Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

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 myste...

Details Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

TitleDaughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
Release DateSep 27th, 2011
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Angels

Reviews Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

  • Wendy Darling
    3.5 stars Once upon a time, a fantasy book came unto the young adult world and set it aflame. Long-time fans of the author swooned. Mainstream publications wrote cryptic but positive impressions. And many readers declared that the book was leaps and bounds above all other young adult literature previously published.It's always a little tricky reading a book that arrives with a crazy amount of hype, even one that's not accompanied by the lavish pr...
  • Kat Kennedy
    Do you remember that Taylor Swift song about Romeo and Juliet, Love Story? It's lyrics go something like this:I'm a pretty little girl who knows nothing about literatureSo I sing a song about starcrossed loversWhose only problem is that Daddy doesn't approveBut it's all good because we get married anyway.Just like that cliffnote's story about Romeo and Juliet!Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyy!We have a tendency with YA literature today, ...
  • Cait
    As a P.S. in order to understand this review better if you haven't read the Fallen series, please check out my thoughts on the other book that I will be discussing here. This book is like some sort of weird alien. When I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone I wasn't quite sure how to handle it. What are you, Daughter of Smoke and Bone?In the synopsis of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it tells you that this is a story about how a "demon" falls in ...
  • Emily May
    Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well. Daughter of Smoke and Bone tells the age-old tale of forbidden love with a beautifully constructed mythological twist. Karou and Akiva are a Romeo and Juliet unlike any other and Laini Taylor has managed to encapture love, loneliness and desperation in a masterpiece of a novel that deserves to be read by anyone of any age who truly appreciates quality writing and story-tell...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    My original review here was “punch :) me :) in :) the :) face :)” and I think that accurately sums my view up. That being said, here's an actual review that's NOT just me crying! Amazing!Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows a demon's assistant, Karou, who helps to collect teeth for the family of her youth. It's a creative story that pulled me in from the beginning. Before we were 40 pages in, I knew I had found a favorite. THE WRITINGJust as be...
  • Tatiana
    As seen on The ReadventurerWhen I first heard the details of the premise of Laini Taylor's new book, for a moment I thought Laini must have read my review of Personal Demons. In that review I rant about how great story ideas are squandered away. You see, Personal Demons had a very interesting concept - a demon and an angel battling for the soul of a human girl. There are so many creative opportunities in the angel/demon lore, I thought surely the...
  • Nick
    4.8 SMOKY STARS!____________________________________________“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.” ____________________________________________You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!Freaking amazing book.I didn't expect this to be this good.I couldn't put the book down,like literally.Everything fits perfectly ,the characters ,the story,everything.It is so unique and different from...
  • Kay
    Ooh. OOOH! Meh... Mehhhhhhhhh...........Which basically summarizes my reaction throughout the novel. I hate it when things like this happen, when books start out so strong with an intriguing world and a growing character. But before you know it, it goes splat into a big mud puddle of Cliche and Predictability and WowThisRemindsMeOf100OtherYABooks. The Ooh. The book started out very, very strong. The premise was very interesting: Karou, an orphan...
  • Zoë
    4.5/5The writing was mysterious and lovely and I really enjoyed this! Because of how mysterious it is, I'm really glad that I went into it knowing nothing. I was sufficiently confused for the better part of this book, but very intrigued, so it was more like putting together a puzzle than trying to run around blindfolded. I think the world is so original and I'm ready to see where this story goes! (Also, YAY for no insta-love!)
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Reread with For Love Of A Book! Fantastic on Audio too! OMG! I loved this book so much! I am so in love with Akiva! The below picture was the best I could find that is sort of what I picture. It doesn't have his amazing black shadow fire wings or the longish black hair that I imagine, but who cares =) Once upon a time, a little girl was raised by monsters. But angels burned the doorways to their world, and she was all alone. I love Karou's char...
  • Patrick
    Wow. Just Wow. I got an ARC of this one about a month ago, and only just now got around to reading it. I really liked Laini's first Dreamdark book, so I was eager to try this one. It was great. Really great. Read it all in a day. Wow.
  • Samantha
    4.5 stars? 4.75 stars?! It's been a while since I've started a new series and been this head over heels. My gut says I can't quite give it 5 stars for a few verrrry minor reasons but I may change my mind the more I think (*obsess*) about this book. Full review and gush to come on my channel!
  • Haleema
    This book did not piss me off! I'm ELATED. I forgot the entire story, though. So I may read it again because I want to finish the entire series.
  • Steph Sinclair
    You know that book you're reading right now? How about all those books on your "TBR" list? FORGET ABOUT 'EM! I first stumbled across Laini Taylor when I was encouraged by several of my GoodReader friends to read Lips Touch. So, I read it and while I enjoyed it, I wasn't blown away. However, I think it was a "It's not you, it's me" situation because anthologies and I don't really get along. I went into this book thinking it was just another PNR, A...
  • Helena of Sparta ✰ (on semi-hiatus)
    “Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”FINALLY. Finally, after three weeks of the midterms from hell, I was finally able to re-read my favourite trilogy of all time! Boy, did I need a pick-me-up, after that! I don’t even have the words to express how much the DOSAB trilogy means to me…bu...
