Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: September 27th 2011
Genre: fantasy, young adult
I am on a sort of spree these days and discovering new authors. After Gillian Flynn with Gone Girl, this time around I came across Laini Taylor through her series – Daughter of Smoke & Bone. And I must say though I am not vastly impressed I don’t regret the chance discovery too.
Twilight had put me off in a huge way with Paranormal Young Adult Books. Vampires, Wolves, other supernatural creatures were all seemingly coming off as simply monotonous and boring not to mention lacking any potential being one-dimensional characters. Nor was there much of a story or character development in some of the books and I am not even gonna mention the crap that has been generated taking the world by storm with mommy-porn, the inspiration for which is Twilight, like ugh. To find Bella inspiring and Edward captivating you have to something seriously wrong with you. Ah but enough talk on that crap.
So taking the 2013 challenge of a YA group I joined on a whim I decided to give this book a shot and found Taylor. This is the first book in a trilogy planned by her which will have the last book out in April 2014 as I had learned and it will depend on the second book mostly if I even wanna give the third one a shot cos basically I was engrossed but not so much with this one. I somehow can’t pinpoint it but somehow there is something that lacks in the book despite the beautiful prose, strong characters that I dint give this one a 5 star rating. The book is a quick read and Karou is thankfully not one of those annoying female wimpy leads thank heavens for that, though I hope Akiva has more of a character development in the next one than the one he had here. Somehow the pair doesn’t really click with me. And though Taylor does have a way with words and isn’t like most YA authors who sometimes lack in the linguistic department her characters leave a lot to be desired for be though the imagery that just comes to your mind with the vivid descriptions the author has so marvelously woven immediately bring forth images to your mind. Haven’t ever been to Prague but if I do, I know this I will remember Taylor since this book if nothing else made me want to have a chance to visit the place at least once in my life that’s for sure.