Title : Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Series : Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Pages : 418
Author : Laini Taylor
Publisher : Little, Brown & Company
Format : Hardcover
Source : Library - Borrowed for Free
My Opinion : Laini Taylor is, without a doubt, one of the most talented author there is living on the planet. Here's why: for an author to create a new world, and for it to be as realistic as it was in the book, as awesome and detailed, with no flaw, this all means Laini Taylor isn't famous enough.
The story evolves around Karou and Akiva (weird names, I know, but do not let it keep you from reading the book) and the war involving chimaeras and kind of fallen angels. At first, it is only Karou who is trying to find out who she really is, but, no chimaera (or monster) she knows wants to tell her (because, as you'll understand later in the story, it would endanger her and them). Then Akiva arrives; strong, cold, handsome (so handsome that any girl who looks at him is jealous of Karou, actually) Akiva. He's... a find of fallen angel. And he's angry because his beloved got killed by the chimaera (and she was a chimaera!) because she was a 'traitor' for loving Akiva as a fallen angel. Oh, and here's something; the story is in Prague. Yep, you read it right: Prague!!!! Not US, or England, but Prague!!!!! *Spoiler* Oh, and here's the thing; Karou's actually Madrigan's reincarnation or something *spoiler's done!*
Anyways, as you can see, the plot is a-mah-zing!! It is so original and quirky! I loved it, and the characters' development was a big plus!
Karou is the weird girl at her art school; she's got blue hair, tattoos, and her drawings are wonderful, yet, are of real chimaeras, but no one knows that. And I pretty much love her! She's cool, awesome, and is special. And then there is Akiva (hawtie!) and I really, really, really love him! He's so awesome, cute, shy and all that!
The writing is a great aspect of the book. It is gigantically detailed and the details are clear and a great addition to the book. It was fast-paced, action-packed... well, everything I love in a book! And there are pretty quotes from the book that I should mention :
''Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic."
'' “Love is a luxury.”
“No. Love is an element.”
An element. Like air to breathe, earth to stand on. ''
Aren't those quotes amazing and beautiful? I think they are!
The cover is just magnificent! It catches the eye right away! I wanted the book at first only becasue of the cover!
This is a to-read for anyone!