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Daughter of smoke & bone, Laini Taylor

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Daughter of smoke & bone
Title
Daughter of smoke & bone
Statement of responsibility
Laini Taylor
Title variation
Daughter of smoke and bone
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known
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Award
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2011.
Review
  • Grades 8-12 Seventeen-year-old Karou moves deftly between her relatively normal high-school life in Prague and the strange world of the chimaera, in which she collects the human and animal teeth that the wishmonger, Brimstone, painstakingly sorts. The chimaera are the only family Karou has known, and when access to their world suddenly disappears behind smoldering black handprints, she vows to find them. Could this have been a result of the perpetual war between the chimaera and the seraphim? Along with this central mystery of monsters, a fantastical Romeo-and-Juliet romance develops between Karou and the angel Akiva, a romance destined for hurt and betrayal. Author Taylor has created a variety of worlds, time frames, and creatures with such detail and craft that all are believable. Blurring the boundaries of good and evil, slaves and owners, human and beast, she careens readers from sadness to love, from the predictable to the amazing, and from the outlandish to the bizarre. Readers will look forward to the suggested sequel to this complex, exciting tale. -- Bradburn, Frances (Reviewed 09-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 1, p115)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up — Blue-haired Karou is 17, and, in addition to her unusual tresses, has other intriguing aspects to her personality. She supports her life as an art student in Prague by running errands for her foster parent, a supernatural chimera named Brimstone. These errands, which take Karou through strange portals to strange places to meet with even stranger individuals, reap rewards not only of money, but also wishes. Taylor builds a thoroughly tangible fantasy world wherein a complex parallel universe competes with far-flung geographic locales for gorgeously evoked images. Karou herself is a well-rendered character with convincing motivations: artistic and secretive, she longs for emotional connection and a sense of completeness. Her good friend Zuzana goes some way toward mitigating Karou's solitude, but a sour breakup with beautiful bad boy Kaz has left her feeling somewhat bereft. Taylor leads readers from this deceptively familiar trope into a turbulent battle between supernatural species: angel-beings seek the destruction of demonlike chimera in revenge for the burning of the archive of the seraph magi. The more Karou discovers about the battle, however, the less simple good and evil appear; the angels are not divine, the chimera are not evil, and genocide is apparently acceptable to both sides in this otherworldly war. Initially, the weakest part of the story appears to be the love story between Karou and Akiva, an angel of "shocking beauty"; there is little to support their instant bond until their true connection is disclosed. The suspense builds inexorably, and the philosophical as well as physical battles will hold action-oriented readers. The unfolding of character, place, and plot is smoothly intricate, and the conclusion is a beckoning door to the next volume.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL --Janice M. Del Negro (Reviewed November 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 11, p140)
  • /* Starred Review */ National Book Award finalist Taylor (Lips Touch: Three Times) again weaves a masterful mix of reality and fantasy with cross-genre appeal. Exquisitely written and beautifully paced, the tale is set in ghostly, romantic Prague, where 17-year-old Karou is an art student—except when she is called "home" to do errands for the family of loving, albeit inhuman, creatures who raised her. Mysterious as Karou seems to her friends, her life is equally mysterious to her: How did she come to live with chimaera? Why does paternal Brimstone eternally require teeth—especially human ones? And why is she "plagued by the notion that she wasn't whole.... a sensation akin to having forgotten something?" Taylor interlaces cleverly droll depictions of contemporary teenage life with equally believable portrayals of terrifying otherworldly beings. When black handprints begin appearing on doorways throughout the world, Karou is swept into the ancient deadly rivalry between devils and angels and gradually, painfully, acquires her longed-for self-knowledge. The book's final pages seemingly establish the triumph of true love—until a horrifying revelation sets the stage for a second book. Ages 15–up. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 25, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 30, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A love thought lost proves anything but when another world's 1,000-year war spills over into this one. Seventeen-year-old Karou leads a double life: as an art student in Prague with normal boyfriend troubles—and as a runner of bizarre errands for Brimstone, a scarred and saturnine sorcerer with the head of a ram and the lower body of a dragon. With similarly chimerical associates, he has raised her from infancy and dispatches her through magic portals to destinations all over the world. She knows nothing of her past or purpose—until a sudden, fiery closure of all the portals cuts her off from the only family she's ever known, and an initially violent but ultimately "sweet and beckoning collision" with winged, inhumanly beautiful Akiva leads to revelations of an ancient conflict between Seraphim and the supposedly bestial Chimaera. Switching points of view and settings, Taylor then fills in a back story that links Akiva and Karou in an older tragedy, while planting seeds that might lead ultimately to peace. The plot hinges on major contrivances, but along with writing in such heightened language that even casual banter often comes off as wildly funny, the author crafts a fierce heroine with bright-blue hair, tattoos, martial skills, a growing attachment to a preternaturally hunky but not entirely sane warrior and, in episodes to come, an army of killer angels to confront. Rarely—perhaps not since the author's own Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer (2007)—does a series kick off so deliciously. (Fantasy. 13-16)(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10012716
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DLC
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Taylor, Laini
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
850
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.T214826
LC item number
Dau 2011
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Daughter of smoke and bone trilogy
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Supernatural
  • Chimera (Greek mythology)
  • Mythology, Greek
  • Angels
  • Demonology
  • Boarding schools
  • Schools
  • Artists
  • Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Czech Republic
  • Paranormal fiction
  • Chimera (Greek mythology)
  • Mythology, Greek
  • Angels
  • Demonology
  • Boarding schools
  • Schools
  • Artists
  • Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Czech Republic
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Daughter of smoke & bone, Laini Taylor
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
418 p.
Isbn
9780316134026
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010045802
System control number
(OCoLC)694509722
Label
Daughter of smoke & bone, Laini Taylor
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
418 p.
Isbn
9780316134026
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010045802
System control number
(OCoLC)694509722

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