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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Book Review - Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor ARC

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a thrilling story about Karou and her secret life as an apprentice to a wishmonger.

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?


I received an ARC of this book from our Hachette rep with the words - You are going to love this!
When I read the blurb, I was intriqued. A magical gateway to another world, wishes being granted, teeth used as some sort of bartering system. It sounded like it was up my alley. So I started to read this book and once I started - I couldn't put it down. The story grabbed me from the get go, Karou is a mysterious, strong willed girl who attends prestigious art school in Prague. She is a brilliant artist and all of her drawings tell a story that would never be belived to be true.
She works for the Wishmonger -who raised her as a child. Karou doesn't know who her parents are or where she came from. She goes all around the world, via the doorways that all open to the Wishmongers workshop, to gather teeth. Then she meets an Angel and all hell breaks loose. 
This isn't a religous book, it just happens to have angels and demons in it. Wonderfully written, Laini Taylor captures the essence of the wonderment of the unknown. Her writing is lyrical and enganging, and I can't wait for the next book!!

Laini Taylor is the author of three previous books, the most recent of which, Lips Touch: Three Times, was a silver medal finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their baby daughter Clementine.
Her website is here

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