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  1. says:

    35 stars Once upon a time a fantasy book came unto the young adult world and set it aflame Long time fans of the author swooned Mainstream publications wrote cryptic but positive impressions And many readers declared that the book was leaps and bounds above all other young adult literature previously publishedIt's always a little tricky reading a book that arrives with a crazy amount of hype even one that's not accompanied by the lavish praise that has been heaped upon this one as the pressure to love it can be pretty intense The story of a tattooed blue haired orphaned teenager named Karou caught up in an ancient war between angels and demons sounded amazing however and I was completely drawn in from the very first page Karou is a young art student living in Prague except that the fantastic figures she draws are actually of demons that she has known She meets them in her strange teeth collecting errands whenever she's summoned by Brimstone a beast who has been a father figure to her as long as she can remember The first half of the book is simply mesmerizing with vividly imagined details and the promise of a complex and stirring story Karou has hamsas tattooed into her palms she can fulfill small wishes with a necklace with unusual powers and she dashes through magic portals on her errands to land on the streets of Marrakesh and Paris But it's a life she has to hide from her best friend Zuzana and everyone at her school and things get complicated when black handprints begin appearing on doorways all over the world Is something brewing in the otherworld that will affect this one?For me all that promise remained unfulfilled however as the narrative diverted sharply once Akiva a gorgeous and impossibly perfect angel appears in the story He is strangely drawn to Karou and follows her from place to place until finally they meet in an apparently earth shattering fashion “He was the most beautiful thing Karou had ever seen Her first thought incongruous but overpowering was to memorize him so she could draw him later” Here is the beginning of where I lost interest in the story as most of the remainder of the book revolves around their overpowering romance and eventually why they may not be able to be togetherReaders who find the romance compelling will probably enjoy this book better than I did but I found it hard to get invested in two such blindingly beautiful and perfect beings for whom there is apparently no other eual I mean of course they're going to be attracted to each other How could they not be? One of the things I found so odd about their relationship is that it seemed to lack any sort of realism or depth; as cartoonishly ridiculous as Karou's ex boyfriend was the way she handled him and the dialogue there was at least smart and funny and likably grounded When Karou and Akiva first meet and all throughout the subseuent chapters when they have their first kiss and so on and so forth it's written as if the earth is moving and the stars are aligningbut I'm afraid the earth simply didn't move for me I might have felt differently if their compulsion towards each other was based on something stronger than just physical attraction but the majority of what I read was about their stunning beauty and their unearthly perfections Even the promise of wait wait you'll see why they're so drawn together didn't pay off for me because I predicted that well ahead of time and view spoilereven back then their immediate attraction was mostly based on their physical appearances and the a certain amount of unexpected behavior My good friend Stephanie points out that being in the middle of a war certainly adds an additional element in such meetings but hide spoiler


  2. says:

    Do you remember that Taylor Swift song about Romeo and Juliet Love Story? It's lyrics go something like thisI'm a pretty little girl who knows nothing about literatureSo I sing a song about starcrossed loversWhose only problem is that Daddy doesn't approveBut it's all good because we get married anywayJust like that cliffnote's story about Romeo and JulietYeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyWe have a tendency with YA literature today to have stories with the super duper happiest of happy endings where everything works out and true love's only real complications are external difficulties and self esteem issues for the girlI'm trying to think of the perfect example here and because this review is full of cheap shots at easy targets I'm going to go withTWILIGHTCome on down Bella and EdwardNow don't get me wrong There's nothing wrong with happy endings and butterflies and rainbows and kittens They're lovely lovely things and in the hands of an accomplished author they do well There's also nothing wrong with having a relationship that's troubled by only external forces Once again in the right hands it's fine I'm not being a miserly old Grinch here Okay maybe a little bit but moving on The problem is that in real life relationships are usually impacted by internal factors So when you base your story on perfection that can only be tainted by evil people trying to destroy your true love and twist the story to finally reach that happily ever after then what you sacrifice is often the very real almost tangible relatable emotions that a realistic thoughtful storyline could bringAnd also Romeo and Juliet is a TRAGEDY Taylor Swift Thank you Kieran Culkan You're a fresh breeze amongst the stagnant world of apathetic performersNow what I love about Laini Taylor other than everything is that this woman is made of fairytales I swear she's like woven together by sweet kisses and dewdrops She's been sung into being by blind minstrels bathed in moonlight She's wrapped in gossamer and shrived in pure white swan feathers You know all that magical shit She's that The woman is magic and she writes magic If anyone could take Romeo and Juliet mate it with a YA paranormal romance and produce a love child that people don't want to drown at birth then it would be Laini TaylorThis book is powerful emotive heart breaking anguishingWhat I'm sayingthe point I'm trying to make herethe truth is Laini Taylor kicked my heart in the assAnd I LIKED itThis review can also be found on my blog Cuddlebuggery Book Blog


