Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Series
Published: 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis: Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows dangerously low.
First read 2012
Second read July 2016- Still an amazing book, still a favourite. I can’t believe I bought the rest of the series and didn’t read it! The writing is so visually descriptive. It made me want to travel to Prague, and to see all of the creatures and things that Karou got to see. I really must read the rest of the trilogy now.
Original Review- While reading this I was fighting with myself because it made me want to put it down and draw, but then I would begin drawing and have to pick it up again and keep reading. Dilemma.
I appreciate that Laini Taylor did not cater to the lowest denominator of teen readers. She actually used a complete and creative vocabulary while also maintaining character depth and development. It was also a somewhat gruesome story, but only in comparison to most teen fiction. I didn’t even mind that Karou was immature in some aspects. Unlike most heroines in young adult novels, she also had a mature and adult brain.
This book is absolutely beautiful.
5 Ships – Favourites