Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) – Laini Taylor

5 stars

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Publication date: September 27th 2011
Genre: Young adult fantasy


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?


Love is an element.

I was never so sure I would like a book!

For real, I read Strange the Dreamer earlier this year and I completely fell in love with it! It was just perfect in every way for me. I love dreamy books and I love fairy tales and hidden worlds. It was just an amazing dream of a book. Of course I had to read Laini Taylor’s other books. Eventually it took me a bit longer than I had planned for me to read start reading this book. But I was finally able to and I loved every second of it!

What I liked from the beginning is that Karou isn’t a normal girl who suddenly finds out she’s special. So many young adult books feature normal girls who get swept of there feet to completely different world where they have to adjust. Karou is special from the beginning and doesn’t really freak out about it. She’s badass and she’s cool and she does her tasks without really complaining. Of course some things change in her life during the book (I’m keeping this vague to avoid spoiling!) otherwise it would be a rather boring book.

Akiva, is the standard book boyfriend, he’s the brooding type. From the first page you read about him his attitude just screams “I don’t care, I’m too cool for this planet with and those stupid humans.”. He isn’t really anything new. Yes, he’s mysterious and hot and a complete cutie. But let’s be honest, haven’t we read about a boy like that a thousand times. But don’t let that spoil anything because he’s still a guilty pleasure I will gladly read about another two books.

I loved that it was set in Prague! Most books that are set in this world are either set in America or in London. There’s nothing wrong with those settings, but Prague definitely was a welcome change in scenery.

The romance is a bit strange in this book. Not bad, just strange. It’s all over the place and jumps up and down and I was getting a bit seasick of the speed the whole thing had. Sometimes I was thinking; “girl, shouldn’t you bit a bit more careful and rethink what you’re doing here?!”.

The best part about this whole book? There are two other books I can devour! *dance party*

Fun Fact: I actually read this book on my kindle in English. But after I read it I decided to buy this book in Dutch for a friend, and so I decided to take a picture for this review of the paperback instead of the e-book!

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