Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1
published on September 27th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
young adult | fantasy | romance
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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 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 actuallygrows 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?
I LOVED the world-building in this book. Holy guacamole, did Laini Taylor create one of the most unique worlds I’ve ever read about. I was crazy interested in every. Single. Thing.
I LIKED the characters. Karou was a very different heroine, and I loved reading about the things she did, and the realistic way she reacted to things. I also loved her best friend, who I could TOTALLY relate to. But there were some characters (like her ex) who felt just slightly fake to me.
I LIKED the romance. I didn’t feel the spark instantly, but but the end of the book I just wanted these two to be together forever. Not because of their chemistry, really, but because they had a brilliant history together.
I APPRECIATED the writing, but personally COUDLN’T CONNECT to it. I guess that’s self explanatory. Taylor’s writing is wordy, descriptive and maybe flowery–not really my type, personally.
Overall, I’m still definitely going to pick up the sequels to this one!
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.