Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Posted March 9, 2014 in 4 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!



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 hairactually 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? (taken from

Initial Thoughts

I was pleasantly surprised at how different this book was. Even at the start I was hooked on this new idea. I love it. First of all, I noticed that the book takes place in Prague, which not a lot of books do. That was just the beginning at all the surprises though. I was slightly skeptical because I know that this book has fantastic reviews and I didn’t want my expectations too high.

My New Best Friend

Karou, the main character, was my favourite. I’m an artist too and I liked reading about someone like me. Also, I loved how she didn’t care that she was different. She knew she was and just accepted it. I just couldn’t handle how awesome she was. She was so good at balancing her two lives. I wanted to be in the story right there with her saying I understand.She was so smart and not at all annoying that I instantly feel in love with her. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see her friend Zuzana as much as I wanted. She could have been my new best friend if we’d seen her more. Plus she was hilarious.

My Crush

Oh my gosh Akima. Why did she have to create such a perfect character? Why? He’s so sad when we first see him. He’s just trying to do his part for his people and then he sees Karou and isn’t sure why but he’s drawn to her. I was a little worried that it was going to be an instant fall in love kind of thing but it wasn’t. When their past is revealed and all the pieces feel together it all made sense and it made me love him more. Their romance was so cute and subtle and DIFFERENT! I can’t believe someone finally wrote a different kind of romance. It was seriously beautiful. So is Akima.

Writing Style

I loved almost everything about this book. There was just a little thing about it that bugged me. The start was really well done. The whole book was well written actually. But then you get into the middle. It starts off ok and then the author starts writing these flash back moments and I hated it. I just wanted to continue on with the story but I had to stop and wait for her to finish a flashback. That was the only thing that bothered me about this book. The ending was great as well, it left me needing to read the next book.

Closing Thoughts

First of all, shout out to Brimstone because even though he was technically the bad guy, he was pretty awesome. The world that the author created in this book was amazing. I’ve never read anything like it. She’s a great story teller, one of the best I think. My review can’t even come close to doing this book justice. Just read it and you’ll see why. I’m just completely blown away by how different and unique it was. That’s what really got me hooked. This book lived up to all the hype.


I now want to visit Prague because of the amazing descriptions the author gave me.


“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.”

4 out of 5


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9 responses to “Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

  1. I love that quote! I see this book everywhere and I’m not sure why I haven’t picked it up yet. I’m starting to think that maybe it’s time that I did. Great review 🙂

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