22 September 2012

{Book Review} Daughter of Smoke and Bone

By: Me My Shelf And I | 22 September 2012 at 12:58 PM | | | |

8490112Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Author: Laini Taylor
Pages: 417
Format: Audio
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Publisher: Little Brown
Rating: 5 Birds

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 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?

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

How can you not love a book that starts off with that line? Seriously, how much more intriguing can you get?

I got DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE as an audiobook to listen to while I was in the car. I drive A LOT with my job so I thought this would be a good way to pass the time on the job and also get a few more books read. Turns out this wasn’t just a good idea, it was a brilliant one. I’m not typically one to brag about myself but seriously this was one of the best ideas I’ve ever had.

Khristine Hvam does an excellent job at narrating. I loved her voice and the way she emphasized things. I felt that her narration really added something to the story. Also, I loved being able to hear how to pronounce names and other words in the book. After skimming through the book, I know that the names I would have come up with in my head wouldn’t have been nearly as beautiful as the actual ones.

The story itself was amazing. There was mystery. There was love. There was heartbreak. There was everything. This book really did have it all!

The world that Taylor creates in DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is unmatched. Taylor creates a world full of monsters and angels, a world of creatures I could never dream of imagining and describes it in a way that I actually believed it could be real.

I loved Karou. I loved her blue hair. I loved her attitude and determination. I loved the fact that she could speak many languages and not all of them were human. Karou was fierce and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little jealous of her. Yeah, I would totally love to be her.

It took me a little bit of time to warm up to Akiva. I struggled with Karou in figuring out if he was a good guy or a bad guy. Now, that I have finished the first book in the series I have to say that he’s a little of both. Then again, aren’t we all? In the end Akiva won be over, which made the end even more bittersweet. I won’t tell you what happens but rest assured that you will be thinking about the ending of this book days after you are finished with it.

The ending left me questioning what I would do/how I would feel if I were in Karou’s place. After several days of thinking about it, I still don’t know. It’s one of those situations where you can see both sides and can sympathize with each.

The only slow part to me was when the story goes back in time to tell a backstory. I was so anxious to find out what happened in the present I found myself not really caring what happened in the past. After finishing the book though I realized that it was a necessary part, I just really wanted to know what happened next!

In case you haven’t noticed I loved DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE! I loved this book so much I now own the audiobook, a paperback copy, I traded a new book I owned for an ARC of it and I’m thinking about buying a hardcover! Yes, I loved it THAT much and I’m sure you will too!

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  1. Great review! I loved this one too. I can't wait until Days of Blood & Starlight comes out!

    -Kait @ YA Vixens

  2. I've always heard how wonderful this one was! I need to read it soon, hopefully before book two comes out in November!

  3. Wow, thank you SO much for this review! This is a book that I've looked at and passed over more than once, thinking that I'd "save it for later", but now, I'm ON it. I listen to audio books also, & you're right, it's a fantastic idea for passing time while you're driving. So, you SHOULD brag about having that idea!

    I'm especially going to listen to this one on Audible.com because of your reference to words being pronounced correctly for me that way. :)

    So, thank you thank you. ~ Terri B.

  4. Wow, well if you loved it enough to buy every version then I've GOT to check it out!


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