Saturday, November 12, 2011

Short & Sweet Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Genre: Paranormal Young Adult

Hardcover, 432 pages 
Published on September 27, 2011 by Little Brown

Where did I get the book: Bought for pleasure reading

Summary (via Amazon): 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?

My thoughts: I picked up Daughter of Smoke and Bone because of the interesting synopsis and all the rave reviews that I have seen around the web. Daughter of Smoke and Bone isn’t like any young adult novel that I have ever read before. The concept and the entire world-building are fun and fresh to the YA genre. Taylor has crafted a beautifully written master piece, full of imagination. The story follows blue haired and tattooed Karou, a 17-year old art student. Karou as you can imagine isn’t like any normal student, she was actually raised by chimeras (monster/demon) and runs errand collecting teethes from all over the world. 

I finished this book in one and a half days! I never ever finish a book that fast, let alone a book over 400 pages. Yes! It was that gooood. Karou was an interesting character, funny, caring and a fighter. Karou best friend, Zuzana was a joy to read as well.  At barley 5 feet, Zuzana was full of snark and soul, beside Karou I really love this character, and she stood out from all the other secondary characters. The love interest in the book, the angel Akiva…fell flat for me. He wasn’t interesting and his overall action and dialogue was weak and unmemorable.  

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a great addition to the young adult genre. I look forward to the next book in the series by Mrs. Taylor. The book ended abruptly, but definitely left room for more books in the series. If you are looking for something totally different to read and want a great story, I recommend you picking up this book. This one is going on the keeper shelf!

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