Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor

I feel like, at this point, my thoughts have been gathered sufficiently in order to review this properly*.

*who am I kidding though, two months since I finished this and I’m still flailing.

First off- and if you’ve followed me since I read it back in Julyish, you’ve heard this a couple times already- THIS IS NOT PARANORMAL ROMANCE. Is the romance in the first book a tad instalove? Perhaps. Is it all-encompassing? Ah, no. Definitely not. And said romance…. well, you’ll have to see what happens there.

I’ll tell you this, though- Karou has* no interest in doing anything with him aside from perhaps murdering him in cold blood.

*Or does she? You’ll have to read and see. xD #BeThatCat2017

Also, A+ best friend rep here- Zuzana is wonderful and I adore her and need. more. Zuze. already. Thank goodness Night of Cake and Puppets apparently shipped about twenty-seven minutes ago, I may need to reread all of these books in preparation to start the new one.

Pretty sure I’ve mentioned this already at some point, but thanks to this book, I’m currently trying to find a way to get Prague on the list for a particular future Europe trip*. This series has made me fall in love with the architecture and atmosphere and culture and is my entire perception of a city based off of a small slice within a novel? Perhaps**.

*Which is becoming more and more concrete every day… *dies of happiness because yes*
**Also I remember reading a book as a child, where the main characters were in Prague and went to a rare books library. Does this rare books library exist? I don’t know, but I need to find out and find a way to visit.

The entire concept of this story is so unique and amazing and has entirely sucked me in. Tangible wishes, little magics of this world. Teeth- for what reason, no one knows*. That which we would call a monster, reduced to an appearance and destroyed for it. Not war between absolute good and absolute evil, necessarily, rather a war between two shades of grey**. Resurrectionists and rich cultures and goulash*** and blue hair and puppets.

Can you tell how in love I am with this book?

*At least, not for a bit….
**I really hate That Book for making me unable to say ‘shades of grey’ without thinking about it. When you love morally complex stories and have major issues with That Book, problems ensue.
***Please hurry up and get colder, Illinois, so that I can eat soup every night and wear thick scarves and not end up too warm for comfort.

“Once upon a time, a little girl was raised by monsters.

But angels burned the doorways to their world, and she was all alone.”
― Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke & Bone

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