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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult / Modern Fantasy
Received for review from Hodder and Stoughton
Rating: 4.5 stars
Summary: There once was a young artist called Karou who drew tales of monsters and demons that delighted and enthralled those around her. But she has a secret, a secret that ties her to a dusty subterranean chamber, where her beloved guardian brokers dark deals in a place that is not here. A place that is Elsewhere. Living with one foot in each world, Karou has never really known which one is her true home.
Now the doors to Elsewhere closing . . .
Thoughts: I was expecting great things from Laini Taylor, and I got them. I got them in spades. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is probably the most unique paranormal Young Adult novel I've ever read. Absolutely everything took me by surprise: the characters, the universe and - amazingly - even the romance.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone starts off in Prague, narrated by multi-lingual, blue-haired, and tattooed Karou. In between trips to gothic cafes and studying at an art school, she tries to keep up a secret life in a magical world. And before you start imagining Diagon Alley, let me clarify. Karou's other world is filled with body parts and bizarre creatures, it is rough around the edges and dark in the centre... dark but not evil, per-say.
The only thing that keeps me from giving this a full five stars - and there really is only one thing, this novel is almost perfection in writing - is the central romantic relationship. While I loved both characters individually, I wasn't completely sold on them together. I think I just need some more time to become enamoured with the two of them together... something the next novel should accomplish!
One final note: Brimstone. Brimstone, Brimstone, Brimstone. He was the one and only character that made me tear up in this book, and just thinking about him gives me a lump in my throat. Apparently I have a thing for tender-hearted father figures who show little-to-no emotion - and if you do too, you'll love him just as much as I did. ♥
Bottom line? Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a book about wishes and monsters, hope and betrayal, love lost and love found, teeth and smoke. Read it.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is out today in the UK. Go get a copy!