Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 27th 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Bought- Hardcover
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 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?
Karou lives in Prague where she goes to class and sketches. She sketches anything that catches her eye and interests her. Her best friend, Zusana has no clue who Karou really is and neither does Karou. Karou always disappears mysteriously to always run “errands”. This isn’t a normal errand.. She’s collecting teeth– yes, real teeth– for a man named Brimestone.
Akiva, an angel, spots Karou in Marrakesh while she’s collecting teeth. He’s immediately drawn to her and he can’t seem to figure out why. Karou notices that Akiva wants to know why they are so drawn to each other as well. Karou is in the search of her past and what exactly she is.
The one thing that I hate about fantasy now is the fact of the names! You can’t pronounce them!
Besides that, wow, this book! It was sooo good! It took about 12 chapters for it really to take off, but even then it wasn’t all that bad in the beginning. Karou is such a funny character and so is her friend Zuzana.
I read this for a read-along on BookTube and this was supposed to be like a week long read-along, but I couldn’t help it. I had to read more! I was kind of nervous about reading this book and I’m glad I picked it up because I probably wouldn’t have picked it up anytime soon.
Laini Taylor has such a unique writing style.. It’s hard to explain.. Here’s a quote to explain:
“Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day. It seemed like just another Monday, innocent but for its essential Mondayness, not to mention its Januaryness. It was cold, and it was dark– in the dead of winter the sun didn’t rise until eight–but it was also lovely. The falling snow and the early hour conspired to paint Prague ghostly, like a tintype photograph, all silver and haze.” –page 1
The world building and character development was just fantastic. The world is so complex– well not WORLD more like WORLDS so it’s definitely complex.. But anyway. The characters were really developed! Even the small, not so important characters were developed really well and you could vividly imagine what they’d look like.
I think my favorite character would have to be Zuzana.. Not just because her name is the easiest to say.. But because she’s so sarcastic and so like me in some aspects. It’s just funny. I couldn’t help but laugh every time Karou was around her.
Throughout the second half of the book I was constantly flipping pages not wanting to put the book down. I was so engrossed in the story that it was almost impossible to stop reading!
That cliff hanger… I NEED Days of Blood and Starlight like now.
“Yeah. Too bad he’s such a gargantuan asshole.”
“A giant, stupid orifice,” Zuzana agreed.
“A walking, talking cranny.”
“Cranny.” Zuzana laughed. “I like.” — page 16
“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.”–page 383
“I don’t know many rules to live by,’ he’d said. ‘But here’s one. It’s simple. Don’t put anything unnecessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles–drug or tattoo–and…no inessential penises either.’
‘Inessential penises?’ Karou had repeated, delighted with the phrase in spite of her grief. ‘Is there any such thing as an essential one?’
‘When an essential one comes along, you’ll know,’ he’d replied.”–page 22
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