Monday, May 6, 2013

re·view : Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor


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. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


Love, I have so much love for this book.
I've been reading a lot of angels books lately, and lucky for me, they were all very good. This one is just another example. And it is oh, so good.

You know when YA authors get the typical format and just adjust to their idea, and everything ends up being pretty much the same. SO NOT THIS CASE.
I love the world building, the idea that their world in hidden within ours. That angels and demons have their own mitology that explain why they are superiors and that just fuels the war. Who could see that ever happening right? --'
The writing is exquisite, you not only see the story in details without getting boring, you can taste it. Yes, taste it, want one example? When Karou is flying she says:
"The sky looked sugared."
How beautiful is that? I can't say enough about it, so Ill just shut up.

The whole thing with the jackass is hilarious, I only wish I could have done that a time or two..

Lets talk about the characters now shall we?
I really liked Karou, the way she sees the world and the witty lines, but for me, the best characters in all of this is Akiva. *sigh*
I loved how Taylor managed to write a tortured character that felt that real, the way you can see it in him.
The way he is attracted to Karou could be just plain annoying, instalove kind of way, but is so not.

And that ending? need the next book.

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