Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

It has been a while since I bought Daughter of Smoke and Bone and was hesitant to read it. But I enjoyed it a lot even though it is mostly a romance.

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Title & Author: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: September 27 2011
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Publisher: Little Brown


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

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

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

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

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

I give Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor four out of five hearts. I enjoyed it a lot and loved the way it is written. Most of the time it keeps you wondering how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and only by the last part you really get to understand how most of it fits together and only in the last chapter, you really understand.

I loved the way it kept the suspense going and Laini kept hold of the edge where it was too long since she revealed a little bit of how the story fits together. This keeps you from putting the novel away and forgetting about it. I needed to finish it asap and did not care what I had to put aside.

Karou is a deep character, she has a history of her own. But later you see she has way more of a history than she actually knew before. Her love for Akiva in the beginning felt a bit too “love at first sight”, but Laini actually used it in a great one. There is a reason why Karou loves Akiva out of the blue and I enjoyed myself a lot to figure out why this was, where most novels just annoy the crap out of me with it, because it is never explained.

Akiva seems a bit shallow, he could have been so much more clear on what he means when for example Karou will hate him after she finds out. But it also helps to keep the suspense going.

Overall I think this novel of 442 pages could have been a bit thinner if they had skipped some of the repetition in certain points, but I do think it worth the read.

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