Published: September 27, 2011
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
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Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.I really didn't know what to expect from Daughter of Smoke and Bone other than hearing that it was absolutely amazing from everyone I talked to. I was worried that DoSaB wouldn't live up to the hype, but oh my goodness it totally surpassed anything I could have asked for! It was like a trip to Prague (and a few other places) because Taylor's writing was so vivid!
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 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 loved the main character, Karou! She was intelligent, brave, funny and artistic. She was the perfect main character for this story and I cannot wait to get to know her even more in the sequel! She was brought up by Brimstone and his fellow portal dwellers known as the chimera (devil side). It was really interesting to see how Karou interacts in both worlds: going to school and then running Brimstone's errands.
Every supporting character was thoroughly developed and really added something special to the story. Whether it was Karou's eccentric ex-boyfriend Kaz, out-spoken Zuzana or they mysterious creatures from Karou's other life like Brimstone or Issa. I seriously loved each character introduced, even the villains I loved to hate!
The main driving force of this book was the incredible plot. I loved how I was introduced into Karou's world slowly and got a glimpse of her old life before everything was turned upside down by these mysterious hand prints on doors. I honestly had no idea what was going to come next! I had so many predictions and was just completely blown away by all the twists in the story.
The ending and everything leading up to it was ah-mazing. Just, wow! A little over half way through the book things kind of turn completely away from the story that was being told, but it still has to do with the progression of the story. I thought I wouldn't like that aspect, but ended up loving it!
"Hope? Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic."
Daughter of Smoke and Bone was perfection. Taylor's writing was the perfect mix of description, teenage voice and everything awesome. I cannot wait to read book two, Days of Blood and Starlight!