“Daughter of Smoke & Bone” by Laini Taylor: a book review

click for synopsis on amazon.com

4.25/5

Just wow.

A breath-takingly beautiful ride of lyrical prose, this book is the definition of romantic-fantasy without being too much of either. It is on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must Read List” 2011, and an Amazon.com and GoodReads.com favorite on several “Top Lists”. This transcends simply “Young Adult” Literature, and sets the bar high for other modern day fantasies. Period.

I thought the cover was a joke and the title was cliche, but I’m very glad I took a friend’s advice and gave it the benefit of the doubt. I dove right in, eagerly and wholly. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

I literally cannot go on and ruin this for potential readers, but trust me, if you’re a girl and you like modern-day fantasy with non-cliche devils, monsters, and angels, read this. With a splash of humor and superb descriptions, somehow, this book makes it all real. I never go for this kind of story, but this had me hook, line, and sinker.

The sequel is due out in November, “The Days of Blood and Starlight.”

Again: 4.25/5

MH

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