Daughter of Smoke and Bone · Laini Taylor · Young Adult

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

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~Review~

This book is what I would call mediocre and I believe I am against popular opinion. I just wasn’t feeling it, despite the awesome characters and world-building. It really fell flat for me because the plot focused too much on romance and instant love is just irritating. The world was beautiful, well described and I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters. The writing was also better than a lot of others I have read.

I suggest giving this book a try, especially if you enjoy young adult novels like Twilight (I actually enjoyed Twilight much more than this), but I will say that it isn’t for everyone.

I have so many other books that I would rather read, so I won’t be continuing with this series.

Plot 

The synopsis gives you a good idea of what this book is about, but I’ll put it more simply. Karou is trying to figure out who she while Akiva attempts to do the same. The entire plot focuses on Karou’s life: daily activities, friends/relations, not to mention her peculiar job. Then the plot switches to Karou finding out who she really is and how Akiva fits into it. As a result, this isn’t a fast-paced novel, and at times it does drag. Everything about the world and the majority of the plot is interesting, but there were instances when there was too much unnecessary information or irritating romantic scenes.

At first, I was sort of liking the story and couldn’t believe that I hadn’t read it yet. Soon after, I became less and less interested because this book does exactly what I hate–focusing on romance. The romance aspect of the story took away all the good parts about the plot. Had it been left more in the background it would have been so much better. I get that the relationship between the two main characters is an important part of the story, but why did it have to be so detailed and include insta-love? I hate love at first sight. *sigh* There was also way too much talk about how beautiful someone was or wasn’t and that just got annoying as well.

The plot isn’t exactly original, but the author does a great job trying to make it her own. The whole angels-versus-demons thing has been done many times, but I really enjoyed that part of it.

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

I found the story to be ALMOST entirely predictable because there were far too many hints regarding the big twist towards the end. Daughter of Smoke and Bone just didn’t have that OMG moment for me like I was hoping for.By no means was this terrible. It was just good. I don’t have that need like I usually do to start the next book right away. I enjoy more substance and less romance to my plots. A good example of what I enjoy is the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. This series adds romance that doesn’t distract from the plot but adds to it in order to create an engaging story.

By no means was this terrible. It was just okay. I don’t have that need like I usually do to start the next book right away. I enjoy more substance and less romance to my plots. A good example of what I enjoy is the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. This series adds romance that doesn’t distract from the plot but adds to it in order to create an engaging story.

World-Building 

I thoroughly enjoyed the world and mythology that the author created! It was so descriptive and beautiful!

All the different creatures were interesting, especially because they have human-like qualities, though they didn’t look it, and the magic of the chimera was unique and fascinating, yet disturbing.

World-wise this book had everything going for it.

Characters 

Karou’s character was great! I enjoyed her strong, curious, distinct personality, and felt kind of bad for her, yet could relate to her, because of her friend situation. I thought she was kind of bad-ass and super smart (though that may be due to something else :/ ) I really wanted to see her fight with her awesomely beautiful new knives, but maybe that will be in the next book.

The other character I want to mention is Akiva. Akiva is an angel, so of course he is described as being entirely beautiful, without any flaws. I hate that this is the way it always seems to be, but I was glad to find that he didn’t seem to like people gawking at him all the time. He is only slightly developed in this book. We get a small glimpse into his life, but I would love to learn more about him. All we know is his warrior side, but I’m sure there is more.

There are quite a few other characters. I actually enjoyed Karou’s best friend, as well as her entire “family”. They all have great, fairly well-developed personalities.

Writing 

The book was beautifully written and flowed well, however I did have a problem with some of the conversations. The dialogue was pretty decent, but quite a few of the conversations seemed young and cheesy, but maybe that is just me.

Cover 

Honestly, I don’t like the cover. It is eye-catching and laid out well, but that is all it has going for it. I don’t like the illustration because I know there should have been something else used to better represent the story. The cover also doesn’t tell you that this is part of a series, nor what number it is.

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2 thoughts on “Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

  1. Hi! New to your blog. I’ve been thinking about reading this book. I’ve only read one Laini Taylor work so far. I loved it, but it’s only a short story collection so I don’t know what her novels are like. Thanks for sharing this review!

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