Friday, February 17, 2012

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

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?

This book was fabulous. I've never read a book set it Prague but now I totally want to read more it was awesome. The writing was so beautiful and descriptive it made you feel like you were actually there and I love books like that.

The characters were amazing. Karou was awesome. She was so strong and brave but at the same time she was lonely and even though she had this incredible life she felt like something was missing and that made her so relatable. Also I'm totally jealous of her hair it's the best hair ever.Akiva was so complex and broken and I loved him and his story and I want more of him. Like now. The romance between Karou and Akiva seemed a little rushed at first but then all this stuff is explained and it just so perfect. I really liked Brimstone and all of Karou's monster 'family' for monsters they were so loving at times. Karou's best friend Zuzana might be my favorite character she was so funny and accepting of how strange Karou's life is

The plot was so fast paced and incredibly different and there was so many twists and turns. The whole time I was reading it I kept wondering how on earth did the author come up with this stuff and put all of it in a book and make it work so well. There was angels and chimaera's and magic and romance and glimpses of the past. Basically everything you could possibly want in a book plus beautiful writing, an awesome setting and a gorgeous cover. There is so many amazing things I could say about this book but I don't want to spoil it so I'm going to shut up and just tell you to go read it right now.
5/5 stars.


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