|Daughter of Smoke and Bone ( Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) - Laini Taylor|
Published : September 27th 2011
Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows 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?
**image retrieved from Daughter of Smoke and Bone wiki **
A monster with horns and collects deceased's teeth never appealed to me as much before, but it is amazing how much a book can change me from feeling disgusted into utterly in love in a split of a second! That's how amazingly talented Laini Taylor is, and how brilliant the series is!
I have this book sitting on my shelf (catching dust) for a very long time and I am ashamed that I didn't get to it sooner! Imagine the hours and days I missed out on discussing about the epicness of the series with my fellow friends.
Nevertheless, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is definitely one of its kind, and I could list down 5 reasons why it is so much different!
5 Reasons why you should read
1. For the art loving - Karou, the main character in the story is a talented artist who takes art classes. In most part of the story, Karou always have her sketchbook with her and she even organized them using a numbering system! As if that is not enough, Laini has a whole chapter dedicated to *drawing the nude*.
2. Friendship Fever - Every great story needs a great friendship. Karou and Zuzana's friendship is the one relationship that you can easily relate to! Funny to the core, they bring randomness to a whole new level and can make you laugh at your seat.
3. The element of anticipation - Unlike most paranormal romance series, Laini kept us waiting for the appearance of the hot male lead, Akiva. Mysteriously attractive and dangerous, there is an aura of undeniable fierceness that radiates from this sexy seraphim (quickly making him one of my Book Boyfriends), I fell in love instantly. Although his appearance was brief, he left quite an imprint and he left us with the biggest cliffhanger!
4. Hell was magical - Devils are family, what the hell? But reading from Karou's point of view, I couldn't help but muster warmth and longing towards these creatures. Karou bears a depressing sense of loneliness and they are the one who became her step-family. Devils with a sweet heart!
5. Brimstone, Father of Mystery - What is so important about teeth? Most of us would just hand it over to the Tooth Fairy in exchange for a dime, could there be another use? I was eager to reveal so many secrets from the book, but of course, devilishly talented Laini would keep us waiting for more. One of my greatest motivation to keep on reading is the element of mystery and that's what I loved best about the book. Beautifully written, you'd be surprised on how motivated you are to reveal the secrets about...well...teeth.
I definitely escaped through the magic portals along with Karou when Brimstone sent her to run her (many) errands! Gothic and captivating, Daughter of Smoke and Bone just made my list of Best-Paranormal-Book-Ever-Read.