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DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Heart wrenching and beautiful, this novel’s storyline is addictive and romantic, and the characters, even the secondary ones, are multidimensional and interesting. But what stands out most is Taylor’s ability to bring to life a sleepy, snowy Prague, a sun-drenched Marrakesh and a fantasy world entirely of her own making. The magic is seductive and dangerous, as magic should be, and when the focus shifts suddenly from the present to the past, the reader is somehow not thrown off course — in fact, it is there that the book becomes impossible to put down. For all its length, this is a book to be devoured in a single sitting.
Karou is, at least on the outside, a fairly ordinary art student — aside from her blue hair and tattoos, that is. She’s mysterious and secretive, and she’s beautiful, but she’s lonely, too. Follow her after class, though, and you’d quickly realize she’s anything but ordinary. By day, she’s an art student; by night, she’s errand girl to the devil who raised her from a baby. And even Karou, wistfully, would tell you that she doesn’t know where she came from. But she’s about to find out. (LITTLE, BROWN, Oct., 424 pp., $18.99, HC, ISBN: 9780316134026, 14 & Up)
Reviewed By: Ellen Parsons
Publisher: LITTLE, BROWN
Published: October 2011