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Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1)

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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 grows 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 monst
Kindle Edition, 424 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Lydia Young If you like fairy tales, epic love stories, and wild imagination, this is the book for you. Agree with all of the others - it is absolutely nothing…moreIf you like fairy tales, epic love stories, and wild imagination, this is the book for you. Agree with all of the others - it is absolutely nothing like Hunger Games or Divergent. I enjoyed both of those books, but Laini Taylor's lyrical, lovely writing blows me away. Her imagination...I'd love to take a peek into her brain and see who/what lives there.

Also, try her book of short stories - Lips Touch Three Times. Talk about exquisite writing and storytelling...(less)
Destiney Houghtalen I loved it. You just kind of have to stick with it because at the beginning it's going kind of fast and it's a little confusing with all the build up.…moreI loved it. You just kind of have to stick with it because at the beginning it's going kind of fast and it's a little confusing with all the build up. I promise it gets better if you stick with it by the middle you can't stop reading and before you know it its over and you have to read the next one.(less)
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Once upon a time, a fantasy book came unto the young adult world and set it aflame. Long-time fans of the author swooned. Mainstream publications wrote cryptic but positive impressions. And many readers declared that the book was leaps and bounds above all other young adult literature previously published.

It's always a little tricky reading a book that arrives with a crazy amount of hype, even one that's not accompanied by the lavish praise that has been heaped upon this one, as the pr
Kat Kennedy
Do you remember that Taylor Swift song about Romeo and Juliet, Love Story?

It's lyrics go something like this:

I'm a pretty little girl who knows nothing about literature
So I sing a song about starcrossed lovers
Whose only problem is that Daddy doesn't approve
But it's all good because we get married anyway.
Just like that cliffnote's story about Romeo and Juliet!


Scott Pilgrim gif of girl shooting herself in the head

We have a tendency with YA literature today, to have stories with the super duper happiest of h
Jul 01, 2012 Cait rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a P.S. in order to understand this review better if you haven't read the Fallen series, please check out my thoughts on the other book that I will be discussing here.

This book is like some sort of weird alien. When I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone I wasn't quite sure how to handle it.

What are you, Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

In the synopsis of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it tells you that this is a story about how a "demon" falls in love with an "angel." So one would think that thi
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When I first heard the details of the premise of Laini Taylor's new book, for a moment I thought Laini must have read my review of Personal Demons. In that review I rant about how great story ideas are squandered away. You see, Personal Demons had a very interesting concept - a demon and an angel battling for the soul of a human girl. There are so many creative opportunities in the angel/demon lore, I thought surely the author would make something good out of it. I was
Feb 06, 2016 Zoë rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The writing was mysterious and lovely and I really enjoyed this! Because of how mysterious it is, I'm really glad that I went into it knowing nothing. I was sufficiently confused for the better part of this book, but very intrigued, so it was more like putting together a puzzle than trying to run around blindfolded. I think the world is so original and I'm ready to see where this story goes! (Also, YAY for no insta-love!)

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

It did not end well.”


Mountain View

You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!

Freaking amazing book.I didn't expect this to be this good.I couldn't put the book down,like literally.Everything fits perfectly ,the characters ,the story,everything.It is so unique and different from other stories.And it's actually the first book writte

Emily May
May 17, 2015 Emily May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, everyone

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone tells the age-old tale of forbidden love with a beautifully constructed mythological twist. Karou and Akiva are a Romeo and Juliet unlike any other and Laini Taylor has managed to encapture love, loneliness and desperation in a masterpiece of a novel that deserves to be read by anyone of any age who truly appreciates quality writing and story-telling.

Karou is a 17 year old art student living in
Ooh. OOOH! Meh... Mehhhhhhhhh...........

Which basically summarizes my reaction throughout the novel.

I hate it when things like this happen, when books start out so strong with an intriguing world and a growing character. But before you know it, it goes splat into a big mud puddle of Cliche and Predictability and WowThisRemindsMeOf100OtherYABooks.

The Ooh.

The book started out very, very strong. The premise was very interesting: Karou, an orphaned human girl adopted by demon magicians, is sent
Beware of spoilers!

I don't know if it is possible to be struck with so many emotions. She did it, though. Laini Taylor hit me with a hammer. She reached a hand down my throat, pulled out the emotions I didn't even know were there in the first place, and set them down in front of me to watch. "There they are," she said, ignoring my wide open mouth. "I knew you had those!"

