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Daughter of Smoke and Bone [Reading] ➶ Daughter of Smoke and Bone ➽ Laini Taylor – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the skyIn a dark and dusty shop, a devil s supply of human teeth grown Around the Smoke and PDF/EPUB ¾ world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the skyIn a dark and dusty shop, a devil s supply of human teeth grown dangerously lowAnd in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly warMeet Karou She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real she s prone to disappearing on mysterious errands she Daughter of MOBI :Þ 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 outWhen 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 of Smoke and Kindle Õ regret learning the truth about herself.


10 thoughts on “Daughter of Smoke and Bone

  1. Wendy Darling Wendy Darling says:

    3.5 stars Once upon a time, a fantasy book came unto the young adult world and set it aflame Long time fans of the author swooned Mainstream publications wrote cryptic but positive impressions And many readers declared that the book was leaps and bounds above all other young adult literature previously published.It s always a little tricky reading a book that arrives with a crazy amount of hype, even one that s not accompanied by the lavish praise that has been heaped upon this one, as the pr 3.5 stars Once upon a time, a fantasy book came unto the young adult world and set it aflame Long time fans of the author swooned Mainstream publications wrote cryptic but positive impressions And many readers declared that the book was leaps and bounds above all other young adult literature previously published.It s always a little tricky reading a book that arrives with a crazy amount of hype, even one that s not accompanied by the lavish praise that has been heaped upon this one, as the pressure to love it can be pretty intense The story of a tattooed, blue haired orphaned teenager named Karou caught up in an ancient war between angels and demons sounded amazing, however, and I was completely drawn in from the very first page Karou is a young art student living in Prague, except that the fantastic figures she draws are actually of demons that she has known She meets them in her strange teeth collecting errands whenever she s summoned by Brimstone, a beast who has been a father figure to her as long as she can remember The first half of the book is simply mesmerizing, with vividly imagined details and the promise of a complex and stirring story Karou has hamsas tattooed into her palms, she can fulfill small wishes with a necklace with unusual powers, and she dashes through magic portals on her errands to land on the streets of Marrakesh and Paris But it s a life she has to hide from her best friend Zuzana and everyone at her school, and things getcomplicated when black handprints begin appearing on doorways all over the world Is something brewing in the otherworld that will affect this one For me, all that promise remained unfulfilled, however, as the narrative diverted sharply once Akiva, a gorgeous and impossibly perfect angel, appears in the story He is strangely drawn to Karou, and follows her from place to place until finally they meet in an apparently earth shattering fashionHe was the most beautiful thing Karou had ever seen Her first thought, incongruous but overpowering, was to memorize him so she could draw him laterHere is the beginning of where I lost interest in the story, as most of the remainder of the book revolves around their overpowering romance, and eventually, why they may not be able to be together.Readers who find the romance compelling will probably enjoy this book better than I did, but I found it hard to get invested in two such blindingly beautiful and perfect beings for whom there is apparently no other equal I mean, of course they re going to be attracted to each other How could they not be One of the things I found so odd about their relationship is that it seemed to lack any sort of realism or depth as cartoonishly ridiculous as Karou s ex boyfriend was, the way she handled him and the dialogue there was at least smart and funny and likably grounded When Karou and Akiva first meet and all throughout the subsequent chapters when they have their first kiss and so on and so forth, it s written as if the earth is moving and the stars are aligningbut I m afraid the earth simply didn t move for me I might have felt differently if their compulsion towards each other was based on something stronger than just physical attraction, but the majority of what I read was about their stunning beauty and their unearthly perfections Even the promise of wait, wait, you ll see why they re so drawn together didn t pay off for me, because I predicted that well ahead of time and view spoiler even back then, their immediate attraction was mostly based on their physical appearances and the a certain amount of unexpected behavior My good friend Stephanie points out that being in the middle of a war certainly adds an additional element in such meetings, but hide spoiler I would like to have seentime given to any possible number of layers to a relationship, including admiration for how the person behaves in an extraordinary way, noticing subtle and lovely details about someone s personality, uncovering meaning in someone s words, bonding over shared situations, etc, etc None of that happened here Much of the earlier extravagant detailing except in reference to their relationship and humor is abandoned in the second half, and things get further derailed when we get thrust into yet another type of story involving a girl named Madrigal It isn t until the very end that the book finally gets back on course and we get some decent action scenes and some attention paid to the overarching storyline Even then, I guessed what Akiva s big secret was, however, so I never really regained my initial enjoyment for the book The ending was also a typical cliffhanger that is written in a way designed to leave readers in the maximum state of shock I can t say that I admire that much, and I do think it s possible to write an open ended conclusion in a way that doesn t feel like you ve beenwell, pushed off a cliff And told to wait for another year to see if you ll recover from the fall.While I certainly acknowledge and even respond to some of the author s imaginative worldbuilding, I can t really say that I went into raptures over it I can t deny that the book is very well written and I can appreciate the opulent touches and occasional flights of fancybut unfortunately, this wasn t writing that I personally found to be particularly deep or moving or meaningful That s just my own taste, however, since I know many of my friends have loved the writing and story muchthan I did I think in the end, it just comes down to what you respond to as a reader, and I m really disappointed that I just didn t love this as much as I wanted to Still, the book is significantly better than most of the YA that s published right now, and it does hold the promise of a fascinating story that will hopefully get back on track in the sequel I just wish that it wasn t another book that allowed, yet again, for a moony eyed, long fated romance to take over the life of another smart and seemingly level headed heroine


  2. Kat Kennedy Kat Kennedy says:

    Do you remember that Taylor Swift song about Romeo and Juliet, Love Story It s lyrics go something like this I m a pretty little girl who knows nothing about literatureSo I sing a song about starcrossed loversWhose only problem is that Daddy doesn t approveBut it s all good because we get married anyway.Just like that cliffnote s story about Romeo and Juliet Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyy We have a tendency with YA literature today, to have stories with the super duper happiest of h Do you remember that Taylor Swift song about Romeo and Juliet, Love Story It s lyrics go something like this I m a pretty little girl who knows nothing about literatureSo I sing a song about starcrossed loversWhose only problem is that Daddy doesn t approveBut it s all good because we get married anyway.Just like that cliffnote s story about Romeo and Juliet Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyy We have a tendency with YA literature today, to have stories with the super duper happiest of happy endings where everything works out and true love s only real complications are external difficulties, and self esteem issues for the girl.I m trying to think of the perfect example here and because this review is full of cheap shots at easy targets I m going to go withTWILIGHT Come on down, Bella and Edward Now, don t get me wrong There s nothing wrong with happy endings and butterflies and rainbows and kittens They re lovely, lovely things and in the hands of an accomplished author, they do well There s also nothing wrong with having a relationship that s troubled by only external forces Once again, in the right hands it s fine I m not being a miserly old Grinch here Okay, maybe a little bit, but moving on The problem is that in real life, relationships are usually impacted by internal factors So when you base your story on perfection that can only be tainted by evil people trying to destroy your true love, and twist the story to finally reach that happily ever after, then what you sacrifice is often the very real, almost tangible, relatable emotions that arealistic, thoughtful storyline could bring.And also, Romeo and Juliet is a TRAGEDY, Taylor Swift Thank you, Kieran Culkan You re a fresh breeze amongst the stagnant world of apathetic performers.Now what I love about Laini Taylor, other than everything, is that this woman is made of fairytales I swear she s like woven together by sweet kisses and dewdrops She s been sung into being by blind minstrels bathed in moonlight She s wrapped in gossamer and shrived in pure white swan feathers You know, all that magical shit She s that The woman is magic and she writes magic If anyone could take Romeo and Juliet, mate it with a YA paranormal romance and produce a love child that people don t want to drown at birth then it would be Laini Taylor.This book is powerful, emotive, heart breaking, anguishing What I m sayingthe point I m trying to make herethe truth is Laini Taylor kicked my heart in the ass.And I LIKED it This review can also be found on my blog, Cuddlebuggery Book Blog


