02-16-13
    Kr 02-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice Plot, Dumb Characters"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I can't recommend this to a friend. <br/><br/> I enjoy the world that Laini Taylor builds, but the characters who inhabit it are not intelligent enough for me to enjoy. No characters exhibit any type of strategy or forward thinking. There are a lot of whiny monologues from Karou, which I assume is supposed to show some type of strength, but it just comes off as immature. There's no character growth in any of the main leads and I found myself not caring as the story went on. This made it harder to suspend disbelief.<br/><br/>I can see why people like the story-- the premise has nice epic feel to it. But the execution did not live up to its potential


    If you’ve listened to books by Laini Taylor before, how does this one compare?

    I actually liked this book better than the first book in the series because it dotes less on that sappy love story and more on the world around the characters... But some of the plot devices felt a little cheap.


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoy her range of voices. Her "Brimstone" voice is great. But her Karou voice is a little nasally and whiny... Which I guess makes sense, because that's how the character is written.


    Did Days of Blood & Starlight inspire you to do anything?

    Find better book recommendations.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, there's too much adult content for YA Lit. No, the author doesn't use explicit language, but I don't see how the sex is necessary to the story. It's clear that she's writing for adults under the guise of YA, which, once again, seems cheap. If you want to write a fantasy novel for adults, then write the type of character growth and plot that adults want to read. Don't slap a YA Lit label on it just to be held to a lower standard.

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    Melissa Bee 02-12-13
    Melissa Bee 02-12-13
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    "Sequel was a let down"

    This was a disappointment, considering how much I loved the first book, Daughter Of Smoke and Bone. The plot felt stagnant and there were no big revelations or unique twists that surfaced regularly as in the first. Karou is vulnerable, broken and easily manipulated-quite different from the strong, defiant character she once was. I was unable to finish listening to this book because I became distracted, even bored and it wasn't motivating me whatsoever to work out on the treadmill. I do plan on getting the book from the library so that I can skim the last few chapters. While the story was a big let down, the narrarator -as she was with the first book- was superb.

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    PageyWagey Pacifica, CA USA 02-09-13
    PageyWagey Pacifica, CA USA 02-09-13 Member Since 2014

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    "I had so been looking forward to this..."

    After reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone and, frankly, LOVING the blend of paranormal, fantasy, thriller, and romance, I was waiting impatiently for the second installment of the story of Karou and Akiva. This story, though, was so dark, so heavy, and frankly, so boring, that it was hard for me to get through. (Spoiler alert!) So many of the characters from the 1st book have been murdered and Karou and Akiva are (truly!) in separate worlds, so it is basically a story of genocide. I felt that Khristine Hvam did a great job narrating, but I had to force myself to get through the book. The final 1/4 of the book picked up a bit and I started to feel like the plot was moving forward and that there might be some kind of hope, some possible reconciliation for some of the characters, but I am not so sure that I will be around for the 3rd book. We'll see.

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