(Is it refreshing to know I don’t rate EVERY book at 5 stars?)
Author: Laini Taylor
Release Date: September 27th 2011
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Genre: Fantasy | YA
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Buy it : Amazon
First Line: Walking to School over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonictions about the day.
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The cover is gorgeous and promises wonderful things.
Karou was raised by monsters. She is all she knows as family. Brimstone, the head of this family, makes wishes and sends Karou out to collect teeth. What the teeth are for, she has yet to find out. Her life is full of questions and secrets. But that all soon changes when angels show up, marking the doors Karou has used all her life to get to Brimstones Shop. Without warning, Karou is cast out and all the doors are destroyed. She begins her quest to find her family and figure out the truth about who she is and what is going on.
Okay, this book started out fantastic. I loved the idea of a human girl being raised by monsters. I was in love with the book almost from the very beginning. And even though Brimstone is such a tough character, I knew there was something more and loving with him. Though there is not much character development with him, he is still my favorite character.
I think I lost interest in the story at the end. I promise, no spoilers other than, Karou does figure out who she is and what she has to do with everything that has happened recently.
I felt like the story was promising for something amazing. I was intrigued from the start, but then it just kind of fell flat towards the end. I can’t really explain it. At the end I instantly opened the next book, but only a few chapters in I was bored again. There are just too many slow and bland parts in between the other parts.
Okay…a few spoilers here. (HIDE) (Just scroll to conclusion to skip spoilers)
One thing I didn’t really understand is the fight that Akiva had with his ‘siblings’. (I’m too lazy to look up their names.) Akiva has fallen in love with this creature that they have been fighting, and they want to kill him or fight him because of it…yet they would throw themselves in front of the enemy to save one another? It doesn’t make sense. They have covered for Akiva before because he disappeared. Why couldn’t they cover for him again, or even say he had died in battle or something? I doesn’t make sense that they would kill or die for him, yet they wouldn’t allow him to love what they consider a monster/enemy.
There is also the ending that really ticked me off. Karou has seen her past life. She knows who she is now and everything that has gone on with her and Akiva. She knows why Akiva has a sudden hatred for the monsters he had grown to…appreciate(?) but when she finds out that in his rage (caused by her death!) he has killed all of the chimera. I get it…he killed her people, but in the end, wasn’t it because of her, for her?
I had high hopes for this book. I had heard so many fantastic things about it and a few people were just so in love with this book. I thought I would fall in love with it too, but I didn’t. In all honesty, I am probably going to trade this entire series for credits at my local book store, or keep it only for the gorgeous covers. Who knows.
The concept is fantastic. The whole wish making thing, the battle between the angels and chimera, and the human girl being raised by monsters. I loved the idea, but the story fell a little flat for me. Maybe the love story messed it up for me…I don’t know, I just don’t think I will be finishing this series. It feels like it would be a waste of my reading time to even try. Then again, I could get super curious later on and come back to it. But as it stands right now, this series will be moved off my TBR list and to the bottom shelf where I put the books I don’t really like. Sorry, to those of you who loved it. Maybe you could share with me what you loved and I could try to understand?