Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
SYNOPSIS: 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?
If you know anything about me at all then you know that I am complete and utter trash for anything Laini Taylor writes. She could write a god damn grocery list with two items on it and I would fawn over it for a week. There is nothing I dislike about Laini Taylor’s books, and the only reason I waited this long to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone is because I love Strange the Dreamer SO MUCH I was afraid of being disappointed by something that couldn’t compare. But it was honestly quite the opposite and I am SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW GAHHH.
I went into Daughter of Smoke and Bone with LITERALLY no idea what it was about. I knew the main character was blue or had blue hair (see I didn’t even know 😂) and that was the extent of my knowledge. So imagine my WONDERFUL surprise when it turned out to be about a girl name Karou (who has blue hair btw haha) who lives in Prague and has a secret life full of angels and demons and devils and a secret ritual that involves teeth. Yes you read that right, the collection of human TEETH. Am I using caps too much? TOO BAD I’M TOO EXCITED.
I loved every minute of this book. This world is so unlike that of Weep in Strange the Dreamer, it felt new and fresh and entirely different and I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT. I think this was one of the main reasons I was hesitant to start DOSAB, I was afraid it would be too similar to Strange and I would end up comparing them and be disappointed. I am so thankful this felt like an entirely different story (and honestly I don’t even know why I had this fear???). I think I just want to enjoy every book Laini Taylor has ever written. And so far I have not been let down, there’s a reason she has her shelf in my library 😍
If you’ve read any of Laini Taylor’s books then you know how BEAUTIFULLY she writes. She is so eloquent, so masterful with her carefully chosen words and phrases, and every sentence glides right off the tongue. Laini is too good for this world, we don’t deserve her stories. She has a way of drawing me into her books like no other, I finished this book in 2 days which is nothing short of a miracle for me. As you read this I am currently a quarter of the way into book two because #yolo and I need to know what happens next.
The characters in this book are nothing short of magical. There are so many side characters that I absolutely LOVED, they really brought this story to life and gave it some character (ha, see what I did there 😉). There are funny character, skeptical characters, the characters you love to hate, and the characters you hate to love. This story was blessed with well developed characters and character arcs. I love watching a character develop throughout a story and this one delivered.
The story though! The plot of DOSAB was nothing short of magical, heartbreaking, beautiful, a little creepy, and downright perfect. I think going into it with no prior knowledge of the plot helped in my case because every twist and turn was entirely unexpected. I had no idea what was going to happen next or where the story would take us. Suddenly the story involved the collection of human teeth and WOAH it went someplace. I promise it’s not as bad as I’m making it sound. The reason why they are being collected is actually quite beautiful.
Ahhh okay I have blathered on enough about this magical book, if you’re still reading this then I thank you for making it this far through my ramblings. In short, I have nothing bad to say about this book. I love Laini Taylor. Go read her books.