Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
The first book in the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy trilogy by award-winning author Laini Taylor 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 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 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?
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"Dnf 54% of the way thru. <br/><br/>This is my second series of Laini Taylor. Strange the Dreamer was absolutely amazing. And even though I love some of her writing style the dialog ruined much of this story. It seemed very immature and forced at times.<br/><br/>Truly I think I need a break from young adult. All too often everyone has a "stupid perfect face" and yes that is somewhat a direct quote from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Perfect beings are not relatable. Fine make everyone beautiful but give them flaws. And I don't mean a scar down one side of the face.... yep I'm talking to you From Blood and Ash.<br/><br/>Still Taylor's writing has a way of drawing you in but it still wasn't enough to keep me hooked. The wishing aspect was very interesting to me. Unfortunately it took atleast half of the book to get started and by that point I was done. Most of the time I will press on because some stories need that chunk of pages for backstory or to set up but this wasn't the case. Almost felt as though it had second book syndrome were its mostly filler. Another thing that bugged me was the names which all sounded a lot alike. A bit predictable just wasn't for me. Apparently most of this was complaining and not a review but I couldn't find much I liked about it so there ya go."
"This was a solid 4/5 for me. The writing was pretty good but the bulk of the fantasy world explanation happens near the end of the book which threw off the flow of the story for me a bit. The romance is a very small part of the story and it’s entirely fade to black, so this book is appropriate for younger audiences too. "
"This book started off really strong and promising. I enjoyed the settings of Prague and Morocco and thought the author really brought these places to life. I also liked the main YA female protagonist. Karou was strong, smart, and talented. An art-student who did not know a lot about her past and was living between two worlds. The mythology and world-building was good and interesting and different from others YA books I have read, with religious undertones. Then... the cliched Romeo-and-Juliet star-crossed insta-forbidden-lovers thing started and it just dragged on and on and <i>on</i>. The plot completely stalled and it just took way too long to get the point. I didn't care anymore. <br/><br/>Also, this author has a super annoying and immature trend to <i>randomly </i> italicize every <i>other</i> word. Stop it!"