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Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: Karou is a seventeen-year-old art student with a most unusual family. From his desk in a dusty, otherworldly shop, her mysterious, monstrous father sends her on errands across the globe, collecting teeth for a shadowy purpose. On one such errand, Karou encounters an angel, and soon the mysteries of her life and her family are unraveled--with consequences both beautiful and dreadful. National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor has created a lushly imaginative, fully realized world in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Taylor’s writing is as sumptuous as poetry, and the story overflows with dark and delightful magic, star-crossed love, and difficult choices with heartbreaking repercussions. Readers of all ages will be utterly enchanted. --Juliet Disparte --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
* "Lush description of a gothic and ghostly Prague beckons readers from the first page and fulfills its promise, leading to a star-crossed romance that spans worlds and transcends death...[Leaves] the reader both satisfied and eagerly anticipating a forthcoming sequel."―The Horn Book, starred review
* "The suspense builds inexorably, and the philosophical as well as physical battles will hold action-oriented readers. The unfolding of character, place, and plot is smoothly intricate, and the conclusion is a beckoning door to the next volume."―School Library Journal, starred review
* "National Book Award finalist Taylor (Lips Touch: Three Times) again weaves a masterful mix of reality and fantasy with cross-genre appeal. Exquisitely written and beautifully paced, the tale is set in ghostly, romantic Prague, where 17-year-old Karou is an art student--except when she is called "home" to do errands for the family of loving, albeit inhuman, creatures who raised her. Mysterious as Karou seems to her friends, her life is equally mysterious to her: How did she come to live with chimaera? Why does paternal Brimstone eternally require teeth--especially human ones? And why is she "plagued by the notion that she wasn't whole....a sensation akin to having forgotten something?" Taylor interlaces cleverly droll depictions of contemporary teenage life with equally believable portrayals of terrifying otherworldly beings. When black handprints begin appearing on doorways throughout the world, Karou is swept into the ancient deadly rivalry between devils and angels and gradually, painfully, acquires her longed-for self-knowledge. The book's final pages seemingly establish the triumph of true love--until a horrifying revelation sets the stage for a second book."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Rarely--perhaps not since the author's own Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer (2007)--does a series kick off so deliciously."―Kirkus, starred review
* "[A]long with writing in such heightened language that even casual banter often comes off as wildly funny, the author crafts a fierce heroine with bright-blue hair, tattoos, martial skills, a growing attachment to a preternaturally hunky but not entirely sane warrior and, in episodes to come, an army of killer angels to confront. Rarely--perhaps not since the author's own Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer (2007)--does a series kick off so deliciously."―Kirkus, starred review
* "Taylor crafts both her world and her romance with meticulous care, building the first on a wealth of thought-provoking details and making the second equal parts tender and antagonistic...Fans of torturously star-crossed lovers a la those in Marr's Wicked Lovely and Black's Tithe will find much to enjoy here, but those who flock to innovative, character-driven fantasy with thematic depth will be equally enthralled."―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"Thrillingly fresh and new"―Entertainment Weekly
"[A] breath-catching romantic fantasy about destiny, hope and the search for one's true self"―The New York Times Book Review
"An adventurous story of self-identity, "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" is written with high-stakes flair and a touch of humor...[It is] well-told and well-paced, raising intriguing questions about notions of identity, expectation, trust, betrayal and belonging."―The Los Angeles Times
"Author Taylor has created a variety of worlds, time frames, and creatures with such detail and craft that all are believable...Readers will look forward to the suggested sequel to this complex, exciting tale."―Booklist
"Wow. I wish I had written this book."―Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Wise Man's Fear
* "Lush description of a gothic and ghostly Prague beckons readers from the first page and fulfills its promise, leading to a star-crossed romance that spans worlds and transcends death...[Leaves] the reader both satisfied and eagerly anticipating a forthcoming sequel."―The Horn Book (starred review)
"Daughter of Smoke and Bone is that rare beast: a novel that takes the familiar and makes it appear startling and new. Taylor has embraced the mythology of angels and reworked it in an extraordinary form, so that by the end of this lyrical, haunting book, I wanted to believe in the existence of these violent, tormented beings. I can hardly wait for the next installment."―John Connolly, author of The Book of Lost Things
"Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a lush, sweeping, romantic marvel of a book. Taylor's writing is a revelation, masterfully blending an intricate fantasy world into our own, with an artist's flair for exquisite details. Funny, devastating, delightful, unforgettable. Pure storytelling perfection."―Kiersten White, author of the Paranormalcy series
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Review Taking recommendations to start this series from several online blogs and avid book reviewers, and in need of a new fantasy story to delve into, I decided it wouldn't hurt to start this series. Little did I know that I would be wooed, hooked, and absolutely obsessed with the style, story, and characters of Taylor's tale not 5 minutes into it. I found it easy to skip over the mundane necessities of life - sleeping, eating, moving around, in favor of this book!
As far as the fantasy and young adult genre, this book exceeds expectations. Without spoiling it, I will say that the whimsy of the story shines through each page, as does it's rather serious and often unexpectedly grave tones. It is truly a tale on it's own; if you like mystery, descriptive story-telling, mythology (original in it's twists and ties within the story), and basically everything awesome, you'll love this book. Oh, and take that stupid notion of yours that female protagonists of YA fantasy novels are only strong enough to find the dude or dudett who they inevitably BELONG to, at which point they become meaningless lumps of "supple" flesh, and THROW IT OUT THE DAMN WINDOW. Because, Karou. Karou met with that "i'm only a strong female character in theory" female protagonists, threw her hands up, and unsheathed her blades and said, "oh, no sister, I'm here, and that's about to change, change, change."
I love Karou. I can relate to Karou. I can consider Karou as a role-model. I totally understand why someone as cool as her someone would be head-over-heels in love with her, because so am I. Just, Karou, my friends, Karou!!!!!!!
**I give it a solid 4 star rating because there are bits of romance in it that get a little too sappy for not only my taste, but the story itself (just in snippets); but just as I think I need to pause to quell my gag reflex, the meat of the story picks right back up, and I'm entranced, yet again. Besides that, I still super ship the main ship, and I am in love with the other relationships that really and truly make the story worth while.
I absolutely recommend the audiobook, as it allows for better multi-tasking, but I know that I will lose myself and my time to sitting down for multiple re-reads in my future, and I will not be sad about it at all.
Zuzana is a boss, and I want to be her, that is all. I guess it didn't really spoil much but, better safe.
Also, this story is rife with sayings that I want tattooed all over. If not for my fear of needles, not even my forehead would be off limits.
The word that comes to mind when reading this book is lush. Lush and magical and mysterious. This book made me think of cold winds and pouring rain. I don’t normally think things like that when reading a book, but there you go. This book was truly enchanting and I can’t think of the reason I only gave it three stars before.
There were so many wonderful things about this book. Starting, of course, with the friendship between Karou and Zuzana. Their friendship was delightful and I was glad they had so many scenes together.
Another few things that were wonderful? This book is set in the Czech Republic! The main character has blue hair! Brimstone! Magic! Everything!
Okay, okay. I bet you're wondering why if everything was so wonderful did I only rate it 4 stars? Well, that's mostly because the middle kind of drags and the book ends a bit abruptly. Just one of those things I could of ignored, but both? Nope. Points have to taken off.
Overall though, this book was amazing and I loved it and I can't wait to pick up the second one!
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