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review 2019-10-28 01:54
The Dangers of Loving Angels
Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor

If like me you do not seek out novels in which young women fall in love with supernatural creatures, you will be forgiven for not being familiar with this series. The story follows a 17 year old girl with blue hair who attends art school in Prague. She was raised in a supernatural shop, with a door that opens on cities all over the world, by a ram headed man named Brimstone who fashions wish talismans from teeth. Her idyllic bohemian life is destroyed one day when she is attacked by an angel. Despite being brutalized by the angel, she falls in love with him, as one does.

 

I suppose this falls within the paranormal romance subgenre. It has plenty of story in addition to the romance, but the romance is the core of the plot. The story is entertaining and well told, and presents an interesting fantasy world. I have some misgivings though, especially regarding how quickly the protagonist falls in love with a man who nearly killed her days before.

 

I should mention that despite the title, this is not a novel about a girl whose parents run a barbecue restaurant.

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review 2019-05-13 22:21
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor

I have come back to this series a second time (something I'm not known to do), looking to relive the majesty that was my first encounter with Laini Taylor. I listened on Audible instead of reading it this time around and I am SO glad I did because I love love LOVED it just as much as my initial read through, which is Ah-MAZING to me. The narrator was so incredible that I jumped to look her up to see what else she brought to life and a few have made their way onto my TBR because of her talent. This is most definitely one of my all time favorite series and categorically, hands down one of my all time favorite authors if not #1. Every word is suffused with passion and let me tell you... Mrs. Taylor is a master wordsmith! She will make you feel like you are captivated, entranced and 100% present in the moment. This is achieved with beautific writing, extremely complex and robust characters and majestic world building.


I ship Karou and Akiva so so very much that it hurt (at times) to hear how they would vascillate between "I love you, I can't live another second without you" and "I hate you, I wish I had let you die on that battlefield"...coming together and repelling like magnets... and just like magnets, they repel just as strongly and they unite. Another relationship I am COMPLETELY in love with is Karou + one of the absolute best secondary characters of all time... it is Karou's tiny yet mighty best friend Zuz. Zuzzana is an amazingly sassy, fiesty, loyal tiny tiger of a character. I would totally read any and all future books with her and her handsome, violin playing boyfriend in it!

 

This book is lyrical yet not pretentious. It is great at making you question just who are the bad guys? Who's at fault? Who started all of this and how will it end? Who will be victorious and at what cost? I can't gush enough about this series. Imho it is shear Perfection! If you are going to check this series out I wholeheartedly suggest that you go the audiobook route, the narrator gave it that little extra jun use qua. I could go on and on but I'll spare you the fangirling and just ask this... why are you still here? GO and immerse yourself...bask in the glory of Laini Taylor's unique mind!

 

Overall: if you haven't read any of her work then I suggest, with all of my heart, that you start here or with another of her masterpieces, Strange The Dreamer.. you'll thank me later, I promise.

~ Enjoy!

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review 2018-05-19 09:06
#31 - Night of Cake and Puppets
Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone) - Laini Taylor,Jim Di Bartolo

Wow, this book was absolutely amazing. It was one of the cutest books I read this year and I totally needed that. I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and I am so happy to have had this additional story about Zuzana and Mik, it really added something to the story. Zuzana is the only “thing” that connects Karou to the real world and learning more about her was amazing.

 

Zuzana reminded me a lot of… myself. She is really short (like I’m) and hates the fact that people find her cute and want to pat her head because of it. There was this quote that will definitely be one of my favourite now:

“And I’ve found that since you can’t electrify yourself like a fence, the next best thing is to have murderer’s eyes.”

This is me all the time (my actual boyfriend was kind of scared of me when I was a teenager. I can’t help it, I don’t want to be called cute).

 

Anyway, I loved having both point of views and learning that Zuzana and Mik were already totally into each other without knowing it. What Zuzana does for him is incredibly brave and romantic.

 

Also, do I need to talk about the illustrations? These blew my mind! The book is absolutely beautiful, and although the story is amazing on its own, you definitely should buy the book just for those.

 

I had so much fun reading this and if you love the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, I recommend reading this!

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review 2017-11-22 15:16
Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor

 

 

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?

