Saturday, 4 February 2012

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I hate it when my friends or sister talk about a novel or movie they've seen and they build it up so much that I'm just bursting to see it and when I do I think what in the name of heaven made them say it was this good. Thanks to many people in my life I was expecting the ultimate in this book, well I was greatly disappointed, don't get me wrong this book was new, new plot and head strong characters but I did not find it that appealing.

Although I was not that impressed with the book I was however blow away with Laini Taylor's writing skills, she was able to use the classical Romeo and Juliet love and turn it into her own unique novel. While the plot was entertaining I did not like the characters at all, in the beginning I was intrigued with all these strong willed characters but then I became annoyed, they did not develop, they all turned mushy at the sight of someone hot. As well as this novel having no character development Taylor did not smooth out her themes, she was focusing too much on the forbidden love and romance to give any more flavour to the novel which could of really helped this novel reach it's potential I think.

Around the world, black handprints 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 grown 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?

While everyone else may give this novel remarkably high ratings I however find that I can not but please if you do decide to give this novel a go, have an open mind and do not talk too much to anyone else who is head over heels in love with it, you have been warned.

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