  3. says:

    As a PS in order to understand this review better if you haven't read the Fallen series please check out my thoughts on the other book that I will be discussing here This book is like some sort of weird alien When I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone I wasn't uite sure how to handle it What are you Daughter of Smoke and Bone?In the synopsis of Daughter of Smoke and Bone it tells you that this is a story about how a demon falls in love with an angel So one would think that this is about Heaven Hell God etc That is one of the best most amazing lies that I have ever heardWhat do I mean by that you ask? That because this book is nothing about that Laini Taylor has stripped that idea to its bare bones and has changed it; morphed it in such a way that it's it own genre And it isn't just about the mythology; it's about love growing up truth prejudices and overcoming hardships I can tell you right now that this book basically has nothing to do with angels and demons and I couldn't be happier about that then I ever have been my whole life Taylor also inserts uotes and tales that further the story arc and characters Almost everything that's said thought and described has a point to it They can make you laugh cry and most importantly think It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such The dragon you know hunkered in the village devouring maidens heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster’ and looked behind him' “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 chemicalsno fumes or smoke or alcohol no sharp objects no inessential needles—drug or tattoo—and no inessential penises either” gigglesnort “Karou wished she could be the kind of girl who was complete unto herself comfortable in solitude serene But she wasn't She was lonely and she feared the missingness within her as if it might expand andcancel her She craved a presence beside her solid Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming Who would dance with her on her balcony keep his promises and know her secrets and make a tiny world wherever he was with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust” ooohhs and awwwwsOkay just one Until a few days ago humans had been little than legend to him and now here he was in their world It was like stepping into the pages of a book a book alive with color and fragrance filth and chaos and the blue haired girl moved through it all like a fairy through a story the light treating her differently than it others the air seemed to gather around her like held breath As if this whole place was a story about her Happiness It was the place where passion with all its dazzle and drumbeat met something softer homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort It was all those things intertwined with the heat and the thrill and it was as bright within her as a swallowed star meltsThis woman is the master of the golden rule of show and not tell I never felt slowed down by pacing bad confused or anything Her writing left me with only good feelings; Laini Taylor is a master story teller and I will never see her as anything but She carries you through all of Karou's emotions; in the beginning you feel just as angry as she does then just as guilty about it when you know the whole story That's what I like to call a true authorOne night while I was reading this book I was laying in my bed thinking about the plot characters and what Taylor's overall theme because you know that's what cool people do at night; think about the books that they just read and it all of a sudden hit me This book is everything Lauren Kate tried to do in her Fallen series and failed Laini Taylor however pulled it off with such a finesse and flair that made me fall in love with Daughter of Smoke and Bone even than I would have already The first thing that I'll talk about in this review that Taylor pulled off about a million times better than what Kate wrote was with Akiva; the main love interest in this story First off Akiva actually is a badass angel with wings that are literally on fire amber eyes can burn things with a touch and has killed many chimera without mercy because he believes they are the one who's killed his only love Daniel on the other hand? He sparkles fucking purple when his wings pop out But that's not all we get to see with his character Lauren Kate has a big problem with her books and Daniel with him being cold unavailable and not telling Luce anything that's going on with her life Once Kate had him integrated with that personality she didn't seem to be able to get Daniel out of that vicious and very annoying cycle He wouldn't and still doesn't stop doing that no matter what Luce every says to him When Akiva began to do the same thing ie closed off facial expressions not talkinglooking at her etc I thought oh no here we go again When Karou tells him to stop; if he loves her then he'll stop doing this to her Then he actually listens and stops because guess what he truly does love her even if it hurts him in the long run; he's willing to put Karou above himselfgasp And when the truth does come back and hit him in the face when Karou figures everything out he knows to accept the conseuences and lets her go Hell he even gives her the opportunity to kill him; he knows what he has done to her and others that he loves is unacceptable And that's awesome That right there is what I call a man What Daniel does instead by putting himself and his shame first rather than Luce blows up in his face When she does find out he's so desperate to cover his own ass that he chases her through time and space That's just lame And Akiva is anything but lame This is how you write a tortured character in it's finest As I stated earlier he has a genuine pain and soul that someone could say one hundred percent is a tortured one And insta love? Pha Don't let the beginning fool you because that isn't what their love is I won't spoil it for you all because well that's just something that if I told you and you haven't read this book would take out some of what makes this books so special so you'll have to find out for yourself I will give you one revelation that I came across however It really will blow your mind Are you ready? Okay here goesGASPThen there was Karou who is the most badass person that I've ever read about and is absolutely nothing like Luce from the Fallen series Again Kate tried to make Luce independent but she just ended up coming across as an idiot who threw herself into danger and put everyone around her in danger Karou however ooooohhhhhhhh Karou She's everything that I wanted in Luce but never received Karou is as funny as hell Well” she mused “I know there’s only one person you really love and his name does start with a K But I can think of a better place for it than your heart” She took up her pencil and on her last drawing of Kaz inscribed a K right over his classically sculpted buttock She actually realizes her mistakes and what certain ex boyfriends truly wanted from her Kaz just couldn’t fathom any girl willfully depriving herself of his charms And what had she done but strengthen his vanity those months they’d been together gazing at him starry eyed giving himeverything? His wooing her now she thought was a point of pride to prove to himself that he could have who he wanted I mean come on how much can you ask for than that A badass girl with blue hair tattoos everywhere and has so many braincells wedged up into that brilliant head of hers that I think it's going to explode with all of the smartness that she's spouting out of her mouth This is a character that I can root for and stand behind all the way through a series and that's exactly what I plan on doing; I can assure you all on that one And then there were the fallen angels; what Lauren Kate's series was all about I have a uestion for you all Do you honestly think that God after all that they had done and betrayed him; whom they are supposed to love uneuivocally would have left them in their perfect forms sparkly andor wings made out of pure fucking gold and just let them wander around the Earth? Maybe I'm just a cruel violent person but no Hell no Laini Taylor and I must have been on the same wavelength but she did the total opposite of that for the fallen angels His face was bloated and purple but bloated as its face was its features held an echo of long ago beautyBut the key to its true nature was at its back From its shoulder blades protruded the splintered remnants of wing jointsTime had curved his spine and his flesh pulled taut seemed to snag on every ridge of vertebrae His legs dangled uselessly behind him That my dears is a fucking ugly angel who really looks like he got punished; he's not just wandering around sparkling and glowing He actually looks like a disgusting miserable wreck And then there's all of the smaller characters; none are just added because Taylor needed room They all had something very important purpose Karou's best friend Zuzana and her musician boyfriend were amazingly written adorable and hilarious characters if you didn't burst out laughing when Zuzana said Oh hell Must Mate Immediately then you're lying to yourself The ballerinapuppeteer play was incredibly written and had my heart in my throat Karou's chimera sister and her chimera family were also incredibly well done and funny Thiago was one of the biggest bastards I've ever read and I already talked about Akiva so I don't have to tell you all that he's totally swoon worthy for all the right reasons I could really picture everyone and sympathize with every pain and joy that Karou feltBasically this book is everything I wanted in not just Fallen but many other books that I've read over the years and I rejoice in the fact that there are capable people out there who can write YA novels with an actual point and purpose Thank you Laini Taylor for restoring my faith in the ability of authors I guess I have just one thing left to sayBecause I will And I do


