Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (series)

These books are awesome.

Seriously, read them.  (The synopses on amazon: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, Dreams of Gods & Monsters)

They are a mix of paranormal and fantasy with a unique feeling that makes them stand out of both genres. The romance is powerful and heart-wrenching. The good-evil conflict is morally confusing in an incredible way. Throughout there are themes of women’s rights in a gorgeously subtle yet moving way. The entire series is consistent and amazing; unlike some books, each book builds off of the others perfectly without changing the major plot lines or the feeling of the book. (Sorry if you have no idea what I mean when I say feeling of a book. I can’t explain it. It’s just a…feeling. Ugh. It’s like the impression a book leaves on you. Sort of. Mixed with its genre. Mixed with how emotional it is and how much you liked it and how well written it was.  Et cetera.)

The books are well written, at times almost feeling like poetry. There are some powerful lines that might show up in some future doodles. Especially in the second and third books, this author does the impossible: managing to have multiple, separate plot lines running at once without it being confusing or boring. She paints vivid characters that you fall in love with (or hate) instantly and that you continue to love (or hate) as the story builds. The series ended with the perfect tie up off all the plot lines and the perfect almost-happy ending (trying not to spoil anything…)

Read them!

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