- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Format: Hardback | 418 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 46mm | 703g
- Publication date: 27 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0316134023
- ISBN 13: 9780316134026
- Sales rank: 11,392
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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Laini Taylor is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Days of Blood & Starlight," "Daughter of Smoke & Bone," the Dreamdark books "Blackbringer" and "Silksinger," and the National Book Award finalist "Lips Touch: Three Times." She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine. Her website is www.lainitaylor.com.
By Michelle SedeÃ±o 12 Jan 2013
Original review posted on my blog, http://michelleshoutsrandom.blogspot.com/2013/01/book-review-daughter-of-smoke-and-bone.html
I don't know what to feel about this book. Up until I write this review. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of the books on the top of my wishlist, I'm SO excited when this was gifted to me on our Filipino bloggers Christmas party. But I was quite disappointed in some things.
Karou is a likable female protagonist. She's unique, strong and loving. While Akiva is one hot caring gorgeous angel that any female being would instantly love. Their chemistry is really nice and I felt the butterflies when they get near each other. But the things I loved about this book stops there.
I was bewildered after a couple of chapters. Honestly speaking, I couldn't understand most of the words and nouns used. The world building is completely new and nice but I was overwhelmed. It's like the narrator kept talking and I had a hard time catching up who is who and why is why. There's a lot of factors for what went wrong, but I cannot pin point. It is there, it is everywhere, it is nowhere to be seen, but I can feel it. And it put me an headache.
More confusion and why's came in the middle of the book. From the middle through the ending, the book was told from the past. What the story behind these two star-crossed lovers. And I'm not sure if I liked it that way. For one, their past was an insta-love. I don't know anyone who likes insta-love. So I hated their past love story. I'd prefer the present one.
Some parts are pretty boring that I urged myself to finish it (as I said, the last part of the book contains reminiscing and I didn't liked that part) because I want to finish it before the year ends (I finished this hours before new year). Also, it would work more if the book was told in Karou's perspective, rather than told by the narrator. It would put the readers closer to the characters and their world and maybe I would have liked her past self.
I really want to love this book, since it's one of my Dying-To-Read books. But I guess you can never pretend or convince yourself to the wrong feeling. I expected a lot from this book, and I end up getting the other side of surprise. I am still not sure if I'll continue the next book.
I would recommend this to readers who liked the combination of angles, post-apocalyptic novels, forbidden love and has patience in high fantasy.
By Pretty Little Reader 13 Aug 2012
Karou was raised by chimaera - half man/half animal creatures - and has access to making frivolous wishes come true, like having her hair grow in blue. With no explanation as to how she came to have chimaera as a foster family, and an uncanny feeling that she is missing something important inside, Karou can't help but question who she is.
The pacing is absolutely wonderful! Slightly frightening details are almost casually revealed, and as the secrets of "Elsewhere" (the world Karou enters when visiting Brimstone, her foster father) are slowly and enticingly revealed, you begin to piece together an amazing tale involving a centuries old war between the Seraph and the Chimaera - and Karou's place in between. The anticipation of having the full explanation is continued throughout the entire book, leaving you guessing and hungering for more. Just when you think you have something figured out, another clue is revealed and you're back to racking your brain for answers.
Every feeling Karou has comes alive on the page. Her aching loneliness, her all-encompasing curiosity and her dawning understanding as things are revealed are all emotions that you experience with her. I was so invested with her character, that I was unable to see things beyond her perspective, and thus all the hints that had been accumulating only became clear when it was too late. Akiva's admission in the final chapter left me feeling hollow and empty, and I felt Karou's heart break alongside my own.
I just don't even have the words to properly explain how well written this book is, how alive the worlds are as you're reading and how invested you become in each character; even the supporting characters are all well done!
There's a popular quote from the beginning of this book going around, but I'm going to be a little different and go with a different one, that makes the most sense once you have finished the book:
Once upon a time,
a little girl was raised by monsters.
But angels burned the doorways to their world,
and she was all alone.
All that being said, even though I really enjoyed pretty much everything about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, there's something unmemorable about it, and for that reason I can't give it 5 stars. (Again wishing I had half stars, cause this definitely deserves a 4.5!)
By Nathiel Gold 04 Jan 2012
Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows Kaoru's story a young girl who grew up running errands (collecting teeth for wishes) for Brimstone, a chimaera (part animal, part human) and is happy although she could do without meeting the lowest people of society.
In her free time she draws, for her human friends she draws the chimaera (of course humans believe their just her imagination) and for her chimaera family she draws humans.
Until one day she meets Akiva, an angel who tries to kill her, and everything changes.
Suddenly the portals to Elsewhere are gone and Kaoru is stranded in the human world, alone, but not for long.
I loved this story Kaoru is awsome, she's brave, loyal, caring and she knows martian arts :) She's got blue hair (I had blue hair once...) speaks 8 languages and is an amazing artist.
