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Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Oh, how fortunate I feel to have nabbed an advance reading copy of Laini Taylor’s newest title Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I found the writing so compelling it was difficult to break away from the world of seraphims and  chimaera.

The cover I read looked like the image on the right. The image below and to the left may be out there. Both are fascinating and you can read the author’s blog for more about the covers.

I found myself trimming weeds in the five acres of my new home wondering about layers of worlds overlapping. This novel’s main character Karou (meaning hope) dreamed of flying and realized her wish in a contemporary setting. What if all our childhood fantasies could come true and we could pull aside the veil to other worlds – or enter them through dark  portals?

Daughter of Smoke & Bone is a love story and fantasy novel.  It challenges our prejudices on determining who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Why do we cheer for the angels and not the devils. This title was absorbing and surprising. I cannot wait for a follow-up title to come out to continue this story because I care about the characters. I also loved that feeling reading this book that my senses seemed heightened as if there were more possibilities in the world.

Consider these sentences: “She understood now why pain was the tithe for magic. It was more powerful than joy. Than anything. Than hope?”

Contemplate those words from the point of view of a hurting eighth grader or high school student who is discovering life’s good and bad moments. Give your teens the opportunity to connect with Daughter of Smoke & Bone.