“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor – 5 Stars
This book kills you slowly.
When I started it I was most definitely intrigued. The way it is written leaves you thirsty for more information. For answers. For anything that will lead to an explanation as to what the HELL was going on. But, I have to admit as I read I wasn’t entirely sold on if this would really WOW me.
It wasn’t slow per se. The beginning is more like a leisurely ride through this strange fascinating world. Right from the first page the author puts the reader in this strange magical setting. And layer by layer, the story is peeled, information is revealed, and the intrigue just gets stronger and stronger.
Then 65% happens and BAM!!!!! I couldn’t catch my breath from that point on and when I finished I let out a screech so loud I’m positive the neighbors down the street heard me.
The last half of this took me completely by surprise and left me stunned by the originality and breathless from the romance.
It. Was. Magical. No other way to describe it. Consider me SOLD.
The writing is poetic, beautiful, and stunning. The story is one of the most gut wrenching, romantic things I have read.
“Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens -” His voice cracked and he took a breath. “I need you to remember that I love you.”
The way the author unfolds this tale is genius. She takes clichéd ideas like forbidden love, angels vs. devils, good vs. evil, and insta-love and spins them on their heads. She turned those ideas into something new and just incredible.
I could write my own novel on how much I loved this, but I am going to stop here. I won’t even attempt to describe the plot because 1.) I won’t be able to do it justice and 2.) I’ll be writing for another 2 hours when I could be spending that time reading book 2.