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Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This complex story is about a girl who has no idea of who she really is. Her life has been filled with creatures that would cause terror to most but have been family to her. Karou is a strong, talented seventeen year old who helps her "family" of demon like characters collect teeth. The teeth have a use, but Karou has never found out what exactly. She just goes to designated sights through portal doors to collect the teeth and then goes back to her private art school and her one friend. Her lonely life is interrupted by the sight of an angel who is trying to put a stop to the teeth trade and the creatures who traffic them. Even though he should destroy Karou ,he can not bring himself to kill her due to her similarities to his long lost love. What follows is an intriguing tale of forbidden love in a lush, imaginative world.
I know, I know, collecting teeth sounds so...weird. I promise that the author pulls this off and then some. I struggled with what to say without giving too much away, but I wanted to tell more than the back cover. Karou is an interesting heroine who is beautiful, exotic, and real all at the same time. The world building is really the star of this novel. Everything is different than anything I have read. Yes, it has angels in it, but the author still makes everything fresh.Read more ›
What happens next is best described by the book's own first lines:
Once upon a time,
an angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well.
There is nothing cliche about this story, trust me. Laini Taylor is a writer with talent and extraordinary imagination. What I loved the most about "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" was the world behind it. We all have read our measure of angel books and you will probably agree with me that the portrayal of angels in them rarely goes beyond wings, sexiness and some dark secret behind the "fall." But what if angels and demons are not what is traditionally/biblically accepted? What if you could get into the midst of their world, learn about their cultures, gain knowledge about their centuries-long war? What if the love between an angel and demon is forbidden and a taboo (maybe even by human standards)? Would you like to read about that? I bet you would.
"Lips Touch: Three Times" is one of my most favorite books ever. If you liked those stories, I doubt "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" will disappoint you. This novel is equally dark, sensual, unsettling and a little twisted. The imagery is stunning. The language is beautiful, every word matters (there were a couple of slips into overwritten, I must say, but only a couple). And the love... well, it pushes boundaries, it transcends time and space.
Too bad the cover doesn't do this fantastic book justice...
This is a story about a girl named Karou living two vastly different lives in two vastly different worlds. The joy of this story is discovering Karou and her role in the other-world known simply as "Elsewhere." I was mesmerized by Elsewhere and the fascinating descriptions of its inhabitants and I was completely smitten with the black market concept of trading teeth in exchange for wishes of varying degrees of potency. The teeth are a source of great intrigue and the author does not disappoint when their purpose is revealed. That's where the real story begins. Overall, I was satisfied with her characterizations, though I think the male protagonist, Akiva, needs further development. Since the author utilized a dual perspective, she could have easily developed Akiva more fully. But she didn't and I'm really not sure why. That is the power of that perspective. However, she does a fantastic job bringing secondary characters to life. I was also very pleased with the complexity of motivations. The opposing forces are not solely good or evil, but a fine shade of gray, multifaceted. The premise is imaginative and the possibilities are endless.
But then a superficial romance is thrown into the mix, confusing my impression of this seemingly carefully crafted tale.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this series. I wish everybody knew about it and celebrated it the way it deserves to be celebrated.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely love the author's writing style. The world she creates jumps off the page! Karou is a strong female character that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about!Published 13 days ago by Genissa Leder
I really really loved this book. I started reading it on a weekend and it took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did I could not put it down! Read more
I found it to be unique and unexpected. I love the characters and the worlds that have been created.Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
Loved this I read it during school and had to stop reading it because my teacher told me I needed to read other books and I just finished it during summer break and I LOVED itPublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is full of crazy monsters with wild names, jaw-dropping gorgeous angels, and a girl with blue hair and mysterious powers, so I think it’s safe to say this book is pretty... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Reviewing Books Fabulously
The best part of this book is the writing. After reading a very badly written book called "Fantasyland", I was in search of something to "cleanse... Read more
Great book if you are looking for different and a love story.Published 1 month ago by Tiffany Zagorski
Great read, really loved it and can't wait for the next part. Very interesting characters, couldn't put it down. Very detailed writing!Published 1 month ago by Talia George
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