Thursday, September 29, 2011

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publishing Date: September 29th 2011
Length: 422 pages
Genre: YA, fantasy, paranormal romance
Source: Publisher

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 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 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?

Summary by Goodreads 


I never intended to read DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE in the first place. Now I’m so glad Hodder & Stoughton sent me a copy and made me pick this book up. I read it in only a few days and it totally rocked my holidays.

~ It’s Magic ~

“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”

The story around protagonist Karou is set in many places. The larger part of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE takes place in atmospheric and cultural Prague. But magical portals allow Karou to travel to places all over the world like Paris or Marrakesh. Author Laini Taylor did such a fantastic job describing all the different cities, I could almost feel my feet wandering the Charles bridge in Prague and smell the foreign spices in Marrakesh. It’s incredible how many places and worlds we get to discover!

~ Some hot stuff ~

"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well."

Now meet Karou, blue-haired heroine extraordinaire. She’s a tough and talented young woman who loves to draw and has still so much to discover about her past. I immediately cared about her. Karou’s got a talent to draw so vividly you’d think her motifs of humans with animal limbs and heads were real. For Karou they are. Every time she goes through that special door, she’ll get to a place called Elsewhere, where her family made up of otherworldly beings lives. And this magical place is just the entrance to a world larger than any human being could imagine. 

The moment Karou meets stranger Akiva is intense. They have a special relationship, which can be described by so many various feelings, old and new to both of them, and I loved to see how they became more intimate and sure over the course of the story. Akiva is some hot stuff!

There are so many other characters introduced to us and every single one of them felt really authentic and alive to me with their unique personalities and histories.

Behind the story lies a war that is as ancient as the two races involved themselves. I’d love to gush about the beings Laini Taylor chose to build the story of DAUGHER OF SMOKE AND BONE around, but I don’t want to ruin the fun of discovering their secrets and origins yourselves.
I knew so little about this book at first and was surprised of how much it had to offer in the end. I enjoyed the journey pretty much. And you won’t be disappointed either!

~ The creation ~

"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 star."

Laini Taylor achieved to create a gigantic story background and a wonderful world construct filled with so many colourful characters and places that simply captivate your mind. With each page Laini Taylor reveals a historical background to our character cast that really got to me. It’s so beautiful and cruel at the same time. Every single detail fits perfectly and contributes to a wonderful story. Taylor’s writing is hyper-engaging. She writes with wit, fun and always seems to find the right amount of words to make a scene lively and relevant.

The story is told from a 3rd person narrator and follows Karou and Akiva among others. The headlines are all made up of words or elements that are a significant part of each chapter. Each chapter offers a pleasant page count and you’ll definitely have to mark a few of the sixty chapters as your favourites.

~ A much loved fairy tale blockbuster ~

"Oh, Hell. Must. Mate. Immediately."

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE feels like a much loved fairy tale of your childhood and at the same time like this very exclusive and exquisitely hot and action-packed blockbuster.

1) of chemical butterflies
2) of magical portals
3) of Elsewhere
4) of a very special drawing talent
5) of so many mysterious and exciting places and characters


5/5 ***** DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE- A surprise bag of extravagant characters, exotic settings and extraordinarily breath-taking plot twists and turns! Definitely a favourite!
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a complexly constructed story, which consists of many layers of history and action. It’s so much fun exploring them. Laini Taylor created a world of wishes, mysteries and magic. Find out which role dozens of teeth and smoke play in it!
I haven’t read a book that captivated me as much as DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE in a long time. You’ll love it!

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* A huge thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for sending me a copy of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE for review! 


  1. Hi,

    first of all: Danke für deine Kommentare!! Ich habe das Buch vor zwei Tagen bestellt und war eher skeptisch, ob es denn gut sein wird. Nun nicht mehr :D

    Danke :)

  2. I have heard such good things about this one! It sounded strange, but those can be the best if done well. Wish I had a copy!

  3. This is a wonderful review, I loved all the pictures you included! I so soooo loved this book and I glad you decided to go for it and ended up liking it!

    I think this book is really special, the writing, the characters and the fantastic world!

  4. A very well-done review! This book caught my attention a few days back - the summary left me hanging and I'm wondering what's it about. The world sounds vivid and the writing very well-done. I believe I'll be picking this up very soon!

  5. I love the way you laid out this review! It made it very interesting to read, and I loved the visual aspect. Pretty much everyone is gushing about this book, which can sometimes make me nervous, but I'm hoping it'll be like 'Divergent' where the hype was absolutely spot on. I can't wait to read it!!

  6. WOW! Great review! I've been unsure about this one for a while...still not sure if it's my forte...but I'm interested now because of your review. Have you noticed that I LOVE your reviews? haha!

  7. Excellent!! I'm so glad this is magical. I loved Laini's previous works. So unique.

  8. Yay! I am glad you loved this one. I can't wait to read it :) Awesome review!

  9. I had no intention of reading this book. But I've been seeing so many great things about it. How can I not. I loved your review. It's making me want to drop all that I'm reading now and pick it up. Thanks so much!!!

  10. I loved Lips Touch Three Times so I'm definitely looking forward to this one!

  11. I have read everywhere just how good this book is, and you just confirmed it. I need to read this as soon as possible! The idea of drawing, otherworldly creatures, blue hair... exciting, exciting!

  12. First off, I must say that I prefer this cover than the US one! Second, I have been really on the fence about this book (despite all of the 5/5 star reviews I have seen for it). You may have convinced me with 'chemical butterflies'... ;)

  13. The main storyline is centered around Prague, and if the city is anything like it's described in all the books I've read about it I will have to visit it sometime, somehow. But Laini also transports you to diferent parts of the world: Paris, Morrocco....
    Laini is a great storyteller and I can't wait to read the next one, because with the ending of this one she left me heartbroken!!