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Review: DAUGTHER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor

Posted by on October 6, 2011
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) 
Laini Taylor
424 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Rating: LOVED 

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?

   Throw a glance at Laini Taylor’s latest and you won’t be able to resist picking it up. The dark, gorgeous exterior promises an equally gorgeous interior – and delivers.

    Before reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I read three novels that ended up as disappointments. I was afraid this one would amount to the same. But of course, Laini Taylor’s latest was a pleasant surprise that left me hungry for more. Lush writing, descriptive prose, and vivid characters filled the pages from one end to the other. The main character, Karou, was a young girl we would all want to read about – lonely, talented, artistic, and unique.

    Karou is different. Her lapis lazuli hair grows that way out of her head. The necklace of bright beads she wears around her neck is more than just adornment. The lifelike drawings she sketches in her many books are real – the monsters that don those pages really exist. Though no one believes her. And then there’s Akiva. I won’t tell you much, but Laini Taylor knows how to write. The words she uses to describe everything in utmost detail will leave your heart wrenching.

    In conclusion, I’ll say this: You must pick this up. Daughter of Smoke and Bone has it all, notably a writing style that will leave you craving for more, just like it did for me. If the cover isn’t enough to catch your attention, this review should have your scampering around the bookstore until you find yourself a copy.

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  1. YESSSSSSSS! I completely and utterly loved this book, so glad it surprised you and broke your string of disappointing reads Hafsah! I can't wait for more in this series:)

  2. I just got my hands on my library's copy of this book. I'm SO excited to pick it up. I, too, have had a string of disappointing reads and I'm hopeful this book will bring me out my rut. I absolutely love her writing.

  3. Oh, good grief, I really need to read this. And soon. I swear, it's been nothing but extremely positive review after extremely positive review with this one. The characters, the writing, the world all sounds perfect! Glad it broke your string of disappointments!

  4. Oh, yeah. What you said. People, you must read this one, if for no other reason than to see what happens. I'm amazed at the author's skill for worldbuilding and description. LOVE! (Plus, blue hair? How awesome is that?)

  5. This book sounds amazing, and I've only heard fantastic things about it. Books that are detailed well and make you feel incredibly emotional about them are amazing, and I can't wait to check this out for myself. Thank you for the review!

  6. Wow this sounds amazing – especially from your review!! And you're right – the cover draws the viewer in soooo well! I can't wait to read all about the blue-haired Karou and all the amazing sounding characters in this amazing-sounding story! It's about time I make time for it! :D

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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