Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Book - 2011
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Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316134026
Branch Call Number: YF Tayl
Characteristics: 418 p.


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Jul 27, 2017

this was a very very very unusual one but it was really good

Jul 18, 2017

An art student in Prague, blue-haired Karou delights her friends with images of curious, otherworldly creatures she draws in her sketchbooks. How would they react if they knew the beings were in fact real, and that they frequently send her on errands through magical doorways? While on one such assignment, Karou is viciously attacked by a winged human in a Moroccan market, extinguishing the possibility of ever returning to her "normal" life.

I was captivated from beginning to end by this rich fantasy tale, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

ELPLTeenLibrarian Jun 30, 2017

Lush writing. Vivid imagery. Incredible worldbuilding. Characters who are easy to adore. I'm crying a little just thinking about how great this trilogy is. Why are you still here. Go pick up this first book.

Feb 12, 2017

I am so late to the party on this one, but I'm really glad I finally got around to reading this. The worldbuilding is so complex and fascinating, and the non-linear way Taylor chose to tell the story makes this book SO MUCH more interesting than it would have been if she'd just relayed the events chronologically. Readers get to join Karou on her journey of self-discovery in a way that is really satisfying, and my main complaint for the first half of the book (that the romance felt totally overblown and like it came out of nowhere) was voided by the events of the latter half. This is really nothing more than a looooong introduction to a series, and I can't wait to read the two sequels.

AL_LESLEY Nov 16, 2016

Despite this whole book being a glorified introduction I did have trouble putting it down in the final 100 pages. I'll probably continue with the series.

Oct 19, 2016

I LOVE this book and trilogy. I don't usually reread books, but this one I do. I recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, love, war, art, reading ;)

JCLDebbieF Sep 21, 2016

Easiest 5 stars I've ever given. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

Aug 01, 2016

Great story, characters, and plot until about halfway through. I got really confused with how the romance just seemed to happen and didn't have a great amount of buildup coming from both sides. Other books soon drew my attention and I had to put this one away. I'd love to give it another try, but I may have to "suspend my disbelief" a bit farther.

Jul 31, 2016

i think i've read this book three times now, but i never get bored. the author's writing is beautiful, the characters are all interesting with unique personalities and backgrounds. i have no words to describe the plot though. i just love it so much. really recommend for people who are into fantasy

Jul 25, 2016


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Jul 19, 2012

Mik was sandy-haired and fair-skinned, with sideburns and a goatee and the kind of knife-blade eyes that hinted at ancestors invading across the plains from Central Asia. He was handsome and gifted, he blushed easily and hummed when he concentrated, and he was soft-spoken but interesting – a good combination. He actually listened, rather than pretending to listen while waiting a suitable interval before it was his turn to talk again . . .

Jul 19, 2012

She kind of wanted to take off her boots, but that was something you didn’t do if there was any chance you might have to quickly flee or kick someone.

Jul 02, 2012

"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 tattoo - and...no inessential penises, either."

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ZoeBoe Apr 15, 2012

"Daughter of Smoke and Bone" is about this girl named Karou who lives in Prague. Karou is very mysterious and doesn't know where she came from, but knows that her only family, are half humans called Chimera. She soon finds out that there are other worlds beside her own, and that if she wants to keep her friends and family alive, she might have to go and explore unknown places.

I think that this book is for ages 13+. I am 12-13 but I read adult fiction daily... Just the concept of it, the inside story, would need an older mind to keep straight what's happening. Some of my friends read it, and they got lost, and didn't end up with the same conclusions. It's all just a matter of how experienced a reader you are.

“Once upon a time, a little girl was raised by monsters.”

For seventeen year old Karou life is spent juggling two worlds. In one she is the mysterious, blue-haired art student whose drawings of fantastical creatures and exotic tales delight her fellow classmates. In the other she’s errand girl for her adopted father, the chimera Brimstone, and as much in the dark about who she really is as any of her friends. Around the world sooty black handprints appear burned into doors; they symbolize the beginning of an otherworldly war. A chance meeting with the seraphim Akiva leads to a battle on the streets of Marrakesh and the beginning of the angel’s fascination with the blue-haired girl. After the angels destroy the portals between worlds Karou must find another way to reunite with her monstrous family. With a foot in both worlds Karou is caught in a war between angels and devils, between the only family she’s ever known and the beautiful winged man that haunts her. Whatever the result one thing is certain - Karou’s life will never be the same again.

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
Grades 10-12, 418 pages


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