Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Publication Date: 5 August 2012 (First published 27 September 2011)
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Laini Taylor is an author who is known for her strange and enigmatic stories. Her books have always intrigued me with their unique synopses, but also intimidate me immensely with just how vague they are. I’ve been unsure about giving Taylor’s books a try for years because of these contradictory feelings but I decided to finally take the plunge and read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. All I knew going into this novel was that the main character is a talented, blue-haired artist living in Prague, leaving me absolutely clueless about what the story is. However, I’m quite happy that this was the case! Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a mystical, spellbinding novel that takes your imagination for the ride of its life! Taylor’s writing is absolutely exquisite, the perfect fit for this transcendent story. Whilst I enjoyed the novel overall, I did have an issue with the way other storylines were incorporated into the main plot arc, making the reading experience feel quite disjointed. Otherwise, I gave Daughter of Smoke and Bone a well-deserved rating of 4 stars!