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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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ISBN13: 9780316133999
ISBN10: 031613399x
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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?

Review:

"Lush description of a gothic and ghostly Prague beckons readers from the first page and fulfills its promise, leading to a star-crossed romance that spans worlds and transcends death....[Leaves] the reader both satisfied and eagerly anticipating a forthcoming sequel." The Horn Book, starred review

Review:

"The suspense builds inexorably, and the philosophical as well as physical battles will hold action-oriented readers. The unfolding of character, place, and plot is smoothly intricate, and the conclusion is a beckoning door to the next volume." School Library Journal, starred review

Review:

"Rarely — perhaps not since the author's own Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer (2007) — does a series kick off so deliciously." Kirkus, starred review

Review:

"Taylor crafts both her world and her romance with meticulous care, building the first on a wealth of thought-provoking details and making the second equal parts tender and antagonistic....Fans of torturously star-crossed lovers a la those in Marr's Wicked Lovely and Black's Tithe will find much to enjoy here, but those who flock to innovative, character-driven fantasy with thematic depth will be equally enthralled." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

Review:

"Thrillingly fresh and new." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[A] breath-catching romantic fantasy about destiny, hope and the search for one's true self." The New York Times Book Review

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"An adventurous story of self-identity, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is written with high-stakes flair and a touch of humor....[It is] well-told and well-paced, raising intriguing questions about notions of identity, expectation, trust, betrayal and belonging." The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Author Taylor has created a variety of worlds, time frames, and creatures with such detail and craft that all are believable....Readers will look forward to the suggested sequel to this complex, exciting tale." Booklist

Review:

"Wow. I wish I had written this book." Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Wise Man's Fear

About the Author

Laini Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of Days of Blood & Starlight, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine. Her website is www.lainitaylor.com.

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Lieder Madchen, March 30, 2014 (view all comments by Lieder Madchen)
This book is one of the darkest, most peculiar, most beautiful stories I have ever read. It is also one of those books that just gets better and better the more times you read it. The first time I opened it up, I enjoyed it and admired the creativity it took to write it. The second time, I was enthralled from beginning to end. The third time, I reveled in every word, delighting in tiny details I didn't notice before.

Karou is a fascinating, mysterious character. She is artistic, Bohemian, with her blue hair and many tattoos. She is a loyal friend, yet she keeps many secrets. Her secrets are almost the whole point of the story; the gradual revelations both to the reader and to Karou herself. The lure of the secrets is seductive, beginning with little hints of magic, drawing the reader in until you can't stop without learning them all. By then, Karou's world has closed around you, and there is no escaping even if you wished to.

Oh, the weird and wonderful world of chimeras and angels, where teeth can be traded for wishes in a dark corner of Prague. With so many YA fantasy novels floating around, it can be difficult to find on that is truly original, but Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one such book. I can't compare Karou's world to other fantasy realms, because there aren't any that are similar. It's a dark and dangerous world, filled with sharp claws and bright feathers, beautiful and terrifying to behold.

Speaking of beautiful and terrifying; Akiva. He's an avenging angel, fierce and golden, but empty. Until he tries to kill a girl with blue hair. Oh, Akiva. It was easy to fall for him, to want to weep for him, or rage at him. He has become on of my favorite heroes, in part because he is not particularly heroic. He makes mistakes, terrible, awful mistakes, and yet I still want to see him happy in the end.

This book is a fantastical escape to a world of forbidden love, tragedy, second chances and twisted, mesmerizing magic. You should really read it. Right now.
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Beverly B, August 9, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
A beautiful, a mythical story of the battle between good and evil with several original twists. The surprise twist in the last third of the novel is such a shocker, it will have teen girls, and their mothers, exclaiming out loud. The first twist is readers, and the main character, Karou, do not know which side is good and which is evil. Karou is an unusual, mysterious, talented art student living in Prague trying to create a normal and fulfilling life for herself. She also runs errands for non-earthbound beastly beings who can fly and make wishes come true. They have raised Karou from infancy, but won't tell her where she came from, how she ended up with them, or who she is. Karou's two worlds are turned upside down when she is attacked by angels one night while running her errands. In her earth life, the police are after her, and when she runs to her family in the other realm, they shut her out and disappear. Karou has no one to help her figure out what is happening and doesn't know why she has become a target for angels who want to kill her.
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Bridget Oliver, August 8, 2013 (view all comments by Bridget Oliver)
Not really impressed. I am not a fan of books that end with "to be continued". It's like a slap in the face, like you've finished the book for nothing.

But I WOULD like blue hair...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316133999
Author:
Taylor, Laini
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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Product details pages Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - English 9780316133999 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Lush description of a gothic and ghostly Prague beckons readers from the first page and fulfills its promise, leading to a star-crossed romance that spans worlds and transcends death....[Leaves] the reader both satisfied and eagerly anticipating a forthcoming sequel."
"Review" by , "The suspense builds inexorably, and the philosophical as well as physical battles will hold action-oriented readers. The unfolding of character, place, and plot is smoothly intricate, and the conclusion is a beckoning door to the next volume."
"Review" by , "Rarely — perhaps not since the author's own Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer (2007) — does a series kick off so deliciously."
"Review" by , "Taylor crafts both her world and her romance with meticulous care, building the first on a wealth of thought-provoking details and making the second equal parts tender and antagonistic....Fans of torturously star-crossed lovers a la those in Marr's Wicked Lovely and Black's Tithe will find much to enjoy here, but those who flock to innovative, character-driven fantasy with thematic depth will be equally enthralled."
"Review" by , "Thrillingly fresh and new."
"Review" by , "[A] breath-catching romantic fantasy about destiny, hope and the search for one's true self."
"Review" by , "An adventurous story of self-identity, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is written with high-stakes flair and a touch of humor....[It is] well-told and well-paced, raising intriguing questions about notions of identity, expectation, trust, betrayal and belonging."
"Review" by , "Author Taylor has created a variety of worlds, time frames, and creatures with such detail and craft that all are believable....Readers will look forward to the suggested sequel to this complex, exciting tale."
"Review" by , "Wow. I wish I had written this book."
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