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Daughter of Smoke and Bone | [Laini Taylor]

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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.
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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?

©2011 Laini Taylor (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    A really interesting premise. I read lots of paranormal fantasy and romance and this is new and different. I loved the writing style, the character building and the world building.

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    I could lick this book. The world building is phenomenal and oh so decadent! You will be hooked from the first chapter. Our heroine is smart funny and brave and you will fall in love with her and every other quirky character you meet. The ending is a little rough (for me) BUT I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT!

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    "Khristine Hvam's narration is spot on!"

    Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is such a different kind of modern fantasy; it’s hard to know where to start. So I guess I gotta just jump right into it.

    I really liked this strange world Taylor created of humans, angels (Seraphim & Fallen) and mix of demon like creatures (pure & resurrected). The story takes place in “real” time and flash backs, as well as on earth (mostly Prague) and a demon realm.

    Although DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE fascinated me from the start, the story did rollercoaster a bit. I was immediately drawn in by the oddly captivating tattooed artist Karou; with her blue hair and magical ways, then Smoke and Bones lost me a little in the middle and yet, re-captivated me again with Akiva and Madrigal story. So yes, I really liked this new and innovative tale of Love and Brimstone (pun intended ~_*) but the lulls midway through, dragged the story some, preventing a 5 star over-the-top declaration of love from me.

    Slow bits aside, I did really love all the colorful characters and appreciated the uniqueness and imaginativeness of the story as a whole. I’d recommend DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE to any fan of curious dark worlds of demon creatures and angels... Oh yes and ‘love of overcoming’, of course.

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    Tell us about yourself! I am the author of "Over the Moon" and "Falling Off the Planet." They are both YA Sci-fi fantasy romance.

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    I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first because of the unwanted sexual details of the heroine's misadventure with her disgusting exboyfriend. However, I held on because I had read her amazing "Blackbringer' series and I hoped it would get better. It did not disappoint me! She drew me in and held me captivated by her amazing fantasy world. The angels in this are not your traditional, religious angels. They are something else entirely, a whole different race involved in a war with monsters who aren't really monsters. i can't even fault her with the cliff hanger ending because the book is just that incredibly original and enjoyable.

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    I really loved this book. I thought the characters of the chimera were really original and interesting. And the love story was brilliantly conceived. Can't wait for the next book. Laini Taylor does it again, and I also loved the reader.

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    I completely fell in love with this book. The descriptions were beautiful, I was able to picture everything perfectly in my head. I'm convinced this should be made into a movie (which I believe rights have been sold).

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