Book Reviews

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

My edition: Library book
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Rating:4 stars

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 frown 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? 

Review: So I thought this was going to be another angel falls in love with human, human falls in love back, but no, it did not turn out that way. It was a little bit better than that.

I’ve seen mixed reviews on this book. Some people loved it others didn’t. I did like it. I liked Karou even though a few times I wish she didn’t do certain things but I do like her. I liked that the romance really didn’t happen till after 50% well it wasn’t really romance but a start of a ship sort of. Hard to say without ruining the story. I liked how both Akiva and Karou didn’t really know what to make of each other after the first time they see each other. Akiva’s dry humor was funny.

Thankfully this isn’t a first sight true love story. Their first sight of each other was Karou running from Akiva then fighting him. Yes actually fighting. This story had a different take on Angels and Chimera. I loved the flow. It did start out a little slow but then the story did pick up. I was hooked. I loved the mystery of Karou. She doesn’t know where she is from. All she knows is that she has been raised by Brimstone in his shop full of teeth. I’ll read the second one.

By the way have you ever heard of an unessential penis? No. Well Brimstone explains what one is in this. Let’s just say there is a lot of unessential penis out there.