I picked this book up purely because of the cover – it is absolutely stunning! Summary from Goodreads :
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?‘
Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows Karou, a orphaned girl who has being raised by monsters. She’s just broken up with her ex boyfriend, loves her art course that she’s on and spends most of her time with her best friend. But what haunts Karou is that she has no clue who she is and why the monsters that raised her trust her to do their errands. That is until she meets Akiva, a beautiful boy who tries to kill her at their first meeting. Soon though, they fall in love and Karou begins to find out more about her’s and Akiva’s past.
I have to say, I didn’t warm to this book or Karou at first. I think the thing that really grates me about YA novels sometimes is that the main character tries to hard to be cool, and I thought the whole blue hair/tatoos thing was just that. However, as I read on I realised that Karou really had no clue who she was, living half in the human world and half in Brimstone’s world – she was almost trying to it in in both worlds. Of course, as I began to warm to Karou we meet Akiva, a perfectly beautiful did I mention perfect boy. That is another one of my gripes – I hate with a passion love interests that are ‘perfect’. Then of course, in the second half of the novel, it completely changes. We meet Madrigal, a girl who lives in a completely different world to Karou. I really didn’t like this change, just when I was getting to know Karou and we change stories! However, I did like Madrigal, and her story and life was very interesting.
However, the thing that I loves about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and the thing that really made the story was Laini Taylors brilliant writing. It was beautiful, and really drew me in and made me want to read more. Although the story did have aspects in it that I didn’t enjoy as much, it was extremly well crafted and I didn’t want to put it down whilst reading it! The second book in the series, Days of Blood and Starlight comes out on the 8th of November and I will definitely be putting it on my christmas list!