Daughter Of Smoke & Bone by Laini TaylorDaughter Of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter Of Smoke & Bone

byLaini Taylor

Hardcover | August 1, 2013

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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 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?
Laini Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of Days of Blood & Starlight, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine. Her webs...
Title:Daughter Of Smoke & BoneFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316134023

ISBN - 13:9780316134026

Appropriate for ages: 15


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good premise The premise seemed really interesting and the beginning was quite compelling, but the romance story was somewhat disappointing, as was the last half of the novel for me.
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS This book was so intriguing and genuinely hilarious. The dialogue between the characters was jokes and I loved the dynamic relationship everyone had with each other. The story line got more interesting with each turn of the page and I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good read Great ideas and very interesting. Although, I thought that everything was going to happen and have an ending by the end of this book and then it said to be continued...not sure where she will go with the story for 2 more books.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good start It had a really good and strong start, but it kind of fizzled and became very explanatory. Hoping it's just because it's the first of a trilogy, so hopefully the second book is better
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intriguing I loved the idea of this giant beast stringing together teeth and pain in exchange for wishes. I liked the idea of Karou, the human companion who performs the tasks in order to grant these wishes. However, what I did not enjoy was this all consuming romance between Karou and this angel.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No sparks I really did try to enjoy this book and even finished it but it didn't quite draw me in as other books in this genre. The author should have eliminated the 'real world' parts of this book and focused more on world and character building of 'Elsewhere' as they were quite bland, confusing and lacked adequate description. It could've been intense but Karou and Akiva's relationship did not sizzle. Not sure if I'll continue on to the next books in this series.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing world but story tapered off From the start of Daughter of Smoke and Bones, the world building and atmosphere was beautiful, imaginative, and mysterious. The description of the settings of Prague, Morocco, Paris was amazingly wonderful. I loved Karou. She was strong, funny, and creative. Her best friend, Zuzanna was fiesty, relevant, and hilarious. My only problem was the introduction of the love interest, Akiva. From there on, the story became heavily focused on romance only and that's when the story tapered off for me. Otherwise, it's still a wonderful story that I would recommend.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it. I fell in love with the relationship between Karou and Akiva, and I'm so, SO excited to read the sequel! Brimstone is another character who was so well-rounded, and I couldn't get enough of him. Laini Taylor is a writing goddess!
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A gorgeous read! The world building in this was exceptional, as was the prose! And I really loved how different a take this was on the whole angels/demons theme. Not to mention that I really enjoyed Karou, too. And Akiva. I can't wait to read the next installment--I bought the box set as soon as I finished reading this one and plan to pass on the duplicate 1st volume to a friend.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read. Good fantasy book, the characters were so vibrant. I got a little lost at some parts but I would recommend this book. I'll probably give it another read before reading the other two.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I listened to the audio book and I wanted to love it, instead I was kind of "meh" about it. It was interesting and I did want to know what happened, but in the end I didn't care enough. I think it was the pace of the story and the repetitiveness that really got me. I wanted to stop hearing over and over about Karou's thoughts on wishes, guys, friends, love, family, lack of family, etc. I just wanted the story to move on. In the end it got more interesting but the romance was a little over-the-top for my liking so I will not be continuing this series, which is too bad because I had high hopes.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Good vs Evil Debate I usually am not big on urban fantasy. It's one of those things that are fine, but not my first choice when picking out a new book. But I came across the audiobook for this one (despite the fact that it's been sitting on my shelf for a while) and figured that I might as well give it a go. And thank goodness. Because this was so good. This book could easily have fallen into the trap of 'good vs. evil' with the angels being good and the chimeræ being bad. But Taylor chooses instead to blur the line, making it a battle between two groups and it's hard to say which side is supposed to be which, because everyone's being a jerk or nice at any given moment. It's not often that we get to see this pulled off this well. I did find the relationship between Karou and Akiva a bit weird. And this does kind of get explained later on, and it's less weird when that comes up, but even so. Akiva is pretty old, and Karou is a teenager. One above the age of consent in my country, but it still a significant difference, especially for a young adult novel. It has been a trend with all these vampires and such, though, so maybe I'm being fussy.  All in all, I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next in this series!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 2 I avoided this book for a long time. The moment I saw angels and demons in the synopsis, I knew I wasn’t going to like it. I had been scarred by reading Fallen years ago (it really is that bad), so I tend to avoid angel books at all costs, but after loving Strange the Dreamer, I really wanted to give it a try. After all, it was supposed to be amazing. This book isn’t overwhelmingly bad. I’m not mad at it like I would be at a 1 star read, and I’ve even forgotten most of what I was going to complain about, but it wasn’t fantastic either. If you read Strange the Dreamer before Daughter of Smoke and Bone, you’ll be able to tell almost immediately which book came out first. Daughter of Smoke and Bone features a very obviously early version of Laini Taylor’s writing, which would have been fine had I not stopped reading every few chapters to consider some of the odd metaphors at length. The characters really fell flat for me. I didn’t hate how they were done, but again, you can tell this is an older book. There was nothing particularly interesting about them. So she has blue hair; so what? So he’s an angel; why should I care? I felt no attachment to any of them. I also feel like nothing really happened. If you aren’t attached to Karou, you’re basically in for a book of backstory and Karou wondering why she feels incomplete. That’s it. In fact, the whole thing reminded me of Fallen. Controlling, angry angel falls for strange girl with no memory of her past life. I've already read 4 books of this (I used to have a thing where I had to finish series even if I hated them); I’m not up for reading it again. Overall, Daughter of Smoke and Bone really wasn’t for me, earning it 2 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAV BOOK Honestly this book was one of the most refreshing and interesting books I have ever read. I LOVED this book. It has instantly become my all time favorite in terms of loving the lead female character and who she is and what she represents. The writing is superb and the author takes you on a journey that you were not expecting. If you like mystery, action, magic, suspense and a touch of romance this is for you.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good premise The premise was interesting and I had no idea where this was going but it ended up pretty good. Devil meets Angel.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written I'm a huge fan of Laini Taylor's writing style and this book is beautiful and captivating.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favorite series I fell in love with the writing. This book was so interesting
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great! This was a great book but there are some other fantastic books of this genre that are better. Still would recommend though!
