Sunday, October 23, 2011

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

The cover is even prettier in person!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone By Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication date: September 27th 2011
Pages: 420
Copy type: Hardcover
Revived by: Bought

Genre: Fantasy
Sub-genres: Romance, Action, Paranormal

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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 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 is a beautiful, unique tale of fantasy and self-discovery that really can't be compared to any other book out there.

Karou is a teenage girl from Prague who runs errands for a very peculiar bunch, part animal part humans who send her to get teeth from people all over the world, though the refuse to tell her why she is getting the teeth or what they do with them. But after she gets attacked by a winged angel on an errand and she gets kicked out of the creatures' shop all of the doorways to their shop are burned and she's left alone.

Karou is the kind of girl who can fight fer herself and doesn't need someone to rush in ad rescue her all the time. I love how she takes part in this fantasy other-world and the story is about her discovery of the world and where she comes from. 

I liked the beginning and middle of the book a lot more then the end (I'm avoiding spoilers) because there is a section that tells the story of a character other than Karou and I liked Karou a lot more than the other character.

Reincarnation. Yes, it's in this book. I love reincarnation, and how it is used in this book is completely unexpected and beautifully used.  

I recommend this book to all Young Adult and Fantasy fans. 



  1. Great review, Erika! So glad you enjoyed it. I love this book!

  2. By this point, you're probably wondering, this is well and good but what is Daughter of Smoke and Bone about? Trust me when I say, you don't need to know - just fall headlong into it! Any synopsis I would give would be pockmarked with YA cliches and you'd question what it is that's so different about this book. And that's where good writing comes in - transforming cliches into marvels.