  3. Cait Cait says:

    As a P.S in order to understand this review better if you haven t read the Fallen series, please check out my thoughts on the other book that I will be discussing here This book is like some sort of weird alien When I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone I wasn t quite sure how to handle it Whatareyou, Daughter of Smoke and Bone In the synopsis of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it tells you that this is a story about how a demon falls in love with an angel So one would think that thi As a P.S in order to understand this review better if you haven t read the Fallen series, please check out my thoughts on the other book that I will be discussing here This book is like some sort of weird alien When I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone I wasn t quite sure how to handle it Whatareyou, Daughter of Smoke and Bone In the synopsis of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it tells you that this is a story about how a demon falls in love with an angel So one would think that this is about Heaven, Hell, God, etc That is one of the best, most amazing, lies that I have ever heard.What do I mean by that, you ask That because this book is nothing about that Laini Taylor has stripped that idea to its bare bones and has changed it morphed it in such a way that it s it own genre And it isn t just about the mythology it s about love, growing up, truth, prejudices, and overcoming hardships I can tell you right now that this book basically has nothing to do with angels and demons, and I couldn t be happier about that then I ever have been my whole life Taylor also inserts quotes and tales that further the story arc and characters Almost everything that s said, thought, and described, has a point to it They can make you laugh, cry, and, most importantly,think It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry Monster and looked behind him I don t know many rules to live by, he d said But here s one It s simple Don t put anything unnecessary into yourself No poisons or chemicals,no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles drug or tattoo and no inessential penises, eithergigglesnortKarou wished she could be the kind of girl who was complete unto herself, comfortable in solitude, serene But she wasn t She was lonely, and she feared the missingness within her as if it might expand andcancel her She craved a presence beside her, solid Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming Who would dance with her on her balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trustooohhs and awwwws Okay, just one .Until a few days ago, humans had been littlethan legend to him, and now here he was in their world It was like stepping into the pages of a book a book alive with color and fragrance, filth and chaos and the blue haired girl moved through it all like a fairy through a story, the light treating her differently than it others, the air seemed to gather around her like held breath As if this whole place was a story about her Happiness It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort It was all those things, intertwined with the heat and the thrill, and it was as bright within her as a swallowed starmelts This woman is themasterof the golden rule of show and not tell I never felt slowed down by pacing, bad confused, oranythingHer writing left me with only good feelings Laini Taylor is a master story teller and I will never see her as anything but She carries you through all of Karou s emotions in the beginning you feel just as angry as she does, then just as guilty about it when you know the whole storyThat swhat I like to call a true author.One night while I was reading this book, I was laying in my bed thinking about the plot, characters, and what Taylor s overall theme because, you know, that s what cool people do at night think about the books that they just read and it all of a sudden hit me This book is everything Lauren Kate tried to do in her Fallen series, and failed Laini Taylor, however, pulled it off with such a finesse and flair that made me fall in love with Daughter of Smoke and Bone eventhan I would have already The first thing that I ll talk about in this review that Taylor pulled off about a million times better than what Kate wrote was with Akiva the main love interest in this story First off, Akiva actuallyisa badass angel with wings that are literally on fire, amber eyes, can burn things with a touch, and has killedmanychimera without mercy because he believes they are the one who s killed his only love Daniel, on the other handHe sparkles fucking purple when his wings pop outBut that s not all we get to see with his character Lauren Kate has a big problem with her books and Daniel with him being cold, unavailable, and not telling Luce anything that s going on with her life Once Kate had him integrated with that personality, she didn t seem to be able to get Daniel out of that vicious, and very annoying cycle He wouldn t and still doesn t stop doing that no matter what Luce every says to him When Akiva began to do the same thing ie closed off facial expressions, not talking looking at her etc I thought,oh no here we go againWhen Karou tells him to stop if he loves her then he ll stop doing this to her Then, heactually listensand stops because, guess what, hetruly doeslove her even if it hurts him in the long run he s willing to put Karou above himself gasp And, when the truth does come back and hit him in the face when Karou figures everything out, he knows to accept the consequences andlets her goHell, he even gives her the opportunity to kill him he knows what he has done to her and others that he loves is unacceptable And that sawesomeThat, right there, is what I call a manWhat Daniel does, instead, by putting himself and his shame first rather than Luce blows up in his face When she does find out, he s so desperate to cover his own ass that he chases her through time and space That s just lame And Akiva is anythingbutlameThisis how you write a tortured character in it s finest As I stated earlier, he has a genuine pain and soul that someone could say one hundred percent is a tortured one And insta love Pha Don t let the beginning fool you because that isn t what their love is I won t spoil it for you all, because, well, that s just something that if I told you and you haven t read this book would take out some of what makes this books so special, so you ll have to find out for yourself I will give you one revelation that I came across, however It really willblow your mindAre you ready Okay, here goes GASP Then there was Karou, who is the most badass person that I ve ever read about and is absolutelynothinglike Luce from the Fallen series Again, Kate tried to make Luce independent but she just ended up coming across as an idiot who threw herself into danger and put everyone around her in danger Karou, however, ooooohhhhhhhh Karou She s everything that I wanted in Luce but never received Karou is as funny as hell Well, she mused, I know there s only one person you really love, and his name does start with a K But I can think of a better place for it than your heart She took up her pencil and, on her last drawing of Kaz, inscribed a K right over his classically sculpted buttock She actuallyrealizesher mistakes and what certain ex boyfriends truly wanted from herKaz just couldn t fathom any girl willfully depriving herself of his charms And what had she done but strengthen his vanity those months they d been together, gazing at him starry eyed, giving him everything His wooing her now, she thought, was a point of pride, to prove to himself that he could have who he wanted I mean, come on, how muchcan you ask for than that A badass girl with blue hair, tattooseverywhere,and has so many braincells wedged up into that brilliant head of hers that I think it s going to explode with all of the smartness that she s spouting out of her mouth This is a character that I can root for and stand behind all the way through a series, and that s exactly what I plan on doing I can assure you all on that one And then there were the fallen angels what Lauren Kate s series was all about I have a question for you all Do youhonestlythink that God, after all that they had done and betrayed him whom they are supposed to love unequivocally, would have left them in their perfect forms, sparkly and or wings made out of pure fuckinggoldand just let them wander around the Earth Maybe I m just a cruel, violent, person, but noHellno Laini Taylor and I must have been on the same wavelength, but she did the total opposite of that for the fallen angels His face was bloated and purple, but bloated as its face was, its features held an echo of long ago beautyBut the key to its true nature was at its back From its shoulder blades protruded the splintered remnants of wing jointsTime had curved his spine, and his flesh, pulled taut, seemed to snag on every ridge of vertebrae His legs dangled uselessly behind him That, my dears, is a fucking ugly angel whoreallylooks like he got punished he s not just wandering around sparkling and glowing He actually looks like a disgusting, miserable, wreck And then there s all of the smaller characters none are just added because Taylor needed room They all had something very importantpurposeKarou s best friend Zuzana and her musician boyfriend were amazingly written, adorable, and hilarious characters if you didn t burst out laughing when Zuzana said Oh, hell Must Mate Immediately then you re lying to yourself The ballerina puppeteer play was incredibly written and had my heart in my throat Karou s chimera sister and her chimera family were also incredibly well done and funny Thiago was one of the biggest bastards I ve ever read, and I already talked about Akiva so I don t have to tell you all that he s totally swoon worthy for all the right reasons I could really picture everyone and sympathize with every pain and joy that Karou felt.Basically, this book is everything I wanted in not just Fallen, butmanyother books that I ve read over the years, and I rejoice in the fact that there are capable people out there whocanwrite YA novels with an actual point and purpose Thank you, Laini Taylor, for restoring my faith in the ability of authors I guess I have just one thing left to say Because I will And I do