  4. says:

    Once upon a time an angel and a devil fell in love It did not end well Daughter of Smoke and Bone tells the age old tale of forbidden love with a beautifully constructed mythological twist Karou and Akiva are a Romeo and Juliet unlike any other and Laini Taylor has managed to encapture love loneliness and desperation in a masterpiece of a novel that deserves to be read by anyone of any age who truly appreciates uality writing and story tellingKarou is a 17 year old art student living in Prague She gossips with girlfriends works on her art and has a nightmare of an ex boyfriend who won't take the hint But behind all of this Karou has a secret She was raised by and freuently runs errands for a demonic 'wishmonger' In this secret world wishes are the currency and monsters will do anything for their ultimate wishes to be fulfilled Living between worlds Karou senses that she doesn't uite belong in either then one day she runs into the angelic Akiva who not only makes her uestion where she belongs but who and what she actually isLaini Taylor unlike numerous young adult authors never patronises her readers and writes with a magical flair and sophistication that is a true rarity Though she writes in a genre dominated by authors like Stephenie Meyer and Becca Fitzpatrick her stories are richer her characters highly developed and interesting and her style is just a true work of art I cannot stress highly enough just how much I enjoyed this novel The literary nerd in me was in awe of the author's poetic expressions whilst the girl in me was caught up in the whirlwind of fantasy romance and mixture of seraphimchimaera mythology I thought Lips Touch Three Times was one of the best young adult novels I've read in a long time and the best paranormal romance I have probably ever read but Daughter of Smoke and Bone was even better in my opinion I was thrilled to discover that we can expect a seuel and there's no doubt in my mind as to whether or not I'll be reading itThe thing that really struck me most was the way Laini Taylor uses old often cliched ideas like forbidden love the divine battle of angels and devils fallen angels and manages to turn them into something entirely new and extraordinary I have never enjoyed a young adult book about angels Never However this is not a stereotypical angeldevil story about good vs bad In fact this novel shows how something can be perceived as evil by being different and how it's possible to be born and raised into the hatred of something else just because they are what they are It's an incredible and touching story that explores prejudice as well as romance in a spectacular fantasy worldEverything the author writes is important and not one word is wasted nonsensically That's what I love most about Laini Taylor there's a sense in each of her novels that she mulled over every sentence and made it the best it could possibly be It's something not done too often outside of poetry and it's marvelous to read There's also a wicked sensuality amidst the darkness that's just irresistable A truly fantastic read Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for kindly providing an arc copy of this book for review Please note this had no effect whatsoever on my rating andor review


