Sunday, August 17, 2014

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.” 

I have to warn you first. The story might start slow but later on it gets better and better. The story gets a lot interesting and things start getting clearer. So if you think that you don’t want to continue anymore you are going to miss one of the good books.
In our world it is a trouble when a royal person falls in love with a normal person, but in here it is trouble when an angel falls in love with a devil.

This book is about a girl named Karou who is an art student. She sketches monsters in her sketchbook and people think it’s out of imagination she sketches but in reality she sees them. She can speak many languages; human and ET as well. She goes on errands for someone and collects teeth’s. She doesn’t know who she really is and wants to find out. All she knows is she is not normal. There is a hidden history.

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” 

Akiva who sets his eyes on Karou when she goes for errand gets so engaged with her doings. There is a past between them that Akiva knows but Karou has no idea about it. Meeting Akiva has brought Karou to a whole different predicament she has to face. What does her fate hold for her? How will Karou act after she comes to know of her real identity?

“I don't know many rules to live by,' he'd said. 'But here's one. It's simple. 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 inessential penises either.'
'Inessential penises?' Karou had repeated, delighted with the phrase in spite of her grief. 'Is there any such thing as an essential one?'
'When an essential one comes along, you'll know,' he'd replied.” 

At first, it was slow and sometimes I got frustrated not knowing why Karou is running on the errands. I wanted to know what’s so different about her that she is linked to the monsters and all. Never did I have the idea it was linked with her past life. It was a good concept that was introduced in the book. Although, at times it got annoying how it went on and on at some parts in a very detailed manner and I think that much detail was not needed but doesn’t hurt to know more.

“But he is pretty. God, I hope he's not an asshole. Do you think there's any chance he's both non-orifice and single? I mean, seriously. What are the chances?” 

Akiva, the way he was introduced I thought he was a bad guy. I actually though he was someone who is going to be murdered or a murdered. After learning his role in Karou’s life things got a lot interesting. In my opinion, Akiva is so broken that he needs Karou to fix him. He views Karou as his past lover not the future her which bugged me. But I think in the next book there will be more to how he will view her.

“Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.” 

This book is a 4/5 stars book. Although, it was slow at the beginning and sometimes at the middle, after learning the story it got really interesting. The ending was so unexpected. For me it was a total twist. Overall, I liked the story and the dialogues in them. The imaginations of the monsters were pretty much detailed that you can actually picture them in your mind. 

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