on Sepetmber 27, 2011
Also by this author: Lips Touch: Three Times, Days of Blood and Starlight, Strange the Dreamer
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Also in this series: Days of Blood and Starlight
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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?
Usually while I’m reading a book most of the things I will say in my review come to me. Sometimes I will write half my review in my head and then the hardest part is just remembering it. This was not the case at all with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It’s been days since I finished it and still nothing has come to me. I am at a complete and utter loss of words. I think I am just astounded my Laini Taylor’s imagination and creativity, so much so that I can’t put my love for this book into words. I’m going to try though.
I read Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor when it was released. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have read it on my own but I won it from the Scholastic blog. I fell deeply in love with Laini’s writing very quickly. I have been anxiously awaiting something new from her since then. When I read the summary for this book I knew that it was going to be amazing. I knew that it would be on my Favorites list at the end of 2011. Needless to say I had some high expectations. Every single one of them were met…and then some.
Laini Taylor blew me away. She manages to to create the absolutely unique fantasy world. It’s like nothing else out there in YA fantasy. It’s lush and complex. It feels like you should be able to find a random door in an alley and be transported to a different world. It feels real.
This fantasy world functions right along side the world that we know. This makes it even more believable. Karou was a extraordinary girl with very ordinary and relatable problems. She was funny and I loved the banter between her and Zuzana. The passion and romance between Karou and Akiva was expertly done. It left me a little breathless.
I don’t know what else to say. I really think that it’s impossible for me to say anything that would convey just how absolutely amazing Daughter of Smoke and Bone is. The writing is incredible. Every page is quotable. The world building will blow you away. The characters are fantastically done. Just read it. That’s all I can say. Read. It.