Book Review | Daughter of Smoke and Bone (#1) by Laini Taylor

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone (#1) by Laini Taylor
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers on September 27th, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 418
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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? [x]

Review: I finally got my hands on this book after seeing it on Book Outlet. I was lucky enough to also get the second book at the same time. Which is very fortunate because I need to read the next one badly! I also need to read everything that Laini Taylor has written.

The writing is so wonderful. I found myself dog earring the pages to go back to certain sentences. It is such a different YA supernatural novel compared to most in its genre. It goes into it in such a unique way it’s refreshing. There is definitely some “insta-love” but I promise if you keep reading it’ll get better. There’s also no love triangle!

The characters are great. The storyline is amazing. The setting was different. The supernatural beings were unique/different than the norm.

The only thing I didn’t particularly enjoy is when the story slowed down and another one was thrown in there. It sort of felt like it came out of nowhere. Then it returned to the original storyline. I feel like if more weaving was involved it wouldn’t have seemed so sudden but I also see how it works.

Also this book really makes me want to go to Prague.

Rating: 4/5 stars!

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