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Daughter of Smoke and Bone (edition 2011)

by Laini Taylor

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Title:Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Authors:Laini Taylor
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2011), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 432 pages
Collections:Audiobooks, 2012, Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:April 2012, Nov 2012, April 2014, YA, Fiction

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Some truly excellent world-building in this first of a trilogy. The story is completely engaging. Can't wait for book 2! ( )
  WiseYoungFools | Apr 21, 2014 |
Briefly: This book was highly recommended. One of those articles with recommendations for people who liked other popular books, like The Hunger Games or Twilight. I don't remember the exact comparison...

Regardless, coming off of the Hunger Games trilogy and even Divergent, Daughter of Smoke and Bone was quite the let-down.

What's good: the idea! kind of. It's sort of a new mythology, explaining so-called angels and demons. It's a God-less world; there's another explanation. Ok, I can dig some creativity. And there's this long-time war between them, and of course your protagonist and her love interest are caught in the middle somehow. I'm not going to say how, because that's sort of the book. But suffice it to say there's a lot of romeo & juliet influence in here.

What's bad: the romantic aspect. it was rather predictable and just a whole lot more of the same that has already supersaturated the market.

It wasn't terrible, it was just terribly annoying. UNLESS you really dig teen-romance. In which case, you will love this book! So... yeah. It was fine to pass the time. I was eager to be done. I will likely read a synopsis of the other 2 because I really don't think I could justify the time to read the other 2 in the series... ( )
  avanders | Apr 20, 2014 |
Wow. Not just the fact I have serious cover love, but the whole story was wow.

I was hooked from the first page. Karou was kick ass and had the life to match. I wish my life was that cool.

My only tiny issue, and the reason for the four and not the five, it lost it's magic/rhythm towards the end. It was fantastic, then just good for the last 100 or so pages. ( )
  LaurenKathryn | Mar 31, 2014 |
Creative, elegant, magical and a great sense of fantastical history. ( )
  ErlangerFactionless | Mar 31, 2014 |
Although Daughter of Smoke and Bone may not immediately grab the reader, the character of Karou is fascinating from the start. Also, the setting, Prague, gives the book a Gothic feel. Some of the scenes were really intense and once the reader gets caught up in the story, the book really flows. The author draws on myth, religion and folklore to create the story of a world and a love torn apart by war but straining toward peace. Recommend for more mature teens due to frank sexuality and foul language. Fans of fantasy and romance will particularly enjoy it.

Quotes:

“This was her life: magic and shame and secrets and teeth and a deep, nagging hollow at the center of herself where something was most certainly missing” (p. 45).

“Once all the doors were marked, the end would begin. And it would begin with fire” (p. 59).

“Once upon a time, a little girl was raised by monsters. But angels burned the doorways to their world, and she was all alone” (p. 139). ( )
  TheLoopyLibrarian | Mar 29, 2014 |
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Laini Taylorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Caplan, DaveCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hvam, KhristineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Impey, AllisonDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Santen, Gert vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.
Dedication
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Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day.
Quotations
Humanity, perhaps, that quality of benevolence that humans have, without irony, named after themselves.
She tastes like nectar and salt. Nectar and salt and apples. Pollen and stars and hinges. She tastes like fairy tales. Swan maidens at midnight. Cream on the tip of a fox's tongue. She tastes like hope.
Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes it own magic.
If it's not chocolate, it's not breakfast.
Evanescence was not, in itself, a grim fate. It was the way of things, to be unmade; it happened in natural death, every day.
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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?
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Karou leads double
Life: art student and errand
Girl for wishmonger.
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A fantastic tale
Of teeth exchanged for wishes
And forbidden love.
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Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

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