|Me and author Laini Taylor at the Miami Book Fair in 2012|
Here we go...I know I'm in the minority on this review. The reason I made myself finish the book is because I have heard so many good things about it, and I kept hearing several times that it was just the beginning that was slow and that I needed to give it a chance. And so I did. And I can understand where everyone is coming from with that opinion and thought process.
I just felt this book was generally too long. I've said this before, but I think the period of the main character being like, "Oh I did this weird thing/this weird thing happened to me -- what am I?" should only go on for about two to four of those weird situations and then reveal what the character is already. I will admit that I think part of the reason this book felt so long and drawn out for me is because I was listening to it on audiobook. Maybe I would have felt it moved more quickly if I was reading it, instead of feeling like it dragging unnecessarily with no answers.
START SPOILER: We don't find out who Karou is until waaay late in the book, and frankly, that just annoyed me. I did not particularly like the layout of telling the one story and then telling the other story after that. I felt the two maybe should have been intertwined throughout the book, going back and forth. Reading parallel, but then at the end you discover it's not parallel stories but really -- you know, what it is. END SPOILER.
Will I read Days of Blood and Starlight? I might, for two reasons. First of all, as you can see from the photo above, I met Laini Taylor and she was really sweet. Thus, I have a pretty shiny autographed copy of Days that I would hate to just ignore. Maybe it was drag since I'll be reading it. Also, now that we all know who Karou is -- including Karou -- I'm guessing the book will focus on action -- the war, and moving the storyline forward. This would alleviate what annoyed me about the first book.
I'm interested to hear your comments...