Literary Friday: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Synopsis according to Goodreads:

"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 otherwordly 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 one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored 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?"

Daughter of Smoke & Bone is another FANTASTIC book! Laini Taylor crafted a lyrical tale that kept me entranced, reading this book over the course of a few days because I was unable to put it down. The writing is superb- each character is fully-fleshed and realized, with distinct personalities and drives. The main character is both frustrating and relatable, though far more badass than I am, and I was invested in her arc from page one. 

It has everything, from romance to war, friendship and family to secrets and fears. It's a fantasy, but grounded in modern-day Prague. The main character is a teenager, but the story is epic and has adult subtleties. It involves war but it isn't as simple as good versus evil. And did I mention the poetic language?

I am definitely going to get the sequel, ASAP!
I highly recommend Daughter of Smoke and Bone to fans of epic (non-sword-and-sorcery) fantasy tales, believers in the enduring magic of hope, those who love full-bodied adventure/romance tales, and poets.

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