Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Genres: Action & Adventure, Europe, Fantasy & Magic, General, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Monsters, Paranormal, People & Places, Young Adult
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
I was torn on reviewing this, there are so many awesome reviews out there that already made the points that I would make. However, I loved this book and want to tell you my personal opinion. The plot. First of all, this is a totally original story. Except for that one novel about the girl with blue hair that draws monsters… Oh wait, there isn’t one. Like I said, it’s unique. I love unique stories, it takes a great imagination to think up something that hasn’t really been written before. Except for a few tidbits that were a little cliche *cough* romance *cough* it was like I was reading a new genre. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a great example of how there really are some great YA novels out there still. Even the ending is totally unexpected and the opposite of how, I think everyone, thought it was going to be! Heartbreaking, that’s what it was.
The characters. Angels and demons like how they are supposed to be! Well the demons aren’t exactly totally evil in this story-Karou kind of makes you love them just as much as she does-but this ain’t no HUSH, HUSH or HALO. The demons in the novel are called Chimaera and are a mixture of human and animal body parts. Brimstone, the one who takes Karou under his wing for some reason you’ll find out later, is my absolute favorite! I love how much he cares and protects Karou even thought he acts like he doesn’t. (People who have read it, how bout that tail tuft scene, eh, eh? Cuteness.) I love Karou’s personality and how great a protagonist she is-she can hold her own. Although she talks about being lonely and wanting someone to love it’s in a way we can relate to and in a way that makes you feel what she is feeling too.
“She craved a presence beside her, solid. Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark. Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming. Who would dance with her on her balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust.”
And that’s only a small example of the amazing prose that keeps you glued to the pages. It may just be me, but I want to read more about the White Wolf. I liked his character in all his glorious despicable-ness.
The romance. I was a little iffy about it because it was sort of insta-love but you will find out why they are so drawn to each other, this fact made it tolerable. Plus the surprise ending that uncovers Akiva’s (the love interest) actions, phew! Can’t wait to see how that turns out for them.
One more statement I have to make, the book’s summary really doesn’t give you much to go off of. I wish it would have given more of a glimpse into the wonderful world Laini Taylor weaves.