Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor


When it comes to YA, almost everything is overhyped. And this is not an exception.

But to be honest, I wish it was. It had a lot of potential including the plot, writing style, variety of characters, and the fact that its fantasy, so I feel like there was an effort to do some studying. Still, it wasn’t enough to compensate all the hype it got.

It was a good start. Actually, it felt like a movie. Here’s a snippet of the first chapter. Don’t worry it’s not a spoiler.

Cue in — Main character, Karou, long hair loose waving back and forth, walking on the sidewalk on a dull Monday morning carrying her first coffee of the day. Expecting little out of her usual routine, mind wandering of and then unexpectedly some character barges, in this scene, her ex.

Not sure, if you know where I’m getting at. But that is literally what happened, so you be the judge. That scene has been over used so much, it could already be an iMovie scene template. See, I’m actually okay with that. I don’t mind. Just don’t do it too often. Or else it’s going to look dry and boring. Because we rather watch a movie than read it.

Plus the hype killed it. Not really sure who’s to blame—the book or my high expectations. Obviously, YA is not my favorite genre. But I try. And this genuinely looked like a good one. Add some fantasy to counteract my obsession to historical fiction.

Good thing is that it’s not a typical YA. Although it still has stereotypical flaws like insta-love, best friend sidekick and standard of beauty is way too high part. Besides that, it’s not too bad. World building was present but it wasn’t enough. It didn’t felt as strong and vivid as I hoped. Characters lacked character—ironic—which heavily relied and contributed to their unrealistic relationship. Despite all that, I think if you’re a fantasy geek, you could appreciate this more than I did.

To rate it accordingly: If you like YA, read it. If you don’t, then don’t.


Do I like it: I did not enjoy it

Recommended to: To people who wants to know what it feels like to dye their hair blue

(Fullybooked, Paperback, P 360+)

Below are information about this book.

Publication: September 27th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

From Goodreads:

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 grows 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 hairactually 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?


6 thoughts on “Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

  1. Interesting! This is on my TBR list so I was hoping it’d be good and correspond to the stellar reviews it’s received but it’s nice to read reviews by reader’s that weren’t so fond of it. Thanks for writing an honest review!

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