Review: DAUGTHER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor

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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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    October 6, 2011

    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:)

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    Rummanah Aasi

    October 6, 2011

    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.

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    Lauren M

    October 6, 2011

    Yay! I completely agree. Loved this book so much! <3

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    Lea (YA Book Queen)

    October 6, 2011

    So glad you loved this one! DoS&B was definitely a pleasant surprise, and the characters were just amazing :)

    Lovely review, Hafsah!

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    October 6, 2011

    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!

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    ashelynn hetland

    October 6, 2011

    loved this book! great review!

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    October 6, 2011

    So glad you loved this one! Heart wrenching is a good description of the book- it really had it all. Can't wait for the sequel. Awesome review!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    October 7, 2011

    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?)

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    October 7, 2011

    OMIGOSH YES! This book was utterly amazing and gorgeous and every way. I need more!!! Great review, Hafsah!!

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    October 7, 2011

    Yay! I LOVED this one too! So glad you found it be as wonderful as I did :D

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    October 8, 2011

    YAY! I loved this as well. The world is incredibly imaginative and the characters are amazing. I'm so glad when I see other great reviews of this book. Glad you enjoyed it too!

    Xpresso Reads

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    We Heart YA

    October 9, 2011

    Agree 3000%! This is definitely a fave read of 2011. We only wish the sequel were out already! We're going to die waiting…

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    October 19, 2011

    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!

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    October 29, 2011

    I really wanna get this book, great review! I'm glad she didn't disappoint you. I hate when that happens haha :D

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    November 12, 2011

    I've heard such amazing things about this book..glad you enjoyed it

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    Amanda Welling

    November 16, 2011

    This book was one of my favorites this year! So glad that you loved it too <3

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    November 26, 2011

    I love Laini's writing style. So unique. The visualizations are just perfect. I really enjoyed this world. Can't wait for more in the series!

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    December 6, 2011

    I am reading this book at the moment! It takes a while to get into, but I love it so far!

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    January 25, 2012

    Now I really have to read this…I've been meaning to but I just haven't gotten around to it. Thanks for the review!

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    April 2, 2012

    Great review. All I have heard is how amazing this book is I'll have to read this really soon.

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    September 29, 2012

    love your review! I've heard so much good things about this book. Need to get my hands on this book. =)

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    Sierra Abrams

    October 9, 2012

    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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    November 3, 2012

    Awesome review! Im reading it now! XD

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    The Writer in the Background

    December 9, 2012

    I loved this book to no end! This review sums up my feelings exactly!