  4. Emily May Emily May says:

    Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love It did not end well Daughter of Smoke and Bone tells the age old tale of forbidden love with a beautifully constructed mythological twist Karou and Akiva are a Romeo and Juliet unlike any other and Laini Taylor has managed to encapture love, loneliness and desperation in a masterpiece of a novel that deserves to be read by anyone of any age who truly appreciates quality writing and story telling.Karou is a 17 year old art student liviOnce upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love It did not end well Daughter of Smoke and Bone tells the age old tale of forbidden love with a beautifully constructed mythological twist Karou and Akiva are a Romeo and Juliet unlike any other and Laini Taylor has managed to encapture love, loneliness and desperation in a masterpiece of a novel that deserves to be read by anyone of any age who truly appreciates quality writing and story telling.Karou is a 17 year old art student living in Prague She gossips with girlfriends, works on her art and has a nightmare of an ex boyfriend who won t take the hint But behind all of this, Karou has a secret She was raised by and frequently runs errands for a demonic wishmonger In this secret world, wishes are the currency and monsters will do anything for their ultimate wishes to be fulfilled Living between worlds, Karou senses that she doesn t quite belong in either then one day she runs into the angelic Akiva, who not only makes her question where she belongs but who and what she actually is.Laini Taylor, unlike numerous young adult authors, never patronises her readers and writes with a magical flair and sophistication that is a true rarity Though she writes in a genre dominated by authors like Stephenie Meyer and Becca Fitzpatrick, her stories are richer, her charactershighly developed and interesting, and her style is just a true work of art I cannot stress highly enough just how much I enjoyed this novel The literary nerd in me was in awe of the author s poetic expressions, whilst the girl in me was caught up in the whirlwind of fantasy, romance and mixture of seraphim chimaera mythology I thought Lips Touch Three Times was one of the best young adult novels I ve read in a long time and the best paranormal romance I have probably ever read but, Daughter of Smoke and Bone was even better in my opinion I was thrilled to discover that we can expect a sequel and there s no doubt in my mind as to whether or not I ll be reading it.The thing that really struck me most was the way Laini Taylor uses old, often cliched, ideas like forbidden love, the divine battle of angels and devils, fallen angels and manages to turn them into something entirely new and extraordinary I have never enjoyed a young adult book about angels Never However, this is not a stereotypical angel devil story about good vs bad In fact, this novel shows how something can be perceived as evil by being different and how it s possible to be born and raised into the hatred of something else just because they are what they are It s an incredible and touching story that explores prejudice as well as romance in a spectacular fantasy world.Everything the author writes is important and not one word is wasted nonsensically That s what I love most about Laini Taylor, there s a sense in each of her novels that she mulled over every sentence and made it the best it could possibly be It s something not done too often outside of poetry and it s marvelous to read There s also a wicked sensuality amidst the darkness that s just irresistable A truly fantastic read Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for kindly providing an arc copy of this book for review Please note this had no effect whatsoever on my rating and or review


  5. Nick Nick says:

    4.8 SMOKY STARS ____________________________________________ Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love It did not end well ____________________________________________You can find the full review andabout this book on my blog Freaking amazing book.I didn t expect this to be this good.I couldn t put the book down,like literally.Everything fits perfectly ,the characters ,the story,everything.It is so unique and different from other stories.And it s actually the first book writte 4.8 SMOKY STARS ____________________________________________ Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love It did not end well ____________________________________________You can find the full review andabout this book on my blog Freaking amazing book.I didn t expect this to be this good.I couldn t put the book down,like literally.Everything fits perfectly ,the characters ,the story,everything.It is so unique and different from other stories.And it s actually the first book written in third person that I enjoyed because I m not a fan of third person books.____________________________________________ Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters ____________________________________________The writing style was beyond perfect.It s uniqueness is what makes this book so special.The way words cling togetheramazing.I must say I was confused at some parts because the English that is used in this book is quite difficult to understand and there were a lot of words I didn t get but that didn t stop me from truly adoring this book from page one to the last.____________________________________________ It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry Monster and looked behind him ____________________________________________The ending was epic.The way things puzzle together is remarkable.The epilogue was also good,short but good.It clarified what happened after the ending.But there was also a cliff.____________________________________________ Hope can be a powerful force Maybe there s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic ____________________________________________So the story This book is about a girl , blue haired girl who lives two lives.A normal one with school and teachers and boring classes,and another one,filled with fantasy and strange characters,with teeth and wishes,the elsewhere.One day she meets an angel,and from that moment her life changes,both of her lives.Her early life was a mystery,a cloudy image in her heard.Her entire life she was haunted by one question Who am I and after meeting the angel she was one step closer to find the answer.But did she really wanted to know ____________________________________________ She moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx ____________________________________________The characters KarouThis character is so cool.She is unique and funny and tough and freaking beautiful.I liked her dirty sense of humor.She is such a mystery.AkivaAkiva is one of those characters you can predict somehow.He is caring and determined as a lot of male main characters.What surprised me what his sense of humor.As awkward as it sounded it actually fits him. I highly recommend this book to paranormal angel demons lovers.I actually recommend this book to all the readers because it is the art itself.Pictures from the review are not mine, I took them mostly from Google images or Tumblr


  6. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerWhen I first heard the details of the premise of Laini Taylor s new book, for a moment I thought Laini must have read my review of Personal Demons In that review I rant about how great story ideas are squandered away You see, Personal Demons had a very interesting concept a demon and an angel battling for the soul of a human girl There are so many creative opportunities in the angel demon lore, I thought surely the author would make something good out of it I was As seen on The ReadventurerWhen I first heard the details of the premise of Laini Taylor s new book, for a moment I thought Laini must have read my review of Personal Demons In that review I rant about how great story ideas are squandered away You see, Personal Demons had a very interesting concept a demon and an angel battling for the soul of a human girl There are so many creative opportunities in the angel demon lore, I thought surely the author would make something good out of it I was wrong then the story turned out to be nothingthan a cliche angsty love triangle extravaganza But I am right now Laini Taylor took a similar angel demon idea and transformed it into pure magic Karou is a 17 year old art student She lives in Prague, paints and goes to school She is trying to get over her good for nothing ex boyfriend But there is an air of mystery about Karou She knows magic She has a secret life Karou is an orphan who was raised lovingly by a foursome of demonic creatures She occasionally runs strange errands for them and on one of the trips she is confronted by an angelic looking Akiva who attempts to kill her What happens next is best described by the book s own first lines Once upon a time,an angel and a devil fell in love.It did not end well.There is nothing cliche about this story, trust me Laini Taylor is a writer with talent and extraordinary imagination What I loved the most about Daughter of Smoke and Bone was the world behind it We all have read our measure of angel books and you will probably agree with me that the portrayal of angels in them rarely goes beyond wings, sexiness and some dark secret behind the fall But what if angels and demons are not what is traditionally biblically accepted What if you could get into the midst of their world, learn about their cultures, gain knowledge about their centuries long war What if the love between an angel and demon is forbidden and a taboo maybe even by human standards Would you like to read about that I bet you would.Lips Touch Three Times is one of my most favorite books ever If you liked those stories, I doubt Daughter of Smoke and Bone will disappoint you This novel is equally dark, sensual, unsettling and a little twisted The imagery is stunning The language is beautiful, every word matters there were a couple of slips into overwritten, I must say, but only a couple And the love well, it pushes boundaries, it transcends time and space I am looking solemnly at the months of waiting ahead of me Waiting for a copy of the book of my own to inhale every word of it again And then for the next two books But first, I will be waiting for this ARC cover to be changed to something that reflects the beauty of this story I ve been told to get over my cover grief already, but I just can t


