After a long time of making up my mind, I recently read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Turner.
Around the world, black hand prints 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 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?
Like I mentioned before, it took me a while to make up my mind about reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone. For months I’d heard nothing bad (literally I don’t think I’ve ever seen a negative review) about this book! Eventually I realized that since everyone else loved this story so much I needed to give it a try. So I did.
So there I was listening to the audiobook, really enjoying the characters and the story. I really liked Karou and I was intrigued by the characters, especially Brimstone, Twiga and Yasri. I was getting really excited about the connection between Karou and Akiva too! I was diggin’ this book (yes diggin’).
Then about halfway through, I hit the plot twist and unfortunately that’s when the story lost it for me. I can’t tell you exactly why, because it has a lot to do with the plot itself, and I don’t want to give anything away for those of you who hadn’t read it. I just lost interest. This whole second half of the story isn’t bad. In fact I do think it is super creative. It just wasn’t my thing.
I really, really wanted to LOVE this book and in the end all that I felt was “like”. I know that tons of others people love Daughter of Smoke and Bone so please don’t cross it off your list if you’ve been thinking about reading it, because it may actually be something you really enjoy!
Author: Lani Taylor
Publisher: Hachette Audio (Sept. 27, 2011)
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
Narrator(s): Khristine Hvam
Series: First in a series
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