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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Taylor, Laini (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Daughter of Smoke and 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.
Authors: Taylor, Laini
Title: Daughter of smoke and bone
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 418 p. ;,24 cm.
Notes: Sequel: Days of blood & starlight.
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0316134023
Statement of Responsibility: Laini Taylor
Subject Headings: Czech Republic Fiction. Prague (Czech Republic) Fiction. Artists Fiction. Schools Fiction. Boarding schools Fiction. Demonology Fiction. Angels Fiction. Mythology, Greek Fiction. Chimera (Greek mythology) Fiction. Supernatural Fiction.
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Artists
Boarding schools
Mythology, Greek
Chimera (Greek mythology)
LCCN: 2010045802
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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!!

“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.

Jan 11, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another favorite. I know it is a young adult book but absolutely addicting.

Jan 04, 2014
  • MissLillieBear rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

it's kinda boring at the beginning and you will have no idea what is going on untill like the middle-ish of the book, then it starts getting interesting. I couldn't visualize the "demons" but love love the angel descriptions. If you hate fantasy and mythology don't read it 'cas you'll waste your time being confused and annoyed. I gave up on this book 2 times and the 3rd time i actually finished it so there's one less book on my incomplete list. But so glad i finished it

Oct 04, 2013
  • Jenna_LIB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Started off a bit hard to get into, but I stuck with it and it really did pay off. The protagonist who seemed a little stiff at first became a strong, believable character who you wanted to root for. The male lead also improved as time went on. I liked the international setting as well as the jaunts that the protagonist went on. Dark themes but well written with a strongly-crafted fantasy world layered within our own. The shocking plot twist, however, I guessed about halfway through. Still a very good and entertaining book!

Aug 25, 2013
  • Sofiavo rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting book, but it has a lot of characters and its pretty confusing sometimes.

Aug 16, 2013
  • adbates rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was very intimidated by this book, at first. The characters and 'races' all had very interesting names that made it difficult to follow in the beginning. As I got familiar with everybody, I began to really like this book. It's fantastic and exciting! There's romance, adventure, action, and mystery! Great book! Kind of long, though.

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Aug 07, 2013
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Jul 02, 2012
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"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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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 09, 2012
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