Daughter of Smoke and Bone Book Review

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Number of pages: 422

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 2

I avoided this book for a long time. The moment I saw angels and demons in the synopsis, I knew I wasn’t going to like it. I had been scarred by reading Fallen years ago (it really is that bad), so I tend to avoid angel books at all costs, but after loving Strange the Dreamer, I really wanted to give it a try. After all, it was supposed to be amazing.

This book isn’t overwhelmingly bad. I’m not mad at it like I would be at a 1 star read, and I’ve even forgotten most of what I was going to complain about, but it wasn’t fantastic either.

If you read Strange the Dreamer before Daughter of Smoke and Bone, you’ll be able to tell almost immediately which book came out first. Daughter of Smoke and Bone features a very obviously early version of Laini Taylor’s writing, which would have been fine had I not stopped reading every few chapters to consider some of the odd metaphors at length.

The characters really fell flat for me. I didn’t hate how they were done, but again, you can tell this is an older book. There was nothing particularly interesting about them. So she has blue hair; so what? So he’s an angel; why should I care? I felt no attachment to any of them.

I also feel like nothing really happened. If you aren’t attached to Karou, you’re basically in for a book of backstory and Karou wondering why she feels incomplete. That’s it. In fact, the whole thing reminded me of Fallen. Controlling, angry angel falls for strange girl with no memory of her past life. I’ve already read 4 books of this (I used to have a thing where I had to finish series even if I hated them); I’m not up for reading it again.

Overall, Daughter of Smoke and Bone really wasn’t for me, earning it 2 stars out of 5.

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