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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Pub. Date: September 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardcover , 432pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher (HC)
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 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?

Daughter of Smoke and Bones pulls readers into a lush and vivid world full of fantastical characters. I was immediately drawn into Karou's world. The setting was magical and I loved the duality of worlds and the different beliefs that ruled them. I haven't read a book like this in some time. The writing is superb and the concept behind the plot is so unique that I found myself in awe the entire time I was reading.

The characters are rich and so full of life that I couldn't help but be drawn into the complexities of their lives. Karou and the creatures in her life brought so much intrigue and mystery within the pages. These characters are so well thought out and because their backgrounds are shrouded in dark secrets, I wanted to unlock every mystery this book held within. I love how the present and past entertwined in this book. Everything came together effortlessly as the story switched back and forth to give readers a glimpse into the characters' past and present.

This is one of those books that you don't want to put down. I fell in love with Karou and Akiva. The forbidden love aspect is always welcome as far as I'm concerned. It just ratchets the tension up even more for me. I didn't want this book to end and I'm looking forward to the next installmet. If you are looking for something different, this is a book I highly recommend. Check it out! You won't be disappointed!

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


  1. I've heard nothing but rave reviews for this story. So much that I did something I NEVER do, I preordered this one. I just received my copy today! :-)

    Great review. I didn't know this story had forbidden love it it. That's one of my favorite elements in a story line.

    Do you know how many other books are planned for this series? Did this book end on a cliffhanger or could it be read as a stand alone?

  2. Thanks for the great review. Laini is going to be in Ann Arbor tomorrow night and I've been wondering if I have the energy to go. You've convinced me--I'm going! Thanks.

  3. @Gina, I guess it depends on your definition of cliffhanger. I know the story is to be continued. I'm not sure how many installments will be in this series. So, in my opinion with the way it ended, you know some things have to be resolved. Hope this helps.

    @Natalie - I hope you make it out to see Laini!

  4. I have heard only great reviews on this and I can't wait to finally get my hands on it. Great review!

  5. agreed! mind-blowing. can't wait for book 2...


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