Bookanista Review: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Summary: 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 otherworldly 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?

My thoughts:

I mean, first off, I was sucked in from the moment I read “A devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.”  How could you not be?  I was dying to know what the point of the teeth was.

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is one of those books that you don’t want to read, as  a writer, while you’re working on something of your own.  The writing itself is just fabulous, evocative and lush and full of mystery.  The book feels crafted, like every single word was carefully chosen and dropped into the story like ingredients in a recipe.

The setting, Prague, is fresh and exciting, and made me long to visit even more than I did before.  This is one of those books where the setting’s alive – you’re never confused about where you are, because Kazou brings the world to life around her, much in the same way she brings to life the monsters in her drawings.

The plot, too, is exciting and unique, even though it hits on some of the same elements in other stories.  It’s the way that the story develops, though, that really makes the difference, and proves that anything can be done if you put enough of yourself and your unique spin on it.

I can’t say enough good things about this book.  It releases September 27th, and you should definitely pick it up.

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One thought on “Bookanista Review: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

  1. Oh my word, this book came so highly recommended to me. But I’ve heard the same too about not reading it while you’re writing because it’ll make you feel totally inadequate and yet keep you from your own writing at the same time because you can’t stop reading. So I’ve put off reading it. But hopefully I’ll be able to get to it this weekend. Sounds so good!

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