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Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone (1)) (urspr publ 2011; utgåvan 2011)

av Laini Taylor (Författare)

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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.
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Titel:Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone (1))
Författare:Laini Taylor (Författare)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2011), Edition: 1st, 432 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Karou is different from most 17-year-olds. Her hair grows blue naturally, she has mysterious tattoos all over her body, and she has command of over 20 languages. She also collects human and animal teeth from around the world for her family, an assortment of chimera. She leads a lonely life as an art student in Prague, unable to connect to even her closest friend, in attempts to keep her family and "quirks" a secret. Karou isn't even sure of who she is, but she does her best to serve her family and maintain a life under the radar. One day she meets a winged man on an errand to collect teeth, a man she recognizes as an enemy but one to whom she is incredibly attracted, and life quickly spins out of control. In order to protect her family, she must learn the truth behind who they are, who she is, and the implications of her attraction to an angel.

This has been recommended all over the place this year, so I knew I needed to check it out. I must admit I am highly--HIGHLY--skeptical about a book involving angels, but this turned out to be nothing of what I expected. In this, I loved the treatment of identity throughout the whole book. Everyone thinks they know who the "good guys" and the "bad guys" are, but it becomes clear rather quickly how subjective it all is. The angels were essentially just another being like the chimera, not really attached to any sort of specific religion. They did resemble the Judeo-Christian depiction of angels and behaved in the Miltonian war-like fashion, but Laini Taylor made a point to clarify that religion was more primal and unknown than any person (or creature) could assume. Taylor also does a superb job at describing the places Karou travels. The descriptions of Prague are simply stunning, and it made me want to go there even more. The characters are equally as vivid and thoroughly entertaining. I loved the villains as much as the heroes (and, as I stated before, these lines were often blurred). It was intriguing to get to know them and learn more about the "Elsewhere" they've been fighting for for so long.

I did have a few issues with the novel, however. One issue lies with its style that has been acclaimed by most reviews I've read so far. Taylor uses a barrage of unusual words throughout the novel. At first it was refreshing, but after a while I felt like I was studying for the GRE. It just seemed a little too self-aware and flowery for my tastes, which is odd because I dream of having unlimited access to the Oxford English Dictionary. I also kind of got annoyed with the descriptions of how the beauty of certain characters was supposed to be so overwhelming...I caught myself rolling my eyes on more than one occasion. You might have even once caught me wincing and muttering, "Gag me." I found some of the scenes a bit too drawn out and some of the foreshadowing redundant and heavy-handed (that major flashback at the end just about killed me). This tendency, though, didn't detract too much from the overall plot, but it has made me a little wary of continuing on with the series (oh yes, this is the first of a series).

I've wavered between 3 and 4 stars for this. I'm leaning toward the 4th because it definitely had thrilling parts that made it unbearable to put down at times, and some of the characters were just so much fun (I missed Karou when she wasn't the focus, and I couldn't get enough of Zuzana). I'll definitely give the next book a try, but if it doesn't quite capture my attention, I'll be fine with this first endeavor by itself.

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Reread ~6 years later: I am so overdue for reading the third and final book, but it has been so long, I knew I needed to reread the series all over again. Verdict? The language, while flowery, didn't get to me *as* much though sometimes it was ridiculous. I also realized I love these books for the world building and grimy, violent magic. The love story is totally ridiculous, and I found myself skimming those parts. It is an easy, breezy vacation read, which is good cuz that's what I'm on right now. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
2.5

I loved the writing style. I loved her word choice, they were complicated and eloquent. I expanded my vocabulary while reading this book for sure!

In the short:
But, I had no or little love of the characters. The plot felt like it was trying to be a dark, exotic version of a Cassandra Clare book with an unsuccessful addition of Romeo and Juliet. The first half was just had me gone with the relationships and secrecy and romance. I was over it. Then Laini Taylor dropped most of the characters including the only felt I felt a little bit for, completely alienating me from the book.

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In specifics, the "we used to date" between Kaz and Karou was unnecessary and created eye-rolling, not needed tension. The book could have survived without it. Then the angel was introduced, creating the Romeo and Juliet and failed Cassandra Clare feels. As a fan of the play and the Shadowhunter World, I was not impressed. During this part we weren't given much magic, just a girl trying to normal despite her subnormal upbringing. She had friends wither personality who were some of the charms to the story. It wasn't bad. Then everything I had just read about (except the love interest of course) was thrown out the window as we entered the Elsewhere and the magical side of the world with wars and humanoids and all the cool fantasy/action/politics you could wish for. After that I didn't care for anyone. Everything past that point was confusing and frustrating. It was what I was hoping for going in, but I had gotten comfortable in our world and was not pleased being abruptly taken away from it.

I'm not turned off of Laini Taylor though, I just not a Daughter of Shadow and Bone fan. I think I'll read [b:Strange the Dreamer|28449207|Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)|Laini Taylor|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1491249148s/28449207.jpg|48158509] one day if I ever see it at my library. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
I wish I could give this 3.5 stars. I liked it too much to give it three, but not quite enough for four. So I'm rounding up.

I loved the first 2/3 of this book. The story of Karou, her life with the chimaera, her meeting with Akiva, were all very good. I didn't need allllll of the information about Madrigal, though. I think that part could have been greatly trimmed down yet still give us the information we needed. I honestly don't know why I would read the next book, as there's nothing more I feel I need to know.

As my friend, Cyndy mentioned in her review, this isn't really a YA book. It feels like the main character was shoehorned into being a 17 year old, when there was NOTHING in her life that fit that of a typical 17 year old. She lived on her own, traveled around the world on errands for Brimstone, and was in the equivalent of a fine-arts college program. It was like the publisher or someone said, "Hey, YA is hot now! Let's make the heroine a teen!" and nothing else about her was changed. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
4.25* This was a beautifully written fantasy. I was intrigued by the plot but didn't like the insta-love. I appreciate that it was explained fully though and so cannot fully discredit it like I would other love stories. I listened to this as an audiobook and the narrator did a nice job differentiating between the voices. I look forward to continuing in this trilogy. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
buddy read with cassie and naomi!

the language felt a bit dated at times and the main character seemed a bit younger than her age, but otherwise the plot was pretty intriguing! ( )
  Akacya | Feb 28, 2021 |
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