Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Oct •  1 •  2011
Review: Daughter of Smoke and BoneDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Published by Brown For Young Readers, Little on September 27th 2011
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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"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?"


I know I am going to be one of the very few that did not feel this book. I am so sad cause I was so excited to read it. There was so much hype and so much excitment! I had other bloggers friends who simply adored this book. At last, I did not.
My main gripe about this book is that I could not connect with the main character Karou, or any other of the characters. I had trouble finding myself in their shoes and connecting with their world. Though, I did love the world that Ms. Taylor created. It is inviting, fresh, and very unique.
I really wish that I have enjoyed this book more. I strongly suggest that you read this book. Though it may be not be for me, it might be something you will enjoy.
I give it 3 BITES!
Happy Reading!


  1. Kate Evangelista
    Oct 1, 2011

    Great review, Savy! I’m quite curious about this book, but I can’t add it to my list yet because I still have tons to read. You know what I mean. 🙂

  2. Danny
    Oct 1, 2011

    Oh this surprised me!!! But we can’t love all the same books! I adoooored this one!

  3. Anna
    Oct 1, 2011

    It was a somewhat different book from anything I read so far.That may grab someone’s attention or it may very well feel so strange that you couldn’t connect with the story.
    Too bad you couldn’t enjoy it more.

  4. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one. I am usually not one for fantasy worlds, but I loved this, and I loved Karou! I think Laini Taylor’s writing style is wonderful!

    Thanks for the honest review, though – we can’t all love the same books and that’s what makes it interesting! 🙂

  5. Giselle
    Oct 1, 2011

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  6. Giselle
    Oct 1, 2011

    Ah well it can’t be for everybody. I’m just starting this – about 30% in. I’m not sure if I will love it, but I do think the writing is really excellent and I like the characters so far.

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  7. Grace Fonseca
    Oct 1, 2011

    Really. Oh well. Not everybody likes the same books. I really did enjoy the book. Old follower. Come visit me over here:

    Livre De Amour-Books of Love

  8. kate
    Oct 1, 2011

    great reviews and you weren’t the only one seems every blogger I’m watching who has read the book couldn’t get into it

  9. Aw… I’m sorry you didn’t like this one. Perhaps it was an effect of all the hype? I’m going to start it soon. I’m glad that it was unique tho!

  10. Bailey
    Oct 1, 2011

    Aww so sorry that you didn’t enjoy this one! I am reading now, and though I have a few problems with the characters, the writing is phenomenal!!!

  11. BooksforCompany
    Oct 2, 2011

    I think connecting with the characters is the main thing in the story so if you can’t do that it’s hard to enjoy the book!
    Thanks for an honest review =)