Series Review: Days of Blood & Starlight and Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

So I was going to review these individually but thought why not join them together, these reviews are more my thoughts whilst reading rather than what happens so it’s pretty spoiler free for anyone who hasn’t read them yet. 

Days of Blood and Starlight is an amazing follow up to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, now we’re immersed in the Chimera and Angel’s worlds and Laini’s magic/world building is amazing and blew me away as usual.

“Mercy, she had discovered, made mad alchemy: a drop of it could dilute a lake of hate.” 

The world is in so much chaos and Karau is in the thick of it, living with danger at her back and every move closely watched, she’s cautious and trying to figure out how to get out of the mess she’s in. Zuze is back and they have such an amazing friendship and I just want to hug them and make them eat cake and banter with each other forever, but monsters and angels so… not really happening anytime soon.

The one thing I really didn’t expect was how dark the story went. The story is set amidst a huge war, gruesome revenge killings and brutalisations, attempted rape, and murder. The grittiness of this really made me invested in how dire the situation actually is and I enjoyed the darkness that is sometimes lacking from YA.

It’s easy to think everything’s okay with Zuze and Mik making friends with monsters and the way Laini adds humor in so effortlessly but Karuo is in real and constant danger and I loved the edge it brought into the series.

4/5 Stars

13618440Dreams of Gods and Monsters had everything in it, war, monsters, love, mystery, new characters, lovable old ones, but the beginning stopped me from really falling in love with it.

There was SO much story to get through and having a slow start really made me lose the urgency that the last book had built up. Karou, Akiva, the angels, the humans, the war, the splits between the worlds, everything’s set into a fantastic crescendo, there’s danger everywhere and a precious balance between the armies, but the slow beginning and small/little background on a new and pivotal character really drew me away from the sense of doom. I missed out on the tension I was expecting.

I love Mik and Zuze as always *kiss/punch* they are my favourite and the most well-developed characters I’ve read about in ages. Not even meant to be the stars of the show they stole the spot light for me.

The second half had a lot of info to get through and did it well but again the pacing was off for me. We saw from all sides and learnt more about different races of Angels and Akiva himself as well as what General asshole actually wanted but it all happens in 300 pages. Where was this info the last two books? We had some clues but no solid background and it made me disconnect from loving it as my mind had to much info to process.

The ending was nice. I wasn’t head over heals but I was satisfied to a point. It wasn’t a perfect bow and I felt it was a little rushed but it did the job and I don’t feel there were to many unfinished things left to deal with.

Laini’s writing as always is phenomenal, the worlds she creates with words, the people, the emotions, the complexities. All with such amazing prose, I wish I had more of her books in my hands right now.

4/5 Stars

All in all I really enjoyed this trilogy and can’t wait for more of Laini’s books to hurry up and be in my hands!

Have you read this trilogy? What did you think? Who was your fave character? Is it still on your TBR?

I’m a bit late to the party but I’m so glad I finally read and enjoyed them.

11 thoughts on “Series Review: Days of Blood & Starlight and Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

  1. I really need to finish this series! I loved the first book but haven’t picked up these yet but will hopefully soon. Loved your review!

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  2. Great reviews for both of these books Casey. I’m really glad you enjoyed them but it’s a shame the last book wasn’t as good as you’d maybe hoped it would be.
    I haven’t read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series in so long so I’ve forgotten a lot about the books. It’s definitely a series I need to re-read at some point, so I wonder if I’ll feel the same way about the last book as you did when I do.
    Again great reviews. 🙂

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    1. I think I’d hyped it up a bit much but yah the ending was lacking the neatness that I like from series, it was also a little coincidental BUT I did enjoy the writing and the world so its not all bad 😀

      I need to reread so many old books! I think back to some and think hmm I’d probably hate that now but past me loved it *cough* Twilight *cough* XD
      Thank you Beth! You’re the sweetest ❤

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      1. That’s the problem with hype, sometimes even with a series as good as this one it can work against you. Sometimes the books just can’t live up to our expectations.
        Twilight would be the same for me. I loved it when I first read it but now I know I wouldn’t enjoy it as much. 🙂
        That’s all right! ❤️

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  3. The first time I’d read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it was such a non event Casey. I liked it but was so into dystopians that I didn’t fully appreciate how beautiful Laini’s writing actually is. The second time around I was blown away and binge read the entire series. Karou is magnificent. She’s the perfect blend of light and dark, toughness and compassionate and flawed. I can’t wait to grab a copy of Puppets. So glad you enjoyed these Past Kelly. I knew you would 😉

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    1. I love Karou too, she’s such a great character and the friendships and relationships around her are so complicated and feel real which I really enjoyed.
      The writing really is unlike anything else I’ve read, the lyricalness of it and short sharp chapters were my fave.
      Puppets is going to be awesome! I was tempted to get the ebook because it’s only $3 at the moment but the hardcover is too beautiful and I need it on my shelves 😀
      Thank ya Kells ❤


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