Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone By: Laini Taylor

Book Description:
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 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:
Okay, Can I just say...WOW! Wow to the imagination that went into this book! Is what the author did with the characters new? No, BUT, it was still awesome and cool to try and piece together in my mind the characters and the places that this author had created! Plus it's also set in our world and the main character gets to travel and that was fun to imagine in my mind! So, yes I loved the colorful imagination that went into this book! It all was very intriguing!

Alright the main character Karou: I liked her blue hair! I liked the fact that she is indeed a human girl with all the normal parts that surround any human being. I liked that she had natural blue hair, and has tattoos. She is also just a typical teenage girl who gossips with girlfriends, likes to work on her art and has a nightmare of an ex-boyfriend who won't take no for an answer. And yet behind all of this, Karou has a secret. She was raised by demons and frequently runs errands for them. In this secret world, wishes are the currency and monsters/ humans trade all kinds of teeth for wishes. Living between worlds, Karou senses that she doesn't quite belong in either... then one day she runs into an angel named Akiva, who not only makes her question where she belongs but who and what she actually is...

Akiva is an Angel warrior who has an intent on doing nothing but riding the world of all demonic existence. He and some of his other angel warrior friends start putting hand prints to 'mark' the portal doors so that they may be destroyed. He comes across Karou and something about her intrigues him to follow her and discover who and what she really is. Akiva has a sad past and has hardened him to what he has become but finding Karou has brought back too many memories that make him think of his current path. When their paths actually cross things just get out of control. And THAT is when this book picks up and REALLY takes you for a spin. 

What I DIDN'T like about this book was the reference to male parts at the beginning of the book. What's that all about? another not necessary filler that kept me from giving his book 5 stars. Really? Come on people...

Overall it was fun, creative and enjoyable!

Sexual Content: Moderate (PG-13)
Language: Moderate (PG/PG-13)
Violence: Moderate (PG)
Drugs/Alcohol: mild

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1 comment:

  1. I just want CLEAN...CLEAN...CLEAN...all the way through a book!