Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Warning this review is a little disorganized.
About -
     Goodreads description - 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 otherworldly 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?

Spoilers Ahead!

Review -

   You are literally drawn in straight from the beginning with this book, everything about it pulls you in and keeps you there if only from pure curiosity but it has more than that it has a great plot and a kickass main character not to mention magical wishes for blue hair (the best wish ever) and torturous eyebrows. My favorite thing about this book was the premise it's so original and executed perfectly, you have your normal angel vs demon war but it's not normal the angels aren't from heaven and they aren't perfect they may look it, but they have their own evils, but so do the chimera. One thing I really loved is there are no obvious good guys and bad guys in this book, you see it from both sides and neither side is really GOOD and it makes it really interesting and intriguing. There's also some nice plot twists that I for one didn't see coming, and then of course there was the more obvious ones (Karou is Madrigal for example), but it still manages to surprise you throughout the whole book.
   Unfoutnely I thought the first half was the best, for me once Akiva(the angel) realizes just who Karou is it starts going downhill.

RelationShips -

     I didn't really like Akiva I thought he was petty and pathetic and selfish but more than that I loved the beginning because Karou is awesome and kickass, independent and cares about her family, will do anything to save them but then it all becomes about Akiva and while it is essential for the story I just didn't enjoy it as much.
   When Akiva first came in to the book I liked how it was going even after she stopped trying to kill him, but then when he figures out who she is and drops to his knees hugging her legs I could not stop alternatingly laughing and rolling my eyes. I did like that even though she was like inexplicably drawn to him around this part she still cared more about her family. So basically I loved Karou and hated Akiva and her a little bit when she was with him.
  Personally I hate the whole reborn, reincarnation, eternal love plot and this book has that, my main problem with it is that it basically takes insta-love to a whole new level, now I do understand that it's supposed to be "romantic" and everything and their love is supposed to be eternal, and I totally understand Karou feeling drawn to him and everything because she already fell for him in her last life and everything but then you get to the part where it shows her old life as Madrigal and she suffers from insta love too which just makes it all so much worse. The whole relationship through both of her lives just seemed lame and shallow to me. In defence of the book this is just something I personally don't like the book is still really good and the author does do an amazing job of showing us Karous' old life and everything. Besides the love interest stuff everything else is just plain awesome.

Characters -

  Character wise I hate Akiva but love everyone else for the most part. Karou is a really good character but towards the end of the book she got weaker, I felt, rather than stronger. Part of it is because I just don't like the whole reborn lover thing in any book and I didn't like the person she loved, but overall the characters are well done for what they are it's just my least favorite thing when it comes to love interests. I did enjoy seeing Karou's old life and everything but one thing is I felt like maybe she excepted everything a little too easily but I really did love her as a character. I also really loved Zuzana and Karou's whole "family".

Overall -

  Overall I really enjoyed this book, the plot and world building is top notch, I love the story, the angels and chimera, it's all so interesting and original, there is not one thing I didn't like about that. Like I said the only problem I really had was the reborn loves thing besides that the book is amazing and I highly recommend it.

Song of The Moment - My Immortal by Evanescence 

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