  7. Elise (TheBookishActress) Elise (TheBookishActress) says:

    My original review here was punch me in the face and I think that accurately sums my view up That being said, here s an actual review that s NOT just me crying Amazing Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows a demon s assistant, Karou, who helps to collect teeth for the family of her youth It s a creative story that pulled me in from the beginning Before we were 40 pages in, I knew I had found a favorite THE WRITINGJust as beautiful as everyone says Laini Taylor s writing flows My original review here was punch me in the face and I think that accurately sums my view up That being said, here s an actual review that s NOT just me crying Amazing Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows a demon s assistant, Karou, who helps to collect teeth for the family of her youth It s a creative story that pulled me in from the beginning Before we were 40 pages in, I knew I had found a favorite THE WRITINGJust as beautiful as everyone says Laini Taylor s writing flows across the page to the point where instead of skipping across paragraphs as I usually do, I was hanging on her every word Like a shadow that coasts over the moon. Is the word choice there not brilliant It s such a subtle difference than a shadow that covers the moon, but it changes everything somehow The writing is also rich with emotional content I just really, really loved it Wishes are false Hope is true Hope is its own magic. THE CHARACTERSI absolutely love Karou Laini Taylor infuses her with a quiet inner strength, yet also a loneliness and a desire for love I also loved the strong friendship between girls here Zuzana is a dynamic, funny side characterThis morning you hate men in hats, wiener dogs Weiner dog owners, Zuzana corrected You d have to have, like, a lentil for a soul to hate wringer dogsShe s a sweet, believable character I only wish she were in the second halfAkiva is a good character, although he isn t a strong love for me yet He s a good character with a good personality and some moral ambiguity, but he s not as developed as I want him to be I m hoping he gets expandedin the sequel THE ROMANCEI feel like I should give this book four stars I SHOULD The romance is full of instalove Yes, it s kind of explained, but it s still full of instalove That should be enough for me to take off a star But I can t, because I loved the romance There s something about the idea of star crossed lovers, maybe Or maybe it s just Laini Taylor s writing, or the strength of Akiva and Karou s characters Whatever it is, I found myself totally invested in the romance after just a few pages By the time we got to the twist, I was hooked THE PLOTThis book is a complete mindfuck, and I adored it Although one of the major twists is easy to guess, most of the twists are sheer brilliance Towards the end, plot points you ve forgotten about are explained Even little details of the first half are mentioned And that ending was just cruel THE WORLDBUILDINGThe worldbuilding here is just awesome Again, I can t expand upon that, because the worldbuilding isn t revealed until later in the book You ve just got to read it This isn t your typical angels vs demons story angels aren t all good and demons aren t all bad I loved the nuance of their conflict There s something to be said for taking an old story and making it something new, and I loved Laini Taylor s execution of this story Highly recommended and I can t wait to start book two


  8. Kay Kay says:

    Ooh OOOH Meh Mehhhhhhhhh..Which basically summarizes my reaction throughout the novel I hate it when things like this happen, when books start out so strong with an intriguing world and a growing character But before you know it, it goes splat into a big mud puddle of Cliche and Predictability and WowThisRemindsMeOf100OtherYABooks The Ooh The book started out very, very strong The premise was very interesting Karou, an orphaned human girl adopted by demon magicians, is sen Ooh OOOH Meh Mehhhhhhhhh..Which basically summarizes my reaction throughout the novel I hate it when things like this happen, when books start out so strong with an intriguing world and a growing character But before you know it, it goes splat into a big mud puddle of Cliche and Predictability and WowThisRemindsMeOf100OtherYABooks The Ooh The book started out very, very strong The premise was very interesting Karou, an orphaned human girl adopted by demon magicians, is sent out on missions to collect teeth We don t know what the teeth are used for, but know that they have something to do with granting wishes The girl travels to exotic places, from black market auctions to middle eastern market places, through a network of doors all connected to the demon s workshop Sometimes she has to fight off enemies, lug around huge sacks of teeth through subways, and once she gets shot by seedy criminals Not the typical glamorous job, but still extremely interesting to read about The OOOH The plot gains steam when mysterious hand shaped scorch marks begin to appear all over the world on doors This poses a serious problem since Karou is only able to reach her demon foster parents, her only family, through those doors, and these scorch marks effectively shut them down so that they don t function as portals from point A to point B For some time, however, Karou remains unaffected by this and continues to run her errands and visit her demon foster parents The question of what teeth and wishes have in common hangs heavy in the air, especially when we find out that seraphim are the ones who are closing the doorways between worlds At this point, I was excited Until this point, the story focused heavily on the mystery of the teeth what were they used for, why do the demons need them Karou reflects on her previous teeth gathering missions some teeth were taken from the dead, others forcibly extracted from the mouths of young girls Poignant images that communicated realistically the brutality of such a trade It seemed that the plot would follow along the teeth gathering, and thus the questions that arose centralized around the teeth How were the handprints on the doors going to affect the trade How would Karou be able to make contact with her demons What were the angels, and how were they involved in this gruesome trade The Meh Unfulfilled promises, dashed expectations, and some misdirection followed from this point on.It was inevitable that Karou and the angels would meet It was also expected that there would be sparks of attraction, and that the attraction will probably be mutual as it s established early on that Karou is pretty But, after reading Lips Touch, I assumed that this would not be the typical romance where the girl falls head over heels for the guy The problem is, she does Immediately, Karou and Akiva are attracted to each other Karou is entranced by his angelic beauty and his perfectly proportionate features, though simultaneously noting that that Akiva is a creature totally lacking in mercy or soul But that s not the end of it After Karou escapes the angel, the books takes a suspicious Twilight like turn, as the angel follows Karou back to her human home and proceeds to stalk her watch her from afar He does this, constantly wondering how this mere human girl could spark so much emotion in the heart he thought he turned to stone years before Then, like flipping a light switch off and on, he breaks down and confesses to Karou that he can t help but follow her and look at her Please note that it takes Akiva a battle and around two whole pages to fully acknowledge his attraction to Karou Further, though she is cut off completely from her demon family, thanks to Akiva s scorch mark, Karou invites him to tea and introduces him to her best friend, who immediately insists that Karou mate with him Yeah, I don t know anyI think we slipped into the realm of Mehhhhhhhhh. somewhere back there But it doesn t matter because from this point on, every single plot twist was predictable, including but not limited to 1 Why Akiva is attracted to Karou 2 Why Karou is attracted to Akiva 3 What the teeth are for 4 What happened to Karou s foster demon parentsI expected a bitfrom this novel I don t know, maybeardent fans of YA romance would find this novel great The writing itself wasn t bad But the story needs a lot of work It had so much potential, especially the premise It was such a sharp contrast to what I had expected, and it s with a dash of sadness and regret that I can t help but give the book 2 stars Good try, Laini Taylor, but it just did not tickle my fancy


  9. Zoë Zoë says:

    4.5 5The writing was mysterious and lovely and I really enjoyed this Because of how mysterious it is, I m really glad that I went into it knowing nothing I was sufficiently confused for the better part of this book, but very intrigued, so it waslike putting together a puzzle than trying to run around blindfolded I think the world is so original and I m ready to see where this story goes Also, YAY for no insta love


  10. jessica jessica says:

    ive always had the opinion that the whole paranormal urban fantasy genre is just not for me, no thank you but fortunately people grow, preferences change, and i am that much better for it because this was actually really good reading and liking this book made me feel like im finally reaching my full potential as a person yay me haha what i enjoyed most is probably the setting i dont think ive ever read a book that was set in prague or marrakech, both of which are cities that i adore so ive always had the opinion that the whole paranormal urban fantasy genre is just not for me, no thank you but fortunately people grow, preferences change, and i am that much better for it because this was actually really good reading and liking this book made me feel like im finally reaching my full potential as a person yay me haha what i enjoyed most is probably the setting i dont think ive ever read a book that was set in prague or marrakech, both of which are cities that i adore so that made this so muchexciting, in my opinion i also liked the story its paced quite well, the characters are decent, and the plot is very unique the story does end on a cliffhanger, but i actually thought it was perfectly executed and really worked in convincing me to read the next book my only issue is with the romance insta love has never really bothered me, but something about this particular pairing is off im just not buying what they re selling regardless of this minor bump in the road, this is still an enjoyable book overall 4 stars


