Sunday, June 17, 2012

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) 
Pages: 418
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Rating: 3/5
Some Spoilers Containning Plot Are Revealed In Review
Daughter of Smoke and Bone stars Karou, and seventeen year old with a pretty normal life. She goes to an art school in Prague, has a best friend named Zuzana, and goes to France on errands. Wait...France?!

Okay, so maybe Karou isn't so normal, after all. Actually, as apart from her seemingly normal life, she lives in an alternate dimension with her chimera family: Brimstone, Issa, Kishmish, Triga, and Yasri. She has no recollection of ever having a normal family and is clueless as to why she lives with these chimera, as well as why she collects teeth for Brimstone. Or what's beyond the door that she is forbidden to enter.

This premise is very promising, right. I will admit, I was hooked right from the start. The writing was beautiful and witty; the setting was gorgeously described. Best of all, Karou was such a strong heroin. She always stood her ground. Well, until a certain someone came into play.

Karous met Akira while she was getting teeth from an old friend (really, he is quite old). It is here that Akira tried to kill her. Of course she was spared because, well, what's a story without the main character?

I didn't like Akira. Actually, he was the only character I didn't like in the story. Like most love interest in YA these days, he's a creep. He's boardering on Edward Cullen's level.

He even watched Karou sleep. Yeah, it was that bad.

I have heard from several people that this wasn't insta-love because
he loved her before she died, in which I cry: bullcrap!

Warning! Spoilers below!
For those who have read the book, you know that Karou is, in fact, Madrigal. This is the supposed reason that it isn't insta-love, because Akira loved Madrigal. But, wasn't that insta-love as well? They knew each other for five minutes before claiming they, at least, had feelings for each other.

Afterward, they didn't see each other for two years, only to meet and, well, have sex and plan how they are going to bring peace to their two worlds.

It's insta-love.

Okay. Spoilers Are Finished
I just didn't feel they had chemistry with each other.

Moving on!

My favorite thing about the book were the side characters, mainly Zuzana, Kaz, Issa, and Yasri. They each brought their own flavor of humor into the story. Unfortunately, you don't see much of them. :(

This book was one I have been wanting to read for a long time, and I was deepy disappointed. What was a great plot and lovely set of characters was watered down by an awkward love story

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