DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor πŸŽ§

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 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 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?


Title : Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author : Laini Taylor
Series : Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Format : Audiobook
Narrator : Khristine Hvam
Time : 12 hours 32 minutes
Genre : YA Fantasy
Publisher : Audible Studios
Release Date : September 29, 2011

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜…


Micky’s 4-4.5 star review

Starting this much-loved series that has been on my tbr forever was my main reading aim for the beginning of the year. You do know that Hollis and I are of the ‘no-blurbers’ club, don’t you? What this means is that we read a synopsis when we first put something on our tbr, then we don’t go back to it before we read it. What this also means is that you fall foul sometimes of not knowing what a book is about and for DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE this was nearly a derailment. I will explain…

I do not like angel stories, I avoid them at all costs. There’s only one thing worse than this and that’s angel and demon stories. An hour into this listen and it was beginning to become apparent that there were creatures and then there were angels. Fast forward to a hilarous ‘there there, Micky’ convo of encouragement from Hollis and what I found was that this wasn’t a Christian depiction of those beings but otherworldy, yet set in our world. I was able to get into this aspect.

I loved lots about this book but primarily, I loved Karou. She was a character of quirks and giftings that was fascinating. She was also a character full of heart and passion and that was catching. There was an amazing friendship between her and Zuzana that was funny, loyal and heartbreaking too. I was unsure about Brimstone, he creeped me out whilst I found him endearing in moments.

Akiva was a late entry to the proceedings, certainly in the background for much of the first half of the book but when he came face to face with Karou, oh boy, I just sat back and listened. There was something deep and mesmerising when these two were together and they convinced me of their pull pretty quickly. They made me think of Romeo and Juliet, in fact their whole tale did. When all was said and done, the story of Madrigle gave that perspective that slotted everything into place, but it was not a comfortable tale within a tale.

The narration was exceptional for this book. Khristine Hvam narrates with emotion and a wide range of impressive accents. She helped me truly sink into the story.

So, am I fan? Yes I am. Can I deal with these angels and creatures? In this situation, yes I can. There’s maybe a lesson to be learnt for me not to toss certain tropes and contexts out of hand immediately. The proof of this story is really in the fact that I’ve already started book two, mere hours after finishing book one. Thank you to everyone who’s ever recommended this book to me over the years, I got there in the end.

MONTHLY WRAP UP – JANUARY 2020

To close out each month, we’ll be posting a break down of everything we reviewed, beginning with the reads we loved.. and ending with the reads we didn’t. Not only does this compile all our reviews in one handy summary for you to peruse, or catch up on, it also gives us an interesting birds eye view of the month and our reads. And maybe, even, our moods.


β˜† β˜† β˜† β˜† β˜† star reads

HEADLINERS by Lucy Parker — see Hollis’ review here (!)
PAPER AVALANCHE by Lisa Williamson – – see Micky’s review here
THE TOLL by Neal Shusterman — see Micky’s review here

β˜† β˜† β˜† β˜† star reads

WHITEOUT by Adriana Anders — see Micky’s review here (!)
THE MAP FROM HERE TO THERE by Emery Lord — see Hollis’ review here
TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord — see Hollis’ review here
LOVE HER OR LOSE HER by Tessa Bailey — see Hollis and Micky’s review here
LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI by Abigail Hing Wen — see Micky’s review here
A THRONE OF SWANS by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr — see Micky’s review here
HEADLINERS by Lucy Parker — see Micky’s review here (!)
THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak — see Micky’s review here
THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB by Lyssa Kay Adams — see Micky’s review here
SMAILHOLM by C.L. Williams — see Micky’s review here
THUNDERHEAD by Neal Shusterman — see Micky’s review here
WICKED BY DESIGN by Katy Moran — see Micky’s review here
IN RESTLESS DREAMS by Wren Handman — see Hollis’ review here

β˜† β˜† β˜† star reads

LUCKY CALLER by Emma Mills — see Hollis’ review here
A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN by Brigid Kemmerer — see Hollis’ review here
THE NIGHT COUNTRY by Melissa Albert — see Hollis’ review here
WHEN YOU SEE ME by Lisa Gardner — see Hollis’ review here
TOUGH GUY by Rachel Reid — see Hollis’ review here
JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz — see Micky’s review here

β˜† β˜† star reads

SPELLHACKER by M.K. England — see Hollis’ review here
WHITEOUT by Adriana Anders — see Hollis’ review here (!)

β˜† star reads

CHOSEN by Kiersten White — see Hollis’ review here
INFINITY SON by Adam Silvera — see Hollis’ review here (!)
THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone — see Micky’s review here (!)

u n r a t e d

DARK AND DEEPEST RED by Anna-Marie McLemore — see Hollis’ review here

DNF

DIAMOND CITY by Francesca Flores (no review from Hollis)
INFINITY SON by Adam Silvera — see Micky’s thoughts here (!)


additional reads not reviewed for blog : three
total reads by Micky : fifteen
favourite read of the month : PAPER AVALANCHE by Lisa Williamson
least favourite read of the month : THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
most read genre : SFF

total reviews by Hollis : fifteen
favourite read of the month : HEADLINERS by Lucy Parker
least favourite read of the month : INFINITY SON by Adam Silvera
most read genre : contemporary