Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Thursday, 13 February 2014 04:33

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: September 27th, 2011
Genre: Urban fantasy, Young adult
Rating:  5 of 5 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 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 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.

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

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a beauty.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a novelty.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a rarity.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is perfection! 

I love this book. I have never loved a book so much. Why? Because it's magical, unique, enchanting, intriguing, fascinating, powerful, beautiful, mysterious and something I have never ever read before. There wasn't a moment that I could predict in this book. The author's writing style was exquisite and has a magical flair in it which will make you fall harder for this book.

“Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.” 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone weaves a dark forbidden tale of mythical creatures, love, magic and hope. It will pull you into its two worlds called Prague and Elsewhere where you'll be captivated by Karou and Akiva.

I'm not going to elaborate much about the story and spoil the fun. All you have to know is, you will love it no matter what in the end. It will linger in your heart forever. 

“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.”

Karou is hope. She's the light in this book. She's the ever burning star in a dark hopeless sky. She was strong and beautiful.
Karou was different from all the other female protagonists; she was full of surprises. I found her lovable and brave. Also, I absolutely adore her blue hair!

Akiva is a fiery enigmatic character. He was hard to describe but deep down inside my heart, I know I love him.

There wasn't a single word in this book that bored me. I loved everything about this book. It was a fantastic and a mind - blowing read.
If you haven't read this book yet, you know what to do.

I would like to conclude this review by saluting Laini Taylor.