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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Deidra Reviews Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 418
Format: Audiobook
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?
My Favorite Lines:
“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

“It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry 'Monster!' and looked behind him.”

“Happiness. It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer: homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort. It was all those things, intertwined with the heat and the thrill, and it was as bright within her as a swallowed star.”

“A man once said, 'All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.' Mark Twain, you know. He had a fine mustache. Men of wisdom so often do.”     
*Ok, I'll stop now, but there are SO many*

Why I Loved It:  My gosh, I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this book.  NOTHING BUT PURE WONDERFUL THINGS TO SAY.  After putting if off and off and off again, I finally listened to my blogging peeps and read Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  Let me just say this.  Mind blown.  Within that book is some of the most incredible storytelling I have ever read in my life.  It was beautiful and poetic and breathtaking and wonderfully hideous all in one book.  *Yes that is possible*  My mind would be all YES, YES, YES while my heart was breaking from the impact of the book.  Let me just say this.  Ms. Taylor does not have a problem breaking hearts.  In fact, she broke my  heart, and I'm pretty sure I would thank her for it.  I was that entralled by the book.  Why did I wait so stinkin' long to read the book??  I have no idea at all.

The world building in the story is incredible.  The names, in all their unique glory, are beautiful and so *breath of fresh air* different.  This book is that perfect world situation where you get to eat as much super rich chocolate cake and never get sick.  I mean every page is delicatable and filled with so much to wrap your imagination around.  For me, this is such a must read book.  I don't even want to say anything about the book's plot that will even damper the experience of reading it for yourself. 

I will say this.  I know everyone is not a fan of audiobooks.  Personally, I wouldn't be able to get though half as many books without them.  They are my ticket to getting more of what I want to read read.  The audiobook for this story was incredible.  It made the characters come more alive than it would have in my head without it.  Personally, I can not do accents well in my head unless it's British and Hispanic *and those were not in this story*.  Those I can do.  The narrator for the audiobook could do the accents, and they did them very well.  I really enjoyed reading this book with that format. *if you can technically call it reading*

High Points:  The imagery in this story?  My goodness.  It was so beautiful.  For example:
“...wings—-vast shimmering wings, their reach so great they swept the walls on either side of the alley, each feather like the wind-tugged lick of a candle flame.”
I mean that's gorgeous, right?  I can see it in my mind.  Of course then there is the impeccable world building, story telling, and just in general amazingly developed characters along with the fact that I think Laini Taylor may be the Angel of Writing.  I think that's important too.     

Who Should Read It:  Everyone.  Seriously.  I think YA, NA, and adult book lovers will adore adore this story. 
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  1. Glad you loved it. I liked it too, but for me, the sequel Days of Blood and Starlight was even better. you have to get your hands on that real quick.

  2. I also enjoyed this book so much. It was different and epic and beautiful and oh so incredible! I have to read the sequel soon, that ending was killer!


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