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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Published: September 17, 2011

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 418

“Have you asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”


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.

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 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?


Let me start this review by saying that I will try my very best not to be biased as I write a review for my all-time-favorite book.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the first-ever Urban Fantasy book that I have ever read and truly enjoyed. As a fan of the dystopian genre, I am not that into diving into a new world with new terms and magical creatures to learn about. Yet this book hooked me the moment I read this:

As I dived into the book, that is the only thing that I know. I didn’t even read the synopsis. But as I make my way through the story, I find it not so hard to get into the fantasy aspect.

The thing about Laini Taylor’s writing style is it’s so lush and beautiful. I can picture the settings, even the atmosphere, without being there.

The characters, including the side characters, are interesting and intriguing. Karou, the protagonist, has an extraordinary family. And like her, you dived into this world knowing how and why it came to be. I am not that into the male protagonist, however, as I think he was not that different from the other brooding male protagonist from other books.

One of the main issues that people would have about the book is the romance. It was too insta-love according to some people who DNFed the book. I honestly didn’t know why I didn’t cringe along with the other, but man it was all worth it.

Every chapter of the book leaves you hanging and wanting more, or maybe it was just me. The mystery and the star-crossed lovers vibe is adding to how good the plot is. I can feel the pain and the struggle of the characters, especially Akiva, which I said I didn’t like in the beginning! And that plot twist!!!

Laini Taylor has created a good build-up to the other world and what’s going on in it that you feel invested once the plot twist drops. The backstory added another layer of pain, love, and suffering. I wouldn’t know that I am into this kind of story until Laini Taylor gave it to me on a silver platter.

5 years after I have first read the book, I am hesitant to dive back into the story as I am afraid that it wouldn’t stand the test of time. But how wrong I was. It more on revived my love for the genre and the book itself. I am picking up things that I forgot and didn’t pick up before. Along with this, though, I can also see why others didn’t like it.

I would, if I could, recommend this to everyone. However, I am afraid that it’s not for everyone. But if you are intrigued, please give it a shot!

That is all for this review!

Until next time.



A reader who becomes a villain, a queen, a princess, a heroine, and a warrior depends on the story that she reads. A dreamer who wishes to dwell in the world that she visited through the pages of her book. A frustrated blogger who wishes to put into words the frustration, boredom, and excitement that she felt throughout her many journeys outside the real world.

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