SPOILER-FREE BOOK REVIEW: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1

Genre: fantasy, paranormal, YA

Length: 422 pages (hardcover)

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 27th 2011

Personal Rating: 4/5 stars

Read from, to: 28th – 31st January 2018

Lahko to knjigo najdem v slovenščini? Jup, ”Hči dima in kosti”, založba Mladinska knjiga



Goodreads Synopsis

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?


Non-Spoilery Review by Yours Truly

Guess who has a maths test tomorrow and still hasn’t studied? ME. Guess who’s going through a small panick attack because of that and still continues to review this book instead of studying? ALSO ME. Guess who will as soon as she finishes writing this review finally go study? PROBABLY NOT ME.

Ahh, yes. I’m screwed.


So here’s the thing: I read this book when I was a youngling. An innocent, not yet ruined by society, 13-year-old. It was one of my first fantasy reads and I loved it and the series was my favorite at the time. But I’ve grown a lot as a reader and so my hatred for instalove was born. Instalove is THE thing that I hate the most about books. So I was avoiding rereading Daughter of Smoke and Bone for a while just because I knew it has insta love. I just wanted to think about it as one of my favorite books ever for forever and didn’t want to change my opinion on it. Does that make sense lol?

But I missed my babies Liraz and Zuzana so I had to pick it up. And also because I’m avoiding reading Strange the Dreamer for some reason but I still wanted to read something by the goddess herself. No, I don’t understand myself either.

So here we are. :’)

I’ll be short (because again, I need to study lol hALPH) so here are the things I love about DoSaB:

  • Liraz
  • Zuzana freaking Nováková. ”Tiny violent one.” She is friendship goals okay, I love her dearly
  • IT’S NOT SET IN AMERICA HALLELUJAH. Guess who’s going to Prague now
  • I want a Kishmish too
  • BrImStOnE iS sO uNdErRaTeD
  • just the opening lines such as ”Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.” made me want to cry for no reason, I’m so weak omg
  • Zuzana and Mik don’t give a fluff Karou isn’t what they thought she was, they accept her explanation about everything so well and that’s just so funny to me because if someone told me they’re friends with chimaera I WOULD FREAK THE FLUFF OUT AND BEG THEM ON MY KNEES TO SHOW THEM TO ME BECAUSE UM DUUUUUH CHIMAERAS
  • also random but the only reason why I can pronounce the word chimaera right is because of Teen Wolf lol
  • Oh, Hell. Must. Mate. Immediately.
  • Akiva didn’t like goulash but he ate it anyways. That’s honestly the cutest thing ever
  • Liraz
  • Karou has blue hair
  • and tattoos. On her palms
  • and she spends her wishes on making some girl’s eyebrows grow thicker
  • if she’s not girlfriend goals then I don’t know who is
  • Zuzana and Mik are so cute, I can’t even
  • just the freaking title of this book sounds sO aWeSoMe
  • this book has angels AND IT’S NOT CRINGEY AT ALL
  • okay but Akiva needs to be protected at all costs HE’S TOO PRECIOUS
  • no but for real, he deserves all the happiness in this world
  • omg I just realised Akiva was my third book boyfriend. What an honour that is
  • Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.” Someday, I’ll get this tattooed on my body
  • Liraz
  • okay maybe I should explain why I’ve mentioned Liraz so many times and she literally appeared in only one, maybe two chapters. I’ve read the other two books, obviously, so I know what happens with everyone. And even a 13-year-old Nuša fell in love with Liraz and rereading DoSaB just reminded how much I love her. Can’t say why because spoilers but she’s just so underrated okay
  • okay but why is the story of Ellai and Nitid so beautiful??
  • I cried at one point. I didn’t expect to but I did. I’m such a baby omg
  • We are the beginning.” whelp, there I go crying again


And here is the thing that I dislike about DoSaB (as much as me saying that pains me):

  • instalove. That’s it. Instalove is the only thing that made me lower the rating so much. I wasn’t kidding when I said instalove is THE worst thing that can happen in books. It all felt so Romeo and Juliet-y and I hate Romeo and Juliet. And I’m so sad about it. 


All in all, would definitely recommend you checking these books out if you’re in the mood for emotions.

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