Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 #51 ~ Daughter of Smoke & Bone (w/Review)

*Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Rose City Reader
*Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are currently reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.
*The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.

10763598Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1)

Author: Laini Taylor

Published by: Little. Brown Books for Young Readers; September 27, 2011

Format/Source: Purchased Kindle Book

Rating: 5 Stars

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Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

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.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day. It seemed like just another Monday, innocent but for it’s essential Mondayness, not to mention its Januaryness.


Issa squeezed her arm and said, :Sweet dreams, sweet girl,: and Karou hunched her shoulders and stepped back out into the cold. As she walked, clock towers across Prague started arguing midnight, and the long, fraught Monday came at last to a close.


“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

This is a book that has been sitting on my Kindle for so long and I finally got around to reading it, and I absolutely loved it. I was sucked in from the first page. I ended up reading this book in one sitting, because I absolutely could not put it down.

I loved Karou. She is one of my new favorite characters, ever, and I really liked all of the minor characters. I really liked Issa and Brimstone and Karou’s friend, Zuzana. Karou was a very interesting character and I was amazed at her story and how it progresses. I’m really intrigued about where her character goes from here.

This book took me through so many emotions and feels, I was never bored. I laughed so much and even cried a little at the end. The reveal towards the end was crazy and I probably should have seen it coming, but I didn’t. I was really blown away by the story and the writing style of Laini Taylor and I am very excited to read the rest of the series.

What’s on your reading schedule for this weekend? 

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Happy Reading!


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