Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

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Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Published by Little, Brown BfYR
Pub Date: September 27th 2011
Pages: 418
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly 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?

Once upon a time,
an angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well.

That is the epigraph. Just those three lines cemented one thing for me: it would be impossible to not devour Daughter of Smoke & Bone.

The moment you turn to the first page you realize that you’re in for something good. The intricate way the story unfolds. The rich descriptions, the imaginative characters, the love story….goodness, the love story!! So, so much….

I loved the way Karou’s story unfolds; little by little, clue by clue, piece by piece. Each chapter was a complete surprise and a revelation. I think the best surprise was when I discovered Karou wouldn’t be our only narrator. Oh, yes. Akiva shares his side of the story, his thoughts, and his ever-palpable feelings. Laini Taylor made sure Karou and Akiva would make us FEEL their every word. The words just felt so rich!

I can’t remember the last time I read characters so unique and imaginative. Especially those from Karous world. I would definitely do them a disservice trying to describe them to you. Just trust me when I say your mind will have a field day picture them all! Even after putting the book down, I found myself thinking about them, trying to perfectly capture their likeness in my mind. In kind, the world Laini’s created, and the lore to go along with it, is not what you find in typical angel and demon books.

And don’t even try to make up your mind on who the good guys and bad guys are. There is no black and white in this book. So much gray.

Akiva and Karou. *sigh* You think you know…but you have no idea. These two are the definition of forbidden love. And I loved every word of it!!

Laini Taylor had people adding Daughter of Smoke & Bone to dozens of Favorites lists in 2011. Yet, I just now got around to reading it. If you are another one who has not yet picked up this book, go now. Run! Get your hands on a copy and get enraptured by this incredible book.

 

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15 Responses to “Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor”

  1. Tara

    Imaginative is SUCH a great description of this book! Everything was so detailed and intricate and I cannot wait for the second book to come out!

  2. Heidi

    I’m so happy you finally got the chance to read this one, and particularly that you were as carried away with Karou and Akiva as the rest of us! I loved this book so so much, I’m actually debating making myself wait until book 3 is out before I read book 2. I just can’t stand this waiting!

  3. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter)

    Great review! I can’t wait to read this one! It’s been on my shelf forever, it seems. I’m happy you loved it!

  4. Kris

    I LOVE this book too. The writing is so rich and descriptive, and I love how the story unfolds piece by piece. Everything just clicks together. Words cannot describe my delight with this book. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Cannot wait for book two!

  5. Bookworm1858

    I didn’t like this book as much as a lot of others (the second part was not as satisfying to me) but the writing and world creation are so incredible. Can’t wait for the second!

  6. Amy @ bookgoonie

    WIN! Glad you loved it. The audiobook was magical. Your review is so beautiful. Can’t wait to continue the story. *crosses fingers* for a happier ending for those 2.

  7. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    I love this book so much. There is nothing that I can say here to let you know how much. It was one of my favorites when it came out. The audio is STELLAR. (take a listen, Kristine Hvam, it’s amazing, she is amazing, you will love the book MORE) Laini Taylor writes exquisitely.

    Seriously, the emotion. I just wanted to tell you I read this post, I acknowledge this post, and YES. My most highly anticipated book is the next one and I will probably be so starstruck at THE BOOK that I won’t be able to open it to read it.

  8. Smash Attack

    I really need to get off my arse and read this already. It sounds pretty spectacular. I LOVE when character’s motives are not so easily identified.

  9. Leticia (@osoordinary)

    I LOVE this review!!! : ) Daughter of Smoke & Bone is definitely one of my absolute favorites (mind you, I haven’t read many, but still)! Laini Taylor’s writing is exactly as you described it – rich! So creative, descriptive! I’m trying to get everyone I know to read this book! Have you read Days of Blood & Starlight yet? It’s in a word, epic! I’d love to hear your opinion on it!

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