Book: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (#1)
Author: Laini Taylor
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An enchanting yet heartbreaking tale of two lovers; born into two different worlds. Caught in the middle of an ancient war. A battle between the Seraph, children and soldiers of the light and the Chimaera, creatures of darkness and bear the name of the opposite of goodness.
There is Karou, a 17 year old art student in Prague. She loves to draw and fill her sketchbooks with monsters. But to her they are not monsters, she call them her family. Behind her mysterious drawings, strange blue hair and her remarkable knowledge for so many languages lies a dark secret. She’s not human. Definitely. And there’s Akiva, who has this unearthly beauty that certainly outcries that he is too did not come from in this world; 6-foot, handsome and flawless face, fire-colored eyes and… wings. Invisible wings on his back. Between the enthralling streets of Prague and Morocco arises a ravishing story of a forbidden love, hidden identities and an endless battle between the light and dark.
The plot was exceptionally full of excitement, intriguing twists and fascinating encounters. There are two things that I really liked about this book. First: the setting. I was captivated with how the author used her words to let the reader explore the ravishing streets of Prague and the busy market of Marrakesh. I was hypnotized to google up the places and I’m definitely adding Czech Republic and Morocco on my bucket list. Second: the poetic touch and writing style. It was actually on the last few pages of the book when I finally appreciated the writing style that the author incorporated. I did feel a little confuse at first since I’m not used to with reading books that deal with a lot of flashbacks. But I did enjoy time travelling into Karou and Akiva’s pasts. I got to learn more of their cultures, the origin of the endless battle of the Seraph and Chimaera and of course who Karou was. I did have a good time engulfing Seraphim and Chimaera mythology!
It was a fascinating experience to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It was a new face for me of Romeo and Juliet with a touch of angel and demon myth. It was an exciting, heartbreaking, mind-blowing and stirring adventure to dive in. It is a new trilogy that I would surely look forward to! Daughter of Smoke and Bone truly deserves a 5/5 star rating! Addicting and beautifully written!
Strongly recommended for fans of The Mortal Instruments out there!