Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Review and giveaway- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Laini Taylor
Hodder & Staughton
Expected publication: 29th Sept 2011
My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Featuring necklaces made of wishes; an underground shop dealing in teeth; magical tattoos; a wishbone on a cord, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a thrilling story about Karou and her secret life as an apprentice to a wishmonger. Karou manages to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she is a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to an inhuman creature who deals in wishes and is the closest thing she has to family. Her life is surrounded by mysteries she is desperate to unveil.

Vivid characterisation, stunning beautiful writing and original and rich world building; Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone really is the perfect mix of magic, romance and mystery.

Karou is a 17 year old art student living in Prague who has a secret life- her foster family are Chimaera who may actually look like monsters but have lovingly raised Karou as their own. Karou in turn has a real allegiance to them and runs errands for Brimstone the demonic wish monger collecting human teeth for him. The numerous questions I had about Karou- who is she really? where is she from? why can't she open the second door in Brimstone's office? what are the teeth actually for? really kept me guessing and glued to the pages throughout. Her life changes completely when she comes face to face with the dangerous and mysterious angel Akiva and the story of the Seraphim and Chimaera and their centuries long war starts to unravel.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone's uniqueness is that it has both a spellbinding plot and stunning beautiful, finely crafted prose, it just felt completely different and every fine little detail felt completely thought out in glorious technicolour. I adored the chemistry between Karou and Akira which was dark, sensual, delectable and utterly moreish. Overall I thought  Laini Taylor's world building had a subtle bit of genius to it and the ending left me desperate for more.

Thanks to the publishers Hodder & Staughton for providing me with an advance reviewers copy in exchange for an honest review.

I have one copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor for giveaway

Giveaway information:
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  • The giveaway closes on 6th October 2011
  • Open Internationally
*Thanks to Hodder and Staughton for providing the giveaway prize!


  1. Thank you so much for the giveaway I really want to read this one because the story is set in Prague and I live in Czech, it would be fun to read about familiar places for change :)

  2. Awesome Giveaway! Definitely signed up for this one! :)

  3. Thank you for the giveaway! I can't wait for this book.

  4. Thank you so much for this great giveaway!:) I've been reading about this book all over the place and I find the premise fascinating. Thank you for the chance to read it:)

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my WW post:)

    Sarah @ Random Thoughts of A Confused Adolescent

  5. Thank you for such an amazing giveaway, Lesley! All the rave reviews make me want to read this book desperately! :)

  6. Thank you for the giveaway!I really want to read Daughter Of Smoke And Bone.

  7. thanks for the giveaway and your review! It sounds like a book a could like too !

  8. I want to read this book SO badly! Thanks so much for the giveaway. :)

  9. this is such an amazing book Im thinking of buying a copy to send to my sister and then pass around my friends! It was just incredible. great review


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