  5. says:

    48 SMOKY STARS“Once upon a time an angel and a devil fell in love It did not end well” You can find the full review and about this book on my blogFreaking amazing bookI didn't expect this to be this goodI couldn't put the book downlike literallyEverything fits perfectly the characters the storyeverythingIt is so uniue and different from other storiesAnd it's actually the first book written in third person that I enjoyed because I'm not a fan of third person books“Have you ever asked yourself do monsters make war or does war make monsters?”The writing style was beyond perfectIt's uniueness is what makes this book so specialThe way words cling togetheramazingI must say I was confused at some parts because the English that is used in this book is uite difficult to understand and there were a lot of words I didn't get but that didn't stop me from truly adoring this book from page one to the last“It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such The dragon you know hunkered in the village devouring maidens heard the townsfolk cry 'Monster' and looked behind him” The ending was epicThe way things puzzle together is remarkableThe epilogue was also goodshort but goodIt clarified what happened after the endingBut there was also a cliff“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” So the story This book is about a girl blue haired girl who lives two livesA normal one with school and teachers and boring classesand another onefilled with fantasy and strange characterswith teeth and wishesthe elsewhereOne day she meets an angeland from that moment her life changesboth of her livesHer early life was a mysterya cloudy image in her heardHer entire life she was haunted by one uestion Who am I and after meeting the angel she was one step closer to find the answerBut did she really wanted to know?“She moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx” The characters KarouThis character is so coolShe is uniue and funny and tough and freaking beautifulI liked her dirty sense of humorShe is such a mysteryAkivaAkiva is one of those characters you can predict somehowHe is caring and determined as a lot of male main charactersWhat surprised me what his sense of humorAs awkward as it sounded it actually fits him I highly recommend this book to paranormal angeldemons loversI actually recommend this book to all the readers because it is the art itself Pictures from the review are not mine I took them mostly from Google images or Tumblr


  6. says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerWhen I first heard the details of the premise of Laini Taylor's new book for a moment I thought Laini must have read my review of Personal Demons In that review I rant about how great story ideas are suandered away You see Personal Demons had a very interesting concept a demon and an angel battling for the soul of a human girl There are so many creative opportunities in the angeldemon lore I thought surely the author would make something good out of it I was wrong then the story turned out to be nothing than a cliche angsty love triangle extravaganza But I am right now Laini Taylor took a similar angeldemon idea and transformed it into pure magic Karou is a 17 year old art student She lives in Prague paints and goes to school She is trying to get over her good for nothing ex boyfriend But there is an air of mystery about Karou She knows magic She has a secret life Karou is an orphan who was raised lovingly by a foursome of demonic creatures She occasionally runs strange errands for them; and on one of the trips she is confronted by an angelic looking Akiva who attempts to kill her What happens next is best described by the book's own first lines Once upon a timean angel and a devil fell in loveIt did not end wellThere is nothing cliche about this story trust me Laini Taylor is a writer with talent and extraordinary imagination What I loved the most about Daughter of Smoke and Bone was the world behind it We all have read our measure of angel books and you will probably agree with me that the portrayal of angels in them rarely goes beyond wings sexiness and some dark secret behind the fall But what if angels and demons are not what is traditionallybiblically accepted? What if you could get into the midst of their world learn about their cultures gain knowledge about their centuries long war? What if the love between an angel and demon is forbidden and a taboo maybe even by human standards? Would you like to read about that? I bet you wouldLips Touch Three Times is one of my most favorite books ever If you liked those stories I doubt Daughter of Smoke and Bone will disappoint you This novel is eually dark sensual unsettling and a little twisted The imagery is stunning The language is beautiful every word matters there were a couple of slips into overwritten I must say but only a couple And the love well it pushes boundaries it transcends time and space I am looking solemnly at the months of waiting ahead of me Waiting for a copy of the book of my own to inhale every word of it again And then for the next two books But first I will be waiting for this ARC cover to be changed to something that reflects the beauty of this story I've been told to get over my cover grief already but I just can't