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  1. Wendy Darling Wendy Darling says:

    3.5 stars Once upon a time, a fantasy book came unto the young adult world and set it aflame Long time fans of the author swooned Mainstream publications wrote cryptic but positive impressions And many readers declared that the book was leaps and bounds above all other young adult literature previously published.It s always a little tricky reading a book that arrives with a crazy amount of hype, even one that s not accompanied by the lavish praise that has been heaped upon this one, as the pr 3.5 stars Once upon a time, a fantasy book came unto the young adult world and set it aflame Long time fans of the author swooned Mainstream publications wrote cryptic but positive impressions And many readers declared that the book was leaps and bounds above all other young adult literature previously published.It s always a little tricky reading a book that arrives with a crazy amount of hype, even one that s not accompanied by the lavish praise that has been heaped upon this one, as the pressure to love it can be pretty intense The story of a tattooed, blue haired orphaned teenager named Karou caught up in an ancient war between angels and demons sounded amazing, however, and I was completely drawn in from the very first page Karou is a young art student living in Prague, except that the fantastic figures she draws are actually of demons that she has known She meets them in her strange teeth collecting errands whenever she s summoned by Brimstone, a beast who has been a father figure to her as long as she can remember The first half of the book is simply mesmerizing, with vividly imagined details and the promise of a complex and stirring story Karou has hamsas tattooed into her palms, she can fulfill small wishes with a necklace with unusual powers, and she dashes through magic portals on her errands to land on the streets of Marrakesh and Paris But it s a life she has to hide from her best friend Zuzana and everyone at her school, and things getcomplicated when black handprints begin appearing on doorways all over the world Is something brewing in the otherworld that will affect this one For me, all that promise remained unfulfilled, however, as the narrative diverted sharply once Akiva, a gorgeous and impossibly perfect angel, appears in the story He is strangely drawn to Karou, and follows her from place to place until finally they meet in an apparently earth shattering fashionHe was the most beautiful thing Karou had ever seen Her first thought, incongruous but overpowering, was to memorize him so she could draw him laterHere is the beginning of where I lost interest in the story, as most of the remainder of the book revolves around their overpowering romance, and eventually, why they may not be able to be together.Readers who find the romance compelling will probably enjoy this book better than I did, but I found it hard to get invested in two such blindingly beautiful and perfect beings for whom there is apparently no other equal I mean, of course they re going to be attracted to each other How could they not be One of the things I found so odd about their relationship is that it seemed to lack any sort of realism or depth as cartoonishly ridiculous as Karou s ex boyfriend was, the way she handled him and the dialogue there was at least smart and funny and likably grounded When Karou and Akiva first meet and all throughout the subsequent chapters when they have their first kiss and so on and so forth, it s written as if the earth is moving and the stars are aligningbut I m afraid the earth simply didn t move for me I might have felt differently if their compulsion towards each other was based on something stronger than just physical attraction, but the majority of what I read was about their stunning beauty and their unearthly perfections Even the promise of wait, wait, you ll see why they re so drawn together didn t pay off for me, because I predicted that well ahead of time and view spoiler even back then, their immediate attraction was mostly based on their physical appearances and the a certain amount of unexpected behavior My good friend Stephanie points out that being in the middle of a war certainly adds an additional element in such meetings, but hide spoiler I would like to have seentime given to any possible number of layers to a relationship, including admiration for how the person behaves in an extraordinary way, noticing subtle and lovely details about someone s personality, uncovering meaning in someone s words, bonding over shared situations, etc, etc None of that happened here Much of the earlier extravagant detailing except in reference to their relationship and humor is abandoned in the second half, and things get further derailed when we get thrust into yet another type of story involving a girl named Madrigal It isn t until the very end that the book finally gets back on course and we get some decent action scenes and some attention paid to the overarching storyline Even then, I guessed what Akiva s big secret was, however, so I never really regained my initial enjoyment for the book The ending was also a typical cliffhanger that is written in a way designed to leave readers in the maximum state of shock I can t say that I admire that much, and I do think it s possible to write an open ended conclusion in a way that doesn t feel like you ve beenwell, pushed off a cliff And told to wait for another year to see if you ll recover from the fall.While I certainly acknowledge and even respond to some of the author s imaginative worldbuilding, I can t really say that I went into raptures over it I can t deny that the book is very well written and I can appreciate the opulent touches and occasional flights of fancybut unfortunately, this wasn t writing that I personally found to be particularly deep or moving or meaningful That s just my own taste, however, since I know many of my friends have loved the writing and story muchthan I did I think in the end, it just comes down to what you respond to as a reader, and I m really disappointed that I just didn t love this as much as I wanted to Still, the book is significantly better than most of the YA that s published right now, and it does hold the promise of a fascinating story that will hopefully get back on track in the sequel I just wish that it wasn t another book that allowed, yet again, for a moony eyed, long fated romance to take over the life of another smart and seemingly level headed heroine

  2. Kat Kennedy Kat Kennedy says:

    Do you remember that Taylor Swift song about Romeo and Juliet, Love Story It s lyrics go something like this I m a pretty little girl who knows nothing about literatureSo I sing a song about starcrossed loversWhose only problem is that Daddy doesn t approveBut it s all good because we get married anyway.Just like that cliffnote s story about Romeo and Juliet Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyy We have a tendency with YA literature today, to have stories with the super duper happiest of h Do you remember that Taylor Swift song about Romeo and Juliet, Love Story It s lyrics go something like this I m a pretty little girl who knows nothing about literatureSo I sing a song about starcrossed loversWhose only problem is that Daddy doesn t approveBut it s all good because we get married anyway.Just like that cliffnote s story about Romeo and Juliet Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyy We have a tendency with YA literature today, to have stories with the super duper happiest of happy endings where everything works out and true love s only real complications are external difficulties, and self esteem issues for the girl.I m trying to think of the perfect example here and because this review is full of cheap shots at easy targets I m going to go withTWILIGHT Come on down, Bella and Edward Now, don t get me wrong There s nothing wrong with happy endings and butterflies and rainbows and kittens They re lovely, lovely things and in the hands of an accomplished author, they do well There s also nothing wrong with having a relationship that s troubled by only external forces Once again, in the right hands it s fine I m not being a miserly old Grinch here Okay, maybe a little bit, but moving on The problem is that in real life, relationships are usually impacted by internal factors So when you base your story on perfection that can only be tainted by evil people trying to destroy your true love, and twist the story to finally reach that happily ever after, then what you sacrifice is often the very real, almost tangible, relatable emotions that arealistic, thoughtful storyline could bring.And also, Romeo and Juliet is a TRAGEDY, Taylor Swift Thank you, Kieran Culkan You re a fresh breeze amongst the stagnant world of apathetic performers.Now what I love about Laini Taylor, other than everything, is that this woman is made of fairytales I swear she s like woven together by sweet kisses and dewdrops She s been sung into being by blind minstrels bathed in moonlight She s wrapped in gossamer and shrived in pure white swan feathers You know, all that magical shit She s that The woman is magic and she writes magic If anyone could take Romeo and Juliet, mate it with a YA paranormal romance and produce a love child that people don t want to drown at birth then it would be Laini Taylor.This book is powerful, emotive, heart breaking, anguishing What I m sayingthe point I m trying to make herethe truth is Laini Taylor kicked my heart in the ass.And I LIKED it This review can also be found on my blog, Cuddlebuggery Book Blog

