Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Published: 2011
By: Hachette Audio
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Source: EPL
Format: Audiobook
ISBN: 9781611137743

Karou leads two lives. One is in the tangled streets of Prague, as an orphan and art student; the other in a clandestine workshop, overflowing with jars of teeth and wishes, run by the ram-horned magician, Brimstone—the closest thing to family Karou has ever known. She doesn’t know where she came from, but she’s about to find out. When Karou meets stunning, haunted Akiva, she finds a love whose roots drink deep of a violent past, and an ancient war that is far from over.



This book was the first of the Bookish 2014 TBR Pile Challenge: January Read-a-long. First conversation will be on January 15th for Chapters 1-30 and then the second discussion will be January 30th for Chapters 30-60.

I’m just going to jump straight to my review.

[my face on how excited I was throughout this book!]

Although I opted to do the audiobook version of this book I was hooked hooked hooked! We meet Karou, she lives two different lives, or at least in two different worlds. One she knows much about and the other she remains in a single room with two doors: one which is the portal to others doors around the world, and the second is off limits. In this story, Karou was raised by a hybrid monster of lion, dragon and a few other animals, Brimstone,  a collector of teeth – originally I thought he was something like the Tooth Fairy from that movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011) – but later we find out the true reason he collects the teeth, which might make you shiver in your comfy blanket.

Eventually we meet Akiva, which by all means is probably super hot. He’s an angel! He’s perfect in every sense of the word. Well, technically. The two fall in love. Truth is revealed, and ba-da-bing Karou still remains hard-headed and tries to find her way back to the other world to which she was barred from when Akiva put the place up in flames before he realized that Karou was actually somebody else and Brimstone was not only a sorcerror but also a creature of hope and had great expectations that the war would end.

Seriously guys, if you haven’t read this book yet, you should. It’s definitely worth every second of your time and I hope that no other books in 2014 will disappoint me. Honestly, I just stuck my expectations on overdrive and will surely be disappointed if they aren’t met.

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Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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5 Responses to Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

  1. fishgirl182 says:

    I only read this a couple of months ago too and loved it. The audiobook really is pretty awesome. I need to start book 2!

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