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I really enjoyed this book
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I loved the story-building, characters, and the writing was captivating. Highly recommend - easily a new favourite book and Laini Taylor is easily a new favourite author. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I picked this up in an airport before boarding a red-eye to Toronto. I was immediately hooked by the second sentence. I was truly heartbroken about Brimstone and Karou's backstory. I was infuriated upon finishing the book that I actually had to wait for the sequels! 15/10 will re-read every year
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BOOK! This is one of my favourite books of all time. The writing is beautiful and the characters are very interesting. Laini Taylor is an auto-buy author for me now. Would highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book is beautifully written and really grabbed me. I love the author's imagination, I could picture the characters. I'd love to see the sketchbook of Carou's made into a coloring book.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC! I picked this up while shopping with my mother because the cover intrigued me and I remembered hearing someone else say that they enjoyed it. I am SO glad I picked it up! I tore through this book so quickly, just devouring the story. I couldn't get enough! I'm beyond happy that it's a trilogy!
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC! I picked this up while shopping with my mother because the cover intrigued me and I remembered hearing someone else say that they enjoyed it. I am SO glad I picked it up! I tore through this book so quickly, just devouring the story. I couldn't get enough! I'm beyond happy that it's a trilogy!
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond great! DOSAB is one of my very favourite fantasy trilogies, and the first thing I recommend to other readers. So when I decided to "read" this audiobook, I had no idea the treat I was in for. I finished it in 2 days, and it's now almost 3 a.m. so obviously it was difficult to put down! I have listened to a few audiobooks in the past, but no one has brought books to life like this narrator. Khristine Hvam is extremely talented and it is clear that she enjoys her work. I was surprised and pleased at the different accents she used to portray different characters, and her voice for Rasgut was pleasingly eery. I cannot wait to "read" Book 2. DOSAB has always been a 5 star book, but this narration is an absolute must read!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This series is absolutely amazing, I could not put it down. Absolutely would recommend!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good I loved this story. The writing was so beautiful.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOOOOOOOOO GOOD! This entire series is captivating and a must-read. Th writing is so beautiful and the world-building is fantastic and unique.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and Memorable This book is very creative. It has an element of magic that's almost tangible. I wish parts of it were real. My senses were filled with the feelings and atmosphere of the world that the author created. Art , magic, and mystery are prevalent in this story so having a good imagination is very beneficial while reading this.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most underrated series EVER This series is beautiful! I have no idea why I picked it up, but loved it! You have to give yourself some time to understand what Taylor is up to, but let the world-building and the characters and the epic of it all and, yes, even the romance sweep you up, because it works!
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from O.M.G. World Building: lots to understand but amazing once you do Characters: lots and interesting Romance: yes Pace: good Feels: a handful Able to put down: not really Worth the read: YES
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific I loved the imagery and conflicts in this imaginative, yet slightly predictable first installment of a great trilogy.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Epic YA Fantasy This book is unlike anything I've read before. It chronicles the brutal, bloody war fought between two unearthly races, and - in the midst of bloodshed and unrest - a spellbinding romance that defies time and death itself. I could not put this book down!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's not you, it's me. Before I criticize this book, I feel the need to say something very important: Laini Taylor's writing is wonderful, and I will most definitely read other books from her (just not the rest of this series). Now, unto the criticism:</p> I've always been a fan of flawed protagonists, and therefore had an issue with Karou starting early on in the book. Only a couple of pages in and she was already described as nothing short of perfect, which lead me to believe I would have difficulty getting into this book. However, I was soon hooked into the story, thanks to Laini Taylor's beautiful writing and vivid imagination. Daughter of Smoke & Bone was unlike any other novel I had read before, and I truly do appreciate that about it. Problem is, it didn't take long to turn into a love story, and that's where it lost me. Within such a fascinating world, I had expected... more, I guess. Love stories are fun and all, but I felt like it came a bit out of nowhere, and it made me lose interest in the overall story. I pushed through, though, both out of love for Taylor's writing, and out of hope that I would once again be hooked into the story. Unfortunately, I wasn't, which is why I'm giving Daughter of Smoke & Bone only two stars. This is 100% a matter of "it's not you, it's me." (Also, I felt highkey uncomfortable with the idea that the "colonialists", the "masters", were described as beautiful, perfect angels, whilst the "natives", the "slaves", were described as monsters, animals even. The book was critical of the state of the world, yes, but it just felt... wrong and problematic to me. I haven't heard of anyone else feeling that way, though, so it's highly possible that I just didn't understand.)
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Love love love this book! The whole series is breathtaking. Really beautiful imagery. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series Whoaaaa the ending though. I can't even... damn this book was just so amazing. I can't even start explaining the beauty of this book.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Interesting concept and it was well executed.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! A really great story that's unlike anything I've read before. Author Laini Taylor gives us a whole new look on angels vs. demons or in this case chimaera. I loved the beautiful captivating details of Prague that made me feel like I was really there. Fun and action packed with a strong female character whom is loyal to her friends and family. Able to defend and take care of herself, Karou is definitely no damsel in distress. An amazing plot with some romance that will leave readers wanting more!
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome really interesting plot, but slow paced at some times. the ending though was unpredictable and awesome. nice writing style too
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS SERIES Poetry is the language of love. Poetry is calming and brings to the surface emotions you didn't know resided within you. Laini Taylor is a goddess of poetry. I first read Daughter of Smoke & Bone about 7 years ago and fell in love with the world. I was so enthralled by it I could barely think about other books! Time passed and I never forgot the story of Karou & Akiva and then suddenly Laini announces her next series Strange The Dreamer and I'm catapulted back to the need, the need to read her poetic language again. Reading a book you've already read in the past is something I rarely did before and it's such a wonderful experience. Knowing what happens and being able to let the words flow through you is a big part of reading that I've completely missed! If you're a fan of myths, angels, demons, chimera, Prague, poetic language and beautiful descriptions, or writing that is imaginative as Neil Gaimans' then Daughter of Smoke & Bone should be your next read. I can't decide if I'm more in love with the story or the descriptions or the poetry. All of it! It's perfect! Keep in mind this is a young adult fantasy novel so it's a bit different than regular adult fantasy. I whole heartedly give it 5 beautiful stars and urge you to read it if it's something you think you'll love.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite series! I bought this book in December, finished it within ten days, started the second book read it also in ten days and then started the third and read it in five days.... I found a series that I will definitely be reading over over again!!!!!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of a kind Seriously I knew right from the first page that i was going to love this book, and I was so right! This book was just so amazing and the writing and story kept me hooked to the last page and right into the next book! I would recommend this to just about anyway that enjoys fantasy, there is romance but its not the sole focus of the book and Karou doesn't let Akiva rule all of her decisions, there is no love triangles(**spoiler?** unless you count Karou's past but that's old news, and her ex who there was no real romance between them). But seriously this is an amazingly one of a kind book and I haven't found anything similar to compare, a book like this should not be put aside!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Fix!! I read this book in one day and I don't even know if I will be ale to put my love for this book into coherent words.... I was not expecting this book to be what it was and it blew me away and back again!! It is books like these that make me look at the world differently, that make me believe that things like this can happen. Love, Love, Love! You HAVE to read this book!!
