Author: Laini Taylor
Release Date:November 6th 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Hodder and StoughtonPages:440
Source: Won! Thank you so much to DaughterofSmokeandBone from Twitter! :)
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.
This was not that world.
As most of you know, Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of my top ten best books read in 2011. I thought it was just super creative and I love the side characters. So you can imagine I had such high expectations for this sequel. Like, impossibly high expectations. Well, you can probably guess this sequel was just meh.
Okay. Before you guys bite my ass off, let me just tell you this. I liked it. I liked it enough to keep reading, to see what happens. But there were times when I just couldn't be bothered. (I was in a reading slump aswell during this time. Booo.) Anyway, I think the writing and language was a major part in this. Don't get me wrong. Laini's writing is just in another world; it's that good. And it's so lyrical and posh and everything else that I'm like O_O while reading this. Coz guys, I much prefer like the straight to the point and addictive writing. I applaud her ability to create character's deaths (not really a spoiler; it's a freaking war. Someone's going to die.) so emotionally and even though you haven't spent that long with that character, you still feel like you've lost a friend. *cries*
Anyway, my favourite characters are most definitely Zuzana and her boyfriend Mik. Karou's human friends. Their interactions were just hilarious! Zuzana has such a great sense of her humor and someone that I would definitely want to be friends with. Mik was such a sweetie.
I'm a bit on the fence about Karou. Well to be honest I never really did connect with her in the first book too. She's strong and smart but comes across way entirely different. The love story in this was supposed to be really powerful and all that shit but because I never really did like them as a couple in the first book, I wasn't really that into them in this sequel. Wasn't really rooting for them. I'd rather have Karou be with someone else (who you'd meet later in this book). Now, he I had feelings for. *drools*
I hated Thiago. On second thought I think EVERYONE does. But my hatred for him is just in a whole new level. Dude. I'd even dig up his own grave for him.
The plot was just so action-packed and dramatic and magical. It was really something else. There was a lot of stuff going on, and I think in some cases, TOO MUCH.
There was this scene at the end where I thought 'THAT WAS JUST SO UNNECESSARY'. I can't wait for everyone to read this so I can talk about it with someone. I just didn't like it and unfortunately that was the scene where my mind goes to when I think of this book. Not good.
Overall, it was a good read. Definitely not as good as Daughter and reading this, now I'm not dying for the next book. It can wait.