Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers.
Pages: 420.
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?

There is an oddness about me, one that loves peculiar things and wicked things, that I thought only Tim Burton could satisfy. My imagination is endless and I strive to find more books that are so bizarrely creative that they're actually brilliant.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of those books.

From the first page with the first line, "Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well," I was instantly enraptured. Laini Taylor has a classic, graceful way about her writing, but not once did it feel overwhelming or over the top. The world that Taylor creates is simply alluring. Her descriptions of Prague and the world of the chimaera are so beautiful and easy to visualize, I just wanted to jump through the pages and see it for myself.

Karou has definitely earned a spot in my heart as one of my favorite female fictional characters. She's confident, kick-ass, even comical at times and the way she flits between worlds was so incredibly fascinating to me. She just seemed so real, written with the appropriate emotions and attitudes, that I had a hard time swallowing that she's just this character in this book. I also fell in love with the nearly all of the primary characters. The chimaera; Brimstone and Issa and their gang, Karou's human best friend Zuzana and the cold, mysterious angel Akiva ... more perfectly crafted characters that contributed so much charm to this novel.

And the actual story? I have nothing bad to say whatsoever. I loved everything about it. The dealing of teeth, the different types of wishes and the teacups Brimstone kept full of them, Karou's sketches, the odd tattoos and the marionette show. It was all so eerie but so genius.

Overall, I thought Daughter of Smoke and Bone was so magnificently amazing. It awakened and pleased the magical, otherwordly reader inside of me with its vivid world and imaginative characters. This was one of the most beautiful books I've ever read and I definitely urge you all to give it a read.

Other reviews for Daughter of Smoke and Bone:
The Hiding Spot.
Good Books And Good Wine.
i swim for oceans.
The Compulsive Reader.


  1. Nothing bad to say? I want this book so badly! I first have to finish through the 40 something books beside my bed... Needless to say I want this book so much. It looks so good! Great review!

    Tantalizing Illusions

  2. I finished this recently and also just loved it!!!

  3. I have your similar fascination! You have to check out Dia Reeves and Kendare Blake. Amazing, and twisted authors.