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?
There are lots of times where I buy a book because EVERYONE is reading it. This was one of those books. Naturally, that meant that the book had to stay on my shelf for a long while until the hype died down. In fact, I didn’t even read any reviews of the story, but did see a lot of high ratings for it. This both excites me and worries me. Naturally, I want to love the story, but there is the odd time where I read it and feel kind of ‘meh’ about the whole thing.
Luckily, this was not the case with Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
From the moment I started reading the story, I was in awe of Laini Taylor’s writing. The funny thing is that the whole story felt like it was taking place in another place or another time, but at the same time it felt very real and very now. The life that Karou leads felt so fantastical, yet things also felt like they do now: she goes to school, she has quirky friends, and a crazy ex-boyfriend.
I think that’s what I loved most about the story and that’s what dragged me in from the beginning – that sense of both real and unreal. Also, I had been having very bad luck with angel books and was pleasantly surprised to really like this story about angels and demons. In fact, it didn’t even feel like I was reading about angels or demons; they were just characters I came to know and love.
I’ve already mentioned Karou, but I also loved Susanna, Brimstone, Izzy, Akiva, and all of the other characters that Laini Taylor created. I also enjoyed the setting of Prague (since so many books are set in America these days). And the best part – the BEST part! – was the idea of wishes. It was fun and kind of hilarious at certain times, and Karou’s naïveté about the wishes was so childlike and innocent. The more the story goes on, the more depth we get about Karou’s world and about the characters she’s come to know and love. They’re her family, but they’re not what she expected.
Laini Taylor is a wonderful writer and I’m happy to have FINALLY read this story. It hooked me from the first pages and didn’t let go until the very end. After I picked the pieces of my jaw and my heart up off the floor, I immediately wished for the next book in the series. Unfortunately, I didn’t have anything to make my wish with – like what Karou would’ve done — but hopefully I’ll get my hands on it soon.
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