Friday, January 20, 2012

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Source: Own
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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?

My Thoughts

Going into this book, I was expecting great things. I have heard so many awesome reviews on this book, that I knew I had to read it. The story is creative and original, and the writing style is fantastic. There are angels, and monsters, and some really awesome settings. The fantasy aspect of this story is wonderful. Laini Taylor is very descriptive, so you have an easy time imagining what you are reading. I was very drawn into the story. I enjoyed the different perspectives. It made me feel a little closer to the characters. There was a mix of different characters and personalities that I really enjoyed. It moved a little slow for me, but was still a fantastic read. 

Karou is the main character in the story, and while I liked her enough, I preferred some of the secondary characters over her. I didn't feel like we got to know her as well as we should have, although there are reasons for that too. I really wanted to have a stronger character connection with her. She is tough, smart, and determined, but I felt she was a little annoying at times too. She is not perfect and popular, or the outcast, or the typical main character of a storyline. She is unique. She has blue hair, she is amazing at drawing, and she lives by herself in a flat in Prague, and she can speak a ton of different languages. There is more to her than that though. She has no clue who she really is. She is surrounded by secrets.

I really enjoyed a lot of the other characters. First off there's Akiva. We get a lot of the story from his perspective.  At first I was a bit confused, but as the story progressed I understood what was happening. He is very much a mystery when we first meet him, but we get to know him quite well by the end of the book. Another character I really loved, she was probably my favorite, is Zuzana. She is so hilariously funny. The things that came out of her mouth had me literally laughing out loud. She is full of spunk and personality, and doesn't hold anything back. Brimstone is another one I liked. At first I didn't because we don't really know him at all. As I read more and more, I really had a new respect for him, and truly liked him. 

This book is very heavy with fantasy, so it is one that you really have to pay attention to. It took me longer to read this book than it typically takes me to read because I was really trying to absorb the details. At times I was confused and thought things were a bit over explained, but in the long run, I am glad that they were. I really felt like I was getting to know the areas, and the characters. This book had me tense with emotions at times, literally holding my breath. I loved being swept up into this fantasy world, and I am looking forward to what comes next. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


  1. Yay! Glad you enjoyed it. I LOVE the cover. I need to bust out my copy and read it. I haven't gotten around to it yet either haha Great review! :)

    1. Thanks hon!! The cover is beautiful!! (Have you seen the German one? OMG!) Definitely make sure you have a few days for it. The writing is very descriptive and if you are like me you want to take it all in. I hate feeling like I will miss something if I don't read it carefully.

  2. I'm happy you enjoyed the book! I agree about Zuzanna, she is by far the funniest character. And Akiva? Swoon. Loved him. I don't know if I've come across more brilliant, imaginative writing. Laini Taylor is a genius.
    Great review!

    1. Zuzana is the best!! I really love the writing. Laini Taylor is amazing. It was so in depth, that I would find myself re-reading some spots to make sure that I got everything. And I completely agree, AKiva is totally swoon worthy!

  3. Great review Amy! I agree it has to be read slow to take everything in. It's really filled to the brim with details. I really enjoyed it. It's incredibly imaginative that's for sure!

    1. I love the descriptiveness. It really makes you feel like part of the story. I don't mind that it took me long to read. I wanted to take it all in. I love how creative it was.

  4. YAY I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed this one! Personally I thought it was really slow at the beginning but then it really speeds up to a point where I can't stop reading!!! Great review muaaaaaaaaaaah! <3 If I hadn't already read this book I would have picked it up this instant after reading your review :) You make it sound soo awesome!

    1. Awww you are too sweet!! I hope that others who haven't read it do pick it up after reading my review. That's what I'm going for. :) MUAAAAAAH!! <3

  5. I do agree, this book was pretty slow and you have to pay very close attention to all the details otherwise you will not understand what is going on.

    I thought the book would be better but I guess it's worth 4.5 :) Great review!

    1. I tend to get bored with slow books, but this one was just so beautifully written that I was hung up on every detail. If it weren't for the great visuals I got from it and the great amount of information I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much.


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