Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Genre: Teen Fantasy/Paranormal
Rating: 3/5 stars
The Overview: 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?
The Mini Book Review:
I thought the concept for this book was friggin cool: teeth-harvesting chimera, an art student in Prague, and a heavenly love interest, topped off with great writing and a quirky voice. My favorite element of the story was probably Karou herself. You see, I’ve always been in awe of people with strong artistic talents, I really feel like this book allowed me to get immersed into her world as she attended her art classes (in Prague nonetheless, which made the whole thing seem more exotic and exciting). I also liked the supporting characters, but often wondered if they were a little too one-dimensional.
I honestly think if I had read Daughter of Smoke and Bone ten years ago I would have loved it, probably because the romance would have resonated with me a lot more then than it does now. As it were, I found it a bit tiresome and predictable… but then again, I have read a ton of teen love stories over the last decade and after a while they all start to sound the same. My advice is, if you’re in the mood for a semi-typical teen romance with a whole bunch of cool crap around it, give this book a go.
And I’m totally serious about the art thing – I love reading about people who are amazing at their craft (even if it’s a craft that doesn’t technically exist in our world like dragonriding or magecraft). This book inspired to the point where I even dusted off my old paints. I’ve always been pretty decent at copycatting, but have never been able to create something beautiful from scratch. Also, notice that this painting is only half finished… It has totally been that way for about six months and will probably remain that way forever.
Is painting ADD a thing? I have it.
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Yes! I totally get that. One of the things I’ve loved about this book was the description of the main character sketching or painting. There was a artistic flair to everything around her.
Very nice Review, thanks for sharing! :)
Thank you – and I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who particularly loved that angle! I honestly don’t think I would’ve liked the book half as much without it.
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That might be true. I’ll have to admit this series is one if my favourites but I’m easily blown away by a good story so nevermind :p. I’ve read them all three in one week so I have no clue what actually happens in each of the books I just know the whole story. .. Stupid Reading-addiction hahah
Hahaha oh how those reading binges are so much fun! I’m actually a little nervous to read the second two because I was worried the art and other cool culture stuff wouldn’t be as prominent for some reason… You give me hope :-)
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I would totally tell you to continue readinf but you have to understand that after some really nasty twists there will be no much time for the descriptions of drawing (but my memory isn’t really the best so I’m not really sure of it) … And I mean, heellloo? Winged people? People who are puzzled together out of various animals? Thats the really cool stuff that I love about that book. Btw you seem like a really cool person … Wait a second I’m just going to check out your whole blog! (…as much as its possible on my tiny smartphone :s)
That makes sense, and I’m definitely on board for more chimera and winged people. :)
And likewise! (Stalking your website as we speak)
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