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Laini Taylor

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Hi there! I'm a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My 'Dreamdark' books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries -- not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It's creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called "Laini's Ladies."

New year, new decade, new thoughts and plans, it seemed a new blog was in order. Please come visit me in my new home, where things are bigger and brighter, still in the works, and with room to grow. I'm loving it there!

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Average rating: 4.12 · 138,063 ratings · 20,984 reviews · 14 distinct works · Similar authors
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (D...
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 90,876 ratings — published 2011 — 74 editions
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Days of Blood and Starlight...
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 31,202 ratings — published 2012 — 38 editions
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Lips Touch: Three Times
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 5,823 ratings — published 2009 — 23 editions
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Blackbringer (Dreamdark, #1)
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 2,850 ratings — published 2007 — 17 editions
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Night of Cake & Puppets (Da...
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 2,171 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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Dreams of Gods and Monsters...
4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 1,831 ratings — published 2014 — 14 editions
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Silksinger (Dreamdark, #2)
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 1,175 ratings — published 2009 — 6 editions
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Goblin Fruit
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 181 ratings — published 2012
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Spicy Little Curses
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 135 ratings — published 2013
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The Drowned
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2004
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Daughter of Smoke & Bone Days of Blood and Starlight Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (3 books)
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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
" EDIT #11: I'm actually holding this beautifully book in my hands. I seriously don't know how I didn't spontaneously combust right then and there when the Customer Service lady handed it to me. <3

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“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

“I don't know many rules to live by,' he'd said. 'But here's one. It's simple. Don't put anything unnecessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles--drug or inessential penises either.'

'Inessential penises?' Karou had repeated, delighted with the phrase in spite of her grief. 'Is there any such thing as an essential one?'

'When an essential one comes along, you'll know,' he'd replied.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone


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“Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”
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Heywot Hello! Thanks for accepting my request. I've been a fan of yours since Dreamdark and I can't wait to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and anything else you whip out! Thanks again! Bye! :)

Sangria Hi Laini! :) Thanks for your friendship!
I don't read a lot of books with short stories but I so love LIPS TOUCH, it is one of my favorite books. :) I can't wait to read your other books!

Miranda Hey I'm a big fan. I got addicted with Lips Touch and just finished the second Dreamdark book. I just thought I'd pop over and BEG for another one? Soon? Please?
:) Thanks

♫ Rebecca ♫ hi! i looooooooooooooooooooove your books!!! your such a great author! i was wondering if you would read the stuff i wrote please? it would be really great to get feedback from a published author!
thanks! your goodreads friend and and fan, rebecca

Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

Dreamsbane of Tamalor

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Erin I see you're so busy reading up the Cybils books....hope you're having a blast with it. :) I can't wait to see the shortlists you guys come up with!

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