Book Review: Daughter Of Smoke And Bone

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone CoverBook: Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor

Published September 2011 by Little, Brown Books For Young Readers|Pages: 432

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: Daughter Of Smoke And Bone #1

Genre: YA Fantasy

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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.

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone is definitely an interesting book.  Initially, I didn’t like it, but I decided to give a few more chapters.  Next thing you know, I’m totally sucked in to this very strange world.  It’s definitely unusual, but in a really good way, because I liked trying to figure out what was going on.

There was a point towards the end where I kind of figured out what was going on before it even came up, but other than that, I was pleasantly surprised with Daughter Of Smoke And Bone.  There are angels and demons who take on a life of their own, and I’m not even going to attempt to explain how they’re different than other angel/demon books out there.  Although…you can’t really say that Daughter Of Smoke And Bone is an angel/demon book, because it’s not.  There are monsters and other strange beings, and wishes that cause pain.

I thought Laini Taylor did a completely awesome job at creating this unforgettable world that makes me want to know more about it!  Seriously.  There were points where I was looking at my Nook wondering what was going on.  But everything had a purpose, and the details that you get have a point.  They are all important to the story, and they are not there just to be there.

The interesting thing about Daughter Of Smoke And Bone is that it totally seemed like it would be a paranormal book.  And I was wrong, because it is fantasy more than anything else.  I have no idea why, but I was expecting something more paranormal.  I definitely feel like the summary doesn’t do the book justice.  At all.  But Daughter Of Smoke And Bone is so much more than what you could hope for in a book, so it’s probably good I don’t read summaries before reading the book.

Final Thoughts:

I’m not in love with Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, but I really liked it.  It’s definitely different, and a little more…weird…than I was expecting, but overall, it was hard to not get pulled in.  There are some very memorable characters, and I don’t think I’ll be forgetting this one anytime soon.  Daughter Of Smoke And Bone gets 4 stars.


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