Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

Author: Laini Taylor

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF RIVER SONG, “SPOILERS!”

It seemed like just another Monday, innocent but for its essential Mondayness, not to mention its Januaryness.

Even from the first sentence, I was like

Maybe it wasn’t just my cup of tea, because it took me FOREVER to finish it. And even then, I was unwilling.

Karou is a young, blue haired art student in Prague. Not too out there, but Karou isn’t like other girls. She was raised by demons – or chimera – and spends her free time running odd errands for them and collecting teeth, all while dealing with her normal teenage woes and spooning back goulash with her bestie. It wasn’t all that bad in the beginning, until Akiva came into the picture.

The romance was lackluster at best and often lost on me. I was left wondering if my book somehow was missing a bunch of pages when these two started falling in love like five minutes after they meet. Karou now spends a majority of her time talking about how beautiful her celestial beau is. And, of course, so the “soul mate” thing begins because, oh man, Madrigal comes into the picture and suddenly the story is alllll about her and Akiva. I feel like Taylor just was like, “oh snap, I need to tell this story,” and began writing a backstory that took over the entire thing.

While most of Taylor’s writing style was beautiful and elegant and brought out the green eyed monster within me at this ability, her plot needed tons of work.

Even though the book never looked much like something I’d enjoy, the raving reviews on GoodReads changed my mind. I think I need to stop reading reviews, since what I like isn’t always what everyone else seems to love.

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  1. I have only read the opening sentence of the book, but I had the same reaction as you. Glad to know I wasn’t alone.
    –JW

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