Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Pages: 418

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?

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well.” 

I went into DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE expecting not to like it. That awful cover and plus it's an angel book. I have read many angel books, many I tell you and almost all of them I did not like. There is probaly just one angel/demon book that I've read that I really liked. But HOLY HELL! You don't know what an angel book is until you've read Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. I mean, she sure showed me to not underestimate this woman!

"Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens---" His voice cracked, and he took a breath. "I need you to remember that I love you."

This story was truly a beautiful and captivating fairy tale! We have demons and angels at war with each other and it becomes so very real and heartbreaking. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE felt so unlike a Young Adult novel because in a way it felt more mature. I don't know how to exactly put it, but I felt like the character's weren't making stupid decisions and the world-building and writing was so beautiful. I have never read a book like this, it just felt so different.

He was the most beautiful thing Kaoru had ever seen. Her first thought, incongruous but overpowering, was to memorize him so she could draw him later.

We have Kaoru, the blue-haired, artistic heroine. I Just would love to point out that I love that her hair is blue! I Love Kaoru. I thought she was such a strong heroine and she yearns to be loved to be cared for and wanted. Kaoru has a demon family who raised her who is Brimstone, who is a considered to be a monster and evil, but I think he is just misunderstood. I loved him! And then we have Issa Twiga, and Ysari who has loved Kaoru since birth. They are her family and I loved the role they played as Kaoru's family and in her life.

She cast a sidelong glance at Kaoru and said, in helpless amazement, "Oh, hell. Must. Mate. Immediately."

And then we have Kaoru's wacky best friend, Zuzana! Zuzana was such a joy! She's fun and bright and so funny! She and I had some good times and I Look forward to more. Then we have Kaoru's ex, Kaz. He thinks he's hot shit and in love with himself. Let's just say I"m glad he's her ex now. And let's not forget Akiva as well! Akiva is the ideal tortured soul type! And how could I not love him! He lost his love and he seeks to avenge her til this very day. I feel that he still suffer's inside and I hope Kaoru is able to bring out the light in him!

"I just got them. Beautiful, aren't they?" "Beautiful," he agreed, and he might have been talking about the knives, but he was looking straight at her.

I must warn you of the dreadful ending! You will be thinking about this book constantly and dying to know what happens next! This book was captivating, heartbreaking, incredibly beautiful and Epic! DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE was freaking amazing, and I must say Laini Taylor writes one hell of an angel and demon book! You will be impressed and she does not disappoint!


  1. I just finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone, too! I’ve had the audiobook since the summer and for some reason I put off listening to it. I think, like you, the whole angel/demon thing just didn’t appeal to me. And I hate the cover. Well, was blown away! I absolutely loved it!! Now I’m looking forward to book 2. Great review!!

  2. Haha! Me too, I hate the cover. The cover for the second book is pretty awesome though! Books like these are right up my alley!

  3. YAYYY! :D Love, love, loved this book so really glad to see that you enjoyed it as well :). AWesome review.

  4. Yay! I can’t wait to read this one too! As much as I’m and angels kind of girl, I don’t read many tbh, because I’ve had bad experiences with them. I only ever found ONE book I couldn’t put down and loved every page of, that’s depressing lol. But I’m glad this one isn’t bad at all!

  5. You’re the same way as me, Neyra! I love the idea of Angel books, but I have rated many of them very low. There are only a couple that have gotten a good rating from me.