Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1)
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 otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with mon ...more
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Also, try her book of short stories - Lips Touch Three Times. Talk about exquisite writing and storytelling...(less)
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 ...more
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!
We have a tendency with YA literature today, to have stories with the super duper happiest of h ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!)
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well.”
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...more
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 book started out very, very strong. The premise was very interesting: Karou, an orphaned human girl adopted by demon magicians, is sent ...more
Full review and gush to come on my channel!
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!"
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 ...more
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 ...more
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' ...more
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 ...more
It’s times like these that I wish I was a real, honest to goodness book fairy, with little wings, a ...more
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),Still, Daughter o ...more
(2) the otherwordly, basically underpants-disintegrating beauty of the male love interest - who initially, of course,
(3) tries to murder our heroine.
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’ ...more
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 ...more
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.
3. The writing.
4. The setting.
6. The book title.
8. Akiva and Karou's love.
10. The chapter titles.
1. The cover.
4. The pacing.
5. The ending.
Basic plot stuff: Karou is an art student who has blue hair, eye tattoos on her hands, and no idea where she's from or who she really is. She was raised by these really cool chimaera monster-types and can access their world t ...more
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 ...more
“Once upon a time, an Angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
The world Building:
Angels, Devils and magic. What’s there not to like? The world building might be my favorite element of this book … right after the romance but we’ll get to that later. Such a rich and diverse fantasy world. We got to see Prague and Marrakech which was amazing since I’ve never read any book set in those places.
➨Karou is hands down one of my all-time fav ...more
Final rating - for the whole series: 5/5 stars
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 ...more
Take Karou. She's quirky, cool, popular. She's got a secret tooth-monger ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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It did not end well.”