March 24, 2017

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Laini Taylor
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I absolutely loved the first half of this book. The second was still good, but I'm only reading for Karou.

I really just wish that I'd read this series and skipped all of The Mortal Instruments. Almost the same premise (as far as Angels & Demons go), but done 10,000 times better with amazing writing. I can already tell that Laini Taylor is going to be one of my new favorite authors. She writes so beautifully.
Goodreads blurb:
"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 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?
Karou is one of the best characters I've entered the skin of lately. She's just so much fun. As I mentioned with The Star-Touched Queen, there seems like insta-love in this book, but you can just FEEL that the characters know each other somehow, so I didn't really mind that it happened so fast because it felt so much deeper than if they had just known each other for a day.
The world-building was truly fascinating. Wishes have currency? Perfect! Doors into different worlds? love it.
When I say I loved the first half, it doesn't mean that I didn't like the second. I feel like the last half of the book was needed for backstory, but I really just wanted to continue Karou's story and the explanation felt like it lasted longer than it needed to. With that being said, now that the next book will continue with Karou, I can't wait to read it!

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