Sunday, June 9, 2013

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Review

Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 418 pages
Source: Bought
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone#1

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?


Before I even read this I thought I wouldn't like it since some people rated it a two-three stars, but WHOA I was completely blown away.

It had me on the very first page and I mean literally. I just love Karou's sense of humor and she's a total bad-ass. This book is full of love, angels, demons, and hope.

Karou is not like any other teenage girls. She has blue hair and draws in her sketch book. In that book, its filled with creatures and monsters that most people think it's a story but its actually real. Karou goes on these errands ordered by Brimstone and speaks many different languages than most people. On these errands, she collects teeth. Weird right?

About half way though the book, there is a point-of-view change. It goes from Karou to Akiva back to back. Akiva is this angel who when he first lays eyes on Kauro, he can't stop until he finds out exactly who - or what - she is.

I think the reason why people rated this less the four stars, is that the romance was all of a sudden. In the beginning it was all this paranormal world building and then in the middle it suddenly became a paranormal romance book. In my opinion, I liked it either way. I loved the romance between Kauro and Akiva.

The other part where it went downhill was the flashbacks. First of all I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING! (view spoiler) The flashbacks showed what happened with Akiva a few years, I say 10 tops before what happened in Daughter of Smoke and Bones.

Long story short, I HIGHLY recommend you all read this. It's amazing, its epic, its full of romance and full of hope


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