Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1)

Author: Laini Taylor

Release Date: September 27th 2011

Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Read: September 16th 2012

Pages: 417-Hardcover-Library


  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  2. Days of Blood and Starlight
  3. Dreams of Gods and Monsters


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 I thought:

Karou is a unique girl, aside from having natural blue hair. She is strong and was raised to fight if she needs to, she’s also intelligent and great at art. She was raised by Brimstone, a Chimera who lives in a little office working with teeth, and she often goes on errands to collect them for him even though she doesn’t know why he needs them. Even with her monster family, and her normal friends on the other side of the door, she always feels empty like a part of her is missing, and unsure of who she really is.

Karou does get to travel all over the world, and I loved hearing about all the different places. I thought it was also really cool that she could speak so many languages. The chapters and sections are divided up between Karou and Akiva, and I really liked being able to see his side of things as well, especially when it went into describing the tragedies of the past.

When Karou meets Akiva, she’s captivated by him, even when he tries to kill her at first. He’s a Seraphim, and he’s come here with two others to complete a certain duty. They of course meet again, and start to get attached to each other slowly. Akiva seems like the emotionless guy who could care less, but he’s actually hurting from past events, caring and sweet.

The story itself changes from just a girl doing errands and going to school, to so much more. There’s a war involved, other worlds and other stuff that’s awesome and that I can’t tell you much about it without spoiling anything.

The mentions of wishes versus hope was also interesting. The wishes themselves are a big part of the book, and the main currency that people receive when trading in teeth to Brimstone. There’s so many possibilities that can be done with a wish.

This book went past my expectations, and I can’t believe I waited to read it for so long. The only issue I had was the last part of the book. A lot of the chapters are past scenes only, and I had to wait forever to find out what was happening with Karou and what she was going to do next. I kind of wished that they cut back and forth a bit, but it was still fun to read. Definitely will be picking up the next book, and I highly recommend giving this a try!



4 comments on “Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

  1. I can’t wait for the next book! This was actually my first audiobook and the writing was so poetic at times it was kind of mesmerizing. It was a great audio ‘read’ but I wonder if I could have concentrated more if I had actually read it myself? Great review! 😉

  2. Great to learn that this book went past your expectations. I haven’t read this yet although a copy has been sitting on my kindle for months. Maybe when the sequel comes out, I’ll have more motivation to dig into it. Thanks for the review!

  3. I am dying for Days of Blood & Starlight! I read AND listened to DoSaB and I don’t think I could pick a favorite version. I love this book so hard! 😀 Great review!

  4. Yay! I loved this one, too! It was a little different going so much into the past in the end … I wanted more of present day Karou and Akiva than the past ones. BUT, it was still pretty awesome. I really can’t wait for the sequel now!

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