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Good This was so refreshing. The world is new and exciting, the characters are interesting and different, and the series just keeps getting better from here. I almost want to turn around and reread the entire thing.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Daughter of Smoke & Bone A nice Read. The world setting was really unique. Not sure if I'll read the next book though.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Must read for fantasy lovers!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic first book in a trilogy! Laini Taylor's first book in this series develops a gorgeous new world with amazing characters in it. I could not put it down and had to read the next book as soon as I finished the first!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So gritty and different! I'd like to be clear, the supernatural romance, while an interesting story, is not above average. However, everything else about this book as far FAR above average. The "monsters" and Karou's "errands" are fascinating. Prepare for a relatively slow read to start, but just wait. This author creeps up on you. All of a sudden you look up and the ball is rolling and the truth is unraveling and you are left completely breathless. The writing style is something I've never encounter before and am deeply excited to encounter again. Can't wait to dive into book #2!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as Good as Expected I had heard such good things about this one and there was a lot of hype surrounding it. That can be a good thing or a bad thing in my experience, but I was excited to try it because an ancient war between angels and demons sounded amazing. Except I did not like this one. It was dry and boring and there was nothing I actually enjoyed except maybe the first 5% of the book where Karou made her ex boyfriend super itchy in inappropriate places. That was it. I gotta say: I wasn't too sure what the plot was while I was reading this. It was all pretty confusing and felt very fragmented without even using the actual breaking points that were written in. For example, Kaz. He was there in the beginning and seemed to play such a big role and then ... nothing. It felt like there were three stories in this: the beginning was one, the middle was one, and the end was one. And none of them had complete arcs just sort of dribbled out and were supposed to be connected. While they were "connected," it wasn't enough for the type of "a-ha" that I think the author was going for. I wanted to like the angel war but there was nothing to even make it worth my while? There was maybe a couple mentions of it but nothing substantial to make me want to find out more about it. I feel like it was a back story and a reason for Karou and Akiva to meet. There was nothing spectacular about it. But I did love the lore that was used to describe how angels and demons both were created. And the two different stories for their creation were pretty awesome. Which is why my rating isn't 1 star. Karou is an orphan who works for a bunch of chimera and doesn't question what they want with her or why they are making themselves present to her when it is clear they do not like to talk to humans. Then she just automatically trusts this random dude she meets that tries to kill her and completely lets her guard down around him. After like a day. And he admitted he was following her. Yeah, that seems like someone to trust. I honestly thought Karou, for how much she claimed to think of Brimstone and co as family, she would have more urgency than sitting around doing nothing and chilling with Akiva. Their love was just not there for me. There was that hint of Romeo and Juliet and it made me want to stab myself. Akiva was annoying. One minute he wants to kill Karou, then he decides that because he is thinking about her so much, he should just abandon his life and his siblings to find Karou one more time. WTF. When we did get to the last third which was completely history and flashbacks, which annoyed the crap out of me, I was hoping we would get to know Akiva and Karou more but nope. It was all just insta-love a thousand times over. It was ridiculous. I was not impressed. Overall: 2/5 stars. It just didn't interest me. It should have but it did not.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Start to a Fantasy Series The world that is created in Daughter of Smoke & Bone is this marvellous hybrid of weird and wonderful. There is so much detail, richness, and exploration within the world that you cannot possibly obtain it all within one read. It’s one of those books that could be revisited multiple times and still enjoyed. Although the world is complex and vast, I never felt like it was overwhelming or difficult to understand. There was never a point where I felt the story was predictable or generic. The interweaving of past and present kept everything a mystery to literally the very end.
Date published: 2015-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Daughter of Smoke and Bone Wow! This was my second time reading this novel, originally the first time, the trilogy hadn't been finished. But this time around I greatly appreciated the story line and all the amazing characters! You completely fall in love with Karou and her absolutely terrific personality.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love her magical way of writing So this is why I love not reading a synopsis and just going into a book blind. Sometimes the cover can tell you very little or a lot. In this case, very little and the title was just as vague. Imagine go my surprise that this was a book about the seraphim versus chimaera.. I had no idea what “chimaera” was so I had to Google it at first. The beginning starts off super quick. We're thrust in her every day life of drawing classes, and it started off with her ex-boyfriend as the nude model for her class which to my amusement was hilarious. Yet as soon as she starts making wishes and they end up coming true, you realize she's a different being. Not wholly human, with blue hair that wasn't dyed at all. She's an errand girl for Brimstone, monsters who are her family instead. The pacing I have to admit threw me off. It felt backwards. Where we find out how everything happens in reverse. How they got there in the present. I was surprised at how much I liked it, though the past and present tenses threw me off pace and I had to remember which characters were which in each era. There is a lot of instant love in this romance, but it makes a ton of sense while you get to the ending. Lani's writing is just super beautiful. I love her magical way of writing. She twists words and sentences into beautiful paragraphs and quotes. I am such a fan of her writing style. Thank god I have all the books. Those cliffhanger endings are brutal!
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting read but not something that left me dying for more. This book took me a long time to get through. I was intrigued enough to keep reading it but I found it a bit too long (420 pages) to keep me riveted. I love the characters and the mystery of the story - trying to figure out Karou's beginnings and her true identity was enough to make me want to read and I love the twist at the end (no spoilers). Taylor does an excellent job of creating completely alternate reality and world. BUT at times I really found the book a bit slow. So an interesting read but not something that left me dying for more. At this stage I have no desire to read any more books in the series.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Exciting, beautifully described and completely enthralling. The undercurrent of mystery surrounding the main character is exciting, and it keeps you just informed enough to stay interested. The farther I got into the book the more hooked I was, I couldn't get enough!
