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Daughter of Smoke & Bone

(Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  351,921 ratings  ·  32,467 reviews
Around the world, black hand prints 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 otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with mon
Hardcover, US, 418 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 li…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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Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Emily May

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 livi
Almost 10 years later this remains my favorite, and it is definitely top tier YA fantasy, or fantasy period, for me. I loved all of Daughter of Smoke & Bone - the mythology, the imagery, the structure of the story, pure imagination, I even loved the instalove with an interesting and creative tinge of bestiality (it's fantasy, it makes sense, I promise). It was also fun to see how cleverly Daughter of Smoke & Bone subtly connected to Muse of Nightmares duology. I usually don't go for books with a ...more
Do not listen to what anyone tells you about this book. Except me. Because I am right.

I understand this is biased advice, and also advice I would give to anyone about anything at any time because I am my own biggest supporter, but just trust me on this one.

Because other people might want to tell you this is “YA fantasy” or “urban fantasy” or “supernatural / magical / paranormal fiction,” and all of those people would be wrong.

This is a romance.

Barely even a paranormal romance, at that.

I don’t ha
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 sen
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it

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

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
OMG! Click on the GOODIE link under the pic to see my special edition ILLUMICRATE UNBOXING!!!



OMG! I loved this book so much! I am so in love with Akiva! The below picture was the best I could find that is sort of what I picture. It doesn't have his amazing black shadow fire wings or the longish black hair that I imagine, but who cares =)


Once upon a time,
a little girl was raised by monsters.
But angels burned the doorways to their world,
Elle (ellexamines)
My original review here was “punch :) me :) in :) the :) face :)” and I think that accurately sums my view up. That being said, here's an actual review that's NOT just me crying! Amazing!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows a demon's assistant, Karou, who helps to collect teeth for the family of her youth. It's a creative story that pulled me in from the beginning. Before we were 40 pages in, I knew I had found a favorite.


Just as beautiful as everyone says. Laini Taylor's writing flows
Tharindu Dissanayake
Aug 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
"I've always wanted to tase someone. Zap!"

Back to YA Fantasy, and this time I decided to select something randomly from my TBR. And I have to say, after finishing the first book of this trilogy, I'm pleasantly surprised. This turned out far better that I had hoped for! Laini Taylor establishes a solid foundation for what I expect would be a great fantasy series. I was in-between 3 and 4 stars for this one, but the ending nudged me towards 4-stars at last.

"An angel tried to kill me."

To be
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

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!)
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.

Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ive always had the opinion that the whole paranormal urban fantasy genre is just not for me, no thank you. but fortunately people grow, preferences change, and i am that much better for it - because this was actually really good! reading and liking this book made me feel like im finally reaching my full potential as a person. yay me! haha.

what i enjoyed most is probably the setting - i dont think ive ever read a book that was set in prague or marrakech, both of which are cities that i adore! so
✨ Helena ✨


“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.”

FINALLY. Finally, after three weeks of the midterms from hell, I was finally able to re-read my favourite trilogy of all time! Boy, did I need a pick-me-up, after that! I don’t even have the words to express how much the DOSAB trilogy means to me…but I’ll try. ;) Regardless, this does mark my fifth read of
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars? 4.75 stars?! It's been a while since I've started a new series and been this head over heels. My gut says I can't quite give it 5 stars for a few verrrry minor reasons but I may change my mind the more I think (*obsess*) about this book.

Full review and gush to come on my channel!
This book did not piss me off! I'm ELATED. I forgot the entire story, though. So I may read it again because I want to finish the entire series. ...more
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
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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'
Hannah Azerang
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
booksnpenguins (wingspan matters)
Even though a huge number of people I know seems to consider DoSaB the best thing since sliced bread, I couldn't have liked it less even it I tried.
And, trust me, I tried.
Halfway through it I realized this book just isn't for me. Instead of making me feel something, it just left me bored and annoyed, and eager to either get drunk on cough syrup or punch someone in the teeth.
I liked the premise and all the mystery surrounding the chimaeras and the teeth affair, but something spoiled it.
I was a

Obviously, I am extremely late to the party on the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. I have been hearing for years how great these books are, how I MUST read it.

I finally decided to give it a go when the audiobook became available through my library.

While I wasn’t disappointed, I wasn’t exactly blown away either.

It was good, but I think, for me, it fell victim to the hype. I was sort of expecting the best book ever written and although the writing style is gorgeous, the plot was
Claudia Lomelí

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
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, Daught
4.25/5 stars

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

It did not end well.

In case you didn't know: the greatest feeling in the world, as proven by actual scientists and not some 19-year old girl laying braless in bed, is when you reread a book you loved the first time around and love it even more the second time. That sense of euphoria that will rush over you once you realize that your memory did not deceive you and everything you think you know might possibly not be wrong
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Hmmm. I’ve already started writing a long review for this one, and I’ll post it asap, but I finished this conflicted. Make of that what you will.
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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. ...more
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DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is one of those books that was pushed at me by a pretty huge number of people on my friends list. It came out during that mad-dash YA paranormal craze following in the wake of TWILIGHT, which is hilariously appropriate because despite its fans' loud protestations that it is nothing like Twilight, it kind of reads like a cross between Clive Barker's ABARAT and Stephenie Meyer's TWILIGHT. #SorryNotSorry

For the re
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