Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone  - Laini Taylor

I managed to pick this book up from NetGalley when they put it up on the site (in limited quantity) in celebration of the final installment of the saga being released in April of this year. I am trying to read more sci-fi and fantasy and this book really seemed interesting so I decided to go for it and read it. I feel like I whizzed right through this book and while I really enjoyed most of the book, when I finished the book and gathered my thoughts about it the book seem just ok. I don't think that has really happened to me before, where I really hooked in a book and enjoying it while I'm reading it but then once I finish it I think it was only ok.


I loved Karou (I really love her name). I like how her life differs between her two worlds. I love that she is mysterious not only to readers but also to those around her. Her interactions with Brimstone and the rest of her so-called "family" were one of my favorite parts about this book. You could tell they really cared about her, even if she didn't always realize it. One thing that I enjoy at first but the more I read about it the less I began to like it was Karou's relationship with Akiva. At first I was all for this instant lovey-dovey romance (which is quite unusual for me) but then it seemed as though their romance lacked substance. There is a sort of explanation for why their relationship is so strong so fast (I won't get into any spoilers here) but those parts seemed to feel disjointed from the rest of the story. I probably would have liked those parts to have been first and then continue on chronologically from there. That will probably only make sense if you have read the book.


I found the explanation about events from "Elsewhere" to be interesting and probably would have liked to have read more about Elsewhere in this book. You get a sense as to why things are the way they are in Elsewhere but there is also this feeling lurking that there is more to the story. I was really interested in reading about Elsewhere but unfortunately I don't think I will be continuing on with this series so I'll just have to make up my own explanations for things.


Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me the chance to read this book.