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I can honestly say I adore this book, it was a mysterious beautiful ride. The unique characters, incredible locations and heart wrenching story line will have you begging for more. I have never wanted to go to Prague and meet an angel( with a widows peak) more then in this book. Great Read.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Daughter of Smoke and Bone Finding true love losing your only family leaves this book heartbreaking and mesmarizing.
Date published: 2014-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Audio Book reels you in This is one of those stories that reeled me in, the longer I listened to it, the more I wanted to just sit there and listen. It wasn't any one incident but rather an accumulation of little mysteries, intrigues. The story starts with Karou, a seventeen year old girl who is attending art school in Prague who has a compelling encounter with a beautiful man on the street. Soon we meet her unique 'family', involving seemingly whimsical characters or Chimera we are told later. Then there is her father figure Brimstone, who is best described as a demon. Finally, there is Akiva, a too beautiful man, who casts aside reason and his most important task once he sets his eyes upon Karou. With this intriguing assortment of characters, I had no idea of where this story might travel, and travel it did. Karou could move around the world through a series of magical doorways that all started at Brimstone's shop but opened around the world. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Marrakesh, which evoked for me the feelings of the markets there. I listened to the audio book which was read by Khristine Hvam, for which she won and Audie Award. She has read for over 100 audio books. The voices that she made for these varied characters really did bring them to life for me. This unabridged edition is 12 hours 33 minutes. The end of this book does answer some nagging questions about Karou and her history, but it leaves many more open. The story continues in Days of Blood & Starlight and then in Dreams of Gods & Monsters which is due for release April 8, 2014.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A reread before starting book 2 Had to read this book a second time because I loved it and wanted to read the second book
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I bought this at christmas time.  I read this in between my classes. This was sooooo good. I loved it and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for something new to read.
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A reread before starting book 2 Interesting concept, but I'm not a big fan of books that hang at the end.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Good book. Read it.
Date published: 2014-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books I originally read this in 2012, before I started blogging, so rereading this and writing a review was a must. And man oh man, I highly suggest, to the highest of anything ever, that you read this book again if you already have. And if not, you absolutely have to read it. And let me tell you why... There are few author's who write so beautifully that I am completely transported into another world, and who write in such a fantastical, dreamlike way that I forget everything outside of what I am reading. Laini Taylor is one of the absolute best who does this, and flawlessly at that.  Her settings are rich, lush and lavishly described. Her characters are witty, entrancing and overflowing with uniqueness. And what tops it all off, is her otherworldly-ness and simply incredible descriptions. There is one scene in the book that has always stuck with me. I won't go too into backstory if you haven't read the book, but it is during the Warlord's ball, as Madrigal and Akiva are dancing down the Serpentine. "... that's when Madrigal felt the first feather-soft touch on her shoulder... She looked down and saw that a gray-green hummingbird-moth had settled on her, one of the many fluttering overhead, drawn to the expansiveness of lantern light that must seem like a universe to them. The feathers of it's tiny body gleamed, jewel-like, as its furred moth wings fanned against her skin. It was followed by another, this one pale pink, and another, also pink with orange eyespots on its lacework wings. More floated out of the air, and in a moment, a fine company of them covered Madrigal's chest and shoulders... "You made me a shawl". She was awed by it... This was beautiful, both in form- the wings were a dozen twilight colors, and as soft as lamb's ears- and in purpose..." p. 370-371 I know it's long, but in my opinion, it shows the whimsical feel to her writing, and the absolute beauty and descriptiveness that Taylor writes with that is prevalent throughout the entire book.  Karou's story is magical, simply put. It is richly original and perfectly paced. Another favourite thing about the book are the myths Taylor created for the story. Of the Sun and the Moon, and the creation of the Seraphim and Chimera. Every inch of Daughter of Smoke and Bone is bursting with fantasy. Karou is the kind of protagonist that makes me want to embody her in every way. From her lapis lazuli coloured hair, to her badass fighting skills, to her sarcasm and wit. Her life is one of constant questions, and relationships with interesting characters. One of my favourite parts of the book is actually the supporting characters. Zuzanna is just a tiny and ferocious gem, and I can't wait for her novella, Night of Cake and Puppets. Brimstone, Issa, Twiga and Yassri are an eclectic family, but family none the less, who support and encourage Karou, all the while keeping the reader entertained and asking more and more questions. There is a reason this book, and its sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight  and no doubt the final book in the series Dreams of Gods and Monsters, are in my top five favourite books ever. Words can't fully express my feelings for this book properly. If you haven't read it, please please go pick it up. And if you have, i'm sure you understand the beauty. Let me know what you thought in the comments below! Plus, the covers are SO beautiful and the titles are amazing!
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original, could not put it down! One of the best books I have read lately. In the flood of “cookie cutter” fantasy novels, Daughter Of Smoke & Bone stands out with its original and well-paced story line. I would highly recommend it. Thanks you Laini Taylor – please keep writing….
Date published: 2013-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was amazing. So glad I finally read it.
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Why force me to title this? I loved the language and cadence in this book - the author writes beautifully. I felt the characters were a little too perfect, but it didn't make me dislike them. I just wanted a couple more layers to them.
Date published: 2013-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Really good book. Had just the right amount of twists to make you woundering where it was going. I would definitely recommended this to a friend.