Her writing:
When I read the first chapter of this book, I said to myself, "Ha, this is excellent writing and I am too dumb to u
Steph Sinclair

You know that book you're reading right now? How about all those books on your "TBR" list? FORGET ABOUT 'EM!

I first stumbled across Laini Taylor when I was encouraged by several of my GoodReader friends to read Lips Touch. So, I read it and while I enjoyed it, I wasn't blown away. However, I think it was a "It's not you, it's me" situation because anthologies and I don't really get along. I went into this book thinking it was just another PNR, Angel style. I couldn't have been more wrong. If Ro
Jillian -always aspiring-
Note: Be warned that this is one of those reviews that in no way can do justice to the actual novel, but there's no harm in trying. Regardless, I greatly urge anyone who has even the slightest interest in this book to procure a copy when it's released on September 27, 2011.

Seven Perfect Reasons Why You Should Read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor:

1. The writing is fantastic, dang it.

Now, I loved Laini Taylor's first young adult offering, Lips Touch: Three Times (You've read it, haven't
Jun 19, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just Wow.

I got an ARC of this one about a month ago, and only just now got around to reading it. I really liked Laini's first Dreamdark book, so I was eager to try this one.

It was great. Really great. Read it all in a day.


this book is astonishingly good.

this is the book i should have been handed when i first expressed an interest in exploring the world of the fantasy novel. never mind that isn't not going to be published for three more months (thank you to the girl with BEA access for getting this for me), it should have happened somehow.

this is the most pure example of fantasy that i have seen so far.
and it is nearly perfect.

once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. it did not end well.

a fantastic
Jul 21, 2011 Catie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catie by: Tatiana
Not just five stars…one million stars, two sister moons, and two pairs of wings in flight. That’s how beautiful this book is. I hope this is a huge hit, and all the kids read it. Listen up kids, this book has everything that you’re looking for: secrets, paranormal creatures, hot guys, best friends; passionate, enduring, forbidden, love…and angst! But unlike all the rest, this one is the real thing.

It’s times like these that I wish I was a real, honest to goodness book fairy, with little wings, a
Apr 19, 2014 Nataliya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nataliya by: Trudi
A teeth-gathering blue-haired spunky young woman raised by a Wishmonger gets caught in the middle of the long war waged in the 'Elsewhere'. Pictographically:

Was this book perfect? Not nearly. But I still loved it, even despite the annoying 'classic' YA tropes that it was NOT immune to:

(1) insta-love (actually, it happens twice),
(2) the otherwordly, basically underpants-disintegrating beauty of the male love interest - who initially, of course,
(3) tries to murder our heroine.
Still, Daughter o
Megs ♥

Finally, a book that lives up to the hype. I haven't read a book that lives up to the hype this well, actually, since Hunger Games. That's a coincidence considering that Karou has quickly earned the number two spot on my list of all-time favorite heroines...Second only to Katniss Everdeen, of course. And no, I'm not comparing this to Hunger Games in any way, just sayin'.

This book came highly recommended to me from a number of people. Ever since it came out in September of 2011 I have heard nothi

The ending!

There are already many, many in-depth and detailed reviews for Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and because no one wants to read a review where I gush on and on about how much I loved this or adored that, I'll avoid being boring and keep this short and simple.

I loved:
1. Karou
2. Akiva.
3. The writing.
4. The setting.
5. Karou.
6. The book title.
7. Zuzana.
8. Akiva and Karou's love.
9. Brimstone.
10. The chapter titles.

I disliked:
1. The cover.
2. Kaz.
3. Madrigal.
4. The pacing.
5. The ending.

Clau R.

I really liked this book, and I wasn't even expecting it! The thing is... the first piece of work I read from Laini Taylor was her short story in "My true love gave to me twelve holiday stories", and I didn't like it, at all. So naturally, after reading that, I wasn't eager to dive into this, BUT OH, I'm glad I did! It was simply amazing! The thing I loved the most about this book is the world Laini created! It is beautiful and intriguing and so original! I love everything abou
Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Laini Taylor is a genius. No really. You know how “they” say that all myths and fairytales have an element of truth in them? How that element of truth is where the myths and fairytales originally came from? Well, in Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Laini Taylor treats all the myths like they’re Athena—sprung fully formed from the head of Zeus. Greek, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, various and sundry Pagan belief systems, it doesn’t matter, it all combines to make one glorious who
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
There's so much buzz generating around this one, that although I've always tried to ignore hype, after reading all these gushing reviews from bloggers I follow I had high expectations - I was, unfortunately, let down by the time I was halfway though. It started strong with a lot of potential. But it didn't take long before I already had most of it figured out and the last few twists that were there, didn't please me much. Take our MC, Karou. At first I was thrilled by this 17 year old artsy girl ...more
Final rating: 5/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 5/5 stars

note: silkette is my irl friend and she gave me permission to use her photos for making this ♥

Once upon a time,
an angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well.

