Lauren: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor

Our Rating: 5.5

Goodreads Rating: 4.1

This Book in a Song: Illusions by Zedd (ft. Echosmith)



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 grown 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 one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored 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?



The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Lani Taylor, was magical and exciting. It is the story of an orphan raised by magical creatures. All her life, Karou lived between two worlds, the realm of magic and reality. In the human world, she had a crazy ex-boyfriend and a “tiny scary” best friend. In a different dimension, she was raised by Brimstone, the wish monger, along with Issa, Twiga, and Yasri. Karou is always going on errands for Brimstone. While on an errand, Karou comes across something very suspicious. Next thing she knows nothing makes sense anymore, secrets were being kept and Karou has lost everything she once knew.

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone was not only a fantastic read, but it also had a strong and impowering theme, hope has power. This was the first book I’ve listened to via audiobook. I was not disappointed, the narrator was amazing and kept me intrigued throughout the whole book. Lani Taylor did an amazing job with world building. The whole book was vivid and descriptive. The characters were also very relatable! Karou was a very focused character, who never feels like she really fits in anywhere. Akiva was also very determined and is still getting over a heart-break. Together they both try to sort out what is going on. The plot twists throughout this book keep you on your feet and will defiantly catch you off guard.

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