CJ Reviews Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Smoke and BoneTitle: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3 stars

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 grows 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? (Goodreads)

I really wanted to love this book. It’s been on my TBR list for a long time and I had heard so many great things about it. I even have a couple friends who are not into YA literature who really enjoyed this book, so I thought it was a sure thing. However, I just didn’t love it as much as I wanted to – and I really tried.

I was about halfway through the book before I finally started to connect with Karou and really became interested in what was going on. But then I felt like the romance aspect was way too rushed (though you later find out there’s a reason for that). When I finally started to feel like I was getting into the book and was interested in what was going on, it veered completely into left field and changed the story on me.

The structure of the story is unusual. As I said, it kind of takes a complete left turn halfway through and changes everything you thought you knew. I don’t think it would have worked to structure it any other way, but at the same time the way it’s done means that there is no actual plot progression for nearly half of the book, as it’s mostly flashback by then. I’m not sure there was a better way to include this element, but I wish there was as I started losing interest again at this point.

However, by the end of this novel I feel like the world has finally been set up and now I am curious to know what happens next. I’m hoping everything has been established with this first novel, so that the second and third novels will just be plot progression and therefore more interesting than this first novel. I think the concept is really interesting, and I’m looking forward to learning more about the other world and the magic system Taylor has created. I’m just hoping it lives up to the potential and doesn’t ultimately disappoint.


4 thoughts on “CJ Reviews Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

    Krystal @ Books Are My Thing said:
    February 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    So I had to go back and read my review of this book, and it sounds like we had totally different opinions!! I loved the way the book was written! I definitely recommend picking up the second book, it was my favorite of the series, but it will make your heart ache. Seriously, it’s filled with so much emotion, be prepared!


      CJ Dawn responded:
      February 29, 2016 at 11:13 am

      I feel like I had a very different opinion from everyone else I know who read this book. I already have the second one, and hope to start it soon. I have a feeling I’ll probably enjoy it more than the first.


    Amanda said:
    February 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I think the 2nd book really moves things along in a huge way – but I still have to read the 3rd!

    Liked by 1 person

      CJ Dawn responded:
      February 25, 2016 at 11:42 am

      That’s good to hear because I liked all the elements of the novel and it has so much potential, I was just a frustrated with how little actually happens in this first book.

      Liked by 1 person

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