  3. Cait Cait says:

    As a P.S in order to understand this review better if you haven t read the Fallen series, please check out my thoughts on the other book that I will be discussing here This book is like some sort of weird alien When I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone I wasn t quite sure how to handle it Whatareyou, Daughter of Smoke and Bone In the synopsis of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it tells you that this is a story about how a demon falls in love with an angel So one would think that thi As a P.S in order to understand this review better if you haven t read the Fallen series, please check out my thoughts on the other book that I will be discussing here This book is like some sort of weird alien When I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone I wasn t quite sure how to handle it Whatareyou, Daughter of Smoke and Bone In the synopsis of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it tells you that this is a story about how a demon falls in love with an angel So one would think that this is about Heaven, Hell, God, etc That is one of the best, most amazing, lies that I have ever heard.What do I mean by that, you ask That because this book is nothing about that Laini Taylor has stripped that idea to its bare bones and has changed it morphed it in such a way that it s it own genre And it isn t just about the mythology it s about love, growing up, truth, prejudices, and overcoming hardships I can tell you right now that this book basically has nothing to do with angels and demons, and I couldn t be happier about that then I ever have been my whole life Taylor also inserts quotes and tales that further the story arc and characters Almost everything that s said, thought, and described, has a point to it They can make you laugh, cry, and, most importantly,think It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry Monster and looked behind him I don t know many rules to live by, he d said But here s one It s simple Don t put anything unnecessary into yourself No poisons or chemicals,no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles drug or tattoo and no inessential penises, eithergigglesnortKarou wished she could be the kind of girl who was complete unto herself, comfortable in solitude, serene But she wasn t She was lonely, and she feared the missingness within her as if it might expand andcancel her She craved a presence beside her, solid Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming Who would dance with her on her balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trustooohhs and awwwws Okay, just one .Until a few days ago, humans had been littlethan legend to him, and now here he was in their world It was like stepping into the pages of a book a book alive with color and fragrance, filth and chaos and the blue haired girl moved through it all like a fairy through a story, the light treating her differently than it others, the air seemed to gather around her like held breath As if this whole place was a story about her Happiness It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort It was all those things, intertwined with the heat and the thrill, and it was as bright within her as a swallowed starmelts This woman is themasterof the golden rule of show and not tell I never felt slowed down by pacing, bad confused, oranythingHer writing left me with only good feelings Laini Taylor is a master story teller and I will never see her as anything but She carries you through all of Karou s emotions in the beginning you feel just as angry as she does, then just as guilty about it when you know the whole storyThat swhat I like to call a true author.One night while I was reading this book, I was laying in my bed thinking about the plot, characters, and what Taylor s overall theme because, you know, that s what cool people do at night think about the books that they just read and it all of a sudden hit me This book is everything Lauren Kate tried to do in her Fallen series, and failed Laini Taylor, however, pulled it off with such a finesse and flair that made me fall in love with Daughter of Smoke and Bone eventhan I would have already The first thing that I ll talk about in this review that Taylor pulled off about a million times better than what Kate wrote was with Akiva the main love interest in this story First off, Akiva actuallyisa badass angel with wings that are literally on fire, amber eyes, can burn things with a touch, and has killedmanychimera without mercy because he believes they are the one who s killed his only love Daniel, on the other handHe sparkles fucking purple when his wings pop outBut that s not all we get to see with his character Lauren Kate has a big problem with her books and Daniel with him being cold, unavailable, and not telling Luce anything that s going on with her life Once Kate had him integrated with that personality, she didn t seem to be able to get Daniel out of that vicious, and very annoying cycle He wouldn t and still doesn t stop doing that no matter what Luce every says to him When Akiva began to do the same thing ie closed off facial expressions, not talking looking at her etc I thought,oh no here we go againWhen Karou tells him to stop if he loves her then he ll stop doing this to her Then, heactually listensand stops because, guess what, hetruly doeslove her even if it hurts him in the long run he s willing to put Karou above himself gasp And, when the truth does come back and hit him in the face when Karou figures everything out, he knows to accept the consequences andlets her goHell, he even gives her the opportunity to kill him he knows what he has done to her and others that he loves is unacceptable And that sawesomeThat, right there, is what I call a manWhat Daniel does, instead, by putting himself and his shame first rather than Luce blows up in his face When she does find out, he s so desperate to cover his own ass that he chases her through time and space That s just lame And Akiva is anythingbutlameThisis how you write a tortured character in it s finest As I stated earlier, he has a genuine pain and soul that someone could say one hundred percent is a tortured one And insta love Pha Don t let the beginning fool you because that isn t what their love is I won t spoil it for you all, because, well, that s just something that if I told you and you haven t read this book would take out some of what makes this books so special, so you ll have to find out for yourself I will give you one revelation that I came across, however It really willblow your mindAre you ready Okay, here goes GASP Then there was Karou, who is the most badass person that I ve ever read about and is absolutelynothinglike Luce from the Fallen series Again, Kate tried to make Luce independent but she just ended up coming across as an idiot who threw herself into danger and put everyone around her in danger Karou, however, ooooohhhhhhhh Karou She s everything that I wanted in Luce but never received Karou is as funny as hell Well, she mused, I know there s only one person you really love, and his name does start with a K But I can think of a better place for it than your heart She took up her pencil and, on her last drawing of Kaz, inscribed a K right over his classically sculpted buttock She actuallyrealizesher mistakes and what certain ex boyfriends truly wanted from herKaz just couldn t fathom any girl willfully depriving herself of his charms And what had she done but strengthen his vanity those months they d been together, gazing at him starry eyed, giving him everything His wooing her now, she thought, was a point of pride, to prove to himself that he could have who he wanted I mean, come on, how muchcan you ask for than that A badass girl with blue hair, tattooseverywhere,and has so many braincells wedged up into that brilliant head of hers that I think it s going to explode with all of the smartness that she s spouting out of her mouth This is a character that I can root for and stand behind all the way through a series, and that s exactly what I plan on doing I can assure you all on that one And then there were the fallen angels what Lauren Kate s series was all about I have a question for you all Do youhonestlythink that God, after all that they had done and betrayed him whom they are supposed to love unequivocally, would have left them in their perfect forms, sparkly and or wings made out of pure fuckinggoldand just let them wander around the Earth Maybe I m just a cruel, violent, person, but noHellno Laini Taylor and I must have been on the same wavelength, but she did the total opposite of that for the fallen angels His face was bloated and purple, but bloated as its face was, its features held an echo of long ago beautyBut the key to its true nature was at its back From its shoulder blades protruded the splintered remnants of wing jointsTime had curved his spine, and his flesh, pulled taut, seemed to snag on every ridge of vertebrae His legs dangled uselessly behind him That, my dears, is a fucking ugly angel whoreallylooks like he got punished he s not just wandering around sparkling and glowing He actually looks like a disgusting, miserable, wreck And then there s all of the smaller characters none are just added because Taylor needed room They all had something very importantpurposeKarou s best friend Zuzana and her musician boyfriend were amazingly written, adorable, and hilarious characters if you didn t burst out laughing when Zuzana said Oh, hell Must Mate Immediately then you re lying to yourself The ballerina puppeteer play was incredibly written and had my heart in my throat Karou s chimera sister and her chimera family were also incredibly well done and funny Thiago was one of the biggest bastards I ve ever read, and I already talked about Akiva so I don t have to tell you all that he s totally swoon worthy for all the right reasons I could really picture everyone and sympathize with every pain and joy that Karou felt.Basically, this book is everything I wanted in not just Fallen, butmanyother books that I ve read over the years, and I rejoice in the fact that there are capable people out there whocanwrite YA novels with an actual point and purpose Thank you, Laini Taylor, for restoring my faith in the ability of authors I guess I have just one thing left to say Because I will And I do

