Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: YA, fantasy, paranormal
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Release Date: Sep 27, 2011
Pages: 417 (hardcover)
How I Got the Book: Bought it
Sorry for the incovenience, but I cannot provide a Gooreads link at this minute as there have been new changes to blogger which I still haven’t gotten used to
Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows 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?
Once upon a time a young teenage girl decided to buy Daughter of Smoke and Bone because of it’s hype…
And it ended pretty well.
You don’t get to really know what you’re heading into when starting Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the synopsis is very mysterious and brief. So when I started, I was nervous as all I relied on was it’s hype.
What is Karou? Not who, but what?
Unique names take prodigious imagination…Laini Taylor has immeasurably stupendously awesome imagination to make names that are defined from others and stick on your mind like glue after reading the book. Karou, Akiva, Zuzana and Kishmish, I LOVE IT! Especially Kishmish (it’s really fun to say out loud, I can imagine making a tongue twister out of that… hehe) I find it really hard to find unique but creative (not ridiculous) names in books so Daughter of Smoke and Bone has made my night!
The entire book was a fast read, but not necessarily the whole book was consistently interesting. Near the one third mark, everything was pretty dull and lacked depth, but soon everything picked up again pretty quickly. Can I say, that I love the plot (well…when it actually started to make sense and had more depth) I’m finding it extremely hard to explain what Daughter of Smoke and Bone is about as it has so many twists and shocking turns… But overall, it is about a girl named Karou, she does errands for Brimstone, a creature that has been looking after Karou since she was a baby. The errands aren’t some of your average errands, they’re for collecting teeth…So why does Brimstone want teeth? That, you can find out by reading this amazing book! (No, not for making dentures)
The ending left me wide eyed and mouthed. It was a real astonishment to me and totally left me unguarded, surely it is now one of my favourite cliffhangers.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a stunning read that will leave you shocked till the last page. Although I found some parts lacking more plot work, it is still totally worth 4 stars. I recommend this book to fantasy lovers and people who’d love a read that will leave then speechless.
Continued… (after I read Days of Blood and Starlight!)
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