Date published: 2013-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review From Nazish Reads I read and reviewed this book on my book blog on February 28. My full review is over the maximum characters limit, first I tried to just cut a bit of it and include the link of the full review, but unfortunately, I had get rid of too much, so I decided to just include the link hee instead of some of the review and then the link. Blame it on the web developers who put a character limit less than 8000 or even put a character limit at all. So, here's the link to my review: http://www.nazishreads.net/magic/daughter-of-smoke-and-bone-book-1-by-laini-taylor To read more reviews: nazishreads.net
Date published: 2013-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark, Mysterious and Utterly Consuming I know I'm a little late to the party with just having read this one last month but I was extremely hesitant to give Daughter of Smoke & Bone a try due to all the hype surrounding the book. I don't know about you but when a book gets too hyped up I kind of shy away from the book in question for feat that I'll be the odd one out and not like it at all. Luckily, Daughter of Smoke & Bone turned out to be one of the better YA novel's I've read in a the last few years and although I was mostly nervous about the hype surrounding the book in terms of my hesitation I also didn't give it a try before because it just didn't sound like my type of book. I thought the way that Laini Taylor told the story of Karou was awesome. It's about time readers experienced such a strong female lead with a good head on her shoulders and a bold spirit. For me Karou is one of my favourite female heroines now because of all her flaws which I found to be the most likable thing about her besides her personality. The overall story was a really unique and it took place in a variety of settings that you don't often see represented in young adult novels which I found to be really refreshing because the author wrote the story in such a way that no matter the setting the story is currently in it's as if you're there watching the story play out in front of you and are experiencing the sights and sounds of Prague, Marrakesh or wherever else Karou might be on her journey through the novel. Daughter of Smoke & Bone brought a lot to the table. Both the primary and secondary characters were well developed and all had their own little parts to play in the story and for once I didn't have a problem with any of the characters except Karou's annoyingly obnoxious ex-boyfriend who appears a few times in the book. I liked the fact that the author wasn't afraid to put herself out there creating some really awesome characters like those of Akiva, Brimstone and Karou. Each brought something new, refreshing and fun to what is becoming a really bogged down genre in YA fiction. I really enjoyed the tone of the novel. For once it was a YA novel that was dark and not just a little bit either. There are many a scene in the novel that is quite dark and somber and as odd as it sounds I enjoyed those parts almost as much as the joyous parts between Akiva and Karou. Which brings me to another plus about the book. The romance between the beautiful angel boy and the blue haired artistic girl with the hamsa tattoos on her hands was damn near perfect. At first I thought it would be a dreaded case of the blasted insta-love sort but thankfully those fears were misplaced as the story went on. The chemistry between the two of them was remarkable, but not to the point that it was inappropriate for the younger reader, just subtle enough with the passion to appease the older readers. Overall Daughter of Smoke & Bone was a fantastic read. Dark and unsettling on the one hand and beautiful and elegant on the other. The characters development was wonderful, the story was fun, unique and completely and utterly sucked me in to the point that I finished it withing a few hours of starting it. Laini Taylor delivered a refreshing young adult read for the young adult fantasy genre giving readers a female heroine that while flawed represents strength, courage and determination. I loved the world that much of the novel takes place in and cannot wait to return to it and see some favourite characters again in the second book. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone. It's unfortunate that it took me so long to read and review the novel because I was afraid it might not live up to the hype but I really do suggest giving it a go if you're nervous borrow it from your local library. This is one series that I hope continues for a while.
Date published: 2013-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Loved this book. It's a very addictive storyline.
Date published: 2013-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sequel A great follow up!
Date published: 2013-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanting and Dangerous Originally posted at http://lostatmidnightreviews.blogspot.ca/ Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of the most buzzed about books late last year. And I completely understand why. This book is like nothing I've ever read before. Seriously. I've said that a few times in reviews, but this book is so unique it negates me ever using that phrase. I really wasn't sure that to expect when I picked the novel up, and even if I had a guess, it never would have been able to describe Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This book was filled with the fantastical, and I was completely fascinated by it. All the different creatures, each with their own motive and plotline, kept the story flowing and kept my eyes darting across the page. I was desperate to find out the mystery surrounding Karou, and what Brimstone did with all those teeth. I wanted to find out as much as I could about Elsewhere, and was on the edge of my seat waiting for the other shoe to drop. I loved the characters in this book. Karou, Brimstone, and Akiva particularly found a special place in my heart with their courage and strength. All the characters were very layered and unusual (many of them being mythical monsters) but they all still maintained an essential human element. For some it was pain, others it was revenge, and for a select few it was hope. And that little pocket of hope was one of the brightest, and most inspiring things in this novel. Hope made this dark, wicked tale glow. The one real issue I had with the book was how dense it was. There was a TON of information thrown at you in this first installment, which is understandable. The world Karou lives in is a mix of Elsewhere and reality, and there's lots of complexities to it. I found that the information went on overload during the middle, and had me blinking in bewilderment. I also was not a fan of the shift in the last half of the story. I understood the need for a developed back-story, but I felt that it was much too long and unnecessarily detailed. It really cut the flow of the story for me, and although I enjoyed having many questions answered, it felt choppy and left me unsatisfied. Now, that's not to say I didn't like the story. I loved it actually. Such a new, fresh, creative idea that swelled with enchantment and wonder. Laini Taylor is a brilliant novelist, and her world created in Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a testament to her skill. I want to be wrapped back in that world as soon as possible (hopefully without the confusion this time). Overall, this is a strong book that wobbled slightly near the end, but packed a powerful punch of creativity and passion. I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel, and to dive back into a world of faery tales, monsters, and that persistent little thing called hope.
Date published: 2012-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Plot gets lost in the beautiful writing Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5/5 stars) To her best friend at school, Karou is just a regular girl with blue hair, fills her sketchbook with amazingly imaginative drawings and often disappears on mysterious errands with no notice. What Zuzana doesn’t realize is just how different Karou’s life really is. When Karou is sent to Marrakesh on one of her errands, she finds herself in the middle of some commotion that breaks out and comes face to face with Akiva, a stranger with a fiery intense stare. The chaos in the market is part of a larger war among worlds that is about to begin, and Karou finds herself caught up in the middle of this battle and slowly realizing that her closest ally is also one she has been brought up not to trust. What a beautifully written book. Taylor’s style is so poetic and descriptive, elegant and eloquent. The depictions of all the characters and the setting of Prague makes you feel like you were walking the streets with Karou. However, it might have been too descriptively written for me – so much so that it distracted me from focusing on the story itself. I felt myself lost in all the beautiful language and imagery to really follow the plot at times. A story about angels & demons, Daughter of Smoke & Bone has a nice twist, allowing those lines to be blurred of who or what is considered good or evil. The story has a very old-world feel to it and I often found that it was actually set in an older time until mentions of technology brings me back to the present day. Approximately the last 1/4 of the book feels like a completely different novel. Understandably, this portion is to tie up and explain a lot of what was going on but it felt so disconnected from the rest of the book that you almost forget what had happened before. That being said, I do acknowledge and appreciate the imaginative story and wonderful narrative that Taylor has created. Of all the beautiful things written in these pages, one particular quote stood out to me. It