YA Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Check It Out)

Posted March 8, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 3.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook / 17 Comments


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From Goodreads: Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.”

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought


Read from January 18 to March 08, 2012
Read for Fun
Challenges: Audiobook, YA a Month, Read for Fun
Overall Rating: 3.00
Story Rating: 3.25
Character Rating: 2.75
Audio Rating (not part of the overall): 4.50 (EXCELLENT)

First thought when finished: This is one of those times that it is clear that I am not the target audience for this book (I am not talking age just genre is not my favorite).

What I Loved: In a nutshell: The World Building! Seriously, Laini Taylor created a rather unique and fascinating world. I don’t think I have read anything close to the world she created and many times I caught myself wrapped in her wonderfully vivid imagination.

What I Liked: The second half to the book was very entertaining. It felt like the pace picked up, the characters were in gear, and the story started taking shape in my mind. The ending made me wonder where the story was going but it was truly one of the most intriguing moments in the story.

What made me go HUH?: I just never really connected to the characters and didn’t find myself rooting for anyone (other than Brimstone). I think that is on me though and not on the author.

Audio Review: Khristine Hvam is an EXCELLENT audiobook narrator. I really enjoyed all of her accents and character transformations. I would listen to another book that she read.

Final Thought: This book would definitely work for those more comfortable with both the Angel and YA Genres. I truly understand why many people felt this was a beyond fantastic book.

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17 responses to “YA Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Check It Out)

  1. Bookworm1858

    I loved Brimstone too while the other characters weren't that great. I hated the romance but loved the skill of Taylor's writing.

  2. Allison

    I understand where you're coming from – I didn't connect to the characters as well in this one as I have in others, but I ended up loving it because I'm such a fan of the genre πŸ™‚ The world building is definitely fantastic!

  3. Rubita

    GASP! You didn't connect with Karou? I loved her, and her blue hair! I can't wait for book two. But, I'm with you! The world-building was fantastic. So was the setting. Gorgeous!

  4. bookgoonie

    Bummer that it wasn't a homerun. Glad you liked the world building & the fab audio. It is one of the better angel worlds in YA.

  5. Rebecca (Kindle Feve

    It sucks it wasn't quite for you, it sucks when you can't quite connect to the characters. But I'm glad you still managed to enjoy it somewhat! I'm very unsure about it myself if it's something for me or not. I guess I have to look into it a bit more before deciding! πŸ™‚ Great review.

  6. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    The world-building was amazing. Seriously she is so lyrical in her approach that I think it would be interesting to read a contemporary romance from her.

  7. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    I think you will LOVE it Natalie! Seriously, I thought about you , Jenny, and BB when I read it. You guys would love it!

  8. Mary

    LOVE the world-building in this story and, while I loved Brimstone (he rocked, like a spider sitting in the middle of his web), I'm sorry you couldn't connect with the others.

  9. Natalie (Mindful Mus

    Sometimes it's hard to get into a book that falls within a genre that you're not the biggest fan of, but kudos for giving it a shot! I'm supposed to be getting this for a RAK gift this month (yay!), so I'll be curious in comparing my thoughts with yours after I read it!

  10. Blodeuedd

    I heard so much about this one and then i forgot it…like I usually do if I do not go to Goodreads at once πŸ˜‰

  11. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    Almost everyone I know loved it! I can see why as it is beautifully written.

  12. Christy D

    I've heard people who LOVED this book, and some who didn't. I want to read it, but I'm just not motivated enough… yet. I am interested in the wonderful world building the author did though.

  13. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    The World Building to me was the BEST part of the book. She had such vivid storytelling ability that I felt like I was there. The epilogue was just beautiful (it is truly what moved it from a 2.5 to a 3)

  14. Melissa (Books and T

    Aw… sorry you didn't enjoy it more. I do think it was her lyrical way of writing that captured me. Plus, I think I was more interested in the demons than the angels. πŸ™‚

  15. Amanda

    Even though it wasn't your kind of book, I'm still glad you enjoyed it. I agree, the world building is phenomenal in this book.