Daughter of Smoke & Bone Review (YA Fantasy)

daughter-of-smoke-and-boneDaughter of Smoke & Bone: 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 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? – Goodreads


Daughter of Smoke & Bone Review

Daughter of Smoke & Bone surprised me. Half the time when I pick up the Young Adult books that I see others raving about, I’m less than impressed. However, the line from the synopsis, “A devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low” made me super curious. What in the world could be done with human teeth? (I have to admit, I truly didn’t pick up on what was happening with them until just before it was revealed.) Also, I honestly can’t recall reading a single bad review of this book from any of the bloggers I actually follow. So I hemmed and hawed until I saw that my library had an e-copy available. After that, I really had no excuse to put it off.

I can see why Daughter of Smoke & Bone is so popular.4 Star Rated Daughter of Smoke & Bone Review

From start to finish, Laini Taylor’s book kept me engaged and curious about the world she was laying out. Karou was an interesting character that seemed very believable. The drawing scene involving her and the other K whose name we shall not say had me laughing. Yes, it was petty, but he deserved it, and I thought it was awesome. Watching Karou’s story unfold as the world goes crazy around her was fun. Trying to understand the motivations of her father-figure especially was a bit difficult. He really is a puzzle.

Even when I could pretty much guess the direction things were going, I didn’t care. It was just a fun read that played with some of the tropes without giving in to many of them. In this case, I can see where the two men both being interested in the same girl was actually necessary to the plot. Else a certain pivotal event might not have happened. I liked how the characters were forced to question the truth behind their legends. Even if it never really amounted to much, the fact that the two differing sides stories- and the truth or lack thereof- were addressed at all was good. It’s a lesson that young adult readers can take to heart without even realizing it.

Laini Taylor did a great job with Daughter of Smoke & Bone and whilst I won ‘t be continuing with the series (because I’m afraid of the 2nd book spoiling the awesomeness of the first), I would definitely recommend it to Young Adult Readers (and even regular adult readers! A good story has no age range).

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My question for you is: Have you read the whole series? Should I keep reading?

Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone | Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone | Author: Laini Taylor (site) | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Pub. Date: 2011-9-27 | Pages: 418 | ISBN13: 9780316134026 | Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy | Language: English | Triggers: None | Foul Language Level: Low to non-existent | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Library | Date Read: 2016-9-15  | Covers, quotes, etc, belong to their creator and are used for review purposes only.

4 thoughts on “Daughter of Smoke & Bone Review (YA Fantasy)

  1. Heh, I preferred the second book to the first. I found Daughter romance-heavy with a ladle of angst; I loved the world building but Akiva just annoyed me.

    I found the second book darker and more intriguing; Karou has made hard choices and the romance takes a back seat. The third book rounded it out.

    I don’t generally enjoy romance narratives but the world building and the war kept me fascinated.

  2. Don’t keep reading!

    The second book ruins things as the romance becomes far too important and then the third book drives the final nails into the boring, overly-long coffin the series becomes.

    Get out now while you have good memories 🙂

    (Although, on balance, Karou’s human friends do remain awesome throughout and gave me something to read for).

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