“Do Monsters Make War, Or Does War Make Monsters?”-A Review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone

This was our Book of the Month read for Forgotten YA Gems, a Goodreads group I run. Feel free to join us!

Around the world, black hand prints 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 otherworldly 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 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?

Usually, it takes me a long time to get around to reading the “trendy” YA novels. Mostly because I remember being a young adult (as opposed to a “new adult”, which is a weird term), and I remember how everything was so derivative from one idea. That’s right, y’all: vampires. Pretty much every popular book that came out when I was 15 to 18 was supernatural in some aspect. So I was honestly expecting to despise this book.

And I’m so freakin’ glad I was wrong!

So Karou is pretty much the girl I wanted to grow up to be. A total punk artist with hardcore trust issues, and understandably so. Add to that the fact that I’ve always liked monsters more in stories than the heroes, and it’s pretty much perfect.

Then there’s Akiva, the warrior angel, bred solely to keep fighting the war. I’ll admit, for the majority of the book, I really didn’t like him. He was…overly brooding, which I didn’t think was possible. But you can’t help but feel for the poor guy.

I absolutely adored Laini Taylor’s style. The imagery was just…absolutely beautiful. I’ve already picked up the second book (Days of Blood and Starlight), and can’t wait to dive in! I give Daughter of Smoke and Bone 5 molars out of 5.


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Daughter of Smoke & Bone


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