TITLE: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
BY: Laini Taylor
SERIES: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
I’m not sure why I read this book when I ‘m scheduled reading Vampire Academy(another series I really have to catch up on). But maybe because I remembered I listed this one for my 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge as a ‘Book sets in a country that fascinates you.’ This one’s sets in Prague, guys. Moving on…
Raised by monsters, art Student, Karou is no ordinary young lady. She speaks many languages, draws real monsters, her hair is blue (real blue) and usually runs errands for her monster family. But still, she doesn’t everything. For example, who she really is. But she’s about to find out, only her already weird life is also about to get weirder.
WHAT I THINK:
3.5 stars seemed so ungenerous of me since this is one well-liked book by my friends and personally I liked this book too. Angels, Chimera, monsters, forbidden love that stood time along with a war that’s been going on for centuries, and even resurrection. This book has many elements that I really liked and initially I wanted to give this one 4 stars. But there was a big part that I got bored which I will discuss a little later.
Let me first give the spotlight to my dear Karou and Akiva. This two I really loved. They’re both strong and fierce, but flawed in some ways thanks to the lives they have. One was bred to be a warrior while one was raised by monsters. I mean, hello? Their powers are also cool which is a big plus. But what I liked more about these two is their attraction with each other. Yes they were at first didn’t along well, that’s given considering where they belong as creatures, and yet the attraction between these two was very obvious.
So yeah, it’s like insta-love. It seemed like it in the beginning since I still didn’t know about their history (I won’t say more about this history for the sake of those who haven’t read this yet) but even so, I didn’t hate it. Insta-love is one of the troupes I really hate but with Karou and Akiva, it’s not an issue at all. Maybe because the author really has a way in her words. How she weaves her magical, imaginative words is just applaudable. What a beautiful prose this is.
Now, the part where I got bored. At the last third of the book was the reveal about Karou where the readers are introduced to Madrigal, the woman Akiva kept mentioning as soon as he showed up in the story. And though I liked Madrigal and her story though Karou was more interesting, I didn’t enjoy the whole flashback-ish part. I also knew it was a very essential part but I lost interest because it took too long, until it got boring. So I had to take out half star from my initial rating.
Overall though, I recommend this book to everyone who loves fantasy and ROMANCE. I really like the romance between Akiva and Karou. I wasn’t reading reviews on goodreads or anywhere so I don’t know what’s in store for this two in the next book. I only wish there is no awful love triangle coz that would be…well…awful. Especially how it ended in the first book.
Okay, that’s it.
Happy Reading guys,