Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Once upon a time an angel and and a demon fell in did not end well; and so begins Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

Goodreads Rating: 4.0

My Rating: 5 Stars

Spoiler free Summary:

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 otherworldly 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?

My Thoughts:

I picked up this book because I decided that I wanted to try something new. I am so glad I did! I don’t know if I can even find the words to describe how wonderful this book is.

From the first page, Taylor had me mesmerized. If you look at my book ratings, there are a whole lot of “4 stars” because generally, I really enjoy most books I read. For a book to get “5 stars” from me though, it has to have something extra. Something that I can’t really put my finger on. I guess it has to touch me in a unique way that few books manage to do. Well, this book managed it and then some.

I was surprised and pleased to find that this story is far from your typical YA romance, does it contain the same themes and devices as other books in the genre? Yes, it does. However, Taylor also goes far beyond that to create both characters and a story that are not only interesting and exciting, but also deeply moving. I won’t go into specifics, because I don’t even know where to start. I realize that this review is rather vague and I apologize for it. Rather than ramble on, I will conclude by saying that I think everyone should give this book a try.

Happy Reading!


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