Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review – Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Published: September 27, 2011


Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, sorched 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 grow 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?


A....Mazing. Beautifully written and well done through and through. 

Laini creates an amazing world of angels and devils (chimaera) unlike anything I've ever seen or read about before. She flips the tables on the reader, taking the myths and legends we're so familiar with, smashing them to bits, and piecing them back together in monstrous perfection like they were something from Brimstone's resurrectionist table. Because sometimes the good guys aren't as good as they'd like us to think. And sometimes things that are horrifying, are really quite beautiful and lovely if we have the patience and strength to look deeper.

Akiva and Karou are a modern day Romeo and Juliet with a twist and this story was gripping and fantastic. Can't wait for the next one.


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