Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
So I put off reading this series until my Illumicrate collectors edition box arrived (the box was amazing - you can see a full unboxing of it on my instagram page). I've heard a lot of hype about this series, and about Laini Taylor in general, so I had high expectations going into it.
I feel my 3 star rating almost doesn't do justice to how I felt reading this book, as I did enjoy it. Because I've read so many incredible books in the last few months, it's becoming increasingly difficult to top previous reads.
I love the world that Laini has created and the mystery surround Karou - who really is she, and what is this world that she's been half living in her whole life? In the second half of the book this mystery is rapidly unravelled and it felt exciting and gripping, whereas the first half was a little bit slow for me - I can't help it, I need something that is fast paced and action packed sadly! The descriptions of these characters are amazing though, and I almost felt like it was myself walking with Karou through the streets of Prague. I love to be so immersed in a story and it's world that I feel like I am there too, and Laini certainly delivered on that front.
Whilst this book wasn't quite as exciting as I'd hoped, I do think it has set up really nicely for what I hope will be an exhilarating second instalment. We still don't know what has happened to Brimstone and the rest of the Chimera's, and I'm curious about what Karou's involvement will be, and whether she forgives Akiva.
When Akiva and Karou first met, I wasn't too keen on their instant connection. For me, the typical YA love at first sight trope is a bit tired and irritating, so I was relieved to discover that they do actually have a history as it avoided the cliche.
To accompany my reading I bought myself the interactive art pack from A Touch of Magic designs and it was incredible! It's so cool to read a chapter and to come up with an image in your mind of what that looked like, and then to be able to see another person's representation of that scene. I got through this book extra fast because I was so eager to open the rest of the prints.
Read the summary below:
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?