  7. says:

    My original review here was “punch me in the face ” and I think that accurately sums my view up That being said here's an actual review that's NOT just me crying Amazing Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows a demon's assistant Karou who helps to collect teeth for the family of her youth It's a creative story that pulled me in from the beginning Before we were 40 pages in I knew I had found a favorite THE WRITINGJust as beautiful as everyone says Laini Taylor's writing flows across the page to the point where instead of skipping across paragraphs as I usually do I was hanging on her every word Like a shadow that coasts over the moon Is the word choice there not brilliant? It's such a subtle difference than “a shadow that covers the moon” but it changes everything somehow The writing is also rich with emotional content I just really really loved it Wishes are false Hope is true Hope is its own magic THE CHARACTERSI absolutely love Karou Laini Taylor infuses her with a uiet inner strength yet also a loneliness and a desire for love I also loved the strong friendship between girls here Zuzana is a dynamic funny side character “This morning you hate men in hats wiener dogs–”“Weiner dog owners” Zuzana corrected “You'd have to have like a lentil for a soul to hate wringer dogs” She's a sweet believable character I only wish she were in the second half Akiva is a good character although he isn't a strong love for me yet He's a good character with a good personality and some moral ambiguity but he's not as developed as I want him to be I'm hoping he gets expanded in the seuel THE ROMANCEI feel like I should give this book four stars I SHOULD The romance is full of instalove Yes it's kind of explained but it's still full of instalove That should be enough for me to take off a star But I can't because I loved the romance There's something about the idea of star crossed lovers maybe Or maybe it's just Laini Taylor's writing or the strength of Akiva and Karou's characters Whatever it is I found myself totally invested in the romance after just a few pages By the time we got to the twist I was hooked THE PLOTThis book is a complete mindfuck and I adored it Although one of the major twists is easy to guess most of the twists are sheer brilliance Towards the end plot points you've forgotten about are explained Even little details of the first half are mentioned And that ending was just cruel THE WORLDBUILDINGThe worldbuilding here is just awesome Again I can't expand upon that because the worldbuilding isn't revealed until later in the book You've just got to read it This isn't your typical angels vs demons story; angels aren't all good and demons aren't all bad I loved the nuance of their conflict There's something to be said for taking an old story and making it something new and I loved Laini Taylor's execution of this story Highly recommended and I can't wait to start book two


  8. says:

