Tuesday, February 12, 2013

11 PM Book Review - Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Classified as young adult fiction, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is a fun read for adults as well, with a charming protagonist and elegant language that sets a cynically romantic tone.

Karou is an art student in Prague, heartbroken because her callous seducer of a boyfriend has slept with another girl. "Loneliness is worse when you return to it after a reprieve - like the soul's version of putting on a wet bathing suit, clammy and miserable."

She isn't your average art student, though. Her hair is blue, she draws pictures of monsters, and she uses a bracelet full of tiny wishes to humiliate her ex while he is nude modelling for her class. She has a secret, you see. She lives with the monsters called Chimera, half human, half animal craftspeople who send her all over the world to buy teeth from unscrupulous traders in return for the wishes they make.

Then flame winged angels set fire to her "family's" home, and Karou is forced to flee. But not before she sees one of the angels, Akiva. And he sees her. And they are drawn to each other by passions that they both resist and a past life connection that Akiva knows will destroy her love for him.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is an urban fantasy that tells the story of a tragic romance with wit, sweetness and colorful world building, going beyond vampires and werewolves into new territory.