Friday, February 14, 2014

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
Release date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1

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?

My Rating: 5 Roses

Deeply imaginative, beautifully written, and truly enjoyable, Daughter of Smoke & Bone was a fantastic YA fantasy read. I loved this book. It drew me in from page one and kept me riveted. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book.

I really love how this book was written. The writing was lush, descriptive and really beautiful. It drew me into the story and kept me caught up in the world of demons, angels, and magic. That was probably my favorite part of the book. I just loved the lyrical writing.

Karou was a lovely heroine. She had a rather unusual life and, it turns out, an even more unusual past. That made her uncommonly clever and strong and I really liked that about her. She was definitely a force to be reckoned with.  I thought she was great.

Akiva was amazing. He was very strong and formidable at first glance. And that was true. He was tough and determined to do what he thought was right. But, he was also very sweet. When he fell in love, he fell deeply and became completely devoted to Karou. It was clear that he would do anything to keep her safe. I adored him.

The romance was well done. It progressed slowly and believably. Karou and Akiva were lovely together. They were both strong and perfectly matched. And, their feelings for each other were always clear. But, after what we find out at the end, I'm not sure where it's going to go.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were plenty of surprises and secrets revealed that I never saw coming. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me curious to find out what happens next. Book 2, here I come!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone was a fantastic YA fantasy romance. I really liked this book. It was just amazing. YA lovers, this book is one you don't want to miss.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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