Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Rating: PG
Score: ★★★★★
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Page Count: 420
Book #1 of the Daughter Of Smoke and Bone trilogy
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: 2011

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 grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young artist is about to be caught up in the 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?

1. Let's just start off with saying that this book had some pretty mixed reviews online, one extreme or the other: some hated it and some loved it. I was happy to know that I was part of the ladder. This fantasy/horror/romantic adventure is one of my favorite trilogies already, and I've only read the first book!

2. The story was written so poetically that really just drew me in to the story even more. The word usage and layout was so beautiful that it made me want to read for hours on end and live in the world that Laini Taylor created for her readers.

3. The characters were just unforgettable. I really loved Karou's character and just how strong and driven she was. I also loved Akiva's character, very mysterious and dark but had a bit of a sharper edge to it. The other characters were also very enjoyable such as Zuzanna's character or Brimstone, other fun people that the book mentions.

4. I could not get over all of the fantasy and horror-like aspects of the book. From the cool magic and portals to other worlds, to the dark secrets and violent attacks from enemies. The book had a dark theme to it throughout the entire story but also had it's funny moments that added something extra to the story.

5. I really loved how the book was written in not only two points of view but with chapters every now and then taking place in the past. It wasn't confusing at all like some books tend to be. I always knew which chapters were being told from who's POV and when the chapter was taking place, present or past. 

6. Lastly, I loved the incredible plot twist that was absolutely mind blowing to say the least. The dialog was amazing, the climax and plot were fantastic and the action and romance all blended so well together to create a beautiful and anticipating story.

Age Recommendation: 14+

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