Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Posted November 15, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

by Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Pages: 418
Published on June 5th 2012
by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Angels, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
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Also by this author: Dreams of Gods & Monsters, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, Dreams of Gods & Monsters, Strange the Dreamer

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 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?

5 Stars

I’m not even sure how to start this review. This is the second time I read this book and it was even better than I remember. I’ve been meaning to start the second book for quite some time, but I’ve read so many books since this one that I didn’t remember most of what happened. So, since I didn’t write a review yet on the first one, I decided to re-read it and review it! And this is one awesome book.

Who is the Daughter of Smoke & Bone? Around the world black handprints appear on doorways, scorched by people with strange shadows. Meet Karou. Karou lives in Prague. She’s an art student who fills her sketchbooks with monsters who may or may not be real. She often disappears on ‘errands’, she speaks many languages (not all of them human) and her peacock blue hair grows out of her head in that color. Who is she? That’s a question she asks herself every day. And she’s about to find out when Akiva comes into her life.


Laini Taylor is made of magic I think. Her writing is superb. It’s not hard to lose myself in this world she created. I just can’t get enough of it. The world-building is so great. And what a setting! Prague, talk about being original and unique. Laini is a master storyteller. She really is. And I just don’t know what else I can say about that without being repetitive.

Karou is one of the most awesome characters ever. Blue hair, tattoos, artist,… Seriously. And I love how Laini keeps me guessing for most part of the book as to who or what she really is. How can you not root for this girl? And her friend Zuzanna. Oh my god she is the cutest! I want to hug her! And she’s cool too! And Issa and Brimstone and all of those guys. So awesome and Laini must be a creative genius or something for creating them. And bringing them to life. I hate Kaz, he’s an ass and he deserved what Karou did. And I got a giggle out of it too. But the most important thing is without a doubt Akive. I don’t have words for him. Just one. Sigh.

So to sum it up, this is definitely a must-read. And yes, you see that right. This is an angel book and it got 5 sizzling and sparkling stars from me! Now on to Days of Blood and Starlight! And thanks to Stephanie for giving me this beautiful paperback copy!

autograph bieke


About Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of the global sensation the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy: Daughter of Smoke & BoneDays of Blood & Starlight, and Dreams of Gods & Monsters, and the companion e-novella, Night of Cake & Puppets. She is also the author of the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the highly acclaimed Lips Touch: Three Times, a National Book Award finalist. Her newest book, Strange the Dreamer, is the first in a stunning new epic duology. Laini lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine.

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