This book was brilliant. It was majestic, beautiful, epic and strong ... Everything about it was perfect : the characters, the story and the ending... Never before had i read about something so powerful that it left such a strong impact on me , that i remember every single part and detail of it.

It's so strong, it's so beautiful, it's ju
Oct 06, 2011 Limonessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Limonessa by: the whole of GoodReads
Shelves: ya-lit, fantasy, favorites
Laini Taylor has really put me in my place this time.

I was very eager to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, so much so that I ordered it as soon as it came out. To say that reviews for this book are gushing is a real understatement; they are, in fact, stellar.
Truth be told though, I was more than a bit biased. Lips Touch: Three Times, her short stories collection had collected the same kind of reviews. Not from me.
I'm not crazy about that book. I suspect it has a lot to do with the short story
Stacia (the 2010 club)
This is what happens when Urban Fantasy and Traditional Fantasy collide.

Results :


After finishing this book, I am in awe of this woman's writing skills. For as much as I love books from any fantasy sub-genre, I also have my own personal roadblocks. Very rarely, can an author use as much descriptiveness in a book without me wanting to tear my hair out. Often, writers show off their "words" just for the sake of trying to impress us. I never felt like this was the c
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Actual rating: 3.5 ... but I'll round it up because I'm nice.

I guess I don't really ... get it.

I've seen this book all over the place for the past few months. It has so many raving reviews from reviewers that I really respect (and usually agree with). There are so many people talking about how it's so amazing and the best YA book of the year ... so on and so forth.

And. Well. I don't know, guys. I thought it was good, but to be honest I wasn't really crazy about it.

Maybe it's because I'm not real
Mar 18, 2012 Wigs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so I'm going to try to talk about this as best I can here.

Here was my arc of emotion reading this:

At first I was like

Yes this book is going to be amazing

and then I was like

Oh it's almost entirely a romance...

and towards the last third I was like

This new substory is awesome, I love this

and then the last two pages I was like


Ha, so I did enjoy this. At first I was disappointed with all the focus on boy meets girl, but then I enjoyed it better when I fully figured out that this was a romanc
There's something to be said for a series that keeps me reading and reading and reading, no matter how irritated it's making me, no matter how furious I am with the characters, no matter how idiotic the romance is, and no matter how crushingly depressed it's making me. There's something to be said for a book that still gets four stars from me despite making me want to swallow a whole box of Niquil and take a nap for a year.

Take Karou. She's quirky, cool, popular. She's got a secret tooth-monger
If you follow me on here on Goodreads or Twitter, you'll know that I actually DNFed this book the first time I read it. Well, I actually gave it another shot and ended up liking it!

I LOVED the world-building in this book. Holy guacamole, did Laini Taylor create one of the most unique worlds I've ever read about. I was crazy interested in every.Single. Thing.

I LIKED the characters. Karou was a very different heroine, and I loved reading about the things she did, and the realistic way she reacted
Khanh (the Grinch)
I had so many ups and downs reading this book, ranging from pages and pages and pages of complete disinterest in the beginning, to complete enjoyment in the new type of fantasy world described, to utter boredom in the flashback scenes. Yeah, I know the backstory of Madrigal's past life is a big deal in the scheme of the book. That doesn't mean I didn't find it incredibly boring.
Darth J
November 2015 Updated Review

I would like to preface my review by saying that I rarely give anything a second chance. I'm surprised to say that I am glad I did with this book.

What starts out as a tale of a girl who seems annoyingly quirky just for quirkiness's sake becomes an epic and heartbreaking love story that spans dimensions. I hated Karou and her pretentious art student friends at the beginning, but I connected with Madrigal and Akiva toward the end.

I also must divulge that I have no love
Ash Reads
first read: August 4-6, 2015
first reread: January 17-21 , 2016

This is the second [out of 41] book in the 2016 reading challenge that I am doing with some friends.

August 2015
this might actually not be a FULL 5 stars....

I was not overly fond of how this started out....the only reason I stuck with it was because my friends here on GR seemed to think it was worth the yeah, I read on.

once the book picked really picked up. I was hooked, like seriously! I was finding it
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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. . . abo ...more
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