    Ooh OOOH Meh MehhhhhhhhhWhich basically summarizes my reaction throughout the novel I hate it when things like this happen when books start out so strong with an intriguing world and a growing character But before you know it it goes splat into a big mud puddle of Cliche and Predictability and WowThisRemindsMeOf100OtherYABooks The Ooh The book started out very very strong The premise was very interesting Karou an orphaned human girl adopted by demon magicians is sent out on missions to collect teeth We don't know what the teeth are used for but know that they have something to do with granting wishes The girl travels to exotic places from black market auctions to middle eastern market places through a network of doors all connected to the demon's workshop Sometimes she has to fight off enemies lug around huge sacks of teeth through subways and once she gets shot by seedy criminals Not the typical glamorous job but still extremely interesting to read about The OOOH The plot gains steam when mysterious hand shaped scorch marks begin to appear all over the world on doors This poses a serious problem since Karou is only able to reach her demon foster parents her only family through those doors and these scorch marks effectively shut them down so that they don't function as portals from point A to point B For some time however Karou remains unaffected by this and continues to run her errands and visit her demon foster parents The uestion of what teeth and wishes have in common hangs heavy in the air especially when we find out that seraphim are the ones who are closing the doorways between worlds At this point I was excited Until this point the story focused heavily on the mystery of the teeth what were they used for why do the demons need them? Karou reflects on her previous teeth gathering missions; some teeth were taken from the dead others forcibly extracted from the mouths of young girls Poignant images that communicated realistically the brutality of such a trade It seemed that the plot would follow along the teeth gathering and thus the uestions that arose centralized around the teeth How were the handprints on the doors going to affect the trade? How would Karou be able to make contact with her demons? What were the angels and how were they involved in this gruesome trade? The Meh Unfulfilled promises dashed expectations and some misdirection followed from this point onIt was inevitable that Karou and the angels would meet It was also expected that there would be sparks of attraction and that the attraction will probably be mutual as it's established early on that Karou is pretty But after reading Lips Touch I assumed that this would not be the typical romance where the girl falls head over heels for the guy The problem is she does Immediately Karou and Akiva are attracted to each other Karou is entranced by his angelic beauty and his perfectly proportionate features though simultaneously noting that that Akiva is a creature totally lacking in mercy or soul But that's not the end of it After Karou escapes the angel the books takes a suspicious Twilight like turn as the angel follows Karou back to her human home and proceeds to stalk her watch her from afar He does this constantly wondering how this mere human girl could spark so much emotion in the heart he thought he turned to stone years before Then like flipping a light switch off and on he breaks down and confesses to Karou that he can’t help but follow her and look at her Please note that it takes Akiva a battle and around two whole pages to fully acknowledge his attraction to KarouFurther though she is cut off completely from her demon family thanks to Akiva’s scorch mark Karou invites him to tea and introduces him to her best friend who immediately insists that Karou mate with him Yeah I don’t know any I think we slipped into the realm of Mehhhhhhhhh somewhere back there But it doesn't matter because from this point on every single plot twist was predictable including but not limited to1 Why Akiva is attracted to Karou2 Why Karou is attracted to Akiva3 What the teeth are for4 What happened to Karou's foster demon parentsI expected a bit from this novel I don’t know maybe ardent fans of YA romance would find this novel great The writing itself wasn’t bad But the story needs a lot of work It had so much potential especially the premise It was such a sharp contrast to what I had expected and it’s with a dash of sadness and regret that I can’t help but give the book 2 stars Good try Laini Taylor but it just did not tickle my fancy


  9. says:

    455The writing was mysterious and lovely and I really enjoyed this Because of how mysterious it is I'm really glad that I went into it knowing nothing I was sufficiently confused for the better part of this book but very intrigued so it was like putting together a puzzle than trying to run around blindfolded I think the world is so original and I'm ready to see where this story goes Also YAY for no insta love


  10. says:

    ive always had the opinion that the whole paranormal urban fantasy genre is just not for me no thank you but fortunately people grow preferences change and i am that much better for it because this was actually really good reading and liking this book made me feel like im finally reaching my full potential as a person yay me haha what i enjoyed most is probably the setting i dont think ive ever read a book that was set in prague or marrakech both of which are cities that i adore so that made this so much exciting in my opinion i also liked the story its paced uite well the characters are decent and the plot is very uniue the story does end on a cliffhanger but i actually thought it was perfectly executed and really worked in convincing me to read the next book my only issue is with the romance insta love has never really bothered me but something about this particular pairing is off im just not buying what they re selling regardless of this minor bump in the road this is still an enjoyable book overall 4 stars


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Daughter of Smoke Bone

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That haunts her and she’s about to find outWhen 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 herse 455The writing was mysterious and lovely and I really enjoyed this Because of how mysterious it is I'm really glad that I went into it knowing nothing I was sufficiently confused for the better part of this book but very intrigued so it was like putting together a puzzle than trying to run around blindfolded I think the world is so original and I'm ready to see where this story goes Also YAY for no insta love

