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Book Thoughts: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)

Taylor, Laini - Daughter of Smoke and Bone

★★★★★☆☆

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: YA / Fantasy
First published: 2011
Edition: Paperback, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2012

I got this second hand last month after hearing lots of good things about it. When a gap came up in my self-imposed reading schedule, I fancied some fantasy of the YA variety. You know, something kind of lighter and not too epic. I love me some epic fantasy, but that was not what I wanted when I picked up this book.

For some reason, the writing bothered me for a couple chapters. I did not love the way the character of Karou was introduced, ie being followed around by a pouting beautiful young man. Maybe I am just jealous, ha!

However, I soon got into the story and found I quickly liked the chimaera that were her family. Karou herself is at times bit of an idiot, in my honest opinion. She is sort of this superhero and infuriating school girl at the same time and made me roll my eye a couple of times. Too much in this story emphasised aesthetic beauty. Karou is beautiful, Akiva is beautiful, Kaz is beautiful, everyone’s beautiful… I got a little fed up with that. The twist in the story about who she was, was pretty predictable, and at no point did the book really surprise me. I am not sure it was meant to…

Having said that, there are very original elements to this story and it was often well thought out and projected. I did not really feel the romance in this book enough, but on the other hand, some of the scenes at the end of the book gave me the feels, which is always good!

Towards the end I did care what happened and will happen to Karou and Akiva, and the truth about what happened to Brimstone and the other chimaera and I definitely want to read the rest of the series. I just will not be running to the shop right now to get it.

In the end I got what I wanted out of this book. It was enjoyable and did not feel too overly descriptive. It was an easy read and I am sure I will re-read it in the future. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

5 out of 7 stars

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