3 out of 5 Robots!
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Release: September 27, 2011
Hardcover: 432 Pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
My Copy: BEA
Buy the Book: Amazon
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 grown 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 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?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the extremely vivid and intriguing story of Karou. There was a lot of hype around this book at BEA, so I was excited to get my hands on a copy early. This may have done the book an injustice because I had high expectations and was a little disappointed. Though this is geared toward Young Adult, I suggest the older Young Adult crowd pick this one up. It also is meant to be a series, but it wrapped up wonderfully and I didn't find myself having many questions when it concluded.
My favorite part of Daughters of Smoke and Bone are the brilliantly described creatures- especially the chimaera. Actually, Laini intricately describes everything- it really pushed me into the world she created. Now, this is where it gets weird for me. Usually I find myself saying that the beginning of a book is slow and the second half is amazing. I felt the total opposite for this one- I was so into this book in the beginning, and then I started losing interest. Skimmed most of the second half because I just wanted to know how it ended.
Now, this honestly is a good read- it just didn't wasn't my thing. Laini Taylor has this wonderful way with words, absolutely beautiful. I'm not highly recommending this one, but I definitely think if the blurb interests you that you should read it.