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.