is such a profound line that really made me stop & reflect on the truth of that for so many people. “You really think joy is easier to come by than pain? What have you had more of?” For me, this book was a 3-star up until the latter part of the book where things were coming together, bumping it up half a mark. I like a good, interesting reveal. This, and other reviews can be found on my blog JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible world building and a unique twist to the old Angels vs Demons theme Mysterious Karou lives a double life that borders on the impossible. On one hand she's a normal teenager that takes in the simple pleasures of life in Prague - attending art school, eating in café's with her best friend Zuzana and trying to get over her recent heartbreak. But by night she turns away from all that to slip into the dark world of supernatural creatures to do their bidding, which takes her around the world and smack dab into danger. If that striking blue feathered mask on the cover doesn't catch your attention, the intrigue in the synopsis will. This is one of those books where the cover isn't just purely for aesthetics - it's a part of the story, you'll just have to read to find out how though. The book starts by introducing us to the very snappy Karou and taking us through the basics of her normal life: her recent breakup, and her art. In this beginning she seemed like any other teenager, and when she shows her art book filled with all these fantastical creatures I really had a hard time believing that any of them might be real. I was as fooled as her closest friends. But it isn't until her ex shows up, and she starts taking us on a crash course of her younger years that were riddled with magic and creatures known as chimaera that I started believing in this fantastical world. Karou is definitely a strong character, she's been taught to be self reliant, she can defend herself and she's clever. She's also got a few little tricks up her sleeve that put power behind the phrase "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". But she's also been irritatingly content with not asking about her past and it isn't until a chance encounter with the striking Akiva that unravels her life, that makes her start digging. Starcrossed lovers seem to be a big theme recently, there's just something about a love that transcends time itself that captivates an audience. Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows the usual formula of love and loss, but it was still an amazing journey to find out what the story behind it all was. This is one of those books where it's impossible to speed read through it. Trust me, I tried and my brain would just get tangled up in the descriptively poetic and languidly phrased sentences that Taylor crafts, or I'd completely miss a crucial plot point buried in the descriptions. It's a book that needs to be slowly appreciated for all the meticulous details that go into describing Prague and all the locales Karou visits. Taylor's world building is top notch and makes the book come to life, I could definitely feel the hustle and bustle of a Marrakesh market or the unique décor of Karou's favourite haunt. Taylor takes us on a whirlwind adventure of self discovery that takes the reader into this incredible fantasy world that focuses on the old theme of the war between Angels and Demons. I loved the huge reveal at the end and that it connected to the hints Taylor dropped throughout the beginning of the book. But the ending left me a bit stunned by suddenly dropping the biggest part of the story and leaving it to drift in the wind in order to build suspense for the next novel.
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a beautifully written, yet haunting tale of a girl raised by monsters, in a world where so many secrets are kept about things right in front of you, and behind locked doors. The girl, Karou, is a very intriguing young woman who is an art student and has a love of oddly colored hair, tattoos, and making interesting wishes. I like that she is not afraid to stand up for herself (and a kick a little ass) but it's also nice to see that's she is not perfect, and has made bad dating choices in her life (because hey, haven't we all?). This makes her a very realistic teenage girl character, and I found it so enjoyable readying about her and her friend Zuzana. I think one of the ironic, and best parts of this book, is the fact that the monsters themselves (the ones who raised Karou) don't seem all that "monsterly". The are kind, caring and compassionate as you would expect (or hope) a family to be toward their child. They do have to keep secrets from Karou often, but that is to protect her from the dangers of their world. “It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry 'Monster!' and looked behind him.” The settings in this story are amazing! I mean Prague! Oh yes please! And that little place they are always eating at, that has the coffins and skeletons everywhere? That is totally my type of place. Can I tell you I secretly want to be Karou right now! Eat at cool places, take art classes in Prague, change may hair color and tattoos with a single wish, step through a door that takes me to the opposite side of the world...but I digress... There wasn't much I didn't like about this book, especially the first act let's call it. It had a somewhat tense, yet romantic, Romeo and Juliet type feel, made even more vibrant by the beautiful flow of the author's lyrical writing. A real love for an ages, a perfect definition of a love that knows no boundaries, not even time. “Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.” As much as I understand the need to only feed your reader's a little at a time, I did feel some of the secrets were kept too long. I mean, as interesting as the whole underlying of what the teeth represented, I think we could have been told a little sooner... I was also, not really upset with, but slightly irritated by the break in the book toward the end. I almost feel like maybe it could have been spattered throughout the book as told through Akiva's eyes instead of re-enacted completely, in the past, almost like a separate novel. It really through me out of my special little reading zone. And of course...the end... Typical cliffhanger of DOOM! Not amused...November...where are you? I guess I will have to wait for Days of Blood and Starlight!
Date published: 2012-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Daughter of Smoke and Bone Awesome, awesome, awesome book! Intriguing and different for a teen novel. It had a lot of plot points I wasn't expecting. Although it does have common themes as in other teen books these days (angels for example) it is done in an original and interesting way. Great book!
Date published: 2012-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original Fantasy I wasn't sure throughout this book who to "cheer" for. Usually the good guys and the bad guys are easy to spot and although I rooted for Karou (the protagonist) I didn't have a clue which side she was truly on. I think that's one of the things I loved about this book. I was kept guessing...and after reading it...I'm still guessing. We know there are two sides The Seraph and the Chimera. They are at war behind the scenes, in another place not visible to humans. Each side thinks they are right, each side only remembers war as a way of life. Both sides contain aspects of good and evil and Karou is surrounded by choices she must make that seem to effect everyone. I adored Karou but my favourite character is Brimstone. Everything about him...his appearance, mannerisms, his occupation make you think of evil, but he cares for Karou like a father and I loved him for it. I loved The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, though I'll admit that it was a slow start for me. It is a complicated and intertwined story and If it hadn't been for a number of friends raving about it, I might not have continued reading. I am grateful that I did as it ended up being an exceptional read. It also served as a good reminder that some books are meant to be "digested" slowly, the different parts savoured as they come together in the end. Highly Recommended. For more reviews check out: www.lostinthelibrary.com
Date published: 2012-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful, breathtaking, and brilliant! Multiply creativity by a million and you have this book! It's beautiful, breathtaking, and the kind of novel that makes you wonder, "How can one author be so clever?" I loved it! I picked this book up from the hype alone and I'm so glad I did! Daughter of Smoke and Bone takes originality to a whole new level — with its teeth-collecting devils, devious angels, and a world so beautifully twisted that I couldn't help but be entranced. Along with having such gorgeous prose, Laini Taylor's characters came to life like magic in a circus! They were wild and magical and enchanting to the core. It wasn't only our fantastic, artistic, and artfully clever heroine, Karou (with her peacock blue hair and sly smile), but the secondary cast too! Issa, Zuzana, Brimstone, AKIVA (♥)... Prepare to fall in love! I loved that the line between good and evil wasn't so clear; I loved that you could never really predict what was going to happen next. I didn't love how some parts felt dragged on, but my adoration for everything else almost completely overpowered that. Beautifully written and perfectly crafted, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is undoubtedly one of the best takes on the angels-versus-demons feud out there! Watch out, everyone, because Laini Taylor is going to take this world by storm! :) BUY or BORROW?: Once upon a time, I had money in my wallet. Then I found this book... and I didn't. x) Definitely a book I love having on my shelf! Buy it for sure!
