Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I absolutely loved this book. It’s definitely in my top reads of the year, if not the top read.

Here’s the synopsis off of Goodreads:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone  “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?”

What happens is really best summed up by the first few lines of the novel –

Once upon a time,
an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well.

Why did I love this books so much? For one, the writing was just beautiful. You will want to visit Prague when you read this – as well as some places that don’t exactly exist. The world building was also really well done. I was sucked into the story right away, when normally it takes me a good 50-100 pages or so.

I don’t want to say too much about the characters, because going into this not knowing anything about it beforehand is really the best way to go. All I knew about it was that it was supposed to be very good. But they are all beautifully done.

And then the story itself is just so original and interesting. I just loved it. I will definitely be reading this one again and again.

Get it here.

Getting Started is the Hardest Part

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
-Walt Disney

I’ve been a procrastinator since pretty much forever. This is not a secret. I can remember many a night in high school spending hours talking online with friends and complaining about the work I had to do before spending maybe an hour on the paper itself.

This habit really only got worse through college as I discovered all sorts of ways to distract myself (along with a disturbing tendency to clean).

The latest development, though, is needing a special day or occasion to start my next project. I’ll start a new workout routine at the beginning of next week. I’ll start a new writing system next month. I’ll stop eating pizza for dinner every night when spring comes.

Even as I’m writing this post, I’ve gone through about three episodes of The Office.

But that’s not the point.

The point is that in order to get something done, you need to start it. And in order to start something, you need to close all those other tabs you’re wasting time on and do whatever it is you’ve been putting off now. Just get started.

Hence this blog. I’ve already done the hardest part. I’ve written a book and I’m shopping it around now. However, I need to keep writing and keep working on something.

So go get off facebook and go do that thing you said you’d start next week.