Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pub Date: 10/11/2011
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book is a fresh and exciting fantasy packed with original ideas and a fascinating set of characters. I was impressed with the quality of the writing and even more so with the handling of several complex subplots that were woven together so fluidly. Karou, the mysterious protagonist, is an art student in Prague and has been raised by monsters living in a shop with a magical door that can open into several places around the world. Inside is a grumpy monster named Brimstone, who collects teeth and raises Karou but refuses to reveal where she came from. I particularly appreciated the care the author took with her minor characters, whose well-developed roles added spice and humor to the main storyline.
Memorable or Forgettable: his book is memorable because of the large shifts and twists in the plot, the complicated and unexpected main concepts and well-developed characters, minor and major. There were only two things I didn’t like, and they were both necessary for the plot: a revealing flashback in the middle that was more than a hundred pages long and the occasionally sappy angel romance. These things slightly annoyed me, but the book would not have worked without them, so they are excusable and did not interfere with my general enjoyment of the story besides making me like the beginning more than the end.
Cover: The galley cover was okay, but I am aware that the new final one is a lot better and fits a moment in the story well. However, the title and recommendations had more to do with me picking up the book.
Age Range: 14 and up
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 5P Everyone wants to read it