Saturday, September 3, 2011
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Lani Taylor
Author: Lani Taylor
Genera: Supernatural Fantasy
Subjects: Magic, wishes, angels, demons, chimaeras
Length: 420 pgs.
“Once upon a time, an angel and devil fell in love. It did not end well.
Around the world black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who crept through a slit in the sky.
In a 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 otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbook with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on "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's one question that haunts her that she is about to find out.”
-Back cover of ARC
My Rating: 3 StarsMy review: When I first read this, I was very confused. Blue hair, weird names of characters, some of the phases. I almost thought I was read a parallel universe dystopia. I will clear things up for you before you read it. Karou is going to an art school in the Czech Republic. Zuzanna is her friend there. Karou was raised by the wish monger chimaera Brimstone. He collects teeth, so she goes out to get them. The confusion is why I give it only 3 stars. It just wasn’t my taste in fantasy.
There are angels in this book. They aren’t the romantic kind really, but they appear more later on when it get interesting.
This book is pretty funny in some parts. The life drawing scene is one example. Quotes throughout the book.
If you want to read something very different from YA paranormal romance, you may want to check out this book. It is well written once you understand what is going on. :)
Let’s just say I like the ARC cover better than the hardcover’s cover.