  • Jillian -always aspiring-
    Note: Be warned that this is one of those reviews that in no way can do justice to the actual novel, but there's no harm in trying. Regardless, I greatly urge anyone who has even the slightest interest in this book to procure a copy when it's released on September 27, 2011.Seven Perfect Reasons Why You Should Read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor:1. The writing is fantastic, dang it. Now, I loved Laini Taylor's first young adult offeri...
  • karen
    this book is astonishingly good. this is the book i should have been handed when i first expressed an interest in exploring the world of the fantasy novel. never mind that isn't not going to be published for three more months (thank you to the girl with BEA access for getting this for me), it should have happened somehow.this is the most pure example of fantasy that i have seen so far. and it is nearly perfect. once upon a time, an angel and a de...
  • Lia °booksnpenguins°
    Even though a huge number of people I know seems to consider DoSaB the best thing since sliced bread, I couldn't have liked it less even it I tried.And, trust me, I tried. Halfway through it I realized this book just isn't for me. Instead of making me feel something, it just left me bored and annoyed, and eager to either get drunk on cough syrup or punch someone in the teeth. I liked the premise and all the mystery surrounding the chimaeras and t...
  • jessica
    ive always had the opinion that the whole paranormal urban fantasy genre is just not for me, no thank you. but fortunately people grow, preferences change, and i am that much better for it because this was actually really good! reading and liking this book made me feel like im finally reaching my full potential as a person. yay me! haha. what i enjoyed most was probably the setting - i dont think ive ever read a book that was set in prague or mar...
  • emi
    4.25/5 stars Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well. In case you didn't know: the greatest feeling in the world, as proven by actual scientists and not some 19-year old girl laying braless in bed, is when you reread a book you loved the first time around and love it even more the second time. That sense of euphoria that will rush over you once you realize that your memory did not deceive you and everything you ...
  • Catie
    Not just five stars…one million stars, two sister moons, and two pairs of wings in flight. That’s how beautiful this book is. I hope this is a huge hit, and all the kids read it. Listen up kids, this book has everything that you’re looking for: secrets, paranormal creatures, hot guys, best friends; passionate, enduring, forbidden, love…and angst! But unlike all the rest, this one is the real thing.It’s times like these that I wish I was...
  • Nataliya
    A teeth-gathering blue-haired spunky young woman raised by a Wishmonger gets caught in the middle of the long war waged in the 'Elsewhere'. Pictographically:Was this book perfect? Not nearly. But I still loved it, even despite the annoying 'classic' YA tropes that it was NOT immune to: (1) insta-love (actually, it happens twice), (2) the otherwordly, basically underpants-disintegrating beauty of the male love interest - who initially, of course, ...
  • Kiki
    Hmmm. I’ve already started writing a long review for this one, and I’ll post it asap, but I finished this conflicted. Make of that what you will.
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsLaini Taylor is a genius. No really. You know how “they” say that all myths and fairytales have an element of truth in them? How that element of truth is where the myths and fairytales originally came from? Well, in Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Laini Taylor treats all the myths like they’re Athena—sprung fully formed from the head of Zeus. Greek, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, various and sundry Pagan belief systems, it do...
  • Hannah
  • Megs ♥
    Finally, a book that lives up to the hype. I haven't read a book that lives up to the hype this well, actually, since Hunger Games. That's a coincidence considering that Karou has quickly earned the number two spot on my list of all-time favorite heroines...Second only to Katniss Everdeen, of course. And no, I'm not comparing this to Hunger Games in any way, just sayin'.This book came highly recommended to me from a number of people. Ever since i...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    This was SUCH a gorgeous, creative, incredible book that seriously took me by surprise. Like where did this come from and whyyyy have I not read it until now?!!? This is the kind of book people should be shoving in my face to read (for future reference pleeeease).Basic plot stuff: Karou is an art student who has blue hair, eye tattoos on her hands, and no idea where she's from or who she really is. She was raised by some really cool chimaera mons...
  • Claudia Ramírez
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH.I really liked this book, and I wasn't even expecting it! The thing is... the first piece of work I read from Laini Taylor was her short story in "My true love gave to me twelve holiday stories", and I didn't like it, at all. So naturally, after reading that, I wasn't eager to dive into this, BUT OH, I'm glad I did! It was simply amazing! The thing I loved the most about this book is the world Laini created! It is beautiful and ...
  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    I had so many ups and downs reading this book, ranging from pages and pages and pages of complete disinterest in the beginning, to complete enjoyment in the new type of fantasy world described, to utter boredom in the flashback scenes. Yeah, I know the backstory of Madrigal's past life is a big deal in the scheme of the book. That doesn't mean I didn't find it incredibly boring.
  • Dija
    The ending! There are already many, many in-depth and detailed reviews for Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and because no one wants to read a review where I gush on and on about how much I loved this or adored that, I'll avoid being boring and keep this short and simple.I loved:1. Karou2. Akiva. 3. The writing. 4. The setting.5. Karou.6. The book title.7. Zuzana. 8. Akiva and Karou's love. 9. Brimstone.10. The chapter titles.I disliked:1. The cover. ...