Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Book Review

Karou has always had a double life. She spends her days as a high school art student in Prague, and the rest of her time in a dusty old shop where she makes her  home among with the only family that she has ever known, the chimera, creatures with a mixture of human and animal features and body parts. Her friends think her strange drawings and stories are the result of an active imagination and clever mind, and not from a world that exists alongside their own. However, when the handprints of fire start mysteriously appearing in select doorways, the separation between the two worlds starts to fade, and Karou finds that the key to her identity, which has always haunted her, will be the very thing that could save or destroy all that she holds dear.

Laini Taylor sure knows how to start a series off with a bang. Karou is the heroine girls dream of being, beautiful but with her own distinct style – and she’s smart and loyal to boot. Karou has to manage the expectations of a caring friend who sticks by her in spite of her mysterious disappearances, and her feelings for a formidable foe, Akiva, a handsome winged stranger whose intentions she can never really trust. Plenty of action, adventure and a hint of romance sets this book up with a dramatic ending, and leaves the reader with a crushing sense of anticipation for the next leg of the story. Of course, first in a trilogy. Highly recommended.

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  1. Ooh, this sounds interesting, but I am trying to veer away from trilogies at this time. I have enough on my shelf and don’t really want any new ones! Especially as you never know how long you’ll have to wait for that next book to be released…

  2. I’ve laid off the YA for a long time now, but the reviews I’ve seen of this one–and endorsements from you and some other fave bloggers–are enough to make me want to try it.

  3. It would depend on what kind of book that you are reviewing. I did a book review on my blog about Lucid Dreaming. I gave some details about the book, and I also described my own personal experiences with lucid dreaming after reading the book.

  4. This books seems to be a really interesting one .. i would like to read it .. I will get it soon … Thanks for sharinf your review ..

  5. Another trilogy? I am taking time off them so maybe I’ll just consider this book for reading sometime in the future.

  6. So glad to see you loved this book Nicole! I cannot wait for September. I wish I had this book in my hands right now. If you haven’t read it yet, you should check out Lips Touch, Three Times. I’ll read anything Taylor writes. I need to get her first two!

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  8. This book seems really interesting. I’ve heard a lot about it from my friends. Is this book on ebook? Anyway, thanks a lot for sharing your review on Daughter Smoke Bone by Kaini Taylor.