Summary Daughter of Smoke Bone

Around the world black hand prints are appearing on doorways scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the skyIn a dark and dusty shop a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously lowAnd in the tangled lanes of Prague a young art student is about to be caught up in a As a PS in order to understand this review better if you haven't read the Fallen series please check out my thoughts on the other book that I will be discussing here This book is like some sort of weird alien When I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone I wasn't uite sure how to handle it What are you Daughter of Smoke and BoneIn the synopsis of Daughter of Smoke and Bone it tells you that this is a story about how a demon falls in love with an angel So one would think that this is about Heaven Hell God etc That is one of the best most amazing lies that I have ever heardWhat do I mean by that you ask That because this book is nothing about that Laini Taylor has stripped that idea to its bare bones and has changed it; morphed it in such a way that it's it own genre And it isn't just about the mythology; it's about love growing up truth prejudices and overcoming hardships I can tell you right now that this book basically has nothing to do with angels and demons and I couldn't be happier about that then I ever have been my whole life Taylor also inserts uotes and tales that further the story arc and characters Almost everything that's said thought and described has a point to it They can make you laugh cry and most importantly think It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such The dragon you know hunkered in the village devouring maidens heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster’ and looked behind him' “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 chemicalsno fumes or smoke or alcohol no sharp objects no inessential needles—drug or tattoo—and no inessential penises either” gigglesnort “Karou wished she could be the kind of girl who was complete unto herself comfortable in solitude serene But she wasn't She was lonely and she feared the missingness within her as if it might expand andcancel her She craved a presence beside her solid Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming Who would dance with her on her balcony keep his promises and know her secrets and make a tiny world wherever he was with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust” ooohhs and awwwwsOkay just one Until a few days ago humans had been little than legend to him and now here he was in their world It was like stepping into the pages of a book a book alive with color and fragrance filth and chaos and the blue haired girl moved through it all like a fairy through a story the light treating her differently than it others the air seemed to gather around her like held breath As if this whole place was a story about her Happiness It was the place where passion with all its dazzle and drumbeat met something softer homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort It was all those things intertwined with the heat and the thrill and it was as bright within her as a swallowed star meltsThis woman is the master of the golden rule of show and not tell I never felt slowed down by pacing bad confused or anything Her writing left me with only good feelings; Laini Taylor is a master story teller and I will never see her as anything but She carries you through all of Karou's emotions; in the beginning you feel just as angry as she does then just as guilty about it when you know the whole story That's what I like to call a true authorOne night while I was reading this book I was laying in my bed thinking about the plot characters and what Taylor's overall theme because you know that's what cool people do at night; think about the books that they just read and it all of a sudden hit me This book is everything Lauren Kate tried to do in her Fallen series and failed Laini Taylor however pulled it off with such a finesse and flair that made me fall in love with Daughter of Smoke and Bone even than I would have already The first thing that I'll talk about in this review that Taylor pulled off about a million times better than what Kate wrote was with Akiva; the main love interest in this story First off Akiva actually is a badass angel with wings that are literally on fire amber eyes can burn things with a touch and has killed many chimera without mercy because he believes they are the one who's killed his only love Daniel on the other hand He sparkles fucking purple when his wings pop out But that's not all we get to see with his character Lauren Kate has a big problem with her books and Daniel with him being cold unavailable and not telling Luce anything that's going on with her life Once Kate had him integrated with that personality she didn't seem to be able to get Daniel out of that vicious and very annoying cycle He wouldn't and still doesn't stop doing that no matter what Luce every says to him When Akiva began to do the same thing ie closed off facial expressions not talkinglooking at her etc I thought oh no here we go again When Karou tells him to stop; if he loves her then he'll stop doing this to her Then he actually listens and stops because guess what he truly does love her even if it hurts him in the long run; he's willing to put Karou above himselfgasp And when the truth does come back and hit him in the face when Karou figures everything out he knows to accept the conseuences and lets her go Hell he even gives her the opportunity to kill him; he knows what he has done to her and others that he loves is unacceptable And that's awesome That right there is what I call a man What Daniel does instead by putting himself and his shame first rather than Luce blows up in his face When she does find out he's so desperate to cover his own ass that he chases her through time and space That's just lame And Akiva is anything but lame This is how you write a tortured character in it's finest As I stated earlier he has a genuine pain and soul that someone could say one hundred percent is a tortured one And insta love Pha Don't let the beginning fool you because that isn't what their love is I won't spoil it for you all because well that's just something that if I told you and you haven't read this book would take out some of what makes this books so special so you'll have to find out for yourself I will give you one revelation that I came across however It really will blow your mind Are you ready Okay here goesGASPThen there was Karou who is the most badass person that I've ever read about and is absolutely nothing like Luce from the Fallen series Again Kate tried to make Luce independent but she just ended up coming across as an idiot who threw herself into danger and put everyone around her in danger Karou however ooooohhhhhhhh Karou She's everything that I wanted in Luce but never received Karou is as funny as hell Well” she mused “I know there’s only one person you really love and his name does start with a K But I can think of a better place for it than your heart” She took up her pencil and on her last drawing of Kaz inscribed a K right over his classically sculpted buttock She actually realizes her mistakes and what certain ex boyfriends truly wanted from her Kaz just couldn’t fathom any girl willfully depriving herself of his charms And what had she done but strengthen his vanity those months they’d been together gazing at him starry eyed giving himeverything His wooing her now she thought was a point of pride to prove to himself that he could have who he wanted I mean come on how much can you ask for than that A badass girl with blue hair tattoos everywhere and has so many braincells wedged up into that brilliant head of hers that I think it's going to explode with all of the smartness that she's spouting out of her mouth This is a character that I can root for and stand behind all the way through a series and that's exactly what I plan on doing; I can assure you all on that one And then there were the fallen angels; what Lauren Kate's series was all about I have a uestion for you all Do you honestly think that God after all that they had done and betrayed him; whom they are supposed to love uneuivocally would have left them in their perfect forms sparkly andor wings made out of pure fucking gold and just let them wander around the Earth Maybe I'm just a cruel violent person but no Hell no Laini Taylor and I must have been on the same wavelength but she did the total opposite of that for the fallen angels His face was bloated and purple but bloated as its face was its features held an echo of long ago beautyBut the key to its true nature was at its back From its shoulder blades protruded the splintered remnants of wing jointsTime had curved his spine and his flesh pulled taut seemed to snag on every ridge of vertebrae His legs dangled uselessly behind him That my dears is a fucking ugly angel who really looks like he got punished; he's not just wandering around sparkling and glowing He actually looks like a disgusting miserable wreck And then there's all of the smaller characters; none are just added because Taylor needed room They all had something very important purpose Karou's best friend Zuzana and her musician boyfriend were amazingly written adorable and hilarious characters if you didn't burst out laughing when Zuzana said Oh hell Must Mate Immediately then you're lying to yourself The ballerinapuppeteer play was incredibly written and had my heart in my throat Karou's chimera sister and her chimera family were also incredibly well done and funny Thiago was one of the biggest bastards I've ever read and I already talked about Akiva so I don't have to tell you all that he's totally swoon worthy for all the right reasons I could really picture everyone and sympathize with every pain and joy that Karou feltBasically this book is everything I wanted in not just Fallen but many other books that I've read over the years and I rejoice in the fact that there are capable people out there who can write YA novels with an actual point and purpose Thank you Laini Taylor for restoring my faith in the ability of authors I guess I have just one thing left to sayBecause I will And I do

