Aug 30, 2011

Early Review - Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Released: Sept. 27, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 and a mark as one of my favorites!
Pages: 432
Source: Won ARC, Supernatural Snark Giveaway.
Sexual Content : Sex, implied, not shown.

GoodReads Summary:
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 otherworldly 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?

My Thoughts:

This review will not do this book justice, this is one of those epic stories that you'll want to read again and again, if you even have the slightest interest in this book, definitely buy it! I know that even though I already have an ARC I will be purchasing a hard copy of it. That's how much I like this book!

+ Story:

I loved this story line. It is so much more than a war between good and evil. It's so much deeper than black and white, there are so many levels of grey. I don't know who is good or evil anymore or which side to cheer for. At the heart of the story is the war between and animal/human hybrid race called Chimera and an angel type being called Seraphs, but above their war is a Romeo and Juliet story that is so beautifully tragic, so wonderfully bittersweet that you'll be begging for more when it's over. This is a story between a man and a woman from two different sides and against all odds fall in love.

+ Lore:

Fantastic! I'm haven't done any google-ing or anything so I have no idea if the background of Chimera or seraphs or the whole Elsewhere/Eretz world is based on actual myths or anything, but it doesn't matter it was fascinating. So detailed I wanted to believe it to be true, that I could knock on a door and it be opened into another place and I could step right through. Definitely a breath of fresh air!

+ Romance:

Akiva and Karou
OH. MY. GOODNESS. This romance surpasses Romeo and Juliet. So much heat and passion on these pages that I thought I would singe my fingers just by holding the book. I had tears and laughs, and many many sighs of overwhelming love for the love that the characters share in this story. I can't remember the last time I was this emotionally invested in a book.

+ Side Characters:

Zuzana - Can I just say how awesome Zuzana is! She spunky and fun and the best side kick friend a girl could have. I sure do hope we see more of her in the next book.

Issa, Twiga, Brimstone, Yasri - I loved Karou's make shift family as soon as I was first introduced to them. All the characters were well described and well rounded. I could easily picture their family dynamic and what Karou's life growing up there was like.

+ World/Setting:

Prague - This is the second book I've read that took place in Prague and can I just say how beautiful the city was described in this! The writing is wonderful, detailed, and lyrically beautiful, enchanting.

Elsewhere/Eretz - I guess you could call this a parallel universe. Portals between the earth and Eretz exist, Karou, human, doesn't know how she came to be with the Chimera but it's the only family she's ever known, she did not know about another world, only having ever seen Brimstone's shop that kind of exists in between the two worlds. But once Karou gets a glimpse so much more opens up and some of the mystery of her existence is answered. The parts of the story that take place in Eretz are some of my favorites. Especially the masked ball, where we get the cover image from.

Nit Picks:

Cover/Title - I understand why the title of the book is what it is, and I think that the cover art does suit the book once I read it, but I think if I was just browsing in a book store I would have walked right past this one because it doesn't immediately jump out at me.

Favorite Part:

The mask ball, specifically when Akiva uses magic to cause moths to gather on Madrigal and makes a shawl for her. It was so romantic!

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone Series:

Book #1 Daughter Of Smoke and Bone

Book #2 TBA (I'm assuming there will be one)


Jenny on September 27, 2011 at 8:55 AM said...

Loved this book so much! I thought Akiva and Karou's romance was truly epic as well. It was really understated which I liked and there were so many layers to them both that this one was impossible to put down because I wanted to know more:)

Rebs @ Book-Rants on September 27, 2011 at 6:34 PM said...

Totally agree, thanks for stopping by!

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