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Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor


8490112Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Published: September 27, 2011

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 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?

So I decided to start this year reading the e-books I have yet to read on my kindle. I keep buying them and not even touching them. So I decided to start with Daughter of Smoke & Bone because I heard AMAZING things about this book. And I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed, but it wasn’t really what I was expecting it to be.

I have to say the writing was absolutely breath taking. Such detail, such…grace in all the words it was something I enjoyed reading. The words just seemed to fit seamlessly together. It was a very well written book. I also loved the world. Mostly the whole demon side of it. I thought the whole building bodies from the teeth and what the hamsas meant. But I didn’t really like any of the characters. I couldn’t connect with them.

As for the plot I found it to be a bit too lovey dovey. I understand why Karou and Akiva fall in love and I understand why Karou and Akiva are SO in love but I felt as though it happened to fast, and I was hoping to have a bit more action in this book. I heard it picks up in books 2 and 3 so I’ll definitely give book 2 a shot. But all in all it was a bit of a let down around all the hype. But I can 100% say I thoroughly enjoy Laini Taylor’s writing very much.







  • susannahhtaylor

    Glad you enjoyed the writing! It really is beautiful :)

  • Stephanie

    Yeah I’m going to give the second book a shot. I saw on goodreads that you’re liking it.

  • susannahhtaylor

    Yeah! The second one was a whole lot of angst. Afraid to get into the third one

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