Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

1.19.2012
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Published September 27th 2011 by Little, Brown & Company
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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?

I feel like I'm going to get shot because I didn't fall in love with this book. But you know what? Regardless of your opinion on this book, I am allowed to not like a book. So no more emails screaming at me, mmkay?

Laini Taylor has talent, no doubt about it. She probably has one of the best writing styles I've seen. Her word and the way she writes them are gorgeous. But sometimes, it seemed like overkill to me. So many different words were used to describe one thing that could have been described just as well in half the words. I had to force myself to stop skimming dozens of times.


The beginning was the biggest problem for me, I think. It felt so slow and dragged out, didn't hold my interest at all. The only reason I kept reading is because my real-life best friend has the same taste as me and she said it was really good. Otherwise, I probably would have given up after the first 80 pages.


Admittedly, it did get better. But throughout the whole book, I felt no connection to Karou. She seemed fairly emotionless to me most of the time, and while I loved the banter between her and Zuzanna, most of the time I was just bored because of Karou. 


There's also the matter of confusion. Hardly anything made sense to me while I was reading it, and it didn't make any more sense once I was done. Which I think is kind of weird, since the book is over 400 pages. You'd think something could have been explained in there. I would have also liked to know more about the world Karou lived in. I didn't understand it at all. Maybe it's because I'm stupid. *shrugs* But I had no idea what time period it was supposed to be in, when angels and chimaera first came into existence, etc. There was so much information that was vital - in my opinion - left out and replaced with nonsense I wanted to skip over.

Akiva . . . I'm not entirely sure what to say about him. He was definitely different from most YA characters, but at the same time, he just annoyed me a lot. I don't even know why. 


And for the record, I completely saw the Madrigal thing from the first few pages after Akiva mentioned her. 


Overall: People love this book. And I guess I can understand why. The story is something fairly original, the writing is gorgeous, but this just wasn't for me. I was so bored and so confused that I almost feel like I wasted my time reading this. Like I said, maybe I'm just dumb. *shrugs* But I can't help it. There was so much unnecessary information that maybe it drowned out the necessary stuff for me. 2.5 stars. 

~Zoey~
15 comments on "Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone"
  1. I'm trying to debate whether or not to read this. I've seen some very good reviews for this book and most people seem to like it but I don't really have the energy to pick the book up.

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  2. Everyone has their own tastes. It's rude that people are sending you mean emails. I think people forget that there are so many genres of books, because people like different things. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean others won't. I happened to really like it, but I don't expect everyone to just because I did. Some people are so ridiculous. Very well written review. Don't let the haters get to you. :)

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  3. I can't believe people are sending you rude mails. I loved this book, but everyone has a right to their own opinion. Although the problems you mentioned irritated me a little while reading, I was able to get over them and still enjoy the book. Different taste, different likes. *shrug* Thanks for taking the time to review this!

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  4. It's a shame you couldn't enjoy this more (I really liked it!) but I guess it's not for everyone. Hopefully your next read will be better! :)

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  5. OMG! You're actually getting rude emails? some people just need to chill. You're allowed to not like a book. In fact, this is the reason I'm avoiding criticising YA books on my blog. I'm focusing more on the children's books I don't like since I most likely won't be shot over it.

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  6. you get hate mail!! whooo
    bummr it was not 2 your liking

    'sidetrack hows the writing going/

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  7. Wow that's horrible!! I personally enjoyed this book but I had issues with it too and it only would get a 3.5 from me because of that!! I am sorry people are so sucky!! Everyone likes and feels differntly about stuff. I personally loved your review!

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  8. I personally loved this one. But I'm used to Laini's writing style. I've read her other books, so I was well versed in this mythology. I can understand why you couldn't enjoy it though.

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  9. Aww sorry you didn'T like this Zoey! I completely understand your points and it's definitely not a book for everyone!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  10. Why do you read faster than me? WHY?

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  11. I agree with you, i read it the first month it came out and i was so excited for it but i was also very disappointed. I totally agree with all your points, i especially had a problem with the LONG flash back that barely even explained anything I didn't already know.

    Like people said, this isn't a book for everything,

    great review

    - juhina

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  12. I'm glad you gave an honest review! I've yet to read this book but I may give it a shot in the near future but for now I would rather get some books that are on the very top of my TBR list. Thanks for the review!

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  13. I really love this book a lot, but I agree with the rest that is a not a book for everyone.
    Some love it and some don´t, it happens with all the books.

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  14. And I usually love fantasy, but it just wasn't what I was really wanting to get out of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Overall, I thought Daughter of Smoke and Bone had brilliant characters. And Laini Taylor is clearly a very talented author. Her writing style and description of settings and characters is fantastic. But The book just wasn't for me. Either way, a lot of people loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I hope you do too.

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  15. Oh my gosh!!!!!!! You gave it 2.5 stars?!!?!?!??!?!?!? I love this book so much!!! I got it for Christmas 2011, and I have cherished this book. Days of Blood and Starlight is sooo far away! But it's totally worth the wait, because Laini Taylor is a genius! I hope it's just a trilogy. I still cannot believe you gave it 2.5 stars. I probably would have given it 4 stars. But that's okay. Thanks for the review!!!!