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! Well. This was a nice change for me, considering the not so great books I've recently read. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is not what I expected, at all. It's definitely fantasy, not paranormal, with angels and chimera. I knew it had a good deal of praise from a lot of readers. I also knew it had a lot of complaints from readers. I went into this not expecting to be blown away, despite the hype this book had received. After reading books that really missed the mark this year, like Silence and A Touch Mortal, I was really excited to read something GOOD. It's hard to pin down exactly why I gave this book 5 stars. I just loved it that much. Karou was an awesome heroine. She wasn't needy, she wasn't a b*tch (well, not to anyone but one girl who deserved it)and she wasn't easy to predict. Daughter of Smoke and Bone wasn't filled with typical YA tropes. It had a world completely realized and completely open to the reader. I loved the angel and chimera lore. It was fully explained and expanded on and fantastic. Laini Taylor really did her homework when she sat down to write this. I wasn't confused when I finished the book and when the book ended, I was satisfied with where the story stopped. The only real problem I had was the pacing in the middle of the book. It slowed down a great deal when Akiva showed up. But it wasn't enough to knock down a star. I don't know why, but the whole concept behind the teeth amazed me the most. I figured out their purpose before it was revealed (point for me, since this rarely happens for me). Just plain cool. Akiva. Oh, yes please. Tiger eyes and flaming wings? I'm down. He was bad ass. And Zuzanna. I adored her performance. I could picture it very well in my mind as she danced, which points out how well Laini Taylor uses description. Her writing is beautiful and colourful. I could go on fan girling about this book, but I think I've made my point. This is a series to read.
Date published: 2012-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved The Book This Book Was Absolutely Amazing Keeps You Interested From Star t To Finish Cant Wait To read More Of Her Books :)
Date published: 2011-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magically wondrous! Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the first book of Laini Taylor I ever read. Now, I must confess that she highly surprised me with a prose that I wish I could see more often in the books I read and Taylor's captivating writing will keep readers drawn to see how the story unfolds. Action, magic, flashbacks and romance, Daughter of Smoke and Bone has it all! Karou is a very particular character and nothing I have ever seen before. Karou herself and readers, have no knowledge of who or what she exactly is, and the mystery of her real identity kept me, wrongly, guessing about this during the whole read. Lovable and strong, Karou is someone I will definitely want to see again for many, many more books to come. She is not only lovable, but she also has a big heart. Disregarding appearances, Karou loves more than anything her adoptive "family" composed of Chimaeras, monster-like creatures from Greek Mythology that regardless their frightening and, even, demonic appearance, she loves them like the family she has always considered them to be. Unknown identity and Chimaeras are not everything that wonders the world Taylor created. In Prague, the city Karou lives in, she discovers there are other creatures besides the ones of her adoptive family members. In fact, Angels are also real in this world and there is one in special who reveals right in front of Karou's eyes, Akiva. Akiva is an Angel who's been living in war since the day he was born and, once, he had the Utopian dream of ending that war with love. Now, hardened by its tragic past, he keeps fighting and hating the monster that destroyed his dream... until he meets Karou. Then, his world is, inevitably, turned upside-down. Set in the beautiful city of Prague and the mythitical world of Eretz, Laini Taylor combines reality and myths into a captivating story with alluring characters that you will be longing to see again. Also, there are certain Doors, or better said portals, around the world that can easily transport you from one place to another. I loved this addition of magical concepts as well as the mix of monsters and angels and the war that's been going on between them. I also love the side characters. Not only Karou's adoptive family but her human friend Suzana as well. I think she is a great addition that brings, whenever she is in, a sense of normalcy in this complex mythical world. I also really love the fact that Laini Taylor inserts goodness in the stereotype of Evil. Although, it seems that most of them (in Taylor's world) are, in fact, Evil. Yet, Taylor still give us the message of to not judge or generalize by appearances. Contrary to Nietszche's famous quote "There is no Beast without cruelty", Laini Taylor brings the possibility that even in beasts, we could find virtue. Magically wondrous, Daughter of Smoke and Bone will engage readers with its fascinating mythical world and and a story of unfortunate love. This book is definitely one of this year's new releases that you don't want to miss!
Date published: 2011-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Possibly the Best Book I've Read this Year! I admit, I doubt I would have ever picked up this novel were it not recommended to me by a member of my Book Club. I knew it was a YA, and I've been known to enjoy a good YA every now and then, so I ordered it online. The day the package arrived, I take it out of the box, and note that it has quite a stunning cover - not uncommon for YA, they boast the most gorgeous book covers - and I procede to open it up to read the synopsis....then I see the photograph of the author on the back flap and think "oh man, I've been duped!" She is clearly over the age of 15, and she has bright pink hair! I mean it's BRIGHT, and it's PINK! I have no idea what to expect, but I open it up and begin to read. It starts out pretty much as I expected, beautiful young people, exceptionally gifted (albeit, with peacock blue hair and tattoos), but it's a YA, so I carry on reading and I find myself pulled into the story immediately, then I start to realize that this is something really special, the world building, the style of writing, and the characters are exquisite. I am completely immersed, living and breathing in these pages, loving these characters (no matter how small their role), and seeing everything Taylor describes in an almost poetic way in three dimensions in my minds eye. I am awed at the beauty of her words and frequently find myself re-reading passages because I want to taste them on my tongue one more time - And the romance, the achingly beautiful romance of this novel is unlike anything I've read of late. It's only flaw is that it is only 420 pages long, and I have to wait heaven knows how long for book two!! Don't leave this one to the Teens ladies, and don't be put off by bright pink hair! Laini Taylor operates in a very special place, and it comes out perfectly in her writing. Highly, highly recommended!!
Date published: 2011-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Next Grimm Fairytale This book was excellent! I loved it and I consider it as good as the Grimm Fairytales! I loved how the setting was in Prague, it made it so much more mysterious somehow. It has a great take on how good and evil aren't so black and white. The whole story is carved from amazing imagination, the characters are all so unique and complex (and the names are very original) Laini Taylor, I wanted to be in this book! You must make another one ASAP! I haven`t read a fantasy this good in quite some time.