I’ve been seeing this book around all over the place and been meaning to read it for a while now. So I was happy to finally get to it. I must admit that whole I liked it a lot it was not as good as I thought it be until the last few chapters. The beginning for me was a bit slow and confusing and I had no idea what was going on for a while or where it was going. Even though we go through a couple timelines throughout the book it became less confusing the more I got into the book. The world and character building was absolutely beautiful. I really enjoyed the different worlds and times. I enjoyed the characters even more. I really liked one of our main character Karou, she sis strong can kick butt and of course fly (lol ) and has a funny side. I also really liked Zuzana and what she meant to Karou. I did have a little trouble connecting with Akiv in the beginning but it seemed to get a little better throughout the book and we get deeper into the story. I also think and sort of hope we will see more of Kaz. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and looking forward to book two, which I think will be even better. As the story seems to be just starting at the end of this book. And now that we have all the introduction into the world and people over with. I will rate it 3 ½ ★ as the beginning was a bit too slow for me.

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Laini Taylor

Hi! I write fantasy books. My latest is STRANGE THE DREAMER, about a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half-human children of murdered gods. Check it out :-) Before that I wrote the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy, which has been translated into 32 languages. It's about a blue-haired art student raised by monsters, a broken angel, and a war that has raged for 1000 years in another world. I also wrote LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES, which was a National Book Award finalist, and the DREAMDARK books. As well as various short stories and novellas.

Thanks for reading!!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-28 22:47
Book review : Daughter of smoke and bone lanini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor

My review from 2014

 

 

April 8- May 23

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 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?




Review - Karou lives two lives she's a teenager that lives in Prague and has sketchbooks filled with different creatures and the other life where those monsters are actually real she is the errand girl to the chimera a man monster named Brimstone and it involves teeth Brimstone has teeth Karou doesn't know what is with the teeth and where the shop really is he says it is in Elsewhere . other characters that I loved are zuzana is karou's best friend . then we meet Ackiva who is an angel with vengeance for the chimera he and the rest of the angels are putting black handprints on portals when Ackiva and Kauro meet he tries to kill her and then stops Karou gets away and gets back to the portal she sees the door that has always been closed open and goes in and brimstone is there and this other creatures he throws her out goes home and she tells zuzanna and she believes her when kishmish is flying dead into her hands and the portal is gone. ackiva wants to know who Karou is and when he finds her Karou bares her hamsas and hurts him they go to talking and then something happens she starts to feel for him and when he notices her wishbone necklace and he says he knows who she is then his angel family appears he tells her to run and ackiva tells them that he fell for a chimera and they left . before I get into something big that I was not expecting I want to talk about the wishes so the wishes comes from pain scuppies are not that bad but bigger it's worse and Brimstone said hope is bigger than wishes . so when they break the wishbone it goes back to madrill I knew of her because she was akiva's love and she died but this was like the biggest thing I liked hearing all the stuff but when Mad is sentenced to death for being an angel lover that's when resurrection comes into play so apparently when you die you can take the soul and put it in another body and that's what happened to hide Mad from thiago the white wolf Brimstone put her as Karou WHAT! I didn't see that coming and the ending there all dead I loved this book so much I recommend it .

Favorite quotes Who are you ? he asked she almost didn't recognize the language he spoke as chimera so soft on his tongue don't you usually find that out before you kill someone.

Daughter of smoke and bone by lani Taylor

You haven't come up here before ? He asked she turned to him oh yes I bring all the boys up here . And if they don't meet your approval he said you can always push them off. Page 218

Fiala would so eat her words . You should bring him in to model on monday . Right said Karou I'm sure he wouldn't mind stripping for a bunch of humans disrobing said zuzanna ,prim .For art page 236


It's a wishbone , she told him , holding it out . you hook your finger around the spur , like this , and we each make a wish and pull. whoever gets the bigger piece gets their wish. Magic ? akiva had asked . what bird does this come from that it's bones are magic . oh it's not magic . The wishes don't really come true then why do it ? she shrugged . Hope ? hope can be a powerful force . Maybe they're no actual magic in it , but when you know what you hope for the most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen , almost like magic . Page 288
 

 

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