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1.19.2012

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Published September 27th 2011 by Little, Brown & Company
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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?

I feel like I'm going to get shot because I didn't fall in love with this book. But you know what? Regardless of your opinion on this book, I am allowed to not like a book. So no more emails screaming at me, mmkay?

Laini Taylor has talent, no doubt about it. She probably has one of the best writing styles I've seen. Her word and the way she writes them are gorgeous. But sometimes, it seemed like overkill to me. So many different words were used to describe one thing that could have been described just as well in half the words. I had to force myself to stop skimming dozens of times.


The beginning was the biggest problem for me, I think. It felt so slow and dragged out, didn't hold my interest at all. The only reason I kept reading is because my real-life best friend has the same taste as me and she said it was really good. Otherwise, I probably would have given up after the first 80 pages.


Admittedly, it did get better. But throughout the whole book, I felt no connection to Karou. She seemed fairly emotionless to me most of the time, and while I loved the banter between her and Zuzanna, most of the time I was just bored because of Karou. 


There's also the matter of confusion. Hardly anything made sense to me while I was reading it, and it didn't make any more sense once I was done. Which I think is kind of weird, since the book is over 400 pages. You'd think something could have been explained in there. I would have also liked to know more about the world Karou lived in. I didn't understand it at all. Maybe it's because I'm stupid. *shrugs* But I had no idea what time period it was supposed to be in, when angels and chimaera first came into existence, etc. There was so much information that was vital - in my opinion - left out and replaced with nonsense I wanted to skip over.

Akiva . . . I'm not entirely sure what to say about him. He was definitely different from most YA characters, but at the same time, he just annoyed me a lot. I don't even know why. 


And for the record, I completely saw the Madrigal thing from the first few pages after Akiva mentioned her. 


Overall: People love this book. And I guess I can understand why. The story is something fairly original, the writing is gorgeous, but this just wasn't for me. I was so bored and so confused that I almost feel like I wasted my time reading this. Like I said, maybe I'm just dumb. *shrugs* But I can't help it. There was so much unnecessary information that maybe it drowned out the necessary stuff for me. 2.5 stars. 

~Zoey~

15 comments:

  1. I'm trying to debate whether or not to read this. I've seen some very good reviews for this book and most people seem to like it but I don't really have the energy to pick the book up.

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  2. Everyone has their own tastes. It's rude that people are sending you mean emails. I think people forget that there are so many genres of books, because people like different things. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean others won't. I happened to really like it, but I don't expect everyone to just because I did. Some people are so ridiculous. Very well written review. Don't let the haters get to you. :)

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  3. I can't believe people are sending you rude mails. I loved this book, but everyone has a right to their own opinion. Although the problems you mentioned irritated me a little while reading, I was able to get over them and still enjoy the book. Different taste, different likes. *shrug* Thanks for taking the time to review this!

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  4. It's a shame you couldn't enjoy this more (I really liked it!) but I guess it's not for everyone. Hopefully your next read will be better! :)

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  5. OMG! You're actually getting rude emails? some people just need to chill. You're allowed to not like a book. In fact, this is the reason I'm avoiding criticising YA books on my blog. I'm focusing more on the children's books I don't like since I most likely won't be shot over it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. you get hate mail!! whooo
    bummr it was not 2 your liking

    'sidetrack hows the writing going/

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow that's horrible!! I personally enjoyed this book but I had issues with it too and it only would get a 3.5 from me because of that!! I am sorry people are so sucky!! Everyone likes and feels differntly about stuff. I personally loved your review!

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  8. I personally loved this one. But I'm used to Laini's writing style. I've read her other books, so I was well versed in this mythology. I can understand why you couldn't enjoy it though.

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  9. Aww sorry you didn'T like this Zoey! I completely understand your points and it's definitely not a book for everyone!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  10. Why do you read faster than me? WHY?

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  11. I agree with you, i read it the first month it came out and i was so excited for it but i was also very disappointed. I totally agree with all your points, i especially had a problem with the LONG flash back that barely even explained anything I didn't already know.

    Like people said, this isn't a book for everything,

    great review

    - juhina

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  12. I'm glad you gave an honest review! I've yet to read this book but I may give it a shot in the near future but for now I would rather get some books that are on the very top of my TBR list. Thanks for the review!

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  13. I really love this book a lot, but I agree with the rest that is a not a book for everyone.
    Some love it and some don´t, it happens with all the books.

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  14. And I usually love fantasy, but it just wasn't what I was really wanting to get out of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Overall, I thought Daughter of Smoke and Bone had brilliant characters. And Laini Taylor is clearly a very talented author. Her writing style and description of settings and characters is fantastic. But The book just wasn't for me. Either way, a lot of people loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I hope you do too.

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  15. Oh my gosh!!!!!!! You gave it 2.5 stars?!!?!?!??!?!?!? I love this book so much!!! I got it for Christmas 2011, and I have cherished this book. Days of Blood and Starlight is sooo far away! But it's totally worth the wait, because Laini Taylor is a genius! I hope it's just a trilogy. I still cannot believe you gave it 2.5 stars. I probably would have given it 4 stars. But that's okay. Thanks for the review!!!!

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