Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 1), By Laini Taylor

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, book 1)
By: Laini Taylor
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ISBN: 031613399X
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Angels and demons, love and war, secrets and betrayal.

Karou's life is a complicated jumble of secrets, some she knows and others she doesn't. She knows she was raised by Chimera (Demons) and that the black market teeth they send her to procure are important, but it's what she doesn't know that could make all the difference in the world. What are the teeth for? Who is she really? What''s hidden in the past and will it leave any hope for the future?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is different from many other "Angel/demon" themed books in that neither angels nor demons exist as the result of a heaven/hell dispute or religion. Instead both angels and demons are simply other races of beings. The book itself is easy flowing and engaging despite multiple point of view shifts and various time jumps.

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It includes:
  • Tattoos 
  • Profanity (including the use of "God" as an expletive)
  • Pain powered magic
  • Injuries (sliced by swords, blood)
  • Torture (Not described)
  • Killing and an execution
  • Drawing nude models (references to studying male models genitals in order to draw)
  • Joking about mating with attractive men
  • Causing men to itch in their private areas via magic
  • Kissing
  • Brief making out
  • References to loss of virginity
  • Sex (lying together nude before / after and licking skin, actual sex off screen)
(Parent Warning): This is a young adult novel and contains material inappropriate for younger readers.

Readers should be aware that Daughter of Smoke and Bone ends with a "To Be Continued" so you may want to have book 2, Days of Blood and Starlight, on hand.


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