Date published: 2011-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Incredible Adventure Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well. Laini Taylor is beyond brilliant! She blew me away instantly with the premise of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which in itself wasn't all that clear about the events that would unfold. I regret to say, however, that Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the first novel I have read by the wonderful Laini, though her earlier novel Lips Touch is definitely on my 2011 Christmas list (prays that someone will put it under her tree). Once upon a time, a little girl was raised by monsters. But angels burned the doorways to their world, and she was all alone. Daughter of Smoke and Bone began with the introduction of Karou, a protagonist that immediately popped out of the pages with her unique character description and personality. You see, there's something out of the ordinary about Karou and her abundance of tattoos and full head of ultramarine hair. She's something otherworldly altogether and a complete mystery, I was terribly excited to learn more about her. Karou was snappy, fierce, and powerful - she had everything I look for and love in a main character. Karou was, undoubtedly, one female character you could admire. However, Laini's impeccable imagination was not only displayed through her creation of an admirable character like Karou but also through her other clever characters including the Chimaera, who all held my interest greatly. Brimstone, who stuck out far more to me from all the other Chimaera, had me absolutely captivated. I found myself changing my mind about him several times a CHAPTER. He was definitely a tough character to figure out and upon completely the novel I still found myself guessing. Additional to the Chimaera characters were the angels, specifically Akiva, who undoubtedly would have any male angel character in the Young Adult genre running for his money. Akiva was handsome, fierce, knowing and true to his nature, definitely not a character to be trifled with. Once upon a time, an angel lay dying in the mist. And a devil knelt over him and smiled. The writing - oh how beautiful it was. Though very different than what I typically read, Laini Taylor's writing had the ability to literally transport me from this dull world into one that was full of action, suspense and absolute wonder. I couldn't help feeling excited about it's world building, which was incredibly unique all on it's own, and the setting. Oh the setting! I haven't read all that many novels that take place in Prague, very befitting to this particular story if I do say so myself, but I'm glad to see that Laini stepped up to the challenge. I also found myself really enjoying her overly extensive vocabulary and discovered, myself, an abundance of interesting ways to depict a scene that I hadn't imagined before. When the moment called for a heart wrenching scene, she did it justice! Once upon a time, there were two moons, who were sisters. Nitid was the goddess of tears and life, and the sky was hers. No one worshipped Ellai but secret lovers. Now onto the romance, it was brief and tasteful. Typically I'm worried about how authors approach romance, sometimes it can be too quick and overly dramatic and at times untouched and pushed aside. I was pleased to find that Laini's romance in Daughter of Smoke and Bone was just the right amount of balance, not hot or cold but just right. Though above I sing complete and total praises for the novel there were, however, a few things that I did not enjoy. For one the pace was terribly hard to grasp. It moved fairly slowly and felt almost agonizing, having felt the need to forcefully push on through more than once. Additionally I was fairly upset about how quickly the ending wrapped up. I'm aware, and exceptionally pleased, that there will be another novel to follow but I couldn't help wishing it had taken it's time. Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone was undoubtedly unique among it's genre. This wonderful morsel, which I quickly fell head over heals for, featured a wonderful world setting, an abundance of extraordinary characters and a romance that didn't overly dramatize the plot.
Date published: 2011-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fantastic, A Must Read! This review will not do this book justice, this is one of those epic stories that you'll want to read again and again, if you even have the slightest interest in this book, definitely buy it! I know that even though I already have an ARC I will be purchasing a hard copy of it. That's how much I like this book! + Story: I loved this story line. It is so much more than a war between good and evil. It's so much deeper than black and white, there are so many levels of grey. I don't know who is good or evil anymore or which side to cheer for. At the heart of the story is the war between and animal/human hybrid race called Chimera and an angel type being called Seraphs, but above their war is a Romeo and Juliet story that is so beautifully tragic, so wonderfully bittersweet that you'll be begging for more when it's over. This is a story between a man and a woman from two different sides and against all odds fall in love. + Lore: Fantastic! I'm haven't done any google-ing or anything so I have no idea if the background of Chimera or seraphs or the whole Elsewhere/Eretz world is based on actual myths or anything, but it doesn't matter it was fascinating. So detailed I wanted to believe it to be true, that I could knock on a door and it be opened into another place and I could step right through. Definitely a breath of fresh air! + Romance: Akiva and Karou OH. MY. GOODNESS. This romance surpasses Romeo and Juliet. So much heat and passion on these pages that I thought I would singe my fingers just by holding the book. I had tears and laughs, and many many sighs of overwhelming love for the love that the characters share in this story. I can't remember the last time I was this emotionally invested in a book. + Side Characters: Zuzana - Can I just say how awesome Zuzana is! She spunky and fun and the best side kick friend a girl could have. I sure do hope we see more of her in the next book. Issa, Twiga, Brimstone, Yasri - I loved Karou's make shift family as soon as I was first introduced to them. All the characters were well described and well rounded. I could easily picture their family dynamic and what Karou's life growing up there was like. + World/Setting: Prague - This is the second book I've read that took place in Prague and can I just say how beautiful the city was described in this! The writing is wonderful, detailed, and lyrically beautiful, enchanting. Elsewhere/Eretz - I guess you could call this a parallel universe. Portals between the earth and Eretz exist, Karou, human, doesn't know how she came to be with the Chimera but it's the only family she's ever known, she did not know about another world, only having ever seen Brimstone's shop that kind of exists in between the two worlds. But once Karou gets a glimpse so much more opens up and some of the mystery of her existence is answered. The parts of the story that take place in Eretz are some of my favorites. Especially the masked ball, where we get the cover image from. Nit Picks: Cover/Title - I understand why the title of the book is what it is, and I think that the cover art does suit the book once I read it, but I think if I was just browsing in a book store I would have walked right past this one because it doesn't immediately jump out at me. Favorite Part: The mask ball, specifically when Akiva uses magic to cause moths to gather on Madrigal and makes a shawl for her. It was so romantic!
Date published: 2011-08-29

Editorial Reviews

"An adventurous story of self-identity, "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" is written with high-stakes flair and a touch of humor...[It is] well-told and well-paced, raising intriguing questions about notions of identity, expectation, trust, betrayal and belonging."-The Los Angeles Times