I loved her story with Akiva. Akiva is like an avenging angel, all you know warriorlike, cold, no mercy, no pity, no hope. Until he meets Kaoru that is, and something about her makes him hesitate (thankfully)
I loved the secondary characters. My favorite is: Zuzana, Kaoru's best human friend. I loved her theatre of marionettes it would be amazing to see, and heartbreaking I bet.
The main storyline is centered around Prague, and if the city is anything like it's described in all the books I've read about it I will have to visit it sometime, somehow. But Laini also transports you to diferent parts of the world: Paris, Morrocco....
Laini is a great storyteller and I can't wait to read the next one, because with the ending of this one she left me heartbroken!!
By I'm Loving Books 09 Dec 2011
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is an incredibly unique tale that takes place in a very different world. It's definitely not your typical young adult paranormal. It has it's own flavor and style that is really hard to define in a review. It's one of those books that has lots of mysteries, which are thankfully mostly solved within it's own book (they don't leave you waiting for the sequels for the answers). But I won't give any of those away because most of the fun in this book was the discovery of answers to questions that you are bound to have throughout the story.
I really liked the main character, Karou. She's a very independent girl and I loved that about her because that's how I am. I liked that even though there was some romance, the story wasn't all about the romance. There was more to it than just that and it made the bigger story more interesting. Don't get me wrong, when we're introduced to the love interest in the book I was definitely swooning. Especially during the masquerade ball near the end. I loved the parallels between Romeo and Juliet during that scene. Very cool.
Now where the book felt a little weak was the beginning. Since this is such a different kind of world it was extremely confusing at times and took awhile for me to grasp some of the concepts and the creatures. Some of it I'm still a little foggy on. But, I'm sure more of that will be cleared up in the next book. Once I got a handle a bit on the world and Karou's past, a lot of it fell into place for me. There were some things I was extremely surprised by and were totally unexpected -- in a good way. So once it got past the halfway point I was a lot more into the story.
Overall this is definitely a unique one. It's a tough one to sum up without giving things away. But I can tell you that you'll probably get a few surprises and by the end of the book you'll be craving the next one.
By Juhina & Farah 20 Nov 2011
I'm scared even saying this but I hated this book. Every blogger i follow and love has given it more than stellar reviews, some even went and boldly said it is their best debut Novel of 2011 . But.... it's not for me. I tried enjoying it, and getting into this world of angels and chimaeras but I just couldn't bring myself to care enough to get invested.
When I read the beginning i was very confused, the names, the settings, all are foreign to me. I usually read books set in atleast an english speaking country but i got used to it, and to the weird names. I'm going to be totally honest here and say that i did not appreciate all the details written for everything in the book. It made me sort of detached from the characters. I was also confused, VERY confused. What are chimaeras, brimstone? who is Karou and what's the deal with the teeth? i know ive said before i like mysteries but this just frustrated me. How was I supposed to continue reading a story I did not get AT ALL? But after 100 pages i started enjoying it, really enjoying it. Bits and pieces of the puzzle came together and i was happy, i can just mark this as a slow starting kind of book so everything was good.
Then the flashback. The 60 page flashback that basically ended this book for me. I am NOT a fan of flashbacks, especially if the story could live without it (and believe me this could) but 60 pages? happening exactly after a critical point of the story? I didn't need to know the detailed past life of the protagonist since i've already found out most of these information from Akiva's flashbacks (boy, many flashbacks here) and what i understood from what i've read so far of the present. Yes the flashback did clear up a few unclear points but it didn't need to take 60 long pages.
The ending, I literally gasped out loud at the end. I was devastated since i might not have connected with the protagonist but there was a character i connected with, and its Brimstone. I have hope that the second book would be less confusing and more bearable to read so I will pick it up (at least to read the synopsis and see what i'll be getting into).
* "National Book Award finalist Taylor (Lips Touch: Three Times) again weaves a masterful mix of reality and fantasy with cross-genre appeal. Exquisitely written and beautifully paced, the tale is set in ghostly, romantic Prague, where 17-year-old Karou is an art student--except when she is called "home" to do errands for the family of loving, albeit inhuman, creatures who raised her. Mysterious as Karou seems to her friends, her life is equally mysterious to her: How did she come to live with chimaera? Why does paternal Brimstone eternally require teeth--especially human ones? And why is she "plagued by the notion that she wasn't whole....a sensation akin to having forgotten something?" Taylor interlaces cleverly droll depictions of contemporary teenage life with equally believable portrayals of terrifying otherworldly beings. When black handprints begin appearing on doorways throughout the world, Karou is swept into the ancient deadly rivalry between devils and angels and gradually, painfully, acquires her longed-for self-knowledge. The book's final pages seemingly establish the triumph of true love--until a horrifying revelation sets the stage for a second book." ""Publishers Weekly," starred review""