Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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 out herself?

I’m probably one of the only people that didn’t think I’d love this book! I almost didn’t want to read it, yet I kept hearing great things about it from the early buzz so I figured I’d give it a chance. Plus the stunning cover! How can you not love it?! It’s so pretty!

For the first half I kept wondering just why everyone loved the book so much. It was good, but I wasn’t in awe with it. I actually almost put it down at one point in time to read something that was calling my name, yet I decided to keep on with it. At some point about half way through something clicked and I fell in love with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I just didn’t realize it until the end.

I loved the characters, each kept me entertained. The story line kept me questioning what was going on. I think that’s why I enjoyed the last half so much – it finally began explaining just what was going on and who Karou really is. I suspected what was going on and was pleasantly surprised that I was right, but also that there was still some things I missed out on! So it wasn’t completely predictable.

Fantasy lovers are sure to enjoy Daughter of Smoke and Bone. For others – if you are unsure about it like I was give it a chance!

I received my copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone in exchange for my honest review.

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Comments

  1. Jac says:

    I am still on the fence on this one; I’m not sure why because it seems right up my alley – but nothing about it screams “MUST READ THIS!!” to me..

    I think I’ll have to give it a try though.

  2. Giselle says:

    Yay! I’m glad you kept reading through the beginning. I also wasn’t sure I was going to like this at all and I ended up loving it as well. Great review!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

  3. Michelle A says:

    I thought this was a cool book. Laini kept opening up the story, I’m lokking forward to book 2.

    Michelle

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