Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

eBook - 2011
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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, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316192156
0316192155
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (418 p.)

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Assassin_J_Reader
Sep 17, 2017

I would definitely recommend this to anyone out there craving for fantasy, action, and romance. The way this book twists and turns really captivated me and the intriguing way serephim and chimaera were portrayed really got me thinking. And yet, despite all these strange and magical things happening, this book managed to keep me rooted to "normalcy" and then slightly eased itself more into the magical realm of Angels and Demons.

Truly is a spell bounding book

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olivia7788
Sep 07, 2017

After reading Strange the Dreamer by the same writer, I had very high hopes for this series!
This story is unusual and wrapped me into it quickly. I enjoyed that the book's first chapter reminded me of a teen angst novel, but quickly turned into something much more intriguing.
I am in love with the lyrical way Taylor weaved her tale, but I have to agree with a few of the other reviewers about this book having one-dimensional main characters. Though I love the way that Karou is characterized (being mysterious and in the dark about her own past, leaving the readers in the dark the entire 3/4 of the book), I felt like, even after the big revelation toward the end of the book, Karou had not undergone any serious character change. The same goes for Akiva-- it is like he started the way he ended, with some changes through the middle. Karou is strong and independent throughout the book, with sudden emotional upheavals being dealt with more calmly than a reader would have expected, which was kind of disappointing.
I enjoyed that I had no idea what was going on at some points, but I did not feel completely lost; I just wanted to keep reading! I would recommend this book for the world it opens up, with lots of political issues arising, and the tug and war of love between two different warriors that is not so sappy you have to stop reading.

Beatricksy Aug 29, 2017

I was supposed to enjoy this. Everyone else enjoys it. But...no. The book is as beautiful as expected, with lovely and lyrical worlds. But the characters are flat, and disgustingly perfect, and the plot drags on for huge periods of time, even going so far as to make the end just one giant flashback. Secrets are intentionally hidden from the readers, but the payoff is too predictable, and the romance is dull because our protagonists are basically flawless. There's too little intrigue and too many cliches. Pretty prose does not make up for some serious issues. Had this book been half the length, it's possible it would have survived...but there's too much stuff for these cardboard protagonists to carry, and it quickly wilts.

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Hankate20
Jul 27, 2017

this was a very very very unusual one but it was really good

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ryner
Jul 18, 2017

An art student in Prague, blue-haired Karou delights her friends with images of curious, otherworldly creatures she draws in her sketchbooks. How would they react if they knew the beings were in fact real, and that they frequently send her on errands through magical doorways? While on one such assignment, Karou is viciously attacked by a winged human in a Moroccan market, extinguishing the possibility of ever returning to her "normal" life.

I was captivated from beginning to end by this rich fantasy tale, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

ELPLTeenLibrarian Jun 30, 2017

Lush writing. Vivid imagery. Incredible worldbuilding. Characters who are easy to adore. I'm crying a little just thinking about how great this trilogy is. Why are you still here. Go pick up this first book.

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marthabwaters
Feb 12, 2017

I am so late to the party on this one, but I'm really glad I finally got around to reading this. The worldbuilding is so complex and fascinating, and the non-linear way Taylor chose to tell the story makes this book SO MUCH more interesting than it would have been if she'd just relayed the events chronologically. Readers get to join Karou on her journey of self-discovery in a way that is really satisfying, and my main complaint for the first half of the book (that the romance felt totally overblown and like it came out of nowhere) was voided by the events of the latter half. This is really nothing more than a looooong introduction to a series, and I can't wait to read the two sequels.

AL_LESLEY Nov 16, 2016

Despite this whole book being a glorified introduction I did have trouble putting it down in the final 100 pages. I'll probably continue with the series.

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bluemonkey_10
Oct 19, 2016

I LOVE this book and trilogy. I don't usually reread books, but this one I do. I recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, love, war, art, reading ;)

JCLDebbieF Sep 21, 2016

Easiest 5 stars I've ever given. 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.

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andreareads
Jul 19, 2012

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 . . .

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andreareads
Jul 19, 2012

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.

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KKPGIRL
Jul 02, 2012

"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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ZoeBoe 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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