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Brutal otherworldly warMeet 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 uestion Once upon a time an angel and a devil fell in love It did not end well Daughter of Smoke and Bone tells the age old tale of forbidden love with a beautifully constructed mythological twist Karou and Akiva are a Romeo and Juliet unlike any other and Laini Taylor has managed to encapture love loneliness and desperation in a masterpiece of a novel that deserves to be read by anyone of any age who truly appreciates uality writing and story tellingKarou is a 17 year old art student living in Prague She gossips with girlfriends works on her art and has a nightmare of an ex boyfriend who won't take the hint But behind all of this Karou has a secret She was raised by and freuently runs errands for a demonic 'wishmonger' In this secret world wishes are the currency and monsters will do anything for their ultimate wishes to be fulfilled Living between worlds Karou senses that she doesn't uite belong in either then one day she runs into the angelic Akiva who not only makes her uestion where she belongs but who and what she actually isLaini Taylor unlike numerous young adult authors never patronises her readers and writes with a magical flair and sophistication that is a true rarity Though she writes in a genre dominated by authors like Stephenie Meyer and Becca Fitzpatrick her stories are richer her characters highly developed and interesting and her style is just a true work of art I cannot stress highly enough just how much I enjoyed this novel The literary nerd in me was in awe of the author's poetic expressions whilst the girl in me was caught up in the whirlwind of fantasy romance and mixture of seraphimchimaera mythology I thought Lips Touch Three Times was one of the best young adult novels I've read in a long time and the best paranormal romance I have probably ever read but Daughter of Smoke and Bone was even better in my opinion I was thrilled to discover that we can expect a seuel and there's no doubt in my mind as to whether or not I'll be reading itThe thing that really struck me most was the way Laini Taylor uses old often cliched ideas like forbidden love the divine battle of angels and devils fallen angels and manages to turn them into something entirely new and extraordinary I have never enjoyed a young adult book about angels Never However this is not a stereotypical angeldevil story about good vs bad In fact this novel shows how something can be perceived as evil by being different and how it's possible to be born and raised into the hatred of something else just because they are what they are It's an incredible and touching story that explores prejudice as well as romance in a spectacular fantasy worldEverything the author writes is important and not one word is wasted nonsensically That's what I love most about Laini Taylor there's a sense in each of her novels that she mulled over every sentence and made it the best it could possibly be It's something not done too often outside of poetry and it's marvelous to read There's also a wicked sensuality amidst the darkness that's just irresistable A truly fantastic read Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for kindly providing an arc copy of this book for review Please note this had no effect whatsoever on my rating andor review

  • Hardcover
  • 418
  • Daughter of Smoke Bone
  • Laini Taylor
  • English
  • 11 October 2019
  • 9780316134026

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