Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and BoneDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on September 27th 2011
Pages: 420

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone has probably been one of the most buzzed about books for 2011. Rave reviews. Gushing readers. The hype around this book is unreal. Usually, I don’t listen to all the hype since I am usually let down. But I figured what the heck with this one, might as well try it and see for myself.
It takes a lot now-a-days for a book to really impress me. The characters, the plot, the world all just has to line up just right. And with the first half of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor did just that.
Karou, our main character, is unique. Blue hair. Language collector. Mysterious. I don’t think I have ever met a character like her. When I first met Karou, I was taken by surprise at the direction Taylor went. But as I got to know Karou, everything fell into place. I just love this character. She is a dead ringer for what I look for in engaging main characters. Not too tough. Not too weak. Still has that gooey center that makes her relatable to.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is literally unlike anything I have ever read. Sure, there are some myth referrances that are familiar. But the way that Taylor presents it is so original and creative. I picked this book up on a whim, and was reading way late into the night.
Final Verdict:
The best part about Daughter of Smoke and Bone is that you do not discuss Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This is a book full of mysteries. Full of twists and turns. I was never completely sure what I was going to get with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. What I ended up with is book that needs to be savoured. A book that is all about discovery and magic. One that you simply have to discover for yourself!
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3 responses to “Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

  1. melissa @ 1lbr

    Glad you took a chance on this one and tried it! It really is a unique book in the way it’s presented – if you think about the bare bones of the story, it’s very typical. But something about the way it’s written makes it different.

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