Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Lives up to all the hype - this YA fantasy is not to be missed!

Karou is a very cool, funky and mysterious art student who lives in Prague.  She has no family, other than Issa and Brimstone, the chimera (monsters, for the uninitiated) she works for by running otherworldly errands.  By using a portal in Brimstone's shop, Karou is able to travel the world in the blink of an eye.  Unfortunately, her errands are often dangerous and always secret, even to her best friend, Zusana.  Beneath her blue hair and tattooed palms, Karou's only truth lay in her sketchbook, the stories of which are told with a sly smile so no one realizes the tales she tells are real.

Akiva, a haunted soul, and a beautiful angel who appears in the story by leaving scorched hand-prints on portal doors around the world, sees Karou.  He battles with her at first, but then can't help but follow her.  He quickly realizes that all paths forward are in jeopardy after Karou learns more about her past.

I first heard of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE on Twitter from another author who gushed after reading an advanced copy.  When I saw Laini Taylor at BEA - and who could miss her awesome pink hair - I didn't hesitate to meet her and grab a copy for myself. 

I couldn't put it down! 

"She had been innocent once, a little girl playing with feathers on the floor of a devil's lair.  She wasn't innocent now, bu she didn't know what to do about it.  This was her life: magic and shame and secrets and teeth and a deep, nagging hollow at the center of herself were something was most certainly missing."

The writing...amazing.
The and interesting.
The scenery...vivid.
The storyline...complex.

I look forward to reading more...

Book Extras:

About the Book:

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316134023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316134026

  • About the Author:
    LAINI TAYLOR is the author of three previous novels: the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times.
    She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine.
    Visit her at, or follow her at

    *Disclosure:  A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher at BEA.  Thank you, Little Brown!


    Zibilee said...

    I think I will be grabbing this one for the readathon this weekend, and I am really looking forward to it! It sounds like it's an incredible book! r

    bermudaonion said...

    This was hot at BEA and SIBA but I'm not sure it's for me. I still want to give it a try, though.

    Tracy Edward Wymer said...

    Saw this in our school library. Might have to get it. Thanks for the review and for talking me into reading another book. Arg!

    Tea said...

    I like your blog. NicoleBo recommended it. I'm glad she mentioned it.

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