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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316134023
ISBN-13: 978-0316134026
Buy the book: Amazon
Visit the site: Laini Taylor's Blog
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?
Wait. Wait. Wait. Let me gather my thoughts, my brain is still spinning from finishing this book about three minutes ago. I enjoyed devoured this book. It was like a tender juicy steak (Smoke and Bone) on a plate with juice (the words) running everywhere and every time I took a bite, I savoured every piece, every word. To me this book had such an amazing, romantic, powerful love story that it inspired me not to take my one and only love for granted.
I knew I was going to have fun writing this review, my fingers can't dance fast enough across the keyboard. What Laini Taylor did with the story about forbidden love between two people from two different worlds... was simply breathtaking. There  was one part in this story that I literally gasped for breath. Now I know that sounds dramatic, but I was so mesmerized with the story, that I felt like I was floating. Every time I had to put this book down, I could feel myself being brought back to reality, down to earth. I would catch myself between different emotions, from my jaw dropping and staying that way for a while, to smiling from ear to ear. A book that can make you go through a roller coaster of emotion, is a book to be cherished forever... Laini Taylor did her job and perfectly, I might add!
Even though I am gushing about this book, I really have no intention of giving you any spoilers. I will tell you a few things that I enjoyed...
I loved the main character Karou, she is seventeen, she has such a great life. She lives in Prague where it is Gothic and beautiful. She goes to art school and owns her very own flat full of furniture from all over the world including a genuine Persian rug. Her ex-boyfriend is gorgeous in every way and refuses to believe they have broken up. Her best friend Zuzana, is spunky, a little fickle and irresponsible, but as faithful as they come. And that is just one side of Karou's life, the human side.
Akiva to me was a perfect lead male role. He made my heart go pitter-patter. Even when I wasn't reading Smoke and Bone, I would think about him... his pain, his story, his past. Akiva is beautiful, strong, powerful, protective and in pain. He lost someone he loved dearly a long time ago and it shows, but he is a warrior, a survivor through and through. He must keep his eyes on the mission, the task at hand... the enemy. But when he sees Karou, everything changes.
This book reminded me of an intense, seductive, thrilling, romantic version of Narnia. The characters and the battles were unbelievable and believable at the same time. The story of Daughter of Smoke and Bone that Laini Taylor so beautifully has written is one that you cannot take lightly. This is not a quick read, but one to read slowly and understand each and every interwoven idea/thought/dream that makes up the storyline. It is powerful in every way. I want to re-read it again as soon as I'm done with this review, just because I know there is more story to be had.    
The last two things I want to add is... that this book is so beautifully descriptive. And I would love to have a wishbone right about now, because my wish would be that the sequel would just magically appear under my pillow as I slept tonight!
Read, read, read this book. I promise you will be as grateful to Laini Taylor as I am right now :)


Sexual: Heavy
Profanity: Mild
Violence: Heavy (mostly battle scenes)
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  1. I have this coming next week in an ARC tour, and your review has me even more excited than I already was for it!

  2. Great review! I LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bone too. I've written my review(scheduled to the end of September) and it sounds a bit like yours. I'm raving about how good it was, it was impossible not to LOL

  3. this looks amazing i am very excited to get my hands on this, what a great review!... did u notice the cover only has one eye? totally creepy lol.


  4. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. My friends are sick of hearing me talk about it LOL.

  5. After reading your review, I've decided, I WILL READ THIS BOOK!!! Thanks for the great review :)

    New follower,
    April @ Books 4 Juliet

  6. Awesome review not giving anything away. Can't wait for the release.

  7. Great review and every bit of it is right on target.

  8. Laini Taylor is such a wonderful storyteller! Her characters really come alive and stay with you even when the book is done. I will read anything she writes. Twice:)

    1. Oh have you read Lips Touch Three Times? It's really different and I liked it a lot!


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