Daughter of Smoke & Bone

English language

Published March 25, 2011


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4 stars (1 review)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a fantasy novel written by Laini Taylor. Published in September 2011 by Hachette Book Group, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company. The story follows Karou, a seventeen-year-old Prague art student. Karou was raised by chimaera, or creatures that have attributes of different animals and humans. The chimaera she lives with demand teeth in exchange for wishes and send Karou to fetch these teeth for them. In the beginning, Karou has yet to discover what the teeth are eventually used for and why there are rules such as "no baby teeth" and "no rotting". While on one of these missions, Karou finds a seraph named Akiva who finds something familiar in her. Daughter of Smoke and Bone received high reviews from critics such as Chelsey Philpot from The New York Times, and Universal Pictures has acquired the rights for a film adaptation. Daughter of …

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4 stars

It's a funny thing...

I was easily drawn into this story. The writing was easy to follow and to conjure into real movie-like images in my head. I love that. That's my favourite kind of reading. I loved the beginning and the promise of the story to come.

Later... less so. All the flash back stuff at the end... I get it. It let the book be filled with two romances in one, and it was great and all... but, it was a destined-to-be-loves/star-crossed-lovers thing that started to turn me off a little bit. I like a natural romance. It just gives me more hope as a real-life person that that kind of love exists in this realm and I can recreate it within my own relationship. Whereas, when the love is pre-destined for any reason... well, I guess I just don't care so much anymore.

However, I felt their …