  4. Emily May Emily May says:

    Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love It did not end well Daughter of Smoke and Bone tells the age old tale of forbidden love with a beautifully constructed mythological twist Karou and Akiva are a Romeo and Juliet unlike any other and Laini Taylor has managed to encapture love, loneliness and desperation in a masterpiece of a novel that deserves to be read by anyone of any age who truly appreciates quality writing and story telling.Karou is a 17 year old art student liviOnce upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love It did not end well Daughter of Smoke and Bone tells the age old tale of forbidden love with a beautifully constructed mythological twist Karou and Akiva are a Romeo and Juliet unlike any other and Laini Taylor has managed to encapture love, loneliness and desperation in a masterpiece of a novel that deserves to be read by anyone of any age who truly appreciates quality writing and story telling.Karou is a 17 year old art student living in Prague She gossips with girlfriends, works on her art and has a nightmare of an ex boyfriend who won t take the hint But behind all of this, Karou has a secret She was raised by and frequently runs errands for a demonic wishmonger In this secret world, wishes are the currency and monsters will do anything for their ultimate wishes to be fulfilled Living between worlds, Karou senses that she doesn t quite belong in either then one day she runs into the angelic Akiva, who not only makes her question where she belongs but who and what she actually is.Laini Taylor, unlike numerous young adult authors, never patronises her readers and writes with a magical flair and sophistication that is a true rarity Though she writes in a genre dominated by authors like Stephenie Meyer and Becca Fitzpatrick, her stories are richer, her charactershighly developed and interesting, and her style is just a true work of art I cannot stress highly enough just how much I enjoyed this novel The literary nerd in me was in awe of the author s poetic expressions, whilst the girl in me was caught up in the whirlwind of fantasy, romance and mixture of seraphim chimaera mythology I thought Lips Touch Three Times was one of the best young adult novels I ve read in a long time and the best paranormal romance I have probably ever read but, Daughter of Smoke and Bone was even better in my opinion I was thrilled to discover that we can expect a sequel and there s no doubt in my mind as to whether or not I ll be reading it.The thing that really struck me most was the way Laini Taylor uses old, often cliched, ideas like forbidden love, the divine battle of angels and devils, fallen angels and manages to turn them into something entirely new and extraordinary I have never enjoyed a young adult book about angels Never However, this is not a stereotypical angel devil story about good vs bad In fact, this novel shows how something can be perceived as evil by being different and how it s possible to be born and raised into the hatred of something else just because they are what they are It s an incredible and touching story that explores prejudice as well as romance in a spectacular fantasy world.Everything the author writes is important and not one word is wasted nonsensically That s what I love most about Laini Taylor, there s a sense in each of her novels that she mulled over every sentence and made it the best it could possibly be It s something not done too often outside of poetry and it s marvelous to read There s also a wicked sensuality amidst the darkness that s just irresistable A truly fantastic read Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for kindly providing an arc copy of this book for review Please note this had no effect whatsoever on my rating and or review

  5. Nick Nick says:

    4.8 SMOKY STARS ____________________________________________ Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love It did not end well ____________________________________________You can find the full review andabout this book on my blog Freaking amazing book.I didn t expect this to be this good.I couldn t put the book down,like literally.Everything fits perfectly ,the characters ,the story,everything.It is so unique and different from other stories.And it s actually the first book writte 4.8 SMOKY STARS ____________________________________________ Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love It did not end well ____________________________________________You can find the full review andabout this book on my blog Freaking amazing book.I didn t expect this to be this good.I couldn t put the book down,like literally.Everything fits perfectly ,the characters ,the story,everything.It is so unique and different from other stories.And it s actually the first book written in third person that I enjoyed because I m not a fan of third person books.____________________________________________ Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters ____________________________________________The writing style was beyond perfect.It s uniqueness is what makes this book so special.The way words cling togetheramazing.I must say I was confused at some parts because the English that is used in this book is quite difficult to understand and there were a lot of words I didn t get but that didn t stop me from truly adoring this book from page one to the last.____________________________________________ It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry Monster and looked behind him ____________________________________________The ending was epic.The way things puzzle together is remarkable.The epilogue was also good,short but good.It clarified what happened after the ending.But there was also a cliff.____________________________________________ Hope can be a powerful force Maybe there s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic ____________________________________________So the story This book is about a girl , blue haired girl who lives two lives.A normal one with school and teachers and boring classes,and another one,filled with fantasy and strange characters,with teeth and wishes,the elsewhere.One day she meets an angel,and from that moment her life changes,both of her lives.Her early life was a mystery,a cloudy image in her heard.Her entire life she was haunted by one question Who am I and after meeting the angel she was one step closer to find the answer.But did she really wanted to know ____________________________________________ She moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx ____________________________________________The characters KarouThis character is so cool.She is unique and funny and tough and freaking beautiful.I liked her dirty sense of humor.She is such a mystery.AkivaAkiva is one of those characters you can predict somehow.He is caring and determined as a lot of male main characters.What surprised me what his sense of humor.As awkward as it sounded it actually fits him. I highly recommend this book to paranormal angel demons lovers.I actually recommend this book to all the readers because it is the art itself.Pictures from the review are not mine, I took them mostly from Google images or Tumblr

  6. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerWhen I first heard the details of the premise of Laini Taylor s new book, for a moment I thought Laini must have read my review of Personal Demons In that review I rant about how great story ideas are squandered away You see, Personal Demons had a very interesting concept a demon and an angel battling for the soul of a human girl There are so many creative opportunities in the angel demon lore, I thought surely the author would make something good out of it I was As seen on The ReadventurerWhen I first heard the details of the premise of Laini Taylor s new book, for a moment I thought Laini must have read my review of Personal Demons In that review I rant about how great story ideas are squandered away You see, Personal Demons had a very interesting concept a demon and an angel battling for the soul of a human girl There are so many creative opportunities in the angel demon lore, I thought surely the author would make something good out of it I was wrong then the story turned out to be nothingthan a cliche angsty love triangle extravaganza But I am right now Laini Taylor took a similar angel demon idea and transformed it into pure magic Karou is a 17 year old art student She lives in Prague, paints and goes to school She is trying to get over her good for nothing ex boyfriend But there is an air of mystery about Karou She knows magic She has a secret life Karou is an orphan who was raised lovingly by a foursome of demonic creatures She occasionally runs strange errands for them and on one of the trips she is confronted by an angelic looking Akiva who attempts to kill her What happens next is best described by the book s own first lines Once upon a time,an angel and a devil fell in love.It did not end well.There is nothing cliche about this story, trust me Laini Taylor is a writer with talent and extraordinary imagination What I loved the most about Daughter of Smoke and Bone was the world behind it We all have read our measure of angel books and you will probably agree with me that the portrayal of angels in them rarely goes beyond wings, sexiness and some dark secret behind the fall But what if angels and demons are not what is traditionally biblically accepted What if you could get into the midst of their world, learn about their cultures, gain knowledge about their centuries long war What if the love between an angel and demon is forbidden and a taboo maybe even by human standards Would you like to read about that I bet you would.Lips Touch Three Times is one of my most favorite books ever If you liked those stories, I doubt Daughter of Smoke and Bone will disappoint you This novel is equally dark, sensual, unsettling and a little twisted The imagery is stunning The language is beautiful, every word matters there were a couple of slips into overwritten, I must say, but only a couple And the love well, it pushes boundaries, it transcends time and space I am looking solemnly at the months of waiting ahead of me Waiting for a copy of the book of my own to inhale every word of it again And then for the next two books But first, I will be waiting for this ARC cover to be changed to something that reflects the beauty of this story I ve been told to get over my cover grief already, but I just can t

