Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor was SUCH a good book. I'd heard that it was, but I still didn't believe it. Not until I picked it up and by the first page I was convinced. There's just somthing really beautiful and captivating about Laini Taylor's writing style that pulled me in immediately. So if you're still on the fence about this one, please don't hesitate! Pick this book up right now, don't lose anymore time!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is such a magical treat to read. It's filled with so many fantastic things, from a wishmonger that deals in teeth and wishes. There's interesting and exciting characters, a real sense of mystery as well as setting. There's fantasy and friendship and love. Angels, chimaera, art, Prague.
Karou is no typical teenager. In one aspect of her life, she is an art student in Prague, having fun with her best friend Zuzana. But on the other, she is the apprentice to these fantastical creature, gathering teeth for him from many different places in the world. She can step through doors and end up in Paris and Morocco. But Karou has grown up knowing very little about this world of angels and demons. Instead she collects languages and draws the chimaera that she impresses the other students at her art college with.
But things are beginning to become more dangerous and Karou is soon drawn into this battle that she had no knowledge of and in order to get her ragtag collection of 'family' back, Karou must start learning more about the wishmonger and the things that she's been protected from knowing for so many years.
It's been a long time since I read a book that was so exciting and that was so atmospheric and detailed and interesting like Daughter of Smoke and Bone. While I did feel like it lost its way a little bit towards the end, I felt like the strongness of the characters, the story and especially the setting more than made up for this. Every detail of Prague and of the chimaera, Karou and all of the characters, everything about this book made me feel as though it were real and that I was right in the middle of the action.
I loved feeling a part of this book and already I feel a little bit sad that I will never again be able to read this book like it were the first time again. A beautiful, brilliant story, one in which I highly recommend!