Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Taylor, Laini

Paperback - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
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Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012, c2011
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780316133999
031613399X
Branch Call Number: FIC T
Characteristics: 418, [14] p. ; 21 cm.
Alternate Title: Daughter of smoke and bone

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Laini Taylor introduces us to a battle-scarred world where seraphim and chimaera have long inflicted cruel violence upon each other. Karou, a talented art student living in Prague, considers the chimaera her friends and family. The trouble begins when Karou falls in love with the handsome and... Read More »

Comment by: nypl_epiphany Jul 12, 2013

Book One: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Book Two: Days of Blood and Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor introduces us to a battle-scarred world where seraphim and chimaera have long inflicted cruel violence upon each other. Karou, a talented art student living in Prague, considers the ... Read More »


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Jan 24, 2015
  • 0Charlie rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The best thing about this book was having a main character who was already strong and sure of herself. I enjoyed the twist in the eternal struggle between good and evil - it takes a while to decide who is on which side. The downside is that the main characters are too beautiful for words and we spend way too much time reading about the "sparks and butterflies" happening between them. Although fantasy fiction, it is definitely in the teen love genre.

Sep 28, 2014

Karou is a seventeen-year-old art student living in Prague. Pretty normal, right? Wrong. Delve into Karou’s world, filled with mysterious creatures, fantastical stories, and the mystery of who exactly she is.

Read this if you like: YA fantasy, paranormal, European settings

Aug 16, 2014
  • OliviaF2020 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book was actually a lot better than I thought it would be. It was on my list of recommended books given to me by my school back in April. I thought it would be super scary because that's sort of how the cover makes it look, but it was great. A little scary sometimes, but I would still recommend it.

Aug 11, 2014
  • Indigo_Cobra_8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked the plot. But the romance made me a little uncomfortable. I just can't buy into star-crossed lovers.

Aug 08, 2014
  • erin89 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best paranormal young adult books I have read. Yes, it has a romantic plot line, but that is not always front and center.

It is much darker then your usual YA book. A bit gory but it fits well with the story without being overkill. It doesn't have the typical "happy ending" either.

It was a great read and I am looking forward to getting my hands on the next one.

Jul 17, 2014
  • megaskier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the tale of Karou, a blue-haired, tattooed art student living in Prague. But Karou isn't your average goulash eating, ex-boyfriend tormenting art student. She is a mystery, to her friends, her teachers, and most of all, to her self. Raised by what most people would consider monsters, but she calls chimaera, she soon discovers who she is, how she found her family, and what she has to do to save them. Chock full of angels, demons, and romance, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one read you wont regret.
Read if you like fantasy, romance, strong girls, and Graceling and its companions.

Jul 17, 2014
  • Jasmeet123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

l am really impressed

Jul 16, 2014
  • AleyKat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book. The plot line and characters are amazing and I felt as if I was sucked into the book. The whole series is really good.

Apr 05, 2014
  • forever_ice17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love Laini Taylor!!! I have read almost all her books and have loved all that I have read. This is no exception. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a great example of Taylor's ability for lush creative worlds as well as awesome characters and plot. Everyone read this book!!

Mar 12, 2014

“Daughter of Smoke and Bone” follows the slightly unfortunate life of Karou, an eighteen-year old art student with peacock blue hair and spooky eye tattoos on both of her palms. Karou has been raised by a race of mysterious animal/human hybrids known as the Chimaera, and considers them her family. However, when bizarre, angelic people start appearing and destroying the doorways between Earth and Karou’s family’s world, the young woman finds herself trapped on earth, with the fate of her family unknown. Overall, “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” is an incredible read. The author has done a magnificent job of blending together elements of fantasy and the ‘real world’, and has created a believable yet fantastical world that seems very far away, yet too close for comfort. The characters are amazingly written, and are all good combinations of sass, laughter, grief and bravery. The plot is, for the most part, fast-paced and interesting. There are a few duller moments in the first three chapters of the novel, as the author sets the mood of our heroine but, the rest of the beautifully-written novel easily makes up for this slow beginning. This novel can be considered a dark-fantasy/romance, and is highly recommended by the author of this review. It does not have any ‘hidden meanings’, and ‘reading between the lines’ is not necessary. It would not be a very good choice for a book talk or school project. “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” is a wonderful book to use for pleasure reading, and is suitable for ages fourteen and up.

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Aug 16, 2014
  • OliviaF2020 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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  • erin89 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 19, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Mik was sandy-haired and fair-skinned, with sideburns and a goatee and the kind of knife-blade eyes that hinted at ancestors invading across the plains from Central Asia. He was handsome and gifted, he blushed easily and hummed when he concentrated, and he was soft-spoken but interesting – a good combination. He actually listened, rather than pretending to listen while waiting a suitable interval before it was his turn to talk again . . .

Jul 19, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

She kind of wanted to take off her boots, but that was something you didn’t do if there was any chance you might have to quickly flee or kick someone.

Jul 02, 2012
  • KKPGIRL rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"Don't put anything unnecessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles - drug or tattoo - and...no inessential penises, either."

"Inessential penises? Is there any such thing as an essential one?"

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Apr 15, 2012

"Daughter of Smoke and Bone" is about this girl named Karou who lives in Prague. Karou is very mysterious and doesn't know where she came from, but knows that her only family, are half humans called Chimera. She soon finds out that there are other worlds beside her own, and that if she wants to keep her friends and family alive, she might have to go and explore unknown places.

I think that this book is for ages 13+. I am 12-13 but I read adult fiction daily... Just the concept of it, the inside story, would need an older mind to keep straight what's happening. Some of my friends read it, and they got lost, and didn't end up with the same conclusions. It's all just a matter of how experienced a reader you are.

“Once upon a time, a little girl was raised by monsters.”

For seventeen year old Karou life is spent juggling two worlds. In one she is the mysterious, blue-haired art student whose drawings of fantastical creatures and exotic tales delight her fellow classmates. In the other she’s errand girl for her adopted father, the chimera Brimstone, and as much in the dark about who she really is as any of her friends. Around the world sooty black handprints appear burned into doors; they symbolize the beginning of an otherworldly war. A chance meeting with the seraphim Akiva leads to a battle on the streets of Marrakesh and the beginning of the angel’s fascination with the blue-haired girl. After the angels destroy the portals between worlds Karou must find another way to reunite with her monstrous family. With a foot in both worlds Karou is caught in a war between angels and devils, between the only family she’s ever known and the beautiful winged man that haunts her. Whatever the result one thing is certain - Karou’s life will never be the same again.

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
Grades 10-12, 418 pages

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