Friday Favorite: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Friday Favorites is a weekly post where I share favorite books or series of mine that I’ve previously read. Hopefully they’ll become favorites of yours too!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Photo by Sabrina Scarpino/SAIT Polytechnic)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Photo by Sabrina Scarpino/SAIT Polytechnic)

When I first picked up the Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I didn’t expect myself to like it. (I know, I know.) However, as I got into it, I was unable to put it down and ended up finishing it that day. IT WAS SO GOOD. This story is beautifully written, with a mythology unlike any I have ever seen before. It was very refreshing to read this novel-the characters, the story, the world was so unique and different that I just fell in love.  I love the relationship and history between Karou and Akiva. I did not see it coming but thought it brought a special element to their relationship. All the other characters featured in the story are full of life and so entertaining and wacky, and made the story that much better. I won’t say much more for fear of giving something away except that you need to read this book!

Here is the synopsis from Laini Taylor’s official website:

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 grown 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 one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored 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?

Find a copy at your local bookstore and make this your read for this weekend. Just make sure you’ve got lots of free time – you won’t be able to put it down!

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