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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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 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?

Daughter of Smoke & Bone is the first book in the trilogy by the same name by Laini Taylor. I don't even know where to begin with this one. Who knew chimera came in so many varieties? I don't know remember if that's true to any myths I've read or if that is from the imagination of the author, but I loved it. My head is in a whirlwind. I've been wanting to read this series for a while, and I can't believe I waited so long to finally get started. Let me begin by saying, I thought I had it figured out about a quarter to halfway through or so, but nope. I was wrong. This is one of the few times I like to be wrong. (Take note. It doesn't happen often *wink*)

Karou hooked me in pretty early on. She is smart, and funny, and I love her spunk. Reading through her eyes was a joy. Akiva was amazing. He was one powerful bad a- angel.The relationship was dangerous and fun. It was innocent and tragic. There are so many adjectives I could use, but none would fully get my point across. This is how a star crossed love is supposed to be told. I'm amazed by Laini Taylor's writing. She has a new fan. Daughter of Smoke & Bone was imaginative and crazy, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.

This was not that world.” 

Check out my review of other the books in this trilogy!
Hi there! I'm a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My 'Dreamdark' books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries -- not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It's creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called "Laini's Ladies."

To learn more about Laini Taylor and her books, visit her blog.You can also find her on Goodreads and Twitter.

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