Tuesday, December 4, 2012

REVIEW: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

You can review the synopsis for Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor by reading below, via Goodreads.

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
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?
^^^ Do you see that up there? How can you NOT want to read this by the creepy, good synopsis?^^^

Who are you? What are you? Blue hair, inked body, demons, angels, heaven... er, hell? It's all unknown and so dang interesting, you just have to keep reading! Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is a very artsy story full of discovery, portals that lead to dark secrets, wishes, TEETH, abandonment, betrayal, war, love, hope, magic, and etherealness... and that's now all. It's like half paranormal and half fantasy.

This book is like no other that I've read. Now, it was a bit hard for me to get into and continued to be until halfway through, but at the same time, I could NOT get enough. I can't explain it. I'm not sure if it was because it was so intense or what, but what I do know, is from the moment I opened her up I was thrown into some vivid world with like characters from the old Tom Cruise movie, Legend. That's exactly what I envisioned as I read DoSaB... this beautiful, scary world full of these mystical characters and sometimes unearthly surroundings. I mean, this author has some MAJOR visionary and imaginative talent going on! This is a book that I'd definately like to see turned movie just to have the sight of it. With that said, I absolutely praise this book.

I actually listened to this book via audio book while on my commute to and from Birmingham, AL to visit my cyberBFF/blogging partner, Britney (I live in Louisiana). The narrator ROCKED this book, yo. Her accents were impeccable. I'm still mimicking her.

Karou (who I imagined as a young Katy Perry minus cupcakes and fireworks) was raised by a man with horns who casted her out. But was it for her own protection? While she's surrounded by humans, she knows there is something different and powerful about her and definately knows she wasn't raised in the like of a normal household. She also knows when she wishes, they come true. She also wants to know who and what she is. She doesn't want to be lonely anymore.

Ahhhhhhhh-kiva came in, this hot seraph with a gaze that will turn you into flame, and sweeped me, I meant Karou off her feet... in many ways, wait not that way- or maybe, but that's not what I mean. There's a few problems though. And one of them is that their worlds collide. Can Akiva, who is full of fierceness and misery, help Karou discover herself?

Peace is lost amongst the differences of their people and it's a fight between their two worlds and their love could be the battlefield (cues Bat Benatar). This story has so much hope and love once lost, but found. And it also leaves you with a wretched ending, leaving you longing for the next book- OUT NOW, Days of Blood and Starlight, like right this second!


1 comment:

  1. Edits now to not and Bat Benatar to Pat Benatat, although BB is more humorous ;)