  7. Elise (TheBookishActress) Elise (TheBookishActress) says:

    My original review here was punch me in the face and I think that accurately sums my view up That being said, here s an actual review that s NOT just me crying Amazing Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows a demon s assistant, Karou, who helps to collect teeth for the family of her youth It s a creative story that pulled me in from the beginning Before we were 40 pages in, I knew I had found a favorite THE WRITINGJust as beautiful as everyone says Laini Taylor s writing flows My original review here was punch me in the face and I think that accurately sums my view up That being said, here s an actual review that s NOT just me crying Amazing Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows a demon s assistant, Karou, who helps to collect teeth for the family of her youth It s a creative story that pulled me in from the beginning Before we were 40 pages in, I knew I had found a favorite THE WRITINGJust as beautiful as everyone says Laini Taylor s writing flows across the page to the point where instead of skipping across paragraphs as I usually do, I was hanging on her every word Like a shadow that coasts over the moon. Is the word choice there not brilliant It s such a subtle difference than a shadow that covers the moon, but it changes everything somehow The writing is also rich with emotional content I just really, really loved it Wishes are false Hope is true Hope is its own magic. THE CHARACTERSI absolutely love Karou Laini Taylor infuses her with a quiet inner strength, yet also a loneliness and a desire for love I also loved the strong friendship between girls here Zuzana is a dynamic, funny side characterThis morning you hate men in hats, wiener dogs Weiner dog owners, Zuzana corrected You d have to have, like, a lentil for a soul to hate wringer dogsShe s a sweet, believable character I only wish she were in the second halfAkiva is a good character, although he isn t a strong love for me yet He s a good character with a good personality and some moral ambiguity, but he s not as developed as I want him to be I m hoping he gets expandedin the sequel THE ROMANCEI feel like I should give this book four stars I SHOULD The romance is full of instalove Yes, it s kind of explained, but it s still full of instalove That should be enough for me to take off a star But I can t, because I loved the romance There s something about the idea of star crossed lovers, maybe Or maybe it s just Laini Taylor s writing, or the strength of Akiva and Karou s characters Whatever it is, I found myself totally invested in the romance after just a few pages By the time we got to the twist, I was hooked THE PLOTThis book is a complete mindfuck, and I adored it Although one of the major twists is easy to guess, most of the twists are sheer brilliance Towards the end, plot points you ve forgotten about are explained Even little details of the first half are mentioned And that ending was just cruel THE WORLDBUILDINGThe worldbuilding here is just awesome Again, I can t expand upon that, because the worldbuilding isn t revealed until later in the book You ve just got to read it This isn t your typical angels vs demons story angels aren t all good and demons aren t all bad I loved the nuance of their conflict There s something to be said for taking an old story and making it something new, and I loved Laini Taylor s execution of this story Highly recommended and I can t wait to start book two

  8. Kay Kay says:

    Ooh OOOH Meh Mehhhhhhhhh..Which basically summarizes my reaction throughout the novel I hate it when things like this happen, when books start out so strong with an intriguing world and a growing character But before you know it, it goes splat into a big mud puddle of Cliche and Predictability and WowThisRemindsMeOf100OtherYABooks The Ooh The book started out very, very strong The premise was very interesting Karou, an orphaned human girl adopted by demon magicians, is sen Ooh OOOH Meh Mehhhhhhhhh..Which basically summarizes my reaction throughout the novel I hate it when things like this happen, when books start out so strong with an intriguing world and a growing character But before you know it, it goes splat into a big mud puddle of Cliche and Predictability and WowThisRemindsMeOf100OtherYABooks The Ooh The book started out very, very strong The premise was very interesting Karou, an orphaned human girl adopted by demon magicians, is sent out on missions to collect teeth We don t know what the teeth are used for, but know that they have something to do with granting wishes The girl travels to exotic places, from black market auctions to middle eastern market places, through a network of doors all connected to the demon s workshop Sometimes she has to fight off enemies, lug around huge sacks of teeth through subways, and once she gets shot by seedy criminals Not the typical glamorous job, but still extremely interesting to read about The OOOH The plot gains steam when mysterious hand shaped scorch marks begin to appear all over the world on doors This poses a serious problem since Karou is only able to reach her demon foster parents, her only family, through those doors, and these scorch marks effectively shut them down so that they don t function as portals from point A to point B For some time, however, Karou remains unaffected by this and continues to run her errands and visit her demon foster parents The question of what teeth and wishes have in common hangs heavy in the air, especially when we find out that seraphim are the ones who are closing the doorways between worlds At this point, I was excited Until this point, the story focused heavily on the mystery of the teeth what were they used for, why do the demons need them Karou reflects on her previous teeth gathering missions some teeth were taken from the dead, others forcibly extracted from the mouths of young girls Poignant images that communicated realistically the brutality of such a trade It seemed that the plot would follow along the teeth gathering, and thus the questions that arose centralized around the teeth How were the handprints on the doors going to affect the trade How would Karou be able to make contact with her demons What were the angels, and how were they involved in this gruesome trade The Meh Unfulfilled promises, dashed expectations, and some misdirection followed from this point on.It was inevitable that Karou and the angels would meet It was also expected that there would be sparks of attraction, and that the attraction will probably be mutual as it s established early on that Karou is pretty But, after reading Lips Touch, I assumed that this would not be the typical romance where the girl falls head over heels for the guy The problem is, she does Immediately, Karou and Akiva are attracted to each other Karou is entranced by his angelic beauty and his perfectly proportionate features, though simultaneously noting that that Akiva is a creature totally lacking in mercy or soul But that s not the end of it After Karou escapes the angel, the books takes a suspicious Twilight like turn, as the angel follows Karou back to her human home and proceeds to stalk her watch her from afar He does this, constantly wondering how this mere human girl could spark so much emotion in the heart he thought he turned to stone years before Then, like flipping a light switch off and on, he breaks down and confesses to Karou that he can t help but follow her and look at her Please note that it takes Akiva a battle and around two whole pages to fully acknowledge his attraction to Karou Further, though she is cut off completely from her demon family, thanks to Akiva s scorch mark, Karou invites him to tea and introduces him to her best friend, who immediately insists that Karou mate with him Yeah, I don t know anyI think we slipped into the realm of Mehhhhhhhhh. somewhere back there But it doesn t matter because from this point on, every single plot twist was predictable, including but not limited to 1 Why Akiva is attracted to Karou 2 Why Karou is attracted to Akiva 3 What the teeth are for 4 What happened to Karou s foster demon parentsI expected a bitfrom this novel I don t know, maybeardent fans of YA romance would find this novel great The writing itself wasn t bad But the story needs a lot of work It had so much potential, especially the premise It was such a sharp contrast to what I had expected, and it s with a dash of sadness and regret that I can t help but give the book 2 stars Good try, Laini Taylor, but it just did not tickle my fancy

  9. Zoë Zoë says:

    4.5 5The writing was mysterious and lovely and I really enjoyed this Because of how mysterious it is, I m really glad that I went into it knowing nothing I was sufficiently confused for the better part of this book, but very intrigued, so it waslike putting together a puzzle than trying to run around blindfolded I think the world is so original and I m ready to see where this story goes Also, YAY for no insta love

  10. jessica jessica says:

    ive always had the opinion that the whole paranormal urban fantasy genre is just not for me, no thank you but fortunately people grow, preferences change, and i am that much better for it because this was actually really good reading and liking this book made me feel like im finally reaching my full potential as a person yay me haha what i enjoyed most is probably the setting i dont think ive ever read a book that was set in prague or marrakech, both of which are cities that i adore so ive always had the opinion that the whole paranormal urban fantasy genre is just not for me, no thank you but fortunately people grow, preferences change, and i am that much better for it because this was actually really good reading and liking this book made me feel like im finally reaching my full potential as a person yay me haha what i enjoyed most is probably the setting i dont think ive ever read a book that was set in prague or marrakech, both of which are cities that i adore so that made this so muchexciting, in my opinion i also liked the story its paced quite well, the characters are decent, and the plot is very unique the story does end on a cliffhanger, but i actually thought it was perfectly executed and really worked in convincing me to read the next book my only issue is with the romance insta love has never really bothered me, but something about this particular pairing is off im just not buying what they re selling regardless of this minor bump in the road, this is still an enjoyable book overall 4 stars

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