11 May, 2014

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lanin Taylor {Suzy from Panmure Library}

I’m not usually the type of girl to like fantasy. I prefer Jeanette Wells’ ‘The Glass Castle’ memoir to angels and demons any day. That was until I read the first in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone (DSB) Laini Taylor. My manager, a fantasy fanatic, saw it on my desk, waiting to be recovered and raved to me how good the series is. Fortunately I had just finished my last book, a creepy psychological book, and was on the lookout for something a little less dark, DSB hit the spot.

Set in Prague, 17 year old Karou a blue haired, mysterious art student fills her sketchbook with hideous creatures, complete with their own personalities and lives – the chimaerae, who are the only family she has ever known. Karou search for understanding of her own history, along with her makeshift family leads her to venture through unexpected places and into unexpected arms, she will capture your imagination and her spunk and tenderness will have you attached to her within a couple of pages. 

Since its release in 2011, DSB has been held to much acclaim, being listed in numerous book lists including New York Times' notable Children’s book awards, School Library Journal best books and Amazon’s #1 teen book of 2011 along with its film rights being sold to Universal Pictures. Taylor crafts a whole world, a history that mirrors our own in many ways, that will keep your bedside lamp on well beyond a decent time. And the best part as there are two more books in the series...

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