Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor (2012)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
The first Laini Taylor book I read was Strange the Dreamer, so this was my follow up to her writing. To fill you in, Strange the Dreamer is now one of my favourite books, so I had high hopes for this one. I started it on a roll and loved every page, it had the perfect amount of magic to suck me in and leave me feeling intrigued. About half way through my progress slowed and I felt the story was being more stretched out than it needed to be, but the writing and the world was still fantastic.
Karou is an awesome main character, she is kick ass and everything I would want to be if I was a book heroine. I really liked that she was a cool main character, because I lot of the time, the main character has an issue with the way they look, or they aren’t liked at school etc. It was refreshing to idolises this character because she was funky and different, okay this may not be the most realistic and she may not be the best role model, but the genre is called fantasy!
I definitely want to go to Prague after reading this book, I want to see Karou’s drawings and meet the characters in this book. I love how each monster is different and I had a vivid image of them in my mind. This is what I love about Laini Taylor’s writing; she describes perfectly, enough to give you a good image, but not too much to avoid leaving anything to the reader’s imagination.
I’m excited to read more about Karou and the chimaera and find out what happens after how this book was left. If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I’m referring to, if you haven’t then get reading!