Sunday, May 6, 2012

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publishing Date: September 27th 2011
Pages: 418
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

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?


I heard a lot of hype over this book and knew I had to see what all the hype was about so I picked it up.  The book was somewhat confusing for me and was a little slow at the start, but about half way through it picked up, cleared up, and ended up grabbing my heart.  

I can’t say too much about the story without giving to much away so I will say what I can in the least amount of words possible….. Girl who doesn’t have parents or family lives on her own and hangs out with some pretty freaky creatures, one who collects teeth.  She can speak pretty much any language and she can wish things to be. Other than this she doesn’t know who she is or where she is from, but she knows she is not normal.

She meets a boy, a boy she wants to hate and fear but she can’t. A boy that made an attempt on her life but stopped because there was something about her that made him stop. He is beautiful, mysterious, and possibly a dangerous decision.

When girl meets boy…. her life and who she is becomes known along with a lot of bad, a lot of love, and a whole big mess.

So that’s the story in a nutshell. Karou is awesome, she is fun and I really don’t think there was anything about her I didn’t just love. Akiva….Bad boy, good looks, gentle heart. No need to say more.
The story has romance, intrigue, mysteries, and thrills.  The story is written so beautifully and dark and I was immersed in a whole new world.  I will absolutely read the next installment.


1 comment:

  1. I loved this book. It is so well written and detailed - and it made me want to visit Prague for sure.


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