Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laidi Taylor

PJV Quickie: If you are looking for something quite different in the young adult area, you need to pick up ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’. There is no denying the shear originality of this novel.

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
ISBN: 0316134023
Publication: Published September 27th 2011 by Little, Brown & Company
Purchased audio book from audible.com
Links: Book Web >> Author Twitter >> Purchase Book >> Goodreads
Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Reading ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ was like falling down the rabbit hole. I had no idea what direction this book was going to take me in, I couldn’t pinpoint good guys or bad guys and the characters, while a bit off the charts, were compelling and insightful. The comparison in my head that kept playing out over and over again was ‘The Dark Crystal’ meets Romeo and Juliet. Odd, but interesting.

There was a lot to this book and some might find it overwhelming. It is the story of a girl, raised by monsters but beloved by them. Another human trapped in a supernatural world story, but with a much broader plot scope than most young adult novels that are on the market. It has mature themes and a storyline that keeps expanding and expanding with each page turned, but overwhelmingly it keeps you in the story instead of confusing you. I highly recommend this one if you want to step out of the normal young adult box.

This one was an audiobook for me, and the narration was spot on, even though I’m starting to prefer male narrators because of the way they do females voices as opposed to women doing male voices.


Fans of science fiction and paranormal young adult books should enjoy, there is enough romance to get girls up in a tizzy also, if that is your cup of tea. There is mature content so under 16 is not recommended.

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