Monday, September 12, 2011

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor
Publication Date: September 27th, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780316134026
Source: ATW Arc Tours

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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 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 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? (Goodreads)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a very unique read for me. I can honestly say that it’s like no other book I’ve read thus far. This book is just… Wow!

The main character in the story, Karou, is awesome. Actually she’s above and beyond awesome. She’s the really strong, kick butt girl that I always love as the heroine. Her very unique childhood, and the people she was raised by, made her such an interesting person. You have to love her. The male lead in the story is Akiva. He really had me guessing in the beginning of the book. I found their relationship to be really interesting, and these two characters definitely made the book more fascinating.

The secondary characters were very interesting as well. I loved Karou’s best friend, Zuzana. I loved her, not only for her sarcasm, but for her friendship with Karou. I love friends like these. Karou’s family was really, really interesting to read about. Brimstone, her adoptive dad so to speak, was really a mystery to me. I’m hoping we find out even more about him in the next books.

For the most part, the book was very well paced. There were only a few slow spots. There were also a few parts that were a little confusing, as there were just a lot of things going on at one time. Otherwise, the book was well written, and the plot was very unique. The ending definitely leaves you hanging. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the next book.

Overall, I found Daughter of Smoke and Bone to be a really enjoyable, unique read. I hope you all enjoy it as well!

Happy Reading!


  1. Oh, we're really excited about this one. Thanks for the review. Sounds like the characters are pretty believable and enjoyable!

  2. I haven't seen that many reviews on this one. I think it sounds great, and I would probably really enjoy it. Great post! I must add to my wishlist.

  3. I loved how unique this one was too Christy! I couldn't put it down because everything felt new and different. Zuzana was a favorite character of mine as well, I adored her and Karou's relationship. Fantastic review!

  4. Ooh I have this on my tbr and can't wait to get to it! I'm really happy Karou is an awesome character, and Akiva definitely sounds intriguing too. Happy reading!

  5. This one sounds really interesting and I've been hearing good things about it. I'll have to pick up a copy when it comes out. Great Review!

  6. Nice review.
    I'm reading this one at the moment, only 3 chapters in. Looking forward to reading more now.

  7. Great review! This is definitely one that I want to read! The main and secondary characters sound like they are super enjoyable! I can't wait to read this one!!

  8. Ooh, this one sounds so cool! I've been hearing really good things from people who've gotten ARCs, and I'm definitely planning on reading it when it comes out!

    Awesome review, Christy! :)

  9. Oh! Oh! This one's up next on my pile and I can't wait to start it (my book & bed are calling me...). Great review.
    Mary @ BookSwarm

  10. I am starting this one right NOW actually. haha. it's the next in my pile (and on my hand coloured calendar). Glad you loved it.

    It sounds like the main chracter is amazing, so I am looking forward to that!

  11. I loved this one, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it as well. It's definitely a unique read and I have to give major kudos to Laini Taylor for her world building. Excellent review!

  12. I haven't seen this around too much. Looks interesting. Fab review :)

  13. I love this one soooo much, so I'm glad you like it, too. Can't wait to find out how this will continue, because that ending definitely broke my heart a little bit.
    Great review. :)


  14. I agree, very unique and very very good! I loved it!

  15. I live near to Czech Republic so it was very interesting (and funny) to read something from this locality. But this book was...a bit qick for me. *spoilers* I mean...Akiva, tough and determined guy, all of a sudden becomes crying emotional wreck and Karou is like "once there is a sexy guy, life goes sideways". It is like a typical YA Paranormal illness. Anyway, I can say that I enjoyed this book and like it :)


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