Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Summary: 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?

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Initial Thoughts: Oh boy, this book was a roller coaster of emotion, action, love, suspense, darkness, happiness, mystery and so much more! It was written so well and with so much emotion that I couldn't help but fall in love with everything and everyone in the book! It was an amazing story that everyone should read.

The Characters: Karou (who, by the way, has an awesome name) is a chimera, a demon. But she is such a strong main character and confident, sweet, funny, determined...human really. She is physically human but in all actuality, a chimera (very long story, as in, it would take a whole book to find out and explain!). But she is an amazing character who I absolutely love. Akiva (which is also an awesome name) is a seraphim, an angel. But shockingly is a tortured one emotionally and definitely lost. He once had fallen in love with a chimera and then the chimera killed her right in front of him. Ever since and even before he retreated into himself and shut and destroyed all emotion so he comes off as cold and calculating. But changes when he meets Karou for some odd reason. The whole plot was so intricately woven that literally everything was connected - such as, it was no coincidence that Akiva was drawn to Karou and vice versa.

“Once upon a time,
an angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well.”

The Story: Have you ever read a story where a demon was the main character, the "hero", and wasn't evil or anything? Or how about an angel that is lost and portrayed as the villain? Yeah, I didn't think so. So basically Karou grew up with chimeras and they were her family and she was always running weird errands like collecting teeth - lots and lots of teeth. She had no idea who she was just that they were her family and that they really loved her and she loved them. But one day while running and errand, she comes across Akiva and his first instinct was to kill her because - hello, demon - but he can't and this just leads into the rest of the story. After Akiva "meets" (after tracking her and hiding out at the place she lives) Karou again both Akiva and Karou were try to find and discover who each other were and in the process they fell in love, over the whole book. And you know the saying "tough love"? I think it should really be for when love is tough especially in this book where demons and angels are in love and their worlds are just falling apart from death and destruction. But they do fall in love and it really felt real and I loved it!

But not everything ever ends happily and the truth doesn't always set you free. This definitely happened at the end. Throughout the whole book I wanted to know what was the truth about everything and I kept guessing at every new piece of information about the past and how it fit but I could never and then you get the whole story in the last few chapters and everything starts to go crazy and then, I swear silence. The last page is silence (not literally). But it is silent because there is just this huge tsunami of emotion building up throughout the book that when the truth is finally out there, everything stops so as to process it and then it ends and you have to pick up the next book!

End Thoughts: This is a must read for anyone. It was beautifully written and the plot was constructed in such a way that everything was connected but kept you guessing the whole